CBD is a hot topic all over the world, especially in the beauty & wellness industry. Countless CBD suppliers and a wide product range can make your start appear more difficult than it actually is.The good news is that you can’t really do anything wrong. As long as you make sure to buy certified high-quality products.
How to find the best CBD quality?
CBD (cannabidiol) is a natural product that has to be carefully extracted from the leaves of the hemp plant. Therefore, you should not make any compromises when it comes to quality and origin of your CBD products.
At minimum, besides natural ingredients, CBD should be certified by a third-party laboratory. Certificates of analysis show you the exact concentration of all the ingredients and ensure that you are buying CBD from a transparent and trustworthy seller. Certificates are usually found in the product details. AdditionallyCBD should ideally be isolated with a CO2 extraction method to preserve all major cannabinoids, fragile terpenes and flavonoids and leave no traces of solvents in your final product.
We all know this from the food industry: A quick check of the ingredients list is enough to find out more about the product’s quality. Since it is crucial to know exactly what we put in our bodies, the ingredients should always be viewed with a critical eye and never sound synthetic.However, pure natural additives can be beneficial for the quality and effect of CBD oils. This is why some CBD oils also contain terpenes, flavonoides and other natural compounds of the hemp plant that interact with each other to increase the effect of CBD, which is called “entourage effect”.
A good CBD oil also contains natural carrier oils which help to deliver the ingredients better to our body. This is necessary because essential oils are potent and can cause irritation when applied directly to the skin. The most frequently used oils are hemp seed oil, olive oil and MCT-coconut oil. All of these healthy oils can add even more benefits to your CBD product of choice.
According to most research studies, CBD does not have any known major side effects and is perfectly safe - no matter if you prefer using an oil or inhaling CBD oil cartridges with a vaporizer. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use products containing CBD.
How does CBD work?
Cannabinoids are natural compounds of the cannabis plant. CBD (cannabidiol) is one of those and can be extracted separately or in combination with other important plant compounds. In contrast to THC, another cannabinoid, CBD is non-psychoactive and therefore will not make you feel “high”.
Due to its versatility and ease of use, CBD has gained popularity beyond medical professionals, yoga teachers and nutritional experts. Once you have discovered the numerous health benefits of CBD, you will probably find yourself wondering about the reasons. The secret lies mainly in the body’s endocannabinoid-system (ECS). Your body naturally produces cannabinoids - just like the hemp plant - that regulate a variety of body functions.
Cannabinoids like CBD can interact with the ECS through our natural cannabinoid receptors (CB1, CB2, CB3). This important milestone in research led to many more scientists and medical experts getting involved in CBD studies. This interest in the professional and medical community has created a steady stream of news from scientific studies on the benefits of CBD.
How to use CBD best?
The wide range of CBD products can make it difficult to pick just one method. You can use CBD internally as an oil, inhale it with a vaporizer and even use it as a topical skin treatment.For beginners and non-smokers, it might be easy to start with a CBD oil while others might find it more convenient to get faster effects by inhaling. In the following paragraphs, we will discover the 3 most popular ways to consume CBD.
As CBD Oil
It is the best known and most easy-to-use form of cannabidiol: CBD oil or CBD mouth spray. A bottle with a dropper or pump dispenser ensures a precise amount of oil that can be adjusted individually. There are many CBD oils with different aromas and concentrations. HERBLIZ offers CBD oils that contain 2.5%, 5%, 10%, 15% or 20% CBD concentrations. Beginners are advised to start with 5% to 10% and increase the amount slowly.
We recommend using full spectrum oils to benefit from a unique combination of all the important cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids contained in the hemp plant. While making use of the “entourage effect”, you will experience the best benefits possible. As well you get a pure, natural aroma by using a full spectrum CBD oil.
CBD oils usually come in drops or sprays. Apply a few drops or pumps directly underneath your tongue and let it absorb there. The effect can usually be felt after 30-60 minutes.
CBD Vaporizer - Inhale & Relax
The inhalation of CBD with the help of a vaporizer undoubtedly provides the quickest effects. Most people feel the effects after 1-3 minutes. By inhaling CBD, the active ingredients get directly into our blood circulation through the lungs. For this method, a special blend of CBD, terpenes and flavonoids is filled into CBD oil cartridges that can be vaporized with a vape pen.
Former smokers or e-cigarette users might choose this option to be able to benefit from the relaxing ritual of inhaling. Plus, it is much healthier than cigarettes or e-liquids since it contains no nicotine. For people with stressful daily challenges, vaporizing CBD provides quick relief because it instantly helps you to calm down, focus and find your balance.
CBD for your Skin: Wellness Products, Creams & Lotions
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect of CBD is widely used in skin care products. Also, athletes and active people in general like to use CBD cosmetics to relax after training sessions and workouts.
The application of topical CBD products is not any different from any other lotion or cream. Just apply a thin layer on yourskin and massage gently. CBD body & massage oils are particularly suitable for this purpose, which contain hemp seed oil and other rich oils such as apricot kernel oil, almond oil and sesame oil in addition to CBD. CBD can also have an optimal effect on the skin in the form of bath bombs or bath salts and, in combination with essential oils (e.g. lavender or ylang-ylang), provide relaxation after a stressful day. All CBD wellness products and CBD & hemp cosmetics at HERBLIZ are suitable for all skin types.
How much CBD should I use?
If you are trying out CBD for the first time, it is smart to start with a small dose, explore your body’s reaction and increase slowly if needed. For starters we recommend using 1-3 drops or pumps of 2,5%, 5% or 10% CBD oil in the morning and the same amount at night. If you want to increase the amount later, you can either change the amount of drops / pumps or increase the CBD oil concentration to 15% or even 20%.
However, high amounts are not necessary for gaining fast results. Instead, you should try to listen to your body and observe its reactions. While the relaxing effect can be achieved relatively quickly, some effects might take up to 2 weeks until you notice them.
At the beginning of your CBD journey, ask yourself which effects you are hoping to achieve. Apart from that, there are no general restrictions on recommended amounts of CBD - testing is above studying, in this case. If you are taking medications regularlyit is advised to consult a doctor or pharmacist before using CBD for the first time.
Is it legal to use?
Yes, CBD is completely legal in Germany and most other European countries. All CBD products must contain less than 0,01% of THC to be sold legally. Always check the seller’s third-party lab certificates, as well as their quality guarantee and origin of the hemp plants. Transparency is key in CBD.