Beginners Guide to Choosing the Right Type of CBD

Beginners Guide to Choosing the Right Type of CBD

Posted by Lori Ann Reese on 08/03/2021 in Medical Marijuana

Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

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Clinical studies suggest that CBD (without THC) can help reduce inflammation. And help patients manage symptoms that are caused by inflammation. From vape to capsules or CBD Dabbing, there are a lot of options.

For individuals who have chronic diseases that are related to inflammation, cannabidiol (CBD) can be part of a treatment plan. Without the psychoactive effects of THC, CBD still packs a punch, according to patients who use it daily.

Do You Have to Consume CBD with THC?

Some studies suggest that the medicinal potential of CBD is a lot better when it is combined with THC. So, many Americans who have their medical card may combine both CBD and cannabis. That can mean adding CBD flower with marijuana in a bowl to amplify the CBD anti-inflammatory benefits) if you prefer whole flower.  Or adding a clinical-grade tincture to your morning coffee, or before bedtime, in addition to your daily therapeutic use of medical marijuana.

If you have been wondering about CBD and using it alone or in conjunction with medical marijuana, here are a few points to help you get started.  And remember, before you add any new supplement to your diet, you should speak to your primary care provider (PCP) or the practitioner that referred you for your medical card.  They can provide information to help you make a safe and informed choice about CBD.

Popular Ways of Using Therapeutic Clinical-Grade CBD

There are many different conventional choices when it comes to CBD intake.  Patients who have respiratory problems do not want to choose a smokable CBD product.  Some find that any inhalable can exacerbate symptoms of asthma, emphysema, and is not recommended for patients who have respiratory or oral cancer.

Just because a patient cannot use a smokable variety of CBD does not mean that they have to forgo the potential wellness benefits of cannabidiol.  There are a lot of different options to explore.

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Oral Intake Methods for Cannabidiol (CBD)

Some people prefer to dose CBD through an edible product.  That includes CBD gummies, or candies, and capsules or tablet supplements.  There are many clinical studies worldwide that suggest cannabidiol can provide wellness benefits.  And edible CBD products remain popular.

Tinctures are popular for a variety of reasons.  They are odorless, portable (so your CBD can travel with you), and easy to administer.  Just a few drops under the tongue and the CBD oil are rapidly absorbed.  Cannabidiol tinctures also come in a variety of flavors, making them tasteless medicinal.

Some patients using cannabidiol prefer capsules. They are taken like supplements on a daily basis. If you are purchasing clinical-grade CBD, that is an easy option.  Take 1-2 capsules every morning.  You should consult with your physician however if you are taking prescription medications. 

Options for Smokable Cannabidiol(Vaping and Dabbing)

Every medical dispensary will have CBD vape cartridges. They can be natural (unflavored) or available in some delicious flavors, like other vape products. If you have ever tried a tincture or inhaled a CBD vape with no flavor? It can taste a little unpleasant. 

Just like with nicotine vapes, there are some concerns over vaping oils that have a flavor additive. For that reason, some people do choose to purchase natural or organic CBD vapes, with no added flavors.  Read what the researchers at Johns Hopkins had to say about flavored vape juice and products.

What is CBD Dabbing?

There are many reasons why people choose to dab concentrates.  For patients that have medical conditions, a “little dab will do you”. Rather than dosing medical marijuana more frequently, some choose concentrates because they provide a number of benefits.

The first and most obvious advantage is that you are getting a higher dose for your inhalation. Arguably, that can reduce the number of times per day that you use a smokable cannabis product. For example, if you have chronic pain, you may prefer dabbing because it can provide fast relief.  It can be quick and effective.

Dabbing is a little more complicated.  You will need a special dabbing rig, which is a pipe that has a flat surface (nail) that gets heated.  You place the crystals of the CBD concentrated dab on the nail, and then heat it, inhaling through the mouthpiece of the pipe.

The hit from any dab pipe is very strong.  It is unfiltered, and it does not pass over water, the way that heated cannabis does in a water bong.  Not only are you getting a higher concentration of CBD, but you are also getting unfiltered smoke. 

So, if you are trying CBD dabbing for the first time, start with a small amount and very short, shallow inhalation.  Do not take a deep draw on your CBD dab if you are trying it for the first time; you’ll end up coughing uncomfortably.  

Also, do not take a double hit from your dabbing pipe.  Once you have inhaled, make sure to remove all other smoke from the chamber.  Inhaling ‘stale smoke’ tastes really bad, and it can also cause heavy coughing if you are CBD dabbing.

Can CBD Conflict With Prescription Medications?

Cannabidiol does not conflict with most medications, but it can lower the efficacy of some prescription drugs. In which case, patients may opt to take CBD supplements several hours after they have taken their morning medication. 

Your CBD supplement can conflict with some medications and cause increased fatigue or drowsiness. This is where you need the advice of your primary care provider (PCP) to double-check and make sure that cannabidiol is a safe therapeutic supplement for you.

What Drugs Can Conflict With CBD?

According to the medical experts at Harvard Health, CBD should not be taken at the same time as the following prescription medications:

  • Opioids
  • Benzodiazepines (like Xanax or Ativan)
  • Antipsychotics
  • Antidepressants
  • Antihistamines (Benadryl, etc.)
  • Alcohol
  • Antinausea medications (like Marinol, Syndros, or Cesamet)
  • Multiple sclerosis medications (like Sativex)
  • Antiseizure medications (like Epidiolex, Clobazam, Lamotrigine, and Valproate)
  • Warfarin (blood thinner)
  • Amiodarone (heart rhythm medication)
  • Levothyroxine (thyroid medication)

Penn State College of Medicine completed a review of clinical studies and data regarding CBD and Delta-9 THC and potential contraindications (medication conflicts) with certain prescription drugs. The study found fifty-seven (57) medications that can conflict with CBD. The stronger the CBD product you take, the higher the risk of side effects.

Choose a Safe American Manufactured Product

Right now, the FDA and FTC are cracking down on imported CBD products (including vapes) that may have dangerous additives. The operation CBDeceit has been ongoing for years, as both federal agencies try to remove dangerous and carcinogenic products from the market. As well as fine and correct CBD companies that are making false or unsubstantiated claims about CBD being a “miracle cure” for a variety of diseases.

When a CBD product is manufactured by a licensed business in the United States, they are subject to third-party testing of their CBD vapes, edibles, and supplements. However, when products are imported from other countries, they don’t always comply with those standards. It is a loophole that has made it harder for Americans to determine clinical-grade CBD from imposter products.

One of the other concerns about purchasing CBD that is not American-made is the propellants and extraction chemicals that can be used. Every vape cartridge has a propellant that helps preserve the CBD oil and cannabidiol content.  Heavy metals, lead and other carcinogenic chemicals have been found in foreign-manufactured CBD vape oils and tinctures. 

Know what you are buying to protect your health. Whether you are purchasing capsules, gummies and edibles, or concentrates for CBD dabbing.

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