The popularity of CBD is rising rapidly – and with good reason. Health professionals are beginning to recognise it as an alternative to traditional medicine, to soothe aches and pains, improve mental health issues like stress and anxiety, as well as improve quality of sleep. With a huge range of products on the market, from CBD oils, CBD gummies, capsules and even bath bombs, there is a product perfect for everyone – but it is essential that you consider how you can tell whether the brand you are choosing is reputable and worth your money. Read on for more on what to look for in CBD products.
What is CBD?
CBD is an all-natural product that comes from the cannabis plant – it is perfectly safe to use and does not result in the mind-altering effect that we associate with cannabis. THC which is the compound within the cannabis plant that results in the high feeling should not be present in CBD products. It is becoming more popular with health professionals all over the world as it comes with a long list of health benefits like anti-inflammatory properties, the ability to calm symptoms of stress and anxiety – both physical and mental – and can help us to get a good night’s sleep. These CBD products come in a variety of different forms, one of the most popular being CBD oil, which can be taken under the tongue, CBD capsules which can be taken as easily as your everyday vitamin as well as gummies and CBD sweet treats, and even tea and coffee, so there is bound to be something to suit all tastes.
How does it work?
When CBD is taken in one of its many forms, it enters the endocannabinoid systems around the body and interacts with the receptors – this changes the way that we respond to pain and discomfort and results in an anti-inflammatory effect. As well as helping to manage pain, it can help maintain the way our bodies function, giving our digestive and immune systems a boost. CBD can balance the production of various chemicals in the brain, like serotonin which makes us feel happy, and cortisol which makes us feel stressed. If you suffer from broken sleep or insomnia, taking CBD can help you form a new and improved sleeping pattern, allowing you to drift off more easily and benefit from a deep and restful sleep.
What to look for in CBD products?
If you are new to the world of CBD, it can be difficult to know where to start and to choose a product that is going to suit you best. Below, we’ll take a look at how you can determine the best, high-quality CBD product for you, so you can reap the health benefits and get the most for your money.
All CBD products must adhere to regulations set out by law in various countries, to ensure that the product they are manufacturing, and selling is fit for consumption. Reputable CBD products come with a COA (Certificate of Authenticity) which means they will have been tested by a trusted laboratory. You should have access to these certificates either on your chosen brand’s website, or some products even feature it on their packaging in the form of a QR code – scan it for all the information you need! You should look for accurate labelling, cannabinoids, and compounds present, as well as other lab charts.
The type of product you choose could be based on the concentration of CBD within the product itself. For example, if you are using CBD to treat chronic pain, you are going to need a product that is higher in concentration than something that you could use to boost how your body functions each day. Generally, the number printed on the packaging usually refers to the amount of CBD in milligrams present within the product, rather than one dose. So, the higher the percentage of CBD you choose, the more likely it is to be able to ease chronic pain. A smaller dose is best for those looking to reap the everyday benefits that come with CBD.
You should make sure that there is high-quality CBD present in the product that you choose to ensure you’re getting a product that is worth the money. Look out for the label stating that the product has cannabidiol so you can ensure you’ll feel the health benefits – bear in mind that this can also sometimes be referred to as hemp extract. If your chosen product only lists hemp seeds or cannabis sativa seed oil, this is not the same as CBD! Make sure you avoid these products because they may not come with the same benefits.
Types of products
As we’ve previously mentioned, there are so many types of CBD products on the market, so there is something to suit everyone. If you aren’t sure about the type of product that would be best for you, you should take the time to explore CBD brands to see what they offer. Reputable brands can offer anything from CBD oil to brownies and cookies, and even bath bombs. When choosing the perfect product for you, make sure you consider the previous points to ensure you’re getting the most for your money.