As a growing industry with emerging research, there are still a lot of questions around the effectiveness of CBD. Scientists are scrambling to understand the breadth of it’s applications. Consumers alike, are trying to grasp what symptoms to apply it to.
There are plenty of CBD brands on the market. Once CBD was declared federally legal, buyers were flooded with online and in-store purchase options.
However, just as any industry we as consumers need to understand the product before we can trust it. Just as we want to understand CBD’s effectiveness, we need to understand if the CBD products we’re putting in and on our bodies are safe.
What should you actually be looking for?
CBD Potency and Purity
Understanding how effective CBD is, starts with the product’s source. Cannabinoids such as CBD, CBG, and CBN are derived from two types of hemp plants.
The growing conditions of the plants is going to effect the end product. This includes pesticides used, nutrients during growth, strains, and more. Plants are grown and processed all over the world including the Middle East, Africa, South America, and of course, right here in the United States.
While we rely on labels to tell us where a product is sourced from, often times this is deceiving. For instance, a product grown abroad could be labeled as a packaged within the United States. Leading consumers to believe their product is sources in our global region.
Colorado and Kentucky are the two prominent states growing hemp and marijuana plants for derivation. Goat Grass works exclusively with growers and processors within the United States to ensure product integrity from seed to sale, and an effective CBD product.
Quality Process & Sourcing
The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t monitor the processing and distribution of most CBD products. Thus you’ll see FDA disclaimers on almost all CBD products. Similar to the cosmetic industry, CBD companies are left to self-regulate at the moment.
However, that’s not to say that systems cannot be put in place to regulate. Just as any other supplement, laboratories around the country offer third-party product testing for both potency and contaminants.
Recently, a study performed in 2017 by The Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that 26% of the CBD products they had tested had significantly less CBD than advertised on the labeling.
To ensure an effective CBD product, study the product’s source as well as the companies manufacturing and distribution processes. You might be surprised. If they keep this information hush-hush, that’s a red flag.
When CBD is Effective
So, we’ve done our research and found a viable product. Reliably sources with third-party data to verify its potency. What’s next?
The next thing that’s going to determine if CBD is effective is when, how often, and what amount you are dosing. Every body responds to CBD and cannabinoids differently depending on their body’s state.
It’s recommended to start taking CBD at 10-50 milligrams twice per day and gradually increasing it up to 100 mg twice a day.
Set a personal benchmark for results. As an example, if you’re taking CBD to help with inflammation keep a record gauging your pain levels over time. Begin this 5 days prior to starting your CBD regimen, and continue up to three weeks into your journey.
Yes. Some people will notice a change right away, but some people need to build up a consistent level in their systems. If you don’t notice a change at this point it might not be effective for that symptom in your body.
When Isn’t CBD Effective
It’s actually entirely possible to take too much CBD. Studies have shown that ingesting upwards of 1000 milligrams of CBD everyday over time can cause adverse effects on the body.
We should note, this is an incredibly high amount of CBD. To put it in perspective you would need to eat two whole containers of our CBD gummies in one sitting. They’re yummy, but don’t do it.
If you start taking CBD in lower recommended doses and you have ANY adverse effects such as digestive problems, excessive sleepiness, or change in appetite, you should stop. These are rare symptoms but with anything we ingest some people might have adverse reactions or allergies.
Because each brand is different, and each person reacts to CBD differently, the effectiveness of the product is determined on a case by case basis. However, there are a growing number of scientific studies pointing to the specific symptoms that CBD can be used for. These include epileptic episodes in children, inflammation, anxiety, and insomnia.
Explore our brand to learn more about how CBD oils, lotions, edibles, and more could help you!