Odds are you’ve heard of an ingredient called CBD (short for cannabidiol) and are curious. Working as a beauty editor I get to test new products and treatments to see how they compare to one another. With an impressive list of growing beauty brands launching CBD products I wanted to know the benefits. I spoke to Shay, CO-Founder and Director Of Creative, for CBD Takeout, a marketplace to find the best CBD products. As someone prone to headaches and anxiety I needed proof this powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory could treat my pain.
Shay cleared up all of the questions I had, and confusion from our readers by explaining how CBD can benefit you. It’s been five weeks since our interview and I am happy to report I have incorporated this trendy ingredient in the form of a topical cream and oil drops from CBD Takeout into my routine.
Yes, it’s true, CBD is booming right now. People have been talking about the healing properties of cannabis for ages but it has finally caught on with the mainstream. I was recommended CBD by a doctor about 2 years ago to help with a chronic inflammatory issue I have struggled with since I was 21. I had been struggling with pharmaceutical medications and their side effects for some time. After conistently taking a CBD tincture for 3 months my symptoms started to subside and I had a marked improvement in labs that were conducted before and after. The only thing I had done differently is to add CBD into my daily routine. After that, I was a true believer. I started CBD TakeOut with my partner Jeremy Kinder after learning we had common interests in cannabis-related wellness and healing and seeing a gap in the industry. People are very curious about CBD but navigating places and brand to buy online can be extremely daunting and frustrating. We wanted to provide a curated marketplace with brands and information everyone could understand and find helpful. All of the brands we work with are sourced from farms here in the U.S., with the lions share coming from Colorado.
That is the question we hear the most! The easiest way to break it down is like this; Everybody has what is called an Endocannabinoid system. This system, which has recently gotten a lot of attention is responsible for regulating things like your mood, sensation of pain, appetite, and even cognitive processes. The Endocannabinoid System, consisting of two primary receptors, CB1 and CB2 are found throughout the central nervous system as well as most tissues in your body. When you take CBD derived from hemp, it attaches to these receptors and does incredible things like suppressing your bodies response to pain and stress. It also can allow your body to stay in restorative REM sleep for longer periods throughout the night. Studies are also suggesting that CBD can work as an immunomodulator, meaning it can balance your immune system’s inflammatory response, the primary problem with most auto-immune diseases.
To put it as plainly as possible, no, you cannot get high from it. CBD, unlike its more popular fellow phytocannabinoid THC, produces no psychoactive effects. If you are concerned about passing a drug test or work for the United States Armed Forces I suggest looking for products that are clearly labeled as THC FREE or ZERO THC. Some Full Spectrum hemp products can contain trace amounts of THC (less than .3% as allowable by federal law) so this means that there is a small chance of it showing up in drug tests specifically looking for THC in the blood. I always say, use your best judgment and make sure to read labels before consuming any hemp products. All of the products on our site are clearly labeled and most of the things we carry are THC free.
The great thing about CBD is most people feel no negative side effects. Those individuals that are taking large doses (larger than 1000mg a day) report some drowsiness. The average consumer takes between 25-150mg a day for comparison. Additionally, there is no established lethal dose for CBD, meaning you cannot overdose.
Yes, absolutely true. CBD excells at pain management and tamping down anxiety. The Endocannabinoid Sytem plays an important part at regulating your bodies response to stressfull situations. As a result, adding CBD can play a massive role at regulating those mechanisms that cause anxiety. We joke that we cannot take away stressful situations in someones life, but we can point you to products that will help you cope with anxiety, which is a by-product of stress.
I recommend CBD for anyone who wants to manage anxiety, has joint or muscle pain/inflammation, problems sleeping or winding down at night, or wants to find natural alternatives to medications like opiods or sleep aides. We have a lot of atheletes who are using CBD products for speeding up recovery from breaking down their muscles and joints during atheletic performance. We also hear from our customers that they use it to help them get more restful sleep. We were at a Crossfit competition recently and a husband and wife came up to us on the first day to chat and ask questions. After talking about different products they ended up purchasing a night-time tincture from Nanocraft, a company we partner with. The next morning he came up to me and gave me a high five and said it was the first time he slept through the night in 6 months. It’s that type of response that keeps us going. We hear those stories over and over again when we get to meet people at events.
Specifically for someone who is a first time user. Everyone can have a different response to CBD because there are so many factors: Age, weight, metabolism, receptor density….the list goes on. So establishing dosing that works for everyone is virtually impossible. As a rule of thumb, especially for first time CBD users, start off on the lowest dose the product suggests. If we are talking in terms of ingestables (Tinctures, oils, capsules, gummies, chocolates, or foods containing CBD) go with the suggested dose for at least 1-2 weeks. If at the end of the period of time you don’t feel any different or your healing goals are not being met, you should probably up the dose. Remember, there are no established limits for CBD consumption. For topicals like creams, salves, ointments, or CBD-containing beauty products you may use as often as we wish to achieve the desired effect. My pro tip is BE CONSISTENT. Like any supplement or health regiment, you have to stick to it. Give it up 4 weeks of consistent use to see the full benefit of the product or consumption method you choose.
I tell people to take CBD whenever it best fits into their routine. If you are taking an oil-based tincture, add it to your morning coffee or beverage. If you are taking capsules, take them with your other vitamins if you want to. For topicals, especially beauty focused products, incorporate into your normal routine. Some products that are sleep focused will contain melatonin, lavender, or other naturally occurring sleep supplements in addition to CBD. Use those as part of your nighttime routine. The point is to figure out what works best for you. There is no wrong way to take it or the right time of day. You are reaping the benefits of CBD as long as you are consistently using it.
CBD products are typically broken down into three categories: Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate. Full spectrum products use a process that extracts the entire spectrum of phytocannabinoids (over 115 beneficial of them) which can also contain a trace amount of THC (also a phytocannabinoid) These work in concert to provide the maximum benefit of the hemp plant. Broad Spectrum is a term used for products containing the full spectrum of phytocannabinoids with no THC present. Isolate is the term for isolated CBD in its purest form, however, it has no other cannabinoids present.
If you are overly sore from exercise, you will notice a dramatic decrease in how long you stay sore. Topical products like salves for joint relief work almost immediately restoring range of motion, decreasing stiffness, and reducing swelling associated with inflammation. CBD containing beauty products like body creams and face scrubs make for ridiculously smooth skin as it aids in soothing irritation and dryness. Ingestable CBD will produce a sense of calm with continued use. A single dose of CBD ingested will do very little. That is why it is so important to consistently use CBD for 3-4 weeks to get the most benefit.
Currently, CBD is legal in all 50 states. Most countries allow you to travel with CBD. It’s important to check the status with whatever country you plan on visiting outside of the U.S.
My personal preference is using a tincture that I hold under my tongue for about a minute. I find brands that add a natural flavor like lemon or spearmint taste really good on their own. Some of the products we carry have a more natural cannabis flavor. Adding it to coffee, tea, or orange juice is the best way if you don’t care for the flavor of hemp.
That is the beauty of CBD TakeOut. We take all that guesswork out of the equation for you. There are a ton of really terrible products in the marketplace. It is a crowded space currently so the lower quality products are being slowly weeded out (no pun intended). We only carry products that provide independent 3rd party laboratory testing. We place those results on each individual product so you can see exactly what the chemical make up of the individual product is. We also curate our entire marketplace so we only carry products we have personally tested and meet the strict quality guidelines set forth by the industry as a whole and the labs that test everything.
Every day we are getting approached by new and boutique brands that are specializing in beauty and wellness. We are starting to introduce those kinds of products to our marketplace and making carefully selected additions. When CBD first started becoming popular you could only find terrible tasting oils and balms that smelled exactly like cannabis. The industry is now catching up and shifting to some amazing, super high-quality beauty products. We are always looking to introduce those types of products to the market.
Sponsorships, partnerships, and spreading the word. We are the anchor sponsor for a podcast that is focused on transitioning veterans back into normal civilian life as well as just wrapped up sponsoring a snowboarding movie premiering on Outside TV called Westcoast Sessions with our friends NanoCraft CBD. We have a ton of amazing brands we are working with to get up and going on CBDTakeOut.com including Austin, TX-based Fine Healing Goods, former Denver Bronco and Super Bowl champ Jordan Norwood’s Slab Mule MAJIC cream, and coming soon Willie Nelsons – Willies Remedies coffee and tinctures which will be available on our site shortly. The future is looking bright for hemp and for CBD TakeOut. We want to continue to be able to provide a curated experience and help people navigate their journey to feeling good.