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CBD Beginner’s Guide – How To Find The Best CBD Oil

Inform your health with Anavii Market’s CBD Beginner’s Guide – the complete guide to CBD oil and how to find and use the best CBD oil for your needs!

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The Anavii Market Difference

As recognized leaders in the up and coming hemp market, we’ve created this CBD beginner’s guide for you and yours! At Anavii Market, we pride ourselves on ensuring the industry maintains a good reputation and the products that we provide everyone are the best CBD oil products on the market.

We know how difficult it can be sorting one CBD product from the other, so we’ve done the work for you by specialty curating the best CBD brands, while offering you premium customer success. We’ve created this guide to CBD Oil to help you navigate all of the questions you may have regarding CBD.

 

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Why Shop Anavii Market To Find The Best CBD Oil?

Anavii Market diligently vets every brand before making them available to you. We turn down more brands than we accept, so don’t be surprised that our selection is limited.

 

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How do we do we select the best CBD oil brands?

  1. We have an application vetting process to understand the company’s goals, procedures and risk profile.
  2. We personally test the CBD oil products to determine their effectiveness.
  3. We require third-party laboratory testing for cannabinoids and contaminants.
  4. We go the extra step and use the leading cannabis testing laboratory, Eurofins, to double check the brands for cannabinoid potency and contaminants.

 

Our co-founders, Annie and Jason, know a thing or two about the hemp and we’d like to share it with you in this CBD Beginner’s Guide so you can easily find the best CBD oil for your needs.

In this CBD Beginner’s Guide we help provide insight into the hot new supplement on the market, CBD oil as well as the basics of hemp. Our goal through this guide to CBD Oil is to show you how to find the best CBD oil for your health and wellness goals. We provide clear information on everything about CBD oil from leading industry experts who give an overview on:

 

  • What is CBD oil?
  • What is hemp?
  • Key terms related to CBD oil
  • Other cannabinoids beyond CBD
  • How CBD oil works in the body
  • What to look for in CBD oil
  • Best ways to use CBD oil
  • What carrier oils work best for CBD oil?
  • How much CBD oil should I take?
  • CBD oil and bioavailability (absorption)
  • Ways to improve CBD oil absorption
  • The side effects of CBD oil
  • Will I fail a drug test if I use CBD oil?
  • Do CBD oil extraction methods matter?
  • How much should CBD oil cost?
  • And more!

Please read along in our CBD Beginner’s Guide to discover why CBD oil may be optimal for your needs and if you think it may work for you, please try our Wellness Pal quiz to determine what the best CBD oil brand may be for you.

Please keep in mind that everyone’s experience with CBD oil is different, and you may need to try 1-2 brands before pinpointing the best CBD oil brand for you. There is certainly more information out there as to how your experience with CBD will be, but we hope this guide to CBD oil will help address many of the general questions surrounding CBD oil.

 

In addition to producing this CBD oil guide, Anavii Market regularly works with you and all of our customers to help you narrow the selection. Our well-curated selection of CBD oil only showcases brands that have been third-party laboratory tested by ISO certified labs, third-party verified through our rigorous application process and personally tested by the Anavii Market team. We care about the industry just like we care about your CBD oil success. Our goal is to ensure you have a positive experience.

As always, we are here for you if you need guidance through your CBD wellness journey, or if there are items you have questions on that are not in this CBD Beginner’s Guide, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

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If you are new to CBD oil or just want to learn more about CBD oil, please start with this guide to finding the best CBD oil. And if you have further questions, please reach out to us at wellness@anaviimarket.com or call us at 502-209-8808 and we’d be happy to walk you through your questions!

What is CBD? – CBD Beginner’s Guide

CBD stands for Cannabidiol

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the main health promoting, non-intoxicating compound found in the cannabis plant, especially in the hemp plant.

 

CBD is a Cannabinoid

CBD and other compounds found in the cannabis plant are called cannabinoids. They work with our body’s endocannabinoid system to balance internal functions like sleep, stress, and mood. There are over 100 cannabinoids that are being researched for therapeutic and medical benefits. The main ones include:

  • CBD
  • CBDA
  • CBG
  • CBN
  • CBC
  • THC
  • THCA

The endocannabinoid system was discovered in the early 1990s and is responsible for maintaining balance in the body. According to scientists and researchers, the primary role of the endocannabinoid system is to “relax, eat, sleep, protect and forget.” Our bodies produce endogenous cannabinoids that help to regulate these functions.

When we are deficient of endogenous cannabinoids, our body becomes out of balance creating physiological imbalances that may be related to appetite, pain and mood, among other issues. However, similar to a Vitamin D deficiency, we can nourish our body’s endocannabinoid deficiencies with cannabinoids found in cannabis, including hemp!

The US Department of Health and Human Services considers “cannnabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants”

The World Health Organization considers CBD “generally well tolerated, with a good safety profile.”

 

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Farmers can grow cannabis plants to have different ratios of cannabinoids. THC is the only cannabinoid that can make people feel “high.”

The amount of it in a plant determines whether the plant is considered hemp or marijuana. By law, hemp must contain no more than 0.3% THC which is such a small amount that it is essentially zero and there is no way it can get you “high.”

Anavii Market only sells hemp-derived CBD oil. We hope this Guide to CBD Oil helps you make the most effective decision.


What is Hemp? – Complete Guide to CBD Oil

Hemp is a multipurpose plant that has a long history in the United States. George Washington even used to grow it! It can be used for a variety of purposes - from building materials to cosmetics, cooking oils to therapeutic extracts like CBD. It just depends on the part of the plant that is being used.

  • Flower - Cannabinoids like CBD and the plant’s essential oils, called terpenes, are found in the flower of the hemp plant. This floral material is extracted from the plant and is commonly referred to as CBD oil, hemp extract, or hemp oil.
  • Stalk - The hemp stalk contains fibers which are known to be strong and sustainable. These fibers are commonly used in fabrics and apparel. They are also used in a range of industrial products like cars, building materials, and plastics.
  • Seed - Hemp seeds are packed with protein and other nutrients. They are typically cold-pressed for oil as a finishing oil or in smoothies. The by-product is nutrient rich protein. Alternatively, the shell is removed and the seed (or hemp heart) is ready for eating. Beyond health foods, the seed oil can be used in cosmetics and as carrier oils in hemp extracts.

Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil is not to be confused with hemp-derived CBD oil or hemp oil. Hemp seed oil comes from the seed of the plant, not the flower, and do not contain CBD or other cannabinoids.


CBD Beginner's Guide to Terminology 101

Hemp and CBD terms are important to understand and are always evolving. Here are key words to keep in mind in our CBD Beginner’s Guide!

 

Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids are found in the human body and in the cannabis and hemp plants. There are two kinds of cannabinoids including endogenous cannabinoids and phytocannabinoids. Learn more about the functions of these two in this Beginner’s Guide to CBD Oil!

 

Endogenous cannabinoids

Endogenous cannabinoids are naturally produced in humans. In fact endogenous cannabinoids are found in all vertebrates! There are two medically accepted endogenous cannabinoids including Anandamide and 2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG). Anandamide is often associated with producing euphoria or the “runner’s high,” whereas 2-AG is often associated with the regulation of appetite, immune system functions and pain management.

 

Phytocannabinoids

Phytocannabinoids (phyto meaning plant) are found in cannabis and hemp. CBD is a phytocannabinoid (or cannabinoid for short), but there are 100+ other phytocannabinoids like: CBDA, CBG, CBN, CBC, THC and more! In hemp, these are considered minor cannabinoids because they are found in lower concentrations.

 

Endocannabinoid System

Endocannabinoid system is a biological system within vertebrates that maintains balance in the body. Its primary functions are to relax, eat, sleep, protect and forget. This system is made up of neurotransmitters that attach to receptors. These receptors are found within the Central Nervous System and Peripheral Nervous System. More recent research has also found these neurotransmitters also attaching to Serotonin Receptors and Adenosine Receptors.

 

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Cannabinoid Receptors

Cannabinoid receptors are located throughout the endocannabinoid system, these neurotransmitter receptors receive endogenous cannabinoids and phytocannabinoids. There are two cannabinoid receptors that have been accepted by the medical community.

 

CB1 Receptors

CB1 receptors are mostly found in the brain but also in the lungs, kidneys and liver. THC binds to this receptor and can activate the “high.” CBD does not gravitate to this receptor, but instead helps THC mediate this receptor by blocking action against it.

 

CB2 Receptors

CB2 receptors are found throughout the brain, in our bones, and peripheral organs like the spleen, liver and pancreas. CBD does gravitate towards these receptors, but mostly acts against receptors not yet medically accepted into the endocannabinoid system.

Other receptors not yet accepted by the medical community, but under investigation are GPR55, GPR18, GPR119 and TRPV1. Adenosine and Serotonin receptors could also be considered here. We bet this is the first Guide to CBD Oil that mentions these encompassing receptors that interact with CBD!

 

Hemp Extract

Hemp extract is the floral extract that contains CBD and other cannabinoids. Commonly used as the ingredient name for the cannabinoid spectrum. Beyond cannabinoids hemp extract normally contains terpenes, vitamin E, chlorophyll and other micronutrients found in plants.

 

Full Spectrum CBD/Full Spectrum Hemp Extract

Full spectrum is terminology that currently specifies that the product includes CBD, minor cannabinoids and terpenes. It commonly references whole plant extraction.

Side note - while the industry has adopted this descriptor, the term is used in an inaccurate manner because compounds are lost immediately during extraction. The only product that can truly be defined as “full spectrum” is the raw flower.

 

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Broad Spectrum CBD/Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract

Broad spectrum normally means the product is a “full spectrum” product but the THC has been removed.

 

Terpenes

Terpenes are like the essential oils found in all of cannabis. These aromatic organic compounds provide the distinguishing smell in each cannabis and hemp cultivar. Early research alludes to therapeutic benefits of terpenes.

 

Trichomes

Trichomes are what give the hemp flower the sparkle or glitter! They are where the cannabinoids and terpenes are found. Under a microscope they resemble mushrooms or tiny antlers.

 

Entourage Effect

Entourage effect is commonly used to explain the interaction of CBD, other cannabinoids and terpenes that work together to provide therapeutic action.

 

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is the isolated compound of cannabidiol. Products with CBD isolate are 99.4%+ pure and contain no other cannabinoids or terpenes. CBD isolate is commonly used in pharmaceutical applications because the consistency is easier to control; however, research suggests that CBD isolate is not as effective as a “full spectrum CBD oil.”


CBD Beginner’s Guide - Cannabinoids Beyond CBD

In 1934 the League of Nations (now the United Nations) stated that cannabis sativa (ie hemp), contributed to relief as “a mild counter irritant… for the relief of neuralgic pain; to encourage sleep; and to soothe restlessness.”

This relief is contributed to CBD but also the whole plant, meaning the minor cannabinoids and terpenes that were also found in the plant.

In this Guide to CBD Oil you find that more recent research suggests that the following cannabinoids may support the following:

  • Cannabinol (CBN) - This cannabinoid was the first to ever be discovered. It has sedative properties and is considered to support sleep.
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  • Cannabichromene (CBC) - Early studies on mice suggests this cannabinoid may support the relief of intestinal discomfort, however clinical trials must be performed. Other studies link CBC to mood enhancement and anti-fungal attributes when in combination with specific terpenes. The safety profile of CBC has not been thoroughly assessed when consuming in high concentrations.
  • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - This intoxicating cannabinoid has been linked to appetite stimulation. Early on, the cannabinoid was synthesized to create Marinol, which is an approved pharmaceutical for appetite stimulation in AIDS and cancer patients. Scientists believe this it works, but also acknowledge that THC found in the whole plant is more effective.
  • Cannabidiolic-acid (CBDA) - Studies have found that this cannabinoid may block inflammatory activity by inhibiting COX-2. Other studies relate CBDA to relieving upset stomach. However, clinical trials are needed. CBDA is the acid form of CBD.

The acid forms of cannabinoids (ex. CBDA, THCA, CBGA, etc.) are actually what the plant produces. Raw floral material provides the acid form of the cannabinoids. Once the plant is extracted under heat, the acid molecule drops from the compound. The acid forms can also be extracted under very particular circumstances, but are less stable than non-acid forms.

 

In many cases the extracted acid form can have a harsh, bitter taste and may have different effects compared to their non-acid forms. For instance, THCA is non-intoxicating, but once subjected to heat, the THCA turns into THC, which is intoxicating.


CBD Beginner’s Guide - How Does CBD Work in the Body?

Every vertebrate on Earth has an endocannabinoid system that naturally produces endogenous cannabinoids and naturally receives phytocannabinoids, like those found in the hemp plant. CBD like that found in CBD oil is one of these phytocannabinoids.

Cannabinoids interact with endocannabinoid receptors, which are considered neurotransmitters. The scientific community is finding that these endocannabinoid receptors are so abundant in the body, that some believe there are more endocannabinoid receptors than all other neurotransmitter receptors combined.

These receptors are proteins that are like ears and eyes delivering and signaling information to cells. Neurotransmitters and hormones (called ligands) attach to these receptors to initiate reaction or activity in the body.

 

The endocannabinoid system is made up of two major endocannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2). Endogenous cannabinoids are neurotransmitters that bind to these endocannabinoid receptors creating physiological response.

Phytocannabinoids, like CBD and others found in hemp, mimic endogenous cannabinoids and can serve to supplement the system if there is a deficiency.

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CB1 receptors are abundant in the brain and regulate pain, memory processing, inflammation, movement, and motor control, among other functions. Beyond the brain, they are found in the digestive tract, heart, liver, lungs and immune system.

CB2 receptors are found in the brain and immune system, bones, spleen, liver, and pancreas. CB2 receptors are responsible for “immune [regulation], bone mass enhancement, brain protection, pain and inflammation control, liver support and healthy stress response.”

These endocannabinoid neurotransmitters are important in regulating balance because they work in an opposite manner than other neurotransmitters, which allows the system to control neurons. This function is how the endocannabinoid system regulates homeostasis or balance in the body.

Endogenous cannabinoids like Anandamide and 2-AG are naturally produced in the body and interact with these receptors, creating balances and imbalances in the body.

Beyond CB1 and CB2 receptors found in the endocannabinoid system, there are other cannabinoid targets that receive endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids like CBD. These other receptors and their responsibilities include:

  • G-protein coupled receptors:
    • GPR18 - Found throughout the cerebellum, spinal cord, lungs, immune cells, small intestine, thymus and testis. This receptor is responsible for regulating immunity and lowering blood pressure.
    • GPR55 - Found within the Central Nervous System, kidneys, lungs, gut, liver and adrenal glands. This receptor is responsible for regulating pain, inflammation, energy, bone mass, and brain function.
    • GPR119 - Found in the GI tract and pancreas, this receptor is responsible for regulating appetite, weight, and blood sugar.
  • Other receptors that cannabinoids act on include:
    • TRPV1 (Transient receptor potential vanilloid 1) - One of many TRPV receptors, this receptor is found in high levels in the Central Nervous System and communicates with the brain when there is tissue damage.This receptor regulates chronic pain and inflammatory conditions. It is believed that topical CBD oil is directly received by TRPV1 receptors.

    • 5-HT3 - A Serotonin receptor found throughout the Central Nervous System, this receptor regulates vomiting and analgesic effects in the body.

    • PPARS - Found throughout the body, these receptors are responsible for reducing pain and inflammation while also acting to protect the brain, gut and heart.
    • GLYRS - Mostly found in the Central Nervous System, these receptors regulate excitability in the brain and spine that control motor function and sensing.
    • GABA - Often found to inhibit neurotransmission in the Central Nervous System, these receptors have sedating qualities including muscle relaxation and anticonvulsant and anti-anxiety effects.

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We hope this Beginner’s Guide to CBD oil is helping to clarify your questions!

As you can tell, the endocannabinoid system is a highly complex system that humanity is just beginning to understand. Scientists and researchers are finding that certain actions in your body could be a reaction due to cannabinoid deficiencies.

This isn’t too surprising considering that humanity used to intake cannabinoids in our food and beverages on a day to day basis. This is because livestock ate hemp and those cannabinoids would accumulate in animal protein and milk and would then be passed on to humans. In addition, cannabis and hemp were both considered therapeutics and pharmaceuticals until the late 1930s.

However, after 1937, cannabis and hemp were highly regulated and regular consumption of phytocannabinoids disappeared. Now we may be living in an age where over-regulation has caused endocannabinoid deficiencies which may be similar to vitamin deficiencies.

If you are feeling imbalanced, try to nourish your endocannabinoid system with CBD oil. Anavii Market is here to help you find the best CBD oil for your needs.


What Are The Best Ways To Use CBD Oil? - CBD Beginner’s Guide

For best results according to our CBD Beginner’s Guide, take CBD oil after a meal or a high fat snack.

 

The most important aspect of taking CBD oil is to consider the absorption rate of the products. With current technology, the absorption rate of CBD oil is rather low, averaging around 10% however, there are ways to improve this absorption rate. The easiest way to improve absorption rate is to take CBD oil after a meal but particularly after a high fat snack.

CBD oil is considered lipophilic meaning it LOVES FAT. When ingesting CBD oil, the CBD attaches to fat and uses the fat as a method to effectively move through the body.

This is why CBD oil is usually mixed with high fat carrier oils. You can read more about the benefits of carrier oils below and which carrier oil may be the best for CBD oil.

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In addition, the way that you use CBD oil also affects absorption rates, like those explained below.

But ultimately, if you want to improve absorption, take your CBD oil after eating a spoonful of peanut butter, avocado, or something with a high-fat profile!


Different Types of CBD Oil

If you aren’t already aware from our many blog posts, you will become acutely aware from this CBD Beginner’s Guide that there are lots of different ways to consume CBD oil including tinctures, topicals, capsules/softgels/pills, edibles, or vaping CBD oil. You can also try suppositories or patches, but those are less popular.

  • CBD Oil Tinctures - Not to be confused with tinctures that contain alcohol, CBD oil tinctures normally do not contain alcohol. Instead CBD Oil tinctures are mixed with a carrier oil as well as other flavors and sometimes added terpenes. CBD Oil tinctures are meant to be placed under the tongue for up to a minute and then swallowed. Leaving the CBD oil under the tongue allows the CBD and other cannabinoids to enter into the bloodstream more quickly and effectively. Beyond vaping CBD oil, this is currently the most effective method on the market.

 

  • CBD Oil Softgels, Capsules, & Pills - This method is the easiest way to incorporate CBD oil into your day to day routine because it is just like taking a multi-vitamin. Currently this method provides less absorption than tinctures because the product must be digested before it is absorbed into the bloodstream. For this reason, the effectiveness of some cannabinoids can be lost along the way.

 

  • CBD Oil Topicals - This method provides quick, but short-term relief in localized areas. Topicals are best if used on thin layers of skin, like hands, feet and knees, but if you have deep discomfort, ingesting CBD oil orally will be far more effective.

 

  • CBD Oil Vape Pens - Right now, the most effective way to consume CBD oil is by vaping the product. This is the most effective, because it enters your bloodstream more quickly and more efficiently than other products. However, vaping CBD comes with a series of risks, like health concerns and concerns over added ingredients. These risks should be considered before trying these CBD oil products.

One risk is that inhaling a product has associated lung risks that should be considered. Another major risk is that CBD oil vapes are not well regulated. Oftentimes CBD oil vapes contain other ingredients that have not been evaluated or approved for inhalation, or could contain synthetic cannabinoids or CBD isolate as opposed to a whole plant.

Because of these quality control problems and health concerns, Anavii Market has chosen not to sell CBD oil vape pens; however, we still included them in our CBD Beginner’s Guide. If you do intend to use one, we suggest only buying distillate vape pens with no added ingredients.

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Because of these quality control problems and health concerns, Anavii Market has chosen not to sell CBD oil vape pens; however, we still included them in our CBD Beginner’s Guide. If you do intend to use one, we suggest only buying distillate vape pens with no added ingredients.

If you’d like to learn more about the best ways to take CBD oil, check out our blog!


What Carrier Oils Work Best for CBD Oil – CBD Beginner’s Guide

A common misconception with CBD oil tinctures is that the whole bottle is pure CBD and cannabinoids. This is incorrect. In this guide to CBD oil, you’ll find that CBD and cannabinoids are commonly mixed with carrier oils.

 

  • Carrier oils
    • CBD Oil tinctures are normally mixed with carrier oils like MCT coconut oil or palm oil and LCT oils like hemp seed oil, grapeseed oil and olive oil. These carrier oils have varying nutritional benefits or functions when it comes to how the product works in the body.
    • MCT oils typically are cheaper with a higher Omega 6 fatty acid profile, meaning they have some nutritional benefit but are not as healthy as LCT oils. However, MCT oils can hold a higher concentration or more CBD and cannabinoids in a typical bottle and have a longer shelf life.
    • Conversely, LCT oils are typically more expensive with higher Omega 3 fatty acid profiles, meaning they have more nutritional benefit than MCT oils. In addition, LCT oils are able to penetrate the bloodstream more effectively than MCT oils, providing more absorption of CBD oil and other cannabinoids. The shelf life for LCT oils is typically 1 year. Feel free to read more about carrier oils on our blog!
  • Flavor

    • Also mixed with CBD, cannabinoids and carrier oils are varying flavors. Manufacturers often use flavors to help enhance or improve the flavor profile for the consumer. Popular flavors include peppermint, orange and cinnamon, but we have seen some wild flavors out there too!

  • Terpenes

    • Beyond a carrier oil and flavor, manufacturers may also add terpenes back into their CBD oils, especially if the extraction process has removed them. Terpenes are gaining appeal for their potential therapeutic applications as well particularly when it comes to the entourage effect found in cannabis. Because of this, manufacturers try to maintain the terpene profile during extraction offering the “full spectrum” CBD (cannabinoid) oil, or they will even go the extra mile by adding additional terpenes back into the CBD oil.


How Much CBD Oil Should I Take? – CBD Beginner’s Guide

Everyone is different when it comes to taking CBD oil. We recommend starting out small and working your way up. Sometimes CBD oil can cause fatigue, so we recommend starting with your first serving in the evening in case it makes you tired.

There is no standard starting serving size, but we recommend anywhere between 5mg to 15mg, depending on weight. In this Beginner’s Guide to CBD, the best advice we can give on serving size is to start low and build slow, until you find your desired effect! Oftentimes CBD may not create a noticeable effect, so if you feel like nothing is happening, take it for two weeks tracking your behaviors and moods, then stop. Do you notice a difference then?

For animals, the recommended serving size is around 1mg CBD oil per 10 pounds weight. For optimal effectiveness be sure to take the CBD oil after a meal or a high fat snack. This will increase absorption rates in the body providing you with a better bang for your buck!

Do not take CBD oil if you are pregnant or lactating and consult your physician if you are taking other medications.


What Is The Normal Absorption Rate of CBD Oil? – CBD Beginner’s Guide

Cannabinoids like CBD are a natural compound. In general, whether it is food, vitamins, supplements or pharmaceuticals, our bodies have low absorption rates, meaning if you take a vitamin that is 100mg, the only way for your body to actually absorb 100mg of the vitamin into your bloodstream is to have the vitamin injected intravenously (into the vein), which effectively goes into your bloodstream. This provides 100% absorption.

Conversely, supplements or medications taken orally or topically do not have even half of the absorption rate as intravenous methods. The graphic below provides a general framework for how well cannabinoids like CBD as well as other supplements absorb in your body given the type of consumption method.

 

Product Type Standard Absorption Rate into Bloodstream

Tinctures

4% to 20% (avg 10%)

Softgels or Capsules

4% to 20% (avg 10%)

Inhalation

2% to 53% (avg 40% depending on experience and inhalation period)

Topical Application

Less than 3% unless used in conjunction with a permeation enhancer

Food (Gummies)

4% to 20% (avg 10%)

 

This means that when you take 50mg of CBD oil (hemp extract, cannabinoids) in a tincture form, your body is only absorbing 5 to 10mg of the cannabinoids. This is important to consider when purchasing a product, particularly if you feel the product is not working for you – it may be because you aren’t absorbing enough.

However, given the low absorption rate of CBD oil, manufacturers try to use varying techniques to improve the ability of the cannabinoids (or any nutrient) to flow through your body and enter your bloodstream more rapidly.


Are There Ways To Improve The Absorption Of CBD Oil? – CBD Beginner’s Guide

There are many absorption mechanisms that can improve the bioavailability of CBD oil, or the amount of CBD oil that is absorbed into your bloodstream, providing the best impact for the body. For an even deeper dive into cannabinoids like CBD and bioavailability, check out our recent article.

 

Absorption Techniques

 

At-home hack

Since cannabinoids like CBD are lipophilic (fat-loving) compounds, taking your CBD oil with a high fat snack is an easy and effective way to improve the absorption of your CBD so that you can find the best results. Try snacks like a spoonful of peanut or almond butter, a handful of nuts or hemp hearts, an avocado or a tasty dessert like cookies or ice cream. If you just ate a meal, that will work too! Eating before taking your CBD oil can improve absorption by 3 to 5 times the rate.

Bio-pairing

Bio-pairing could also be considered an at-home hack. Black pepper (or the terpene beta-caryophyllene) can be used to enhance absorption. Try taking your CBD oil with black pepper supplements, or look for CBD oil products with high concentrations of Beta-caryophyllene terpenes or black cumin seed oil. Bluebird Botanicals’ Signature CBD Oil is a great place to start. Life Patent also has a bio-hacking/bio-pairing product coming to market soon whose absorption rate is supposed to be unmatched - but the product has not yet launched.

Nano-technology

Nano-technology is a method that CBD manufacturers have begun to use to improve absorption methods. The process breaks down the cannabinoid compounds into tiny particles. Since the compounds are smaller in size, this allows the particles to more easily enter the bloodstream. However, absorption rates are still not perfect and rates depend on the type of material and the method used to create the nano-materials.

 

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Because CBD is such a new industry, companies have not necessarily done the proper research to understand exact absorption rates when using technologies like this.

This may not be for lack of effort, but rather, lack of financial support, or research allowance, as any clinical trials on humans need to undergo a review by an Institutional Review Board – which given hemp’s past legal status made these trials virtually impossible.

Now that hemp research has opened, we should expect to see more research with hard data that provides evidence as to enhanced absorption techniques as they relate to cannabinoids.

 

 

Emulsification

In simplest terms, emulsification helps fats slip by nature. Emulsification helps break down fat globules, like the lipophilic cannabinoids, into smaller pieces so it can become absorbed more easily in our water soluble digestion tract. For cannabinoids, this means more cannabinoids are absorbed.

Check out Barlean’s for a taste of emulsification.

Nano-Emulsion

Combining nano-technology with an emulsification process introduces the most advanced form of absorption. But again, we don’t have exact data as to the enhanced absorption rate in clinical data trials.

 While many of these methods may be effective, be careful of claims regarding absorption. At Anavii Market, we are skeptical to carry some brands because of enhanced absorption claims.

Until we see data, we do not feel comfortable marketing products that are stated to have absorption enhancements. At this point, we believe the easiest and most effective way for you to receive optimal absorption rates is by eating a high fat snack before ingesting.

Here are some claims to watch out for:

High absorption rate claims – be weary here. Unless you have seen the studies, anyone claiming over 40% absorption is not being factual in regards to their claim. If a CBD company is making these claims, ask to see their research backing this statement. 

Water soluble! claims – Also be careful with this claim. Cannabinoids are lipophilic not hydrophilic. This means that cannabinoids love to attach to fat not water. Ultimately, cannabinoids are oil and oil and water do not mix. In fact, cannabinoids hate water so much, if you find a CBD water, it is more likely that the CBD and cannabinoids will cling to the plastic of the water bottle before they cling to the water, meaning the plastic is absorbing the cannabinoids, not YOU!

Some technology is surfacing that can make cannabinoids like CBD disperse throughout the water column, but the compounds themselves are still not able to be dissolved in water. Like absorption rate claims, if a company is claiming water solubility, ask to see their research.

We know this is a lot to cover, but hopefully this Beginner’s Guide to CBD Oil will help you understand the compounds more and ask the right questions! If you do have questions, please email us or call us at 502-209-8808!


What Are The Side Effects Of Using CBD Oil? – A Guide To CBD Oil

CBD oil is not a cure all and it can in fact cause side effects. Some side effects include diarrhea (which usually resolves itself within 3 days), fatigue, and nausea. If you experience diarrhea longer than 3 days, stop use and consult your physician. If you experience fatigue, do not operate a motor vehicle.

CBD Oil can also cause lower blood pressure. If you find yourself light-heated after use. Reduce your serving size and monitoring your effects. If you symptoms do not improve, stop use and consult your physician.

In high doses, CBD oil can cause irritability and anger. If you find that you are experiencing these side effects, reduce your use. If you experience any prolonged side effects, stop use and consult your physician.

Do not take CBD oil if you are pregnant or lactating. There is not enough evidence to know the benefits or harmful effects on prenatal development and infants. If you are taking other medication, consult your doctor before use. If you are taking liver medications or have liver problems, do not take CBD oil.

We hope this guide to CBD Oil has created some clarification on what side effects may arise and when to avoid the products. If you have a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1. If you have an adverse reaction, including what seems to be an allergic reaction, please notify us and/or the product manufacturer.


Will I Fail A Drug Test If I Take CBD Oil? – Beginner’s Guide To CBD Oil

There is a lot of false information regarding CBD oil and drug testing. But our guide to CBD oil provides only honest and accurate information regarding CBD oil and drug testing. We hope this beginner’s guide to CBD oil helps you find (and understand) the truth!

 

The bottom line is that, yes, currently it is possible to fail a drug test if you take CBD oil. This is possible because of a number of concerns that we are working to help the industry overcome.

Full spectrum CBD (hemp extract, cannabinoid) oil contains trace concentrations of THC. While the concentrations of THC are no more than 0.3% by law. This means that a 1000mg bottle would have at most, 3mg of THC in the entire bottle.

After taking a 1000mg bottle, you would have absorbed and metabolized these 3mg.

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However, the body metabolizes THC at three times the rate of CBD. This means while you only consumed 3mg of THC, your body metabolized 9mg of THC, which works its way into the blood stream. How quickly the cannabinoids metabolize through your body depends on a number of factors. By a rule of thumb, cannabinoids are fat-loving compounds; so the more fat content you have in your body, the more likely the cannabinoids will metabolize through your system at a slower rate, meaning there is an increased risk of failing a drug test.

When participating in a drug test, the test is broken down into two tests. The first phase of the test is called the initial test. If an individual fails this test, the individual has the ability to request a confirmatory test. The confirmatory test examines the drug level in lower concentrations, and is if requested, the cost can often fall on the individual as opposed to the company or organization.

Drug tests assess cannabinoids as a form of “marijuana metabolites.” Private companies, organizations and governmental bodies may have varying levels for failing an initial or confirmatory test.

For instance, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has some of the strictest levels of testing. The DOT’s initial test for marijuana metabolites is 50mg/ml; whereas the confirmatory test is 15mg/ml. Conversely the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (the organization that tests for the Olympics) initial test is 150mg/ml. Private companies have the ability to set their own limits.

If you get drug tested but are still interested in taking CBD oil, know there is risk that you will fail, given the above factors. If you decide to still take the product these are some points of advice for reducing your risk.

 

Talk To Your Company/Organization

 

Open a dialogue with your company. Let them know that you are interested in taking hemp-derived CBD oil, but you have a fear that you may fail a drug test. Maybe even show them this guide to CBD Oil! Ask your place of work what their initial testing limits are for drug tests.

If they are unfamiliar with hemp-derived CBD oil, tell them the product is federally legal and the World Health Organization has deemed it safe and non-intoxicating, but the negligible levels of THC found in the product (it’s like non-alcoholic beer!) may trigger a false positive. If they are concerned that you are actually using marijuana, explain to them that the levels of marijuana metabolites would be much higher if that were the case. Show them your product, and the receipt!

 

Ask For A Confirmatory Test

 

If you do get drug tested and you fail the initial test. Ask for a confirmatory test. While you still may trigger a positive test on the confirmatory level, this test will showcase that your levels are even lower than what the initial test provides. This value may provide further insight to showcase to your company or organization that you are taking legal hemp products as opposed to high-THC cannabis products.

 

Call Your Senator or Congressman!

 

The US Government has outdated policies regarding drug testing, and most private companies base their testing policies after US Government policies. Call your Senator or Congressman and ask them to support updating policies surrounding drug testing for cannabis by increasing the minimum threshold for use.

 

Try Broad Spectrum or CBD Isolate Products

 

If you do get drug tested and you fail the initial test. Ask for a confirmatory test. While you still may trigger a positive test on the confirmatory level, this test will showcase that your levels are even lower than what the initial test provides. This value may provide further insight to showcase to your company or organization that you are taking legal hemp products as opposed to high-THC cannabis products.

While we still cannot guarantee a passed drug test if you take broad spectrum CBD oil or CBD isolate, these two products contain essentially zero THC and taking these products can reduce the risk associated with drug testing. If you are drug tested, we recommend talking with your company about it, and if you decide to take CBD oil products, start with a Broad Spectrum or CBD isolate.

Broad Spectrum products are usually considered “THC free.” This means the extraction process has removed the THC from the extract. However, because instrumentation does not actually measure the value of zero, there is always a chance for very small quantities of THC to be present in the product, which over time could build up in your system, causing a failed drug test.

Similarly, CBD isolate products also contain “zero THC.” In this process not only THC is stripped out, but also other nutrients that are essential to whole plant relief. Normally we never recommend CBD isolate, because the quality of the product is degraded without the other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, sterols and phytonutrients, but it is one of the only options for drug testing. Like Broad Spectrum CBD oil, CBD Isolate may contain tiny concentrations of THC that could trigger a positive test.

We do not offer CBD isolate on Anavii Market because it has undergone so much processing, we do not consider it plant-based once it is in its final form; however, we do offer a Broad Spectrum THC free product.

 

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Do Extraction Methods Matter When It Comes To Picking The Best CBD Oil? – Beginner’s Guide To CBD Oil

When trying to find the best CBD oil, considering the extraction method of use to obtain the active cannabinoid and terpene ingredients within the product is an important consideration, but less important than some of the other considerations above. In this guide to CBD oil, we break down what the main extraction methods are and why one may be better than the other.

There are multiple extraction methods on the market today. The most popular two methods are ethanol extraction and CO2 extraction. Less popular methods include steam distillation, botanical oil extraction, and other solvent extractions like butane and hexane extraction.

Ethanol Extraction – one of the oldest and safest extraction methods for cannabis, hemp and cannabinoids. This process helps to maintain the cannabinoid profiles, particularly the acidic cannabinoids, as well as terpenes, flavonoids and important nutrients like chlorophyll. After extraction, the ethanol alcohol is removed from the extracted material through distillation, making the process wholesome, clean, effective and safe.

 

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CO2 Extraction this is a popular method for extracting essential oils and hops. This method is mimicked with cannabinoids. Extractors use two processes, subcritical and supercritical CO2 extraction. CO2 extraction pulls polar compounds, like cannabinoids, from the plant material, transporting the compounds into separation containers.

Subcritical CO2 extraction provides more effective means for wholesome plant extraction that supercritical. After extraction, the material is winterized then decarboxylated through an ethanol distillation process, further refining the material removing the unwanted fats and waxes.

 

Steam Distillation – Steam distillation is a less popular but effective extraction method for removing cannabinoids like CBD from the hemp plant. During this process steam is used to vaporize the plant’s cannabinoid compounds. After vaporizing the material in a Still, the compounds are condensed back into a liquid form and are collected, with the water and oils separating during this process.

Botanical Oil – Some small scale processors use compression and heat with other botanical oils to remove the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant material. Botanical oil extraction is safe and effective; however, problems arise when scaling. 

Other Solvent Extraction – Solvent extraction is a popular method for extracting cannabinoids. The process is the same as ethanol extraction; however, minor changes can create differing effects. For instance, as opposed to using ethanol to extract the cannabinoids, facilities can use other solvents like butane or hexane. These are less popular and can be more harmful solvents to use in this process, particularly if the processor does not test for or the manufacturer does not require an analysis on residual solvents.


How Much Should CBD Oil Cost? – Complete Guide to CBD Oil

Don’t overpay for CBD oil. That is why in this beginner’s guide to CBD oil, we break down how to assess the value and cost of CBD oil.

There is no straight answer when trying to find the best CBD oil at the best cost. And the industry does not make understanding the variables any easier. When trying to find the best CBD oil for your needs, beyond efficacy, cost is an important consideration, but the cheapest CBD oil is not always the best purchase.

In today’s market the best way to understand the cost of CBD oil is to determine the dollar per milligram. The best way to determine this price is to find or calculate the total amount of cannabinoids, including CBD oil, available in the bottle. This number is oftentimes provided on the front of the bottle and typically ranges between 250mg to 2000mg in a 1oz tincture bottle (note: some products like our Bluebird Classic or Green Remedy 3000mg come in a 2oz bottle. In addition Barleans comes in a 1.5oz bottle - this means the volume of the bottle should be considered when accounting for $/mg of the bottle).

If the value provided on the bottle is in milligrams of cannabinoids per serving, then simply view the total number of servings in the single container found within the supplements panel.

Once you know the milligrams of cannabinoids per serving and the total number of servings in a single container, multiply those two numbers to determine the total number of cannabinoids in the bottle. Once you know the total amount of cannabinoids available in the bottle, divide the total cost by the total number of milligrams to determine the dollar/milligram. This dollar amount should be in cents with ranges varying from $0.08/mg to $0.20/mg.

Traditionally, THC-free broad spectrum products will be in the more expensive price range than a full spectrum product ($0.15 to $0.20/mg)


CBD Beginner’s Guide - Why Is There A Big Difference In The Cost of CBD Oil?

You may be thinking there is a large difference between $0.08/mg and $0.20/mg, so why is there such a gap? We explain the price differences below in this guide to CBD oil.

Many variables come into consideration when companies price their CBD oil. The final price is dependent on a few things which contribute to whether you are finding the best CBD oil for your dollar. Ultimately it is up to you to decide. Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether the price of the CBD oil is worth the value of the CBD oil:

  • Where does the company source its CBD oil?
    • European or Chinese CBD oil is cheaper than US-grown CBD oil. But the traceability and quality of CBD oil is one of the most important decisions when purchasing a CBD oil product. Traditionally European CBD oil is strictly regulated; however, Chinese CBD oil is notoriously poor quality and contains unwanted contaminants.
    • Don’t worry, at Anavii Market, most of our products are US-grown, with a couple brands sourcing from Europe and no brands sourcing from China.
  • Is the product full spectrum, broad spectrum or CBD isolate?
    • Full spectrum cannabinoid hemp extract products are whole plant extracts. This means processors receive the shucked floral material from the plants and extract the cannabinoids out, then refine the excess fats and waxes. Full spectrum hemp extract contains all the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids available from the extracted plant material. While there is some loss in the extraction process, the process does not intentionally remove or isolate any cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids or micronutrients.
    • Broad spectrum cannabinoid hemp extract products use similar extraction process techniques as full spectrum cannabinoid hemp extract products; however, during refinement, an additional step removes certain compounds from the extracted material. Normally, the targeted removed compound is THC. This process is difficult and expensive to perform. Because of the extra step in the refinement process, broad spectrum hemp extract is normally more expensive than full spectrum hemp extract.
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    • Isolated CBD or other isolated cannabinoids remove a single compound, like CBD, THC, or CBG from the extracted material. This process adds other reagents during the extraction and refinement process. Some of these reagents may be harmful solvents. Isolated cannabinoids often are imported from China with guarantee as to the quality, consistency and contaminants in the product. Because of this, isolated cannabinoids are normally the cheapest hemp-derived products but the lowest quality.
  • Does the product contain high levels of rare cannabinoids?
    • Currently, CBD and THC are the most abundant cannabinoids on the market; however, other cannabinoids like CBDA, CBG, CBC, and CBN are available in the plant as well. Research in seed genetics is enabling the plants to have higher concentrations of the rare cannabinoids; however, these cannabinoids are still not as abundant as CBD and THC. If a product contains high concentrations of the rare cannabinoids, the product will likely be more expensive.
  • Does the product contain bioavailability technology?
    • If a product is more bioavailable, the product is more effective, so you will need to use less, but these technologies add costs to the end product, making these products more effective, but more expensive. This is important when determining $/mg, but again, ask to see the research!


Still Need More Guidance Finding The Best CBD Oil Or Have Additional Questions About Our CBD Beginner’s Guide?

We hope this CBD Oil guide has helped you find the best CBD oil for your needs, but if you still need help or have questions regarding our product selection, guidance for use, or anything relating to hemp products, we would be happy to help.

If you are torn between one or more products, check out our Wellness Pal to find the best CBD oil for you. Our Wellness Pal is an extension of this guide to CBD oil and an excellent product selection tool that helps narrow the field for all of our top quality CBD products.

In addition, and as always, we are here for you and are just an email, message or phone call away – always feel free to reach out if you have questions about this guide to CBD oil or any other issue!

The products sold on this site and these statements herein have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


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