4 things to know to help you choose the right product

By Rebecca Olmos | TheCannifornian.com Correspondent

As legalization rapidly expands across the globe, CBD has become just as popular as the well-known cannabis compound THC. CBD-infused products have flooded the retail market in general wellness stores and cannabis dispensaries. Topicals, tinctures, edibles and even pre-rolled joints line the shelves making it hard to narrow down the right product for you.

Here are a few things to know before selecting your next CBD product.

  1. Better together. CBD is one of 120 known cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, but most people report better effectiveness with full-spectrum products. Full-spectrum CBD products contain some THC and other naturally occurring cannabis cannabinoids and terpenes. These products produce the entourage effect, which suggests that cannabis compounds work better together than alone.

If you’re focused on sticking with as much CBD as possible, search for full-spectrum products with ratios like 30:1 or 18:1.

  • Non-intoxicating, not non-psychoactive. CBD is known for its milder effects on the CB receptors of the endocannabinoid system. CBD consumption usually results in a more approachable experience for new and low-dose consumers. It has long been referred to as “non-psychoactive.” However, as research develops, scientists acknowledge that while CBD may not offer users a euphoric high, it can still alter one’s state of mind.

Like other cannabinoids, CBD is biphasic, meaning it may help anxiety at low doses, and in high doses, it may increase anxiety. As always, start low and go slow.

  • Hemp-derived vs. Cannabis-derived. Hemp-derived CBD comes from industrial plants, is harvested mainly for fibers, and contains less than .3% THC. These plants are skinny with sparse foliage, while cannabis-derived CBD comes from more luscious, fuller plants and harvested for their intoxicating effects. Hemp is legal in all 50 states, while cannabis remains federally illegal but legal in some states like California.

Trusted brands are vital in finding effective products when searching for hemp-based products.

  • It may aid in a wide variety of ailments. In both scientific studies and self-reports, CBD has been reported to help aid in things like anxiety, stress, pain, and sleep. It may even be effective in treating some skin-related issues.

Be as mindful as possible when exploring new CBD products and experimenting with dosages. Keep a journal and pen handy to document your process and the effects.