Guide to Buying CBD - Ensuring Your CBD Works
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CBD is a cannabinoid, and the body requires cannabinoids to function effectively. Ideally, your body would produce enough cannabinoids to keep your Endocannabinoid System (ECS) functioning. But under the stress of life, an injury, or an illness, your body may be depleted.
Much like when you are dehydrated, your body needs to build up the stores of water before you feel or notice any difference. If you take the recommended dose of CBD, only when you need it, you may only be making up for a deficiency. What you need to do is have an excess of cannabinoids to feel the long-term bliss effects. Many of the health benefits, like reduced inflammation, and pain or anxiety management, require daily dosing over an extended period.
You need to take CBD regularly to replenish your ECS. Think of CBD as a supplement —not a medication. You need to give yourself (and your ECS) time to grow its store of cannabinoids to allow your ECS to function effectively.
The good news is, you do not need to take large doses, once your body is balanced you only need to take daily low doses to keep your body topped up.
Ingestibles are CBD Oils, Capsules, Edibles —anything that you need to put in your mouth. We recommend you take an ingestible like a CBD oil for daily dosing. This will replenish your body’s store of cannabinoids to allow your ECS to function effectively.
For immediate relief, suppositories are where it’s at. They absorb into your bloodstream as fast as intravenous, yet metabolize slowly. So you will feel the effect within ten minutes and it will last for about 8hours. This is fantastic for PMS, endometriosis, and athlete recovery, to ease the pain of intercourse (anal and vaginal). But can also help if you have a big presentation at work and are stressed, or hungover from the evening’s revelry.
Vaping is also great for immediate relief, but it does not last long. For example, if you are using this for sleep, it will put you to sleep, but you will need to take an edible or use a suppository for the effects to remain throughout the evening. So if your need is chronic: pain; inflammation; anxiety you can use a vape when this flares up. But it will not help in the long term.
Topicals are fantastic for anything that lives on the surface of your skin or just below. And really only works for a condition that is caused by inflammation. Think eczema, sunburn, a bug bite, or a strained muscle. Topicals do work really well when you place them correctly, at the site of the actual inflammation. But again, for long term use, think daily dosing. So if you have arthritis, you can apply a topical every single day, but if you took a daily CBD oil instead, you would get more value from your CBD.
There is A LOT of BS out there. And often from businesses that seem incredibly reputable. Your CBD should be consistently tested. It should be treated with the same scrutiny as any other medicine. But right now it is not regulated, so be cautious when buying.
The number one thing you can do to protect yourself is to ask for Lab Reports. All reputable companies will have tested their products.
This report should show you the percentage mix of cannabinoids in each product. Example: if their product claims to have 50MG of CBD, their report should show 50MG of CBD in the cannabinoid profile.
Also, make sure your product is sourced from a grower who values plants rich in pure cannabinoids that have been grown sustainably and without pesticides. It is a plant, after all, so buy it with the same discretion you buy your veggies.
Quality CBD is not cheap, so if the price seems too good to be true, it most likely is. Check the labels and know your sources.
At Mello, we publish all Lab Tests Results on the product page. We’ve done the vetting for you —all products are sourced from growers that third party test, have clear labels, and share the ingredient sources in their products.
In very simple terms, Full Spectrum means the plant in its most natural form. So jammed with cannabinoids (CBD and THC), plus the terpenes, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and fatty acids. Think about it this way, when you eat whole spinach you get all the benefits. When you eat only the Vitamin C that has been extracted from the spinach it comes with health benefits, but you miss out on all the other goodies that come with whole spinach.
Broad Spectrum is Full Spectrum with the THC removed. THC can show up on a drug test. So if you struggle with anxiety but also work in an industry where you get regularly drug tested, choose Broad Spectrum CBD. Mello Caramels are Broad Spectrum
Isolate is only CBD. Every other cannabinoid, nutrient, and antioxidant has been thrown away. It will still be effective, as CBD is CBD. But, you will need to take much much more to feel the health benefits.