From bath salts to creams and tinctures to pet treats, the cannabis compound of CBD is purported to be a virtual savior to help reduce pain, improve sleep, alleviate stress and anxiety, and much more. But, how do you separate what’s real, what’s fake — and narrow down the vast array of CBD products on the market today.
To make your journey into the world of CBD as easy as possible, Smilyn Wellness has created a guide of frequently asked questions on how to choose the best CBD product for you.
You may be asking, what is CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of several different molecules known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It can act as a neurotransmitter and is also known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. CBD has gone from a fringe fascination to a mainstream marvel.
How does CBD work? Cannabidiol (CBD) can act as a neurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters help to regulate bodily systems at a cellular level. It shows effects on a wide array of systems in the human body, such as the immune system, the nervous system, the endocrine system, the cardiovascular system, the digestive system, the heart, liver, and kidneys, the epidermis and others. CBD is also known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
How to Choose the Best CBD Product
CBD is helping consumers with everything from sleep deprivation to skin-care disorders to PTSD to ailing pets. So, what should you look for when attempting to buy CBD products for the first time?
Understand specifically how to use the CBD product. How do you take the CBD? How much? For how long? What are the risks and benefits? If the answers aren’t clear from the product’s label, then it should be a red flag.
Scrutinize the label. You need to know what’s inside the product. Having this information gives you insight into the product’s purity, quality, consistency, and safe use. If it’s in the product, it should appear on the product label. No exceptions. All legitimate product labels should contain the following information:
- Identity. To understand it’s intended purpose.
- Cannabinoid Content. CBD from hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, at most.
- Net quantity. Quantity measures such as weight or numerical count, so you can compare with other products.
- Batch lot or control number.
- Production or expiration date.
- Instructions for use. For instance, is this a CBD tincture that should be taken under the tongue? Should it be inhaled or spread over the body like a cream?
- Dosing guidance. What is the recommended dosing plan?
- Appropriate warnings and contraindications. Check with your doctor about possible interactions with any prescription medicines you currently take.
- Storage instructions.
- Contact information.
Look for independent testing. Is the product third-party tested is a crucial question for consumers to consider to determine which brands are safer than others. Look for a Certificate of Analysis, or COA, showing analysis or lab results.
Beware of hype. Watch out for cure-all claims. Federal regulations prohibit supplement products from being marketed to cure or treat any disease. If you see a claim, it should raise a red flag.
Consider your source. To ensure you’re getting accurate information on CBD, and not false advertising, check accurate sources such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
CBD Products are More than Just Medicine
Real CBD. Zero THC. With a focus on quality and consistency, Smilyn Wellness in Carlsbad, California offers topicals, pre-rolls, tinctures, gummies, and pet treats — just to name a few. With the explosive growth of the CBD industry over the last two years, an array of products are continuing to hit shelves.
CBD product sales in 2019 topped just over $5 billion — which was a whopping 700% increase from 2018. By 2023, sales could topple $24 billion. Trends have come and gone in the past few years. Few recent phenomena have caught on with the intensity of CBD. In less than five years, it has gone from a barely known member of the cannabis family to a healing tool that roughly 1 in 7 Americans is currently consuming.
CBD is much more than just medicine. It has worked its way into our everyday lives. Whether its helping professional athletes, enhancing the foods we intake or augmenting the supplements that support our health — the key is to experiment and patiently figure out what works for you.