As part of our efforts at Canna Trading Co. to continue to help our customers and readers, we’re going to be offering several guides answering your most commonly asked CBD questions. It’s important to us that all of you know what you’re buying, how to use it and have the answers to your questions. The CBD industry is evolving at such as fast pace it can be hard to keep up with everything.
Who Discovered CBD Oil?
It’s often asked who discovered CBD oil. CBD was discovered by accident around 1940 by scientist Roger Adams. He extracted something from a hemp plant but wasn’t aware of exactly what he’d done. Several years later, additional scientists jumped on board and started to look at the potential benefits of CBD.
The first actual test conducted on CBD with lab animals took place in 1946 and was led by Dr. Walter S. Loewe. It was the first time it was noticed that CBD isn’t intoxicating.
Also in 1946, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam was able to identify the actual 3D structure of CBD. Because of this, he’s often given the credit of discovering CBD although it was actually Roger Adams.
The very first CBD oil intended for alternative therapeutic use was made in the 1960s.
Where Does CBD Come From?
One of the common CBD questions is where does it come from? CBD is present in both cannabis and hemp plants. These plants belong to the same plant family but are very different. Each genus of these plants can have a multitude of various cannabinoid profiles and concentrations. Each of these variations is called a strain.
For the purpose of CBD oil products, CBD is extracted from hemp plants. Hemp contains more CBD than cannabis plants. There are some cannabis strains that have been crossbred to contain higher concentrations of CBD. Cannatonic, Canna Tsu and ACDC are just a few of the high-CBD, low-THC cannabis strains available in most markets.
Are CBD Edibles Effective?
Another one of the common CBD questions is are edibles effective. CBD edibles vary in potency and the bioavailability also varies. For some, CBD edibles do the job but for others, they just don’t work well enough. This is also the case with cannabis edibles though. Bioavailability is something that CBD and cannabis users often overlook because they see 50 mg on a package and think that they’ve got a potent edible.
The fact of the matter is, your body is only getting a portion of that 50 mg. When it comes to edibles, your body is only going to get 20% to 25% of that 50 mg, so that’s between 10 mg and 12 mg in an edible. For many people, that dose isn’t sufficient.
What CBD Delivery Method is Best?
One of the most common CBD questions is what is the best delivery method. To answer this question, you have to examine your personal preferences. Tinctures are a fast delivery method, are discreet and are easy to use. It’s easier to get a more exact dose using tinctures as well. Canna Trading Co. offers several hemp CBD tinctures with varying terpene profiles to suit multiple needs.
Tinctures are one of the most common delivery methods due to their ease of use.
CBD vape and topicals are next in line when it comes to popular delivery methods. These are also easy to use and fast-delivery methods. Capsules are preferred by those that wish to have a method that might last a little longer in the body. CBD inhalers are a good option as well. These are measured doses that are used the same way as an asthma inhaler. They are quick and easy to use.
There are so many new ways of using CBD that there really is an option for everyone. There massage oils, lubrications, suppositories, CBD water, transdermal patches, bath bombs and health/beauty products including makeup.
When you’re attempting to determine what the best CBD delivery method is for you, explore your options and consider your preferences. Many CBD users use more than 1 CBD delivery method to suit their needs in different situations, for different symptoms and at different times of the day.
How Much CBD Should I Take?
Everyone’s ideal dose of CBD is going to be different. We always suggest starting with our suggested doses first. You can always adjust your dose after you’ve tried the suggested doses. We suggest trying the dose for a week or two and then examine how you’re doing with that dose.
When adjusting your dose, do so in small amounts. This is just to help prevent building up a high tolerance too quickly. Using more than one delivery method may work well. When you use more than one delivery method your body isn’t getting used to one CBD product.
Can I Use CBD More than Once a Day?
Yes, you can use CBD more than once a day. With our tinctures, we suggest a dropper or 2 a day. We also suggest a capsule or two a day. Many that use CBD do so several times a day. Sometimes an additional dose is needed during the day or during periods of increased symptoms.
When you think that you’ll need more than one or two doses of CBD a day, consider microdosing. Microdosing involves using smaller, more frequent doses. For this you could attempt ½ doses 4 times a day to see how that works for you.
It takes a little bit of time to determine what dose and frequency of doses works best for you. Since CBD dosing isn’t standardized, it’s best to start small and go slow. Eventually doses may become standardized, but as we mentioned earlier – your body likely needs a different dose than someone else. CBD and cannabis use are very much individualized since your body may need more of one or more cannabinoids than someone else.
We’re going to continue answering the most common CBD questions through our next several guides. You can easily bookmark or print these guides out so that you have these answers handy. If there is a question that we haven’t covered or you need additional information, please do not hesitate to reach out. We’re always happy to answer your questions – no matter what they are.