If you are anything like me, your 40’s and 50’s bring along near-constant aches and pains. Also, just living the outdoor lifestyle can mean sore muscles, sprains and aching joints. If you’re also like me – uptight old guy – you’ve probably heard about CBD products but are a little leery.

Not too long ago, I was contacted by the good folks at NisonCo Public Relations about doing some reviews on CBD products. This is new territory for me, and I figured maybe some of my readers as well – so I asked NisonCo if someone could do an interview and kind of answer some FAQs.

They were extremely helpful and I especially need to thank Raquel Heras from NisonCo for coordinating everything and also the great people at Moon Mother Hemp and Bluebird Botanicals for sending samples to try. This is cool stuff! Finally – a huge tip of the cap to Michael Harinen, Chief PR & Communications Officer for Bluebird Botanicals for answering all of my questions!

So a lot of us older people are really uptight about CBD products versus THC products. Can you explain the difference and reassure us that we won’t fail our company’s drug test when we choose the right products?

One of the most important things to remember is that hemp and hemp-derived CBD are federally legal under the 2018 Farm Bill, while marijuana (which contains high levels of THC) remains a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance and is therefore federally illegal. Hemp and marijuana are both types of cannabis, but hemp by legal definition must contain no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight. By comparison, most THC-laden marijuana products on the market today have a THC content anywhere between 20% to 30%. So, the amount of THC in hemp products is so minuscule that it is incredibly rare for it to turn up on a drug test. That said, it is possible to have a false positive for marijuana products while taking full-spectrum hemp extracts in large amounts or over long periods of time because THC and its metabolites are stored long-term in body fat and can build up over time.

What are the pros/cons/differences between oral products and topical? How do you know which product to use?

It really comes down to personal preference. Oral, or ingestible, CBD products are the most popular on the market today because of their efficacy and easy customization. The pros are that ingestible products are more easily absorbed than CBD lotions. Likewise, you have options for customization – you can add to food or beverages, or blend into topical products of your choice. The cons are that natural, unflavored ingestible CBD often produces a strong, bitter taste that some find unpleasant. Similarly, ingesting straight oil can be an uncomfortable application for those who are completely new to CBD, and may potentially upset the stomach after consuming a large amount.

Topical products, on the other hand, present a much more comfortable and familiar application method for those just trying CBD for the first time. It’s quite easy to carry on-the-go and also allows you to target specific areas of the body. However, the cons are that it is not quite as bioavailable as ingestible CBD, and these products are often higher priced than ingestibles.

I see hemp products as well – are they the same thing?

It depends where you’re looking and what the label says! If you’re looking at Bluebird products, then the answer is yes – our hemp extracts are the same thing as “CBD oil.” We use the terms interchangeably to describe our products containing CBD extracted from the aerial parts of hemp. That’s the key feature, though – CBD only comes from the aerial parts of the plant, which includes the flowers and leaves. Conversely, hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the plant and does not contain CBD or any other cannabinoids, meaning it does not have the same multitude of health benefits. There are currently many vendors today marketing their hemp seed oil as CBD oil, purposefully misleading customers to believe they’re purchasing the wonder supplement they’ve been hearing about. So whenever you’re about to purchase something labeled as “hemp oil,” be sure to carefully inspect the website and label to ensure you’re buying something that actually contains cannabinoids.

How do you determine the ideal dosage?

Again, it comes down to your unique genetic makeup. Some people find that a couple drops once a day does the trick, while others need upwards of 70 mg to achieve the desired effect. When Bluebird customers are getting started for the first time, we always recommend starting with our standard serving size of 15 drops (about 0.5 mL of oil) once or twice a day, which delivers 4.2 mg of cannabinoids per serving. However, after giving it a couple weeks, you can feel free to begin taking more servings throughout the day or even try a more concentrated product with more cannabinoids per serving.

Are CBD products primarily for pain or are there other uses?

Unfortunately, due to state and federal regulations, CBD companies are prohibited from making claims that CBD can treat, mitigate, or cure any disease or ailment. However, we can say that CBD supports overall health and wellness in the body. Also, there is so much anecdotal information available online for consumers to do their own research. A simple google search should be enough to arm anyone with internet access to understand what CBD might be able to do for them. Of course, there’s also a lot of contradictory and sensational information out there so it’s helpful to put on your critical thinking cap before sleuthing online.

When purchasing, what are some things to look for to ensure you are getting a quality product?

Number one rule – ALWAYS look for third-party testing. If a company doesn’t share recent tests on their products, they likely are not trustworthy and their products could contain potentially harmful ingredients or even no CBD. For example, a study by Consumer Labs revealed that over 30% of CBD products on the market today contain significantly fewer cannabinoids than advertised. Some don’t even contain cannabinoids at all. CBD manufacturers and retailers should be fully transparent and share a certificate of analysis for every single batch of every single product that leaves their facility so that customers don’t have to blindly trust that their product will be safe and effective.

Thanks again to Raquel and Mike for helping with these questions. Stay tuned for some reviews. SPOILER ALERT – This stuff works!!

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