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Quick Hemp Questions & Answers

June 22nd, 2022 by Brandy Palmer

Quick Hemp Questions & Answers

We publish a weekly blog that answers regularly asked questions about the world of hemp. What’s that? You don’t receive our emails?  We can fix that – you’ll find a box to subscribe to our newsletter directly to the right if you’re reading this on a desk top computer or on the bottom of our main shop page.

We’ll also add those weekly questions and answers to this article so that you have one source for all those quick asks! Ready? Let’s talk hemp.

Topics Covered:

Can CBD Go Bad?

What’s a CBD Booster?

Should I Take CBD in the Morning or at Night?

Does it Matter How I Take CBD?

How Much CBD Should I Take?

Can I Fail a Drug Test?

Can I Add CBD to My Coffee?

Q: Can CBD Go Bad?

A: Sure – Sort Of.

While CBD (cannabidiol) can go bad, it’s more likely to degrade than spoil.  When that happens, the efficacy is reduced as the oil deteriorates.  The other ingredients, like stevia, essential oils, and cannabis oil can spoil and can also increase the rate at which the product deteriorates.

 If there is not an expiration date on your package, a good rule of thumb is 18 months from the production date. When it hits that mark, toss it, or at least give it a good sniff to determine your comfort level.

 Always keep your CBD out of heat and direct sunlight.  If product arrives to you from a hot mailbox, make sure it returns to room temperature before use.  You’re also welcome to store product in the fridge – it may keep a bit longer that way. Some manufacturers state that it can give you 6 more months of efficacy.

Q: What’s a CBD Booster?

A: A CBD supplement that will get to work quickly, but won’t store and keep working for you.

We always say that consistency is key with CBD. Your daily serving will bind to your lipids and keep working for you so that you can continue to see those benefits that you are looking for over a 24 hour period.

When you find that CBD is helping you achieve overall balance and wellness, you’re still going to have bad days. That’s just the world we live in, friend. When those painful or stressful days pop up, you may be tempted to double up on your CBD. We get it. It helps! Don’t do it.

If you occasionally increase that oil based CBD, you risk building up your tolerance which will cause you to need more all the time. Our goal is for you to feel maximum benefits with minimal additives in your system.

That’s where a booster comes in. Boosters are absorbed through your cheeks or lungs so they can get to work quickly but won’t store and build up a tolerance. This fast acting CBD comes in the form of gum, mints or even hemp flower for a “boost” when you need it.

Q: CBD – Morning or Night?

A: Yes.

We always say that consistency is key with CBD. Your daily serving will bind to your lipids and keep working for you so you want to take it at roughly the same time every day.

 CBD, when taken in an appropriate serving, does not usually make you sleepy. Some people do find that a whole plant option can make them drowsy, in which case we definitely say take it at night! If the CBD that you take isn’t a sleep product but makes you sleepy, it may be an indicator that you’re taking more than you need.

We carry CBD that is strictly for am or pm use, but that’s due to the other ingredients added. Many of us are looking for better sleep at night and those night time products may include CBN, chamomile, and even melatonin to help you get those zzz’s.

 One the other end of the spectrum are morning products with additives like B12 or moringa to help you with sustainable energy. Those are best taken in the morning or to combat that early afternoon slow down.

Q: Does it Matter How I Take CBD?

A: Nope, not really.

We know that we’re a broken record, but, consistency is key with CBD. Your daily serving of any oil-based CBD that travels through your digestive system will bind to your lipids and keep working for you throughout the day. It will work the same way if that CBD is taken as a capsule, gummy or other edible, or liquid.

 Liquids may take a little less time to get to work if you pop them under your tongue. That sublingual absorption gives it a head start into your system. As long as you’re taking your supplement consistently, that time to efficacy isn’t usually a game changer.

We do like liquids when you’re getting started with a new CBD regimen, just because it’s easy to take a little more or less to find your best serving size. Once you know what serving works well in your system, you can definitely change it up.

 At the end of the day, the best CBD for you is the one that you will take consistently.

Q: How Much CBD Should I Take?

A: In our experience, people tend to find benefit somewhere between 15-75mg daily. Start small and work up until you find your best fit – then stay at that serving.

We always say that consistency is key with CBD. Your daily serving will bind to your lipids and keep working for you so that you can continue to see those benefits that you are looking for over a 24 hour period.

Start small – if you’re taking a full spectrum (whole plant) product, “small” means 10-15mg daily. If you’re taking an isolated CBD product, you may need a bit more – we would recommend starting at 25mg daily.

Hang out at that serving for 5 days. If you aren’t seeing benefit at that point, double up for the next 5 days. We want you to see benefits in that 10 day period.

 When you find that CBD is helping you achieve overall balance and wellness, you’re still going to have rough days. When those painful or stressful days pop up, you may be tempted to double up on your CBD. Don’t do it.

If you occasionally increase your oil, capsule or gummy, you risk building up your tolerance which will cause you to need more all the time. Our goal is for you to feel maximum benefits with minimal additives in your system.

Needing a little more some days is not uncommon – try a fast acting booster that won’t build up to help get you through it.

Q: Can I Fail A Drug Test?

A: Yes

While it’s not likely, it is possible to fail a drug test when taking a full-spectrum CBD product. “Full-spectrum” means that all the compounds in the plant growing in the ground end up in your box or bottle. That does include a small amount of THC. The legal limit, federally, is 0.3% of the harvested hemp on a dry weight basis.

If your job is on line or if you want to avoid THC altogether for another reason, we would advise sticking to a broad-spectrum or an isolate CBD product.

Broad-spectrum products include all the natural compounds in the hemp plant except the THC. Isolate CBD products are just that – the only active ingredient is the CBD.

Either of those will be a safe option to avoid THC and the possibility of a failed drug test. 

Q: Can I Add CBD Oil to My Coffee?

A: No

We’ve all heard the adage that oil and water don’t mix. In this case, CBD is the oil and coffee or your beverage of choice (margarita, anyone?) is the water. The oil will likely pool on top of your beverage and could stick to your glass. Additionally, adding CBD oil to a hot beverage could degrade the compounds.

It is possible to buy a water based CBD. These products have been converted by a process called nano emulsion that forces two typically incompatible substances (oil and our margarita) to mix.

We refer to water-soluble products as “boosters” because they get to work quickly but don’t have the staying power of your oil based CBD favorite. They’re a great additive, but not ideal as your primary source of CBD.

 

About Brandy Palmer

Brandy PalmerAfter years in banking and manufacturing management, Brandy went to work for a hemp manufacturer in West Michigan. What was intended to be a fun summer gig turned into a passion for hemp. Brandy founded GWL in 2015 and is still excited every day to share that passion. Brandy has Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations and a Master's Degree in Management from Grand Valley State University. Go Lakers! Her journey as an entrepreneur has been featured in Revue magazine and on investcourier.com, among others. When she's not talking hemp, you can find her playing chauffer to her two kids or cuddling at home with her husband, Jim, and their 4 (yes, 4) cats.


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