When you first start taking CBD, you’re usually advised to ‘start low and go slow’. This is because some people appear to metabolise CBD more slowly than others, and need only a low dose to notice an effect. Gradually increase the dose if you need to; you may want to revisit your dose each week, for example, until you find a level that works best for you. The CBD dose at which you finally arrive will vary depending on the strength of the product, how you respond, and the reason you are taking it.
If you prefer to take drops, then a typical starting product will contain CBD infused into a carrier oil to provide an overall strength of, for example, 2.75%. This means that CBD makes up 2.75% of the total product and the other listed ingredients, such as hemp seed oil, make up the remaining 97.25%. The usual dose ranges from one to eight drops, up to three times daily.
High strength, super strength, ultra strength… with so many different types of CBD available, which one is best for your needs? Dr. Sarah Brewer explains.
A potential substitute for those worried about drug testing is the ‘CBD alternative’ PEA: Healthspan sells these under the names Alt-CBD and Elite Levagen+ Sport (batch-tested for competing athletes).
For rapid absorption, hold the drops under your tongue for a couple of minutes before swallowing. If needed, the dose can be increased to the manufacturer’s recommended maximum (e.g. 25 drops daily) taken at regular intervals throughout the day.
The disadvantage of some strong CBD products is that, the more concentrated they get, the stronger and more grassy they taste. You can get around this by choosing a product that is filter-clear: this produces a purified oil with a less strong taste. Adding a flavour such as peppermint will also help to ensure the CBD oil tastes pleasant. All Healthspan’s CBD drops products are filter-clear and peppermint-flavoured.
Endocatakes our top spot due to sincere quality control and honest manufacturing, both of which result in a product that works very well and helped to enhance the quality of sleep.
After placing the oil just under the tongue, it can take around 30 minutes to kick in. We found it best to create a routine and use it just before bed as it made us feel very mellow and had a great effect in promoting a deeper and longer sleep. It didn’t trigger any crazy dreams or anything out of the ordinary (which we would have liked!).
Holistic Herb may be one of the newer kids on the block when it comes to CBD oil but the brand makes up for it with its advanced technology. They use a method of micro-emulsification that, while removing all traces of THC, make the CBD itself water-soluble and have greater bioavailability. The latter means that more of the product reaches your bloodstream and thus, is more potent. This explains the lower strength and why it still packs an impressive punch.
The real challenge is to find a CBD oil that is as pure and potent as possible. It’s worth spending more money on a strong CBD product that you’ll only need a few drops of each day, than going for something cheap that is likely to be low quality and ineffective.
This is a medium strength product at +5 per cent (and there is a lower +2.5 per cent too) and is made entirely from natural hemp seeds that have been cold pressed to maintain its nutritional content – packed with vitamins and omegas.
Endoca takes our top pick for a few important reasons. This CBD oil is made with 100 per cent organic hemp and is vegan, gluten free and non-GMO. But perhaps most impressive is the fact Endoca manufacture everything themselves from seed to shelf — a rarity in CBD oil production.
Extracted from organically-grown hemp, these oils are THC free and come in two strengths – 300mg and 1000mg – so are suitable for both new and seasoned users. They’re also third-party lab tested, meaning you can rest assured they’re high quality as well as vegan and gluten and palm oil free, making them inclusive to almost all diets and preferences.
Fab CBD makes it easy to find a product you’ll enjoy by offering tinctures in citrus, mint, vanilla, berry, and natural flavors. The full-spectrum oil is made with organically grown Colorado hemp that’s pesticide free and non-GMO.
Some people may experience mild side effects from CBD, which typically result from taking too much CBD at one time. They include:
Like R+R Medicinals’s oil, the full-spectrum tincture from Joy Organics is USDA organic, but this one comes in more than one delicious flavor, including fresh lime, tranquil mint, orange bliss, summer lemon, and tropical sunrise. There is also an unflavored option.
Best Flavors: Fab CBD Oil
CBD is available in a variety of forms. You can take CBD oil as drops under the tongue or in the form of capsules. If you don't like the taste of CBD oil, CBD gummies might be a better choice for you. CBD topicals, like creams, can also be applied directly to pain points.
The product comes in natural olive oil and mint chocolate flavors, and is made in small batches using alcohol extraction. This process provides a rich mix of hemp compounds, including phytocannabinoids and terpenes.
The company’s hemp is grown on farms in North Carolina and Kentucky, and each product is pesticide free and backed by third-party testing.
The hemp oil extract is full-spectrum and has plant-based fatty acids and cannabinoids that provide additional wellness benefits. The non-GMO vegetarian formula is made using a CO2 extraction method, which undergoes third-party testing.