CBD is without a doubt the supplement of the moment. It’s made its way into canned drinks, skincare, on to restaurant menus and juices. Celebrities and wellness gurus from Gwyneth Paltrow to Jasmine Hemsley are happy to wax lyrical on its myriad health and wellness benefits. In short, when Gwyneth starts raving about something, you know it’s going to be big.
If you’ve yet to try the wonder product but are apprehensive if it’s for you or simply don’t know where to start, we’ve got your back. We’ve spoken to CBD experts CBII to find out all there is to know about the supplement, and most importantly, how to choose the right product for you.
It is a personal journey to find the dosage and strength of CBD that works best for you – it’s not something that can be defined or ‘prescribed’. We caught up with the Science Manager for CBII, based in Switzerland (where also their CBD is extracted), to find out all you need to know before you buy.
First of all, what exactly is CBD oil?
CBD oil has two main ingredients: Cannabis sativa L. extract and usually an oil such as medium chain triglycerides (also known as MCT oil), which is an ideal and compatible carrier for our star ingredient. The extract is rich in terpenes, which contribute to its distinct smell, and cannabinoids.
CBD, the main cannabinoid in the extract, stands for cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive compound found in the Cannabis sativa L. plant, otherwise known as hemp.
What forms does it come in?
These days CBD can be found in everything from oils to capsules and topicals, teas to gummies and even skincare.
Why do some products have different strengths, eg 100mg or 500mg?
The different strengths allow you to adapt your CBD journey, since you can make the decision to start somewhat more conservative (100mg) or go for a more confident approach (500mg), especially if you are familiar with CBD-based products. In short, the 500mg is more concentrated, containing 5mg of CBD per ml in a 10ml bottle, which means less drops are needed for the same intake.
Can anyone use different strengths? Are any of them going to make you feel high, weird, anxious, etc if they are too strong?
Whichever of our CBD products you choose, you shouldn’t have a sudden sensation of discomfort in anyway. These products have been created with a wide range of consumers in mind, but we do recommend discussing with your GP or healthcare practitioner before taking it if you are unsure of the potential effects of the experience.
Having said this, the emerging scientific evidence to date has tested these and other strengths with different types of CBD-based products, albeit for more specific medical purposes, and they have suggested that they are safe to consume and are usually well tolerated.
We do not, however, recommend these products for children or people under the age of 18, pregnant or breastfeeding women, people suffering from low blood pressure or those taking any other medication that it could interfere with.
Ok, so where should we start?
We want you to start your wellbeing journey feeling safe and we are happy to provide different options to cover your needs. If this is your first taste of CBD-based products, we suggest starting with the lower dosages and move up from there according to how you feel. If you have a bit more experience and have a better idea of what works for you, starting with the higher strengths may be just the right approach. However, there is no set rule, and we encourage you to move at your own pace.
Should you use different strengths at different times of the day?
There is no defined recommendation for this, but we suggest maintaining the dosage routine for a few days first to have a better idea of what works for you throughout the course of the day. Do bear in mind that CBD metabolism has been shown to be cumulative, so we would advise avoiding the consumption of higher dosages towards the end of the day.
Can you ever take too much CBD?
Even though the emerging evidence so far suggests that CBD consumption is safe and overall well tolerated even at high dosages in healthy subjects, we recommend adhering to the daily dosages advised in our products.
If you don’t like the pure drops, can you add CBII into things like teas, juices or food? Will it have the same effect?
If this is the case, we would recommend consuming our CBD-based products along with foods, since it could be more effective at masking the taste and, interestingly, preliminary evidence has suggested that it may help absorption too. You could include it in cold drinks such as a juice or smoothies but avoid using it for cooking, when it could be exposed to a high temperature.
It’s also worth knowing that research is yet to be developed regarding CBD’s consumption with caffeinated beverages, so it’s best not to combine them until we have better clarity on potential interactions.
What strengths does CBII offer?
We have 3 strengths available of CBD oil, the 100mg, 200mg and 500mg. If you’re beginning your CBD journey the 100mg or 200mg may be for you. If you’re after something stronger the 500mg won’t disappoint.
Interested to try for yourself but not sure which strength is right for you? Make the most of CBII’s special bundle offer and get a 200mg oil free when you purchase the 500mg, saving you £39. Plus, any customers buying the bundle will also get a seven-day diary to monitor and modify their CBD intake based on how they feel – to help them find their sweet spot.