The Hemp Community Podcast

CBD; How do you take yours?

October 07, 2021 The Hemp Community Season 1 Episode 2
The Hemp Community Podcast
CBD; How do you take yours?
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In this episode we talk about some of the different types of CBD products available in the UK, and what makes each one useful. CBD oils, edibles, vapes balms and more are discussed in this beginner friendly podcast

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Thanks for joining us. My name is Dan and on this week’s podcast I’m going to be talking about some of the different types of CBD products. Hopefully by the end of this podcast you’ll have an understanding of the range of ways to consume CBD and the nuances that make each method of useful.

 

CBD is a cannabinoid; it is normally classified as a food supplement, and it is an lipophilic or oily substance found on the flowers cannabis plants. it can be collected, extracted, and prepared in many ways. You will likely be familiar with some CBD products already. They fall into broad categories of Oils, Pastes, Edibles, Capsules, Topicals, Concentrates, Vapes, Flowers/Hash, and water soluble preparations.

 

Every way of using CBD has its pros and cons that I’ll go through the list in a moment, but first I’d like to introduce the idea of CBD “purity”. There are 3 what we could call “grades” of CBD products available in the UK; Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and Isolate. I may go into more detail in future episodes, but for now I’ll summarise that full-spec products have a trace amount of THC as well as other minor cannabinoids; hundreds of compounds produced in varying ratios by thousands of different strains of the the one species. the cannabis plant in all is sticky, messy splendour. Full-spec products tend to have a stronger flavour, although this isn’t always the case.
 
 Broad spectrum CBD products have had the trace THC removed, leaving the other planty parts untouched. Some people just prefer that compromise and I think it is important that people using CBD feel safe and comfortable with the products and process. For example, I have served people with anxiety issues around the presence of Trace THC. It’s common in the shop to hear people tell their stories of getting stung by weed. Broad-spectrum CBD products are also popular with people who are concerned with drugs testing because they are Zero THC.
 
The highest “purity” CBD product is Isolate CBD. Normally 99%+, CBD isolate is refined using sophisticated pharmaceutical techniques and normally comes in a powdered form. It can be added to oil, foods, vape liquids and balms without imparting flavour or odour. Isolate is easy to work with, and its dirt cheap. You can buy in bulk, kilos of the stuff. Isolate products are also the preferred form of CBD used in clinical trials, but in the real world they’re not that popular other than vapes and gummies.
 
My advice is to trust your gut. There’s no reason to worry about having a nasty psychedelic experience with a CBD supplement and full-spectrum is by far the most popular, but if you’d prefer a broad spectrum oil and that’s ok too. You can even mix it up and have little combos! I believe cannabis users should have informed and meaningful choices, so at the hemp community we stock a variety of CBD supplements.
 
So now we’ve gone over full-spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate, we can see that there is a lot of potential for cannabis products to be versatile and malleable. And I’ll now go through some of the different methods of ingesting CBD, with some examples of use from the hemp community’s experience#

 


 CBD oils are probably the most common, and in my professional opinion they’re the best place to start. Most people start with a low strength oil and gradually increase their dose over time. CBD oils come in variety of strengths which allows individuals to tailor their experience and find what works best for them. CBD oils range in strength from around 2% to 20% or more. Some products go higher in % but that doesn’t make them a better oil, just a bigger number. The most common strength of oil that people use is 5%; at the hemp community we normally recommend people to start at a lower strength and work up. Regardless of the strength of CBD you choose to begin with, CBD is more about the process than the product. Time and consistency are more important that just buying a strong oil. CBD oils are easy to make routine; most people begin with 1-2 drops under their tongue 2-3 times a day. We put oil drops under our tongue because its like a little shortcut into the bloodstream; the CBD slips in through the membrane and the dose is active within 15 minutes or so. A dose administered sublingually can have a duration of up to 6 hours and is well balanced between brain and body. Users of CBD oils have lots of choices regarding the size of the dose they take and the frequency, and over the first few weeks we encourage individuals to gradually increase their dose at a pace they feel comfortable with. Normally within a month of routine dosing, people are able to articulate the change they’ve experienced, and that experience is the best teacher. With a little practice and patience most people are able to facilitate their desired CBD health goals using a CBD oil. The golden rule is Start Low; and Go Slow. CBD oils give you a lot of choice and control over the cbd process, they are easy to make routine. There are many brands and every product is unique so have a look around and try some things; you never know what will click!  
 
 Many CBD oil users move on to using a CBD paste. As the name suggests, a CBD paste is a thicker substance and is normally sold in a syringe. CBD paste is administered in a similar fashion to CBD oil by being applied sublingually, although pastes can also be applied to the gum or buccal cavity. CBD pastes are thick oil substances, normally with a strong taste and a cannabinoid content ranging from 10% to 70%. Again, like CBD oils, stronger doesn’t mean better, but if you are using an oil right now and you want to try something with a little more oomph, maybe try a paste! At the hemp community we have a few pastes to choose from, but our advice for beginners is to remember the golden rule; start low and go slow with a CBD oil, and try a paste later when you’ve had some practice. Remember, your body is an active participant in the use of cannabinoids; you’re not just taking a drug and expecting a chemical reaction; you’re feeding a part of a living nervous system, your living nervous system and if you push it too hard, it pushes back! Pastes are probably my favourite category of product, but they’re not always great for beginners. 
 
 


 Edibles
Edibles are food products that are infused with CBD and they come in any form you can imagine. CBD gummies, CBD chocolate, CBD cookies, brownies and cakes. Most edibles are sweet, but there are savoury options available too. When we consume CBD in food the cannabinoids are absorbed in the lining of the gut, and your gut is a big place. Cannabinoids consumed this way tend to have a slow onset and a long duration, and many users would characterize the experience as being body centric. Your digestive tract is already full of endocannabinoid receptors, and there are more nerve endings in your gut than in your brain, so it stands to reason that CBD can provide some benefit to this system of your body. After being absorbed in the intestines, CBD passes through the liver and surprise surprise there are endocannabinoid receptors there too. In the liver cannabinoids like CBD and THC are metabolised which helps to explain why the experience of eating cannabis is distinct from that of inhaling it. Edibles are a great ice-breaker, and a welcome treat. Whether your new to CBD or an old stoner, everyone loves an edible! Just mind your teeth! Like I mentioned a moment ago, many cannabis edibles are processed and sugary, which is a double edge sword: like Mary Poppins sang, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, and I think it may even help encourage the nervous system to absorb the cannabinoids more readily, but consuming sugar regularly or excessively can present health related risks that could be prevented with healthier choices. Most edibles come in doses of around 10mg – 50mg CBD, and if you’re not sure where to start, just remember the golden rule; start low and go slow. You can start with a half and see how you feel after a bit; its easier to add than to take away. 
 
CBD capsules are similar to edibles in that they are intended to be consumed orally, but capsules are more-straight forward. At the hemp community we have 10 and 25 mg capsules and we recommend to take them with food as part of your routine.  I quite like a capsule before the gym, zero sugar but it gives me the body-focused cannabinoid boost that I want.

Consuming CBD orally in the form of an edible or capsule is probably the easiest way to take CBD, and there is no end to the types of new products and combinations that you can try!
 
 In the last couple of years there has been a rise in the number of water soluble CBD products; you’ve heard that oil and water don’t mix, well they do now! CBD can be processed to make soluble in water, meaning you can drink and absorb your dose of CBD very efficiently. These types of liposomal products are popular with fitness and sports enthusiasts who want something that is body focused but fast. CBD drinks additives are also popular for people on the go, and for people who want to avoid alcohol but want something a little more from their soft-drinks. At the hemp community we have a full-spectrum water soluble exclusive called “green gold” which has already proved to be very popular with our regulars.

Vaping cannabinoids is the fastest way to send them to the brain, from the lungs and straight to the dome, inhalation is quick and on demand. CBD vapes come in a range of forms including concentrates, but also cartridges, single use devices and CBD e-liquid for use in a compatible e-cigarette style device. In our experience at the hemp community, lots of people associate CBD with cannabis and cannabis with smoking and somehow jump to the conclusion that the best way to take CBD is to inhale it. I think that CBD vapes are a great tool, and some people get on really well with them, but I also recommend that they work best as a top-up. Use a CBD oil routinely and then during the day when you need a lift you’ve got your vape; it’s a great example of combining products to get the best of both. In our experience at the hemp community, new customers who start with an oil tend to have a better overall experience than those who start with just a vape.  It’s also worthwhile remembering that most of the desired effects of using CBD relate to long-term health management, so if you want to get the most from your cannabis, you’d be well served to do more than just inhale it.
 
 In the last few years a category of products known as Concentrates have become very popular. Concentrates are made using specialised ext4raction hardware that produces a waxy, or even crystalline cannabinoid preparation. Concentrates can be used in DIY for cooking, and in fact concentrates are the base ingredient to many CBD infused products. Many people use CBD concentrates for vaping, also known as dabbing which involves using specialised glass and titanium smoking apparatus to super-heat and inhale the vapor of cannabinoid concentrates. 
 
 There also exist  dry herb vaporisers which heat up cannabis Flowers/Hashish. Most cannabis flowers in the Uk are sourced through the black market and contain high levels of THC and no CBD, however CBD dominant cannabis flowers are real and they are available from some online and high street vendors in the UK, although they are technically illegal. Most CBD flowers being sold in the UK are grown in Switzerland where all cannabis is legal up to a THC limit of 1%. CBD flowers and hash will be familiar to many cannabis users. The overwhelming majority of cannabinoids consumed by humans grew on trees; plant derived neurotransmitters that are found on the flowering tops of a diocious herb. I believe that individuals, community groups and businesses should be permitted to grow, breed, buy and sell cannabis in all forms. I’ll probably do a whole podcast episode on cannabis flowers and hasish, because they both so prominent in the history of human civilisation, but to summarise briefly; Cannabis flowers are the prime source of phytocannabinoids THC and CBD. Cannabis flowers, also known as “bud”, “weed” or a list of other names, can be smoked, cooked, vaped or prepared in literally infinite ways. There are thousands of varieties of cannabis available, and flowers account for 50% or more of the cannabis market in the US and Canada. In the UK only a handful of pharmaceutical companies have license from the Home Office to produce cannabis flowers.
 
 

Moving on from CBD flowers, we have CBD balms and topical application. These are normally lotions, creams or patches applied to the skin. CBD topicals allow the individual to target their symptoms and put the dose where they want it to go. Unsurprisingly, balms are popular for conditions like arthritis where localised pain and inflammation is characteristic of the disease, but ive also seen people apply balm to their temples to treat a migraine! Balms are soothing and comfortable, and most topical preparations are in the 1-2% range. Some people like to make their own balms using CBD concentrates, flowers or isolate, we love to encourage DIY at the hemp community.

Every way of using CBD has its nuances; there isn’t necessarily going to be one product that ticks all the boxes, and we encourage people to try different things as they go along. There are so many cannabis products available in the world that you could buy a new one every month for the rest of your life and never have to have the same thing twice if you didn’t want to! I think its important that people have choices; what works for one doesn’t work for all.

You should also be able treat yourself! I don’t have CBD gummies every day but I’m sure glad of them when my sweet tooth is kicking up a fuss!

My general advice for anyone interested in taking CBD, regardless of severity of symptoms or previous experience with pharmaceutical drugs or even cannabis; remember the golden rule, Start Low and Go slow. Begin with a low percentage oil and take it routinely, 2-3 times a day on bad days and good days alike. As you gain experience you’ll gain confidence and you can try out all sorts of different CBD products until you find what works best for you!
 
 Until next time, take care!