Why is CBD the Most Trending Thing Right Now? (Part 2)

Guest Post by Kaitlin Bolt-Lovett, RD

In my last post, we talked about the basics of CBD – what it is, what it does, how it works, and the forms it comes in. Now that you understand the what CBD is, let’s break down what to look for when buying it.

What to look for when buying CBD

To get the highest quality CBD, it’s important for you to pay attention to the companies and their philosophies behind their products. Most companies will have their information online, or if they’re a good company you can usually just ask them in an email.

1. Organic soil

Make sure the soil that the industrial hemp plants are grown in are organic or use organic methods. Being officially labeled as “organic” takes a lot of legal work, so at the very least you should make sure that the company you’re looking at are using organic methods for their soil. Why? Because whatever’s in the soil is going to come all the way up into that plant.

2. Full spectrum CBD

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Full spectrum means that you’re not just getting the isolated CBD, you are getting the terpenes and other phytocannabinoids that are contained in the bloom. I like to think of it as you can go get juice and get those benefits from multiple fruits and vegetables, but sometime you’re going to miss the fiber and other micronutrients that you don’t get from eating the whole fruit.

So with CBD, you want all those other terpenes and phytocannabinoids so that you can really boost up what CBD is doing in your system.

3. The whole plant is not important

It isn’t necessarily important for the whole plant to be involved in the CBD final product. The stem and the stalk is usually used for things like clothing or different items that aren’t necessarily needed for consuming it like we’re talking about.

4. Non-GMO, no additives

My last tip is just to make sure that it is also non-GMO. As with anything else, you want to get as pure as possible. Nothing should be added to any tinctures or anything you’re consuming; it’s just not necessary for a good product.

Other things to think about

Is CBD illegal?

Right now in Ohio marijuana is not legal. So when looking for CBD, any company that you can legally buy from will have industrial hemp with a THC level of less than 0.3%. That means the hallucinogenic part of the cannabis plant is < 0.3%, making it okay to consume in Ohio right now. There are multiple companies that sell CBD that is okay and legal to consume.

Does CBD show up on drug tests?

Even though it has that low percentage of THC, it can sometimes show up on drug tests. That’s important to keep in mind when shopping for a product. It you are worried about a drug test, I recommend finding a company that does not use a full spectrum plant, because then they can just isolate the CBD and you don’t run the risk of getting drug tested for something that you’re not necessarily taking.

If CBD is something you want to bring into your daily routine, I would recommend talking to your supervisor so they are aware of what it is and that it could show up on a drug test.

Can I take CBD while pregnant?

Unfortunately, we don’t have enough information or studies for us to say if it’s safe taking CBD while pregnant or breastfeeding. It’s ultimately up to you to decide if it’s something that would benefit you or not. When in doubt, you can always ask your doctor for their opinions.

Can I cook with CBD?

Absolutely! CBD is awesome to mix into foods like no-bake cookies, smoothies, and coffee. I use it with some sort of fat because I feel like it absorbs really well in the system. You just want to make sure you’re not taking it over a temperature of 325F. If you do, you won’t get all of the benefits because the high temperature degrades the CBD.

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Still have questions?

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I have a whole blog post on CBD and cannabis, breaking it down a little bit more with some great information about different studies.You can also ask me questions by filling out my form here.

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