So there you are. After hearing all sorts of promising messages about the healing effect of CBD, you decided to take the leap and now face a shelf full of CBD products. What do you have to choose? How much do you really need? This article contains the answers, plus five essential tips that will help you read the label.
CBD has one of the fastest growing markets in the world. More and more people are discovering the healing properties of this part of the cannabis plant.
This is why CBD is being produced, promoted and used on an ever-increasing scale in all kinds of forms. And CBD oil has not been the only product available to consumers for some time. More and more suppliers are coming with new types of oils, capsules, tinctures, sprays, personal care products and other forms of CBD. At When Nature Calls we find and select the best suppliers through strict quality standards.
All CBD products have an information bubble to help people choose the right product for their specific needs. But many CBD consumers find these often confusing (and sometimes misleading) labels difficult to decipher. It is particularly difficult to find out what your CBD intake should be.
How much CBD do you need?
Let's start with one of the most pressing questions: how much CBD do you need? In the Netherlands, CBD can be sold as a nutritional supplement. However, the label must not contain health claims and advice. That doesn't make it any easier.
On the other hand, this information is not necessarily necessary. There is no uniform rule for the dosing of CBD. The rule of thumb is to start with a low dose and then increase evenly until you experience the desired result.
It is important to take a few factors into account here. Firstly, the severity of the condition plays a major role.
Other factors are body weight and personal elements; every human being is different. So try to find out what works for you. Start with one or two drops or three times a day and increase after a few days with one drop per intake.
By the way, don't be afraid to overdose. Overdose is not possible.
The dosage is not the only thing to look at when buying a CBD product. Also make sure that you track and browse the following information on the label:
CBD product labels not only provide information on the amount of cannabidiol per dose, but also on whether the product contains THC.
In the Netherlands, the THC content should not be higher than 0,05 per cent, whereas in the rest of the world this is o,2 per cent. This is a negligible amount of THC that you will not notice. The product label need not contain information about the presence of THC if the concentration is less than 0,05 percent. If it is, it is well taken and says something about the honesty of the supplier.
Whole plant or insulate
Check the label to determine whether the manufacturer has used the entire plant (also referred to as full spectrum or full spectrum) or CBD isolates.
Although CBD isolates are becoming increasingly popular, it is wise to opt for a CBD product with a full spectrum of active ingredients. This means that the product contains not only cannabidiol, but also components such as terpenes (aromatic molecules found in thousands of plant and tree species, including cannabis. In these molecules are stored the aromatic characteristics of a plant or tree), flavonoids (Flavonoids are pigments (dyes) and are therefore in many cases responsible for the bright colors. Flavonoids are mainly found in herbs, fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts and herbal beverages such as tea and wine) and other cannabinoids that have a greater therapeutic effect than CBD alone. This is called the entourage effect.
Note other components
Cannabidiol is just one of the many cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Therefore, it is normal for a CBD product label to contain information on other cannabinoids (except THC) and terpenes. But that's not the only thing.
Because cannabidiol has a nutty flavor that is not appreciated by everyone, products are increasingly inundated with flavours and natural sweeteners that improve flavour and aroma.
Manufacturers often recommend keeping the CBD product as well as possible in order to prevent it losing strength and taste for a certain period of time. Often keeping dark, dry and cool is sufficient. Also check the shelf life.
Investigate the manufacturer
All CBD product labels shall bear the name of the manufacturer. This gives the opportunity to investigate the company and determine whether it has a good reputation.
Check the company website and see if they have their products tested and published the test standards. Through the When Nature Calls website, you can view the laboratory test results and information from some of the brands we have in our assortment.
Also see if they are transparent about the origin of the hemp or cannabis used and what extraction method they use.
A few companies are able to sell their CBD products at relatively low cost because they use cheap and toxic oil-based solvents. Think of propane, hexane, pentane and butane; substances that, if they are not well filtered from the oil, can be harmful to the body.
Several other manufacturers use pharmaceutical ethyl alcohol to extract CBD from the plant and dispose of the residue of the hemp plant. This process produces high levels of cannabinoids and is safe for consumption. The super-critical CO2 extraction process is another and safe method to guarantee high-quality CBD products.