The rise of CBD as a holistic therapy, the most popular CBD products, and how people are integrating it into their daily routines.
With the rise in legal use of marijuana and cannabis-infused products, consumers are interested in understanding the beneficial properties of marijuana and cannabis, especially in the form Cannabidiol or CBD.
CBD infused products are popping up everywhere, from gummies to tinctures, and even in coffee, CBD is becoming the superstar chemical compound of hemp. Being a holistic wellness junkie, I started to research more about CBD and its rise to popularity.
What is CBD Oil and how does it work?
There are two chemical compounds we typically hear about in Cannabis: Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and Cannabidiol, or CBD. THC is the psychoactive compound that results in a high, whereas CBD provides a variety of wellness benefits -- without any psychoactive effects. But cannabis has over 100 compounds, called cannabinoids, that affect the human body.
Research has shown that we naturally produce a lot of these same chemicals within our bodies, so it makes sense that adding them to our supplement regimen can provide great benefits. Cannabinoids have been shown to help with cognition, food regulation, motor movements, stress regulation, and more.
Why is CBD becoming so popular?
In recent years, a lot of research has been released around CBD benefits, including reducing epileptic seizures, helping to manage pain, decreasing chronic inflammation, mitigating migraines, reducing anxiety, stress and depression, and more. Those suffering from chronic symptoms like these are turning to CBD as an alternative, more holistic form of medical therapy.
Choosing a CBD Product
Choosing a CBD product can get a little overwhelming. On top of the many different types of product to choose from, there is also a lot of new research and information to digest when looking at a product, too. If you are interested in trying a CBD product for yourself, popular opinion says you should consider the following:
- Where the hemp is sourced: Hemp is a hyperaccumulator, meaning it easily absorbs anything present in the ground that it was grown in. Hemp grown in rich soil results in a high quality CBD product. Pay mind to where CBD brands source their, hemp which can be found on their website. US-grown hemp is considered clean, as US farmers are required to be certified by the state department of agriculture which considers soil quality.
- How the CBD is manufactured: Because CBD is a new product, there is little regulation around how CBD is manufactured. Methods like extracting through ethanol or supercritical CO2 extraction are the safest and have the highest CBD potency.
- What’s on the label: Make sure the label says “Whole-Plant” or “Full-Spectrum”. This means the product you’re considering uses the whole plant in their product. This ensures that the oil contains not just CBD, but also a range of beneficial elements, like flavonoids and other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant.
- Quality v. Price: There are now plenty of CBD products on the market offered in a wide variety of prices. A good rule of thumb - cheap CBD typically means a cheap product. The standard price for a 30mL bottle of quality CBD is around $40 and yields about 30 servings. These products are typically organic certified, sourced from farms with clean soil, and lab tested for quality.
The Best CBD Products
The following products are high quality, well-tested brands that have rave reviews.
Charlotte's Web (CW Hemp): CW products have a higher dosage than most oils and
Two Rise naturals: The Extra Strength CBD Oil Capsules are helpful for those experiencing chronic inflammation/pain or an autoimmune flare up. They seem to help quickly reduce my inflammation without making me too sleepy or relaxed.
Dr. Kirkland: Topical CBD products are helpful for relieving onset body aches and pains.
CBD tinctures, candies, and even topical oils are now available across the country and have provided many consumers with relief from chronic pain, inflammation, and anxiety. CBD infused products are popping up everywhere! Restaurants are now serving it in cocktails, many bakeries are adding it to their pastries, and coffee shops are selling it in their coffees, frequently in lattes and bulletproof coffee.
CBD infused coffee definitely caught our attention, which is why we decided to write this blog post on the growing trend. Most of us drink coffee every day as part of our morning ritual, so we found it interesting that many are now adding CBD oil to their cup-o-joe for its health benefits. Additionally, many regular coffee drinkers find themselves combatting the caffeine-jitters, but lots of CBD coffee-drinkers are finding that their jitters are limited with the infusion of CBD because it calms the body down while the caffeine still stimulates mental alertness.
Do you put CBD oil in your coffee? Comment below and let us know if you think CBD is a fad or here to stay.
Disclaimer: Commonwealth Joe does not take a stance on CBD oil with this blog post. The purpose of this commentary is solely to provide educational information. Please consult a healthcare professional before changing or adding to your supplement routine.