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ARE YOU WASTING YOUR CBD?

By May 27, 2022June 30th, 2022No Comments

Here’s 5 top tips on how to get the most out of your CBD

I was prompted to write this for 2 reasons. One was seeing more and more brands suggesting you put their CBD Oil in smoothies and coffee. The other was being asked “what’s the deal with clear cbd oil”?

So to tackle these issues, here’s some TOP TIPS!

1: CAN I ADD CBD OIL TO SMOOTHIES OR COFFEE?

 There are 2 types of CBD that can be ingested and retain their *100% CBD absorption. Our Water Soluble Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate.

If you add classic/regular CBD oil to food or drink, even CBD in MCT Oils (ie coconut oil), the absorption rate is 4% to 20%. 

If you do want to add your CBD Oil to food, mix it with naturally oilly ingredients like avocado or olive oil to increase bioavailability.

  • (* it’s more like 99.98%)

2: HOW DO I GET THE MOST OUT OF CBD OIL TAKEN ORALLY?

Taking regular CBD Oil sublingually (under the tongue) is the most effective way to get the CBD into your blood stream. Take 1 or 2 sprays/drops at a time to ensure maximum absorption. Any more than this and saliva will wash it down before you’ve had chance to absorb it. If you need to take more, do it in stages.  Hold for up to 2 minutes ideally.

3. I BOUGHT CBD OIL AND IT WAS CLEAR – WHY?

It’s not full spectrum CBD, that’s all. 

If you’ve had our oils you’ll know they are all very dark in colour (the classic oil and the water soluble). This is because they are Full Spectrum – made from the whole plant, tip to roots – to ensure they are as close to the natural plant as possible andn carry as many cannabinoids, terpenes, flavinoids and other goodness for the best effect.

Broad Spectrum CBD Oil is the next level down in quality – it’s made from parts of the plant and is heavily refined to remove THC and in turn many other cannabinoids.

CBD Isolate is pure CBD – no other cannabinoids or other naturally occuring compounds. I have seen some top brands offering flavoured CBD oil which is clear – looking at their lab reports it turns out they are mixing CBD Isolate with an MCT like coconut) Oil. I don’t see the point of this really – CBD Isolate itself is ingestible and in its powered form is 100% absorbant. You’ll find it in drinks like Trip and in cosmetics. To then mix it with an oil makes it harder for the body to absorb, and so you need to take it sublingually and therefore reducing the absorption rate to 50% to 80%.

CBD Isolate and Broad Spectrum CBD are still effective, of course, and make for an affordable alternative to full spectrum, but if you’re paying top dollar, you deserve the best.

4. I BOUGHT SOME CBD OIL TO TAKE ORALLY, BUT CAN I USE IT TOPICALLY?

Yes! Turn your CBD Oil into a 2-in-1.

Any CBD Oil which is mixed with a carrying oil like hemp seed oil (as ours is), olive oil or an MCT oil like coconut oil, can be rubbed into areas of the body requiring some extra attention. For small areas apply neat, for larger areas, mix a spray/drop or two in some coconut oil or your favourite moisturiser and rub it in. 

It can help with skin issues, muscle and joint aches and healing wounds. Saves you buying multiple products! (side note, don’t do this with our water soluble CBD, just the classic CBD and CBG oils – your skin is water proof and loves oils, not water-solubles)

5. I WANT TO COOK WITH CBD – ANY TIPS?

Yes! 

Adding CBD to food is great if you don’t like the taste or want to give it to children or someone who struggles holding oils under their tongue, or perhaps you just want to give your guests an extra treat!

  1. Don’t over heat – excessive exposure to heat can reduce the efficacy of the CBD, perhaps consider adding it afterwards like a dressing or mix in to hot food just before serving
  2. As I mention above, mix with oily foods to maximise bioavailability (absorption)
  3. Use our water soluble CBD for the most cost effective method

I hope these tips help you get the most out of your CBD and if you have any suggestions yourself that I can share with our tribe or any questions you’d like me to answer, get in touch!

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