CBD Gummies & More: A CBD Buying Guide
Cannabidiol (CBD) is taking the world by storm and it’s about time. After countless media stories of children with epilepsy finding seizure relief in the non-intoxicating plant compound, it seems times are finally changing. Not only did the federal government just legalize hemp (the FDA still hasn’t approved of CBD yet), but the vast majority of states now have legalized some form of medical CBD. You can even add CBD to your $10 latte at some hipster coffee shops!
So, what’s the deal with CBD? At The Spot 420, we’ve seen the increased interest around CBD products. In fact, of all our Colorado edibles, our CBD gummies are incredibly popular! But we also know it can be confusing to pick the best CBD product for you. So let’s break down the basics of buying CBD. Once you’ve got the basics down, head on into our Trinidad dispensary or Pueblo, Colorado dispensaries to pick up some of the best CBD products in Colorado.
What is CBD?
Before we get into buying CBD, let’s ask the simple question, “What is CBD?”
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound that naturally occurs in the cannabis plant. CBD is one of over a hundred identified compounds in cannabis, which are called cannabinoids. You may have heard of CBD’s cooler older sibling, THC… the cannabinoid that gets you high. Unlike THC, CBD is non-intoxicating.
CBD is considered a safe, non-addictive substance that shows incredible therapeutic promise. It harnesses strong anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties according to recent research. But perhaps where CBD has shown the most promise is its ability to treat neurological conditions like intractable epilepsy (especially in children). Just recently, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first ever cannabis-derived CBD medication, called Epidiolex, for this exact purpose.
While the FDA is moving slow on CBD approval (the institution still does not approve of the substance as a dietary supplement, food additive, or medicine outside of Epidiolex), the substance is still widely accessible. And thanks to the legalization of hemp in the recent 2018 Farm Bill, CBD research is likely to be more well-funded and important.
CBD is a Potential Treatment For A Long List of Health Conditions
CBD’s therapeutic potential is still widely under study, but here’s a list of conditions that CBD shows promise in treating:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Crohn’s Disease
- Cardiovascular Atherosclerosis
Hemp CBD vs Cannabis CBD
What’s the difference between hemp CBD and cannabis-derived CBD? The biggest difference between these two types of CBD is the level of THC. Hemp-based CBD cannot have a THC content above .3%. You can purchase hemp-based CBD and have it shipped to you anywhere in the United States.
Cannabis-based CBD, only available in legal or medical cannabis states, can have a much higher THC potency. At our Trinidad, Colorado dispensary and Pueblo, Colorado dispensaries, we offer cannabis-based CBD in a wide variety of ratios, which we will discuss in more detail below!
Full Spectrum CBD vs. Isolate
When shopping for CBD, one of the first decisions you’ll have to make is full spectrum CBD versus isolate.
Isolate is made of the pure, isolated CBD compound. Through a refining process, CBD is taken from all the other compounds in the plant and is extracted in the form of a white, flavorless powder. That powder can then be used to make all sorts of isolate CBD products, like CBD pills. It typically costs less, but is often less effective as you increase your dose. This is also a less environmentally-conscious option because it takes many more hemp or marijuana plants to create a small bit of isolated CBD.
Full Spectrum CBD
Full spectrum CBD takes advantage of the full range of cannabinoids, vitamins, and fatty acids in the marijuana or hemp plant. It pulls in Vitamin A, C, and E, as well as Omega 3, Omega 6, and all 20 amino acids. In addition, other cannabinoids like CBN, CBL, and CBCVA are extracted with the CBD. And researchers have demonstrated that full spectrum CBD works better as a result.
A recent study shows that full spectrum CBD claims, “The higher efficiency of full spectrum plant extract might be explained by additive or synergistic interactions between CBD and minor phytocannabinoids or non-cannabinoids presented in the extracts.” This idea that the full plant works together in synergy to create better results is something the cannabis world refers to as the Entourage Effect.
Finding the Right CBD THC Ratio
The world of CBD products just continues to grow! And The Spot 420 is happy to offer a wide variety of options at our Trinidad dispensary and Pueblo, Colorado dispensaries. If you walk into any of The Spot 420 stores, there’s no doubt you’ll be met with an impressive selection of CBD for sale.
CBD gummies took the world by storm in 2018! In fact, “CBD Gummies” were apparently the third most searched food term on Google last year! So if you’re looking to get your CBD gummy fix, head on into The Spot 420 for the best.
We absolutely love these Highly Edibles CBD Watermelon Rings. Our mouths are watering and stress is melting just thinking about them! And while these aren’t exactly CBD gummies, our CBD Cheeba Chews are a tasty, sticky chocolate taffy option that flies off the shelves at both The Spot Pueblo locations.
Maybe you want a little more crunch with your CBD. Enter: CBD cookies! We have Love’s Oven CBD Sugar Cookies and Double Fudge Cookies with different ratios of THC to CBD available at our Trinidad dispensary and Pueblo, Colorado dispensaries.
Perhaps the most versatile CBD product out there is CBD tincture. And we’ve got Colorado’s best CBD tincture in stock at The Spot 420! Elite Botanical’s concentrated CBD oil can be dosed directly under the tongue, added to food or a beverage, or applied directly to the skin.
Maybe you just want to pop a CBD pill and get it over with. The Spot 420 offers Stratos CBD pills in 1:1, 2:1, of 15:1 CBD to THC ratios. There’s literally an option for every type of CBD need!
If you need help deciding on the right CBD product for you, don’t be ashamed to ask for help! The staff at our Trinidad, Colorado dispensary and Pueblo, Colorado dispensaries are more than happy to walk you through your CBD options to make sure you get what’s best for your specific situation.