Before purchasing dietary supplements that you plan to ingest, it’s important to understand where they came from and how they can impact your health. CBD is no different, because not all CBD is the same.
Here are 5 questions you should ask to make the most educated decisions when purchasing CBD:
What's in it? Is it high-quality CBD?
Is it full-spectrum or isolate? Full-spectrum includes other cannabinoids and terpenes, so you may feel a stronger effect, while isolate may be less noticeable overall, but more effective for mental focus. For example, our RELIEF tincture features full-spectrum CBD hemp extract, while our REACH capsules contain CBD isolate.
This also includes where the CBD was grown, processed, and manufactured, if it is natural or synthetic, and if it was third-party tested. Make sure to read the Certificate of Analysis, or COA, provided with each product. You should be able to find these easily on the QR codes of the packaging or company website.
What am I taking it for?
CBD is being widely studied, particularly for its anti-inflammatory properties, however it is NOT a magic bullet that can address every condition with the first application. It takes a consistent, daily CBD routine for your body to build up and maintain its own levels of endogenous cannabinoids allowing for down-regulation of inflammation thus returning the body to homeostasis. Dragon Hemp products emphasize the fusion of cannabinoids with other traditional Chinese herbs, a synergistic relationship aimed to amplify and expedite the effectiveness of each.
What is the proper dose to attain the desired outcome or effect?
Whether you’re looking for better sleep, pain reduction, stress relief, or something else, everyone's biochemistry is different. The store/healthcare professional from where you are purchasing your CBD should be able to give proper guidance on how much is right for you, given your desired effect.
In my experience, usual doses of CBD are 25mg-50mg per dose -- sometimes less, sometimes more, depending on condition. Any dose less than 25mg is not considered therapeutic, and is likely too little to have any effect, while taking too much, on the other hand, might make you feel tired or drowsy – though it’s not possible to “overdose”. With that said, one should consider a maximum daily limit of 250mg.
Are there any side effects? Can CBD react negatively with anything else I am taking?
While CBD alone has no proven side effects, its effects are a result of binding with receptors in your body’s endocannabinoid system, meaning it can interact with other drugs thereby causing side effects. Some of the main drug-on-drug considerations are some anticoagulant medications, cholesterol-lowering statins, and NSAIDs, like Mobic (meloxicam). Therefore, it is always important to talk to your healthcare provider before mixing CBD with pharmaceuticals.
How much does it cost? Is it worth it?
The best way to compare costs of various CBD products is cost per volume (typically milligrams, or mg), but it’s important to consider all other factors we’ve discussed, especially quality. For example, you can probably find really cheap CBD at a gas station, but it’s probably not high quality, pure, or organic. Conversely, some CBD products are priced outrageously high, without any justification.
At Dragon Hemp, our aim is to provide the highest quality CBD products at affordable prices, while remaining sustainable, organic, and, most importantly, effective. For example, our super-concentrated COOLING BALM and WARMING BALM contain 3,600mg of CBD per jar, roughly 5x more CBD by volume than most comparable competitors’ products.