• Nic Venter

CBD Oil and How to Find the Best for You

You may have recently heard about CBD oil as the latest trend in health and wellness. But is it a trend or is it a solution?


CBD has quickly become extremely popular in health shops and pharmacies and the internet tells us that the benefits are never ending. To give you an idea, I attended the Cannabis Expo in 2018 and in 2019 and there were roughly three times the number of companies advertising their CBD products. What I learnt was that it is still the wild west out there when it comes to the product as every company tells you why theirs is better than the others, and it’s pretty easy to bullshit the public. This led me to dig a little deeper into this world in order to source the purest possible oil for my own daily usage.


What is it?

Cannabinoids play a important role in our endocannabinoid system which is found in pretty much every living thing with legs..”

Firstly, CBD oil is derived from the Cannabis or Hemp plant and is one of the many cannabinoids that we find in this plant. To quickly kill the misconception, there are approximately 113 cannabinoids in the hemp plant of which THC (the one that makes you high) is only one. So CBD is not dagga and CBD oil cannot make you high. Cannabinoids play a important role in our endocannabinoid system which is found in pretty much every living thing with legs. CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, is known as the medicinal one. When Cannabinoids join to our endocannabinoid system they have specific effects on specific parts of the body, almost all of which are beneficial to humans and animals.


There is much debate whether it is the only medicinal one, but it is without doubt the most researched one. The natural oils from these plants is extracted using various methods that we will touch on and after purification and binding to carrier oils it is sold in bottles in different dosages. Cannabis seed companies have engineered the seeds to have different levels of different cannabinoids. Some seeds available are almost completely free of THC. If you are interested in growing your own CBD plants as I do you can get these seeds from many seed dealers on line. Buying seeds is 100% legal so you don't have to worry about that.


What does it do?

Both isolate and full spectrum oils are readily available nowadays and one can also get a full spectrum inclusive of THC oil if you know the right hippie in Cape Town.

CBD has been scientifically proven to assist our health in many different aspects. Personally I have found that a high dosage can really help me sleep better and a low dosage can minimize daily anxiety. Some of health benefits are:


  • Inflammation

  • Insomnia

  • Anti-seizure

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Pain

  • Arthritis

  • Cancer treatment

  • Mental performance

The big debate is whether it is only the CBD element of the plant that offers these benefits or whether a “full spectrum” oil is a better option. There has been

some spectacular research on the effects of CBD oil in people who are prone to getting seizures and drastically reducing pain associated with arthritis, cancer and injury. CBD oil rub in conjunction with ice has shown to improve muscle revocery by up to 60%. Both are readily available nowadays and one can also get a full spectrum inclusive of THC oil if you know the right hippie in Cape Town.

Choosing the right product for you


I personally find that CBD oil has great anti-inflammatory properties, is rich in antioxidants, is a great nootropic (brainfood) and is even safe for kids and animals.

Below are plenty different things to consider when buying CBD products. It is not a cheap product and if you do find a cheap option you should probably do some research. However, local guys are producing their own oils and if you speak to your Hippie in Cape Town you may be able to strike a bargain.


Usage

Firstly, choosing a product depends on your usage needs. I use the oil for sleep, daily anxiety and also in a cream form for sports injuries and recovery 9probably the best recovery cream ever). My fiancé uses a face wash and body soap and the results have consistently been outstanding. You can find a wide range of products online. Basically, I personally find that CBD oil has great anti-inflammatory properties, is rich in antioxidants, is a great nootropic (brainfood) and even safe for kids and animals.


Ingredients

The first thing to look for is whether the oil has been mixed with a carrier oil and whether it is an isolate or full spectrum. You can also get different flavours depending on your taste buds, although I prefer the natural taste. Overall full spectrum would be a better bet unless you are looking for an isolate for a specific reason. Isolates are still great, but the jury is out on the total benefits.


Extraction Method

This is rather important in my opinion as this is where companies can take you for a ride. Try and find a product that has been extracted using either CO2 extraction or cold pressed extraction. These two offer no harm and it also means that the company is probably more legit. The other main method is via ethanol and heat and this is the one I would suggest you stay away from. Don’t get me wrong, there are ways to extract via ethanol that can give you a pure oil but chances of having some ethanol left over in your oil is larger and therefore may influence the health benefits.


Lab Tested

This brings me to the next check. IF the company does not have their independent lab tests readily available on their website, stay way. There are many different tests and I suggest you do some research here. Tests can be for other substances in the oil such as ethanol. If this test is clear then the extraction method is less important. They can also be for Cannabinoid content. This is to check the content levels of different cannabinoids and can serve as proof that it is full spectrum, isolate and free from THC. Lastly, test can check that the CBD concentration amount is verified.


Dosage

The dosage or concentration amount is dependent on your needs and desires. It usually ranges from 100mg up to 1500mg or even 2000mg. Basically, lower concentrations would be for younger children (yes it is safe for them), animals or for general daily usage. The high concentrations are for those with chronic pain, cancer, and any severe cases. The science shows that real sleeping benefits are only derived once you use a dosage of 30mg. Most companies have dosage suggestions on the bottle but I personally ignore those and look at the science. I usually take a tincture from a 1000mg bottle (30mg) for sleep benefits and a couple of drops of a 200mg a day(3mg).


Final Remarks


Hemp or CBD oil is without a doubt the number one product I recommend to anyone. The sleep benefits refer to your Deep Sleep and REM states, which is the part where you are resting. My sleep has never been better when I take a full dosage but be careful because your dreams go crazy. CBD oil can range from R200 to R2000 for high concentrations, so it is very pricey. But it is the best investment you can make into your health. A 30ml bottle can also last you for a month or 2 so in essence it works out okay. IF you have any questions on specific brands and companies feel free to contact me directly on nic@equipgroup.org.

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