Types of CBD
In June of 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognized cannabidiol as a medicine and approved Epidiolex as a treatment for two specific types of pediatric seizures (Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and Dravet Syndrome). Epidiolex is an isolate of pharmaceutical grade CBD.
Following that decision, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced in September 2018 that Epidiolex would be a Schedule V drug, no longer classifying it as a Schedule I drug, moving it from the list of most dangerous drugs to the list of least dangerous drugs.
Epidiolex comes with a hefty price tag, however, with cost over $30,000 annually. This cost greatly inhibits its use for off label treatments and makes in unaffordable for most Americans.
CBD oil is extracted from the plant using various methods. Since the introduction of the 2018 Farm Bill, the number of CBD Oil products available has skyrocketed. You can find CBD Oil on the internet, grocery stores, gas stations, coffee shops, video stores, health clubs, chiropractic office and even in vending machines.
There is a large unregulated market and high consumer demand, as the internet soars with information touting it as a cure all for many ailments. However, without proven research, CBD sites that promote specific treatments or cures, or even dosing recommendations can be breaking the law and could suffer punishment from the FDA.
Along with all of the potential uses of CBD oil, there are many misconception and myths to dispel.
While you can use CBD oil topically, there are many varieties of topical creams coming to market as well. Some of them have other ingredients that aid in their analgesic effects, while others are touted as being able to aid in improving psoriasis, other skin conditions, and even anti-aging properties.
Liquid hemp oil, like CBD tinctures or CBD drops
CBD concentrated into a thick paste (often referred to as Rick Simpson Oil, or RSO)
Encapsulated CBD oil
Phytocannabinoid-rich sprays/spritzers (generally designed for application beneath the tongue)
Bottled water containing nano-sized CBD particles
CBD-infused chewing gum
On-the-go dissolvable powders containing CBD (oftentimes blended with other adaptogenic herbs)
Cooking oils (such as coconut oil or olive oil) with added cannabinoids
CBD-infused edibles (i.e., gummies, brownies, cookies, etc.; generally for individuals who are sensitive to smoking/vaping)
Wax (similar to THC-containing marijuana concentrates called “shatter”)
CBD-rich eLiquids and/or vape cartridges (akin to an e-cigarette)
Transdermal patches with CBD (similar to a nicotine patch)
Cannabidiol-infused salves, balms, lotions, shampoos, or soaps (for topical use)
Bath bombs infused with CBD
Decide How to Use CBD Oil
Liquid CBD Oil/Tinctures/Extracts: Drops or tinctures should have a “suggested serving size” and the total milligrams of CBD listed on their packaging. From there, you can determine the amount of CBD you would like to ingest. Simply place the correct quantity of drops under your tongue using the dropper and hold the CBD oil in place for a minimum of 60 seconds. The 60 second hold allows for absorption via the blood vessels underneath your tongue – efficiently bypassing first-pass metabolism. Once 60 seconds has passed, swallow the CBD oil.
CBD E-Liquid/Vape Cartridges: This section is informational only. We do not recommend vaping of any type or any age. Inhalation is the fastest way to deliver CBDs to your brain and body. There are pre-filled vape pens and cartridges available as well as more expensive vaporizers that you can refill with CBD-infused e-liquid. Vaping exposes one to toxic hydrocarbons from the combustible product and dabbing exposes one to very high levels of the product which can be very dangerous.
CBD Edibles: This method of consumption will result in more drawn-out effects that also take longer to kick in than some of the other options. Edibles are great for those seeking sustained effects, or for those who want to be subtle about their usage of CBDs.
For quick reference, refer to this chart of ingestion methods for the pros and cons of each delivery method so can decide for yourself the best way to take CBD oil: