Updated: Jun 14, 2020
With the incredible increase in Cannabidiol (CBD) products being sold these days, there arise many questions about the products being sold, and for good reason. As a consumer, it is very important to inform yourself about the products you are using and how to distinguish high quality products from the others. Unfortunately, sometimes it comes down to trial and error, but knowing certain facts will help you make more informed decisions about what you may need.
Why Use Topical CBDs?
Using CBD topically is an excellent way to utilize a concentrated product on a specific area of application. CBD absorbs in the area it is applied to, interacting with nearby cannabinoid receptors; this translates to possible relief on a localized basis. Topically used CBD can be used as needed, and does not reach the bloodstream. Instead, it absorbs into the skin, muscles, joints, and tissue in that region. This helps to enact the benefits of CBD more quickly, bypassing the need to go through the intestinal system.
When taken internally, CBD will disperse in your bloodstream and spread to all areas of your body. While many people use CBD internally for widespread chronic pain, anxiety, or depression, the dosage is spread thin and may not fully address the specific problems you are looking to relieve. Taking CBD internally also requires consistent use to maintain levels in your system to be most effective.
How Much CBD Do I Need?
Every body is different. There is really no good answer to the specific level of CBD your system may need. CBD products generally vary greatly in concentration, but throughout our testing process, we have come to find that 100mg of CBD per 10 ml roll-on bottle is quite potent. Your body may not be able to absorb high doses and will filter out the rest (for a pretty high cost). We have also had excellent results with our CBD Happy Relief Salve at a concentration of 500mg in a 1oz tin. A good general rule of thumb is to start small and add more as needed.
Will I Fail a Drug Test or Get High Using CBDs Topically?
No. When using CBD sourced from the hemp plant there is by definition less than .3% THC (the component of cannabis that is psychoactive). This is far too low to be detected by a drug test and will not have the capacity to get you high. It is also important to remember that CBD used topically does not travel into the bloodstream, so once your body has used the CBD it is filtered out.
This does not apply to CBD consumed internally. Although extremely rare, the minuscule amount of THC in full-spectrum tinctures can technically build up over time and may trigger a positive result on a drug test.
What is the Difference Between our CBD Products? Do They All Work the Same?
Not all CBD is created equal. We source our CBD from organic hemp plants and make all our products with a full-spectrum extract thus preserving all the components of the plant to work together as a whole. All our hand-crafted products are made in small batches with special attention to detail and consistency.
Another difference between our CBD products is the addition of different essential oils to help complement the targeted use of our oils. The CBD concentration is the same (100 mg in a 10 ml roll-on bottle), but we use different plant oils based on their medicinal benefits. The area of application also varies by product:
CBD Happy Relief – By far our most popular oil, this product is made to assist with pain relief (arthritis, fibromyalgia, muscle aches, tension, etc.) and is meant to be applied directly to the site of pain. It is important to note that it is not recommended to use on open wounds or broken skin as it may irritate the area.
CBD Happy Head – This is designed for most types of headaches (migraines, tension headaches, hormonal headaches, etc.) and is recommended to be applied to the forehead, temples, behind the ears, and the back of the neck. We have also found success by applying to our fingers and massaging into the scalp directly on the source of discomfort.
CBD Happy Calm – Many people use our Happy Calm blend to help support anxiety and panic attacks and can be applied directly to the areas that your body holds stress. We use it on our shoulders, jawline, over the heart and the back of our necks. We also recommend smelling it to use as a grounding tool. CBD has been studied for anxiety and stress and may help relieve the muscle tension that results from being uptight, and may also support the central nervous system and allow the brain to regain rational thinking.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent disease.*