That, or you’re one of the over-prepared sorts who want all their ducks in a row before you make your purchase. Either way, we’re glad you’re taking the time to ensure you get the longevity and maintain the effectiveness of your CBD oil for the longest period. First, we’re going to briefly discuss CBD, then we’ll talk about different kinds of CBD products, and finally wrap up with how to properly store CBD oil!
What You Need to Know First About CBD
CBD is short for cannabidiol, a chemical derived from the Cannabis sativa plant. Many people mistake CBD as just a watered-down version of marijuana, but these are two different products designed for different purposes. You’ve likely heard about CBD recently and watched as CBD shops have sprung up every few blocks.
If you’re sitting scratching your head and wondering why this suddenly occurred, here’s why: In 2018, a piece of legislation was passed called the Farm Bill that legalized the sale and distribution of industrial hemp. Industrial hemp is the plant from which CBD, among other products such as cloth and rope, is derived.
While marijuana and industrial hemp are both derived from the Cannabis sativa plant, they differ in the amount of THC, or Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical responsible for the “high” felt when using marijuana. Industrial hemp is required to contain less than 0.5% THC. So you might be saying to yourself, “OK, I know CBD products have menial amounts of THC, but what is up with all the different designations such as broad spectrum, full spectrum, and CBD isolate?”
Frankly, we are glad you’re taking the time to ask these important questions, so let us briefly explain what characterizes each of these products. Let’s start at full-spectrum CBD products, which contain cannabidiol, other cannabinoids, and less than 0.3% THC. Broad-spectrum CBD products are further refined so that the THC is eliminated from the formula but cannabidiol and the other endocannabinoids are left intact. If you choose a CBD isolate product then you’ll be getting a product that is designed to have nothing but cannabidiol in the formula.
Which kind of CBD product should you choose? This depends on a few factors including whether or not your job requires routine randomized drug testing. If your employer does routine random testing then you should check with your company policy about CBD, and you may want to choose a broad-spectrum CBD product or a CBD isolate to minimize the chances you come back positive for THC (and risk losing your job).
Many people believe that full-spectrum products work the best for their concerns, and there is even some evidence to back up the claims. The idea that full-spectrum CBD products work better than other types of CBD products comes down to the entourage effect. The entourage effect is a phenomenon that emerges when chemicals enhance the effect of other chemicals in the formula. Basically, it means that leaving in the other endocannabinoids enhances the effect of cannabidiol.
Storage of CBD Oil
Since CBD oil is one of the most likely CBD products you may purchase, let’s talk a little bit about how to store it. It’s pretty simple, but you should keep in mind that some manufacturers may suggest specific storage recommendations for their products. These instructions should take precedence over the general recommendations made here.
One of the best places you should store your CBD oil is in a cool dark space—such as a pantry or cabinet in your house. You don’t have to worry about refrigerating the CBD, although if you like the taste of the oil better after being refrigerated then go ahead; cooling the oil to the temps found in a refrigerator will not hurt the oil or make it less effective. Like most supplements, you’ll want to avoid direct sunlight as much as possible as well as extreme changes in temperature, both of which can cause the product to lose its efficacy more quickly.
Other Types of CBD Products Worth Looking Into
With the legalization of industrial hemp came the explosion of the CBD market. Manufacturers are putting CBD in all kinds of different products, and one of the most common CBD products you’ll hear about is CBD oil in which the compound is extracted and put into a carrier oil such as coconut oil.
If you’re getting bored with the oil or can’t find a flavor you like (or you can’t stand the earthly taste of unflavored CBD oil), then you may want to choose a CBD gummy product, brownies, or other sweet treats loaded with CBD and other endocannabinoids. CBD gummies commonly have sugar or artificial sweeteners added to the product that can mask the natural CBD taste to make it more palatable.
Topical CBD products are another option that you may want to consider, especially if you’re using CBD products for muscle pain and joint problems. Many companies make CBD creams that can be worked into the skin or even rolled on the affected area. Most of these CBD products are stored similarly to CBD oil.
Dr. Kasey Nichols, N.M.D.
Dr. Kasey Nichols, N.M.D. focuses on sleep disorders and drug-free pain management utilizing both conventional and alternative medicine at his private practice, Onyx Integrative Medicine and Aesthetics, located in Gilbert, AZ. He served as the Director of Medical Operation and Administration at a national substance abuse disorder corporation with 16 facilities across seven states. He graduated from Cleveland University-Kansas City with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Biology, graduating with honors, and holds a Doctorate from The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. He holds licenses in both Arizona and Kansas.
Dr. Nichols has given numerous talks to professional organizations, given interviews for newspapers across the United States, and numerous television news interviews with ABC 15/CW 61 in Arizona, Channel 3 in Arizona, and others. Dr. Nichols has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Reader’s Digest, WebMD, Healthline, and many other health and lifestyle publications.