As our industry continues to grow and evolve, aside from quality and reputation, the two most important things to consider when deciding which product is best for you remain constant – dose and delivery. Understanding the role each takes will help guide you in making an educated purchase decision. We take this into consideration when developing products, and all Colorado Hemp Solutions products are formulated and designed to bring the very best in hemp-derived cannabinoids to you in the most efficient and beneficial ways.
Cannabinoid supplementation is a little more complicated than the average layperson wants to understand, but it is important to know that phytocannabinoids (from plants) are used to supplement a patient’s endocannabinoid system (in the body). The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is comprised of a large amount of receptors that act as entry ports for cannabinoid supplements to fit into. These receptors are located throughout the body, but in varying concentrations in different parts of the body. To further complicate things, different receptors accept different cannabinoids (CBD, CBG, CBN, THC, etc.) at varying rates in different parts of the body.
Regarding dosage, the FDA does not let companies make claims which makes it hard to recommend personal dosage. We look to any and all medical studies and surveys of natural practitioners to guide our understanding of optimal dosing. Though, it is important to remember that dosing is individual, and we always recommend consulting your physician before starting any cannabinoid product if you take regular prescription medication. We are looking for the lowest effective dose so keeping track of dosage and increasing dosage to efficacy is the way to maximize your value.
The moral of the story is that dosage and delivery methods are very important components of both choosing a product and using that product properly to achieve desired results. Using full spectrum or broad spectrum products allow us to activate more of the ECS and achieve higher levels of homeostasis in the body overall. CBD isolated products, while effective in some situations, do not interact with the ECS as effectively as full or broad spectrum products.
Cannabinoids are oil soluble and mostly carried in plant derived oils. MCT (medium chain triglyceride) Coconut oil is the most commonly used carrier oil because it maintains its consistency on the shelf, offers little risk of reaction or recall, and has some added health benefits. Hempseed oil and avocado oil are other great carriers of cannabinoids due to their longer triglyceride chains, which equals more efficient absorption. These oils also offer the added benefit of Omega 3s. The Omega 3 / ECS relationship is very powerful. A diet rich in fatty acids, specifically Omega 3s, will greatly enhance the efficacy of cannabinoid supplementation. High quality fish oils are a more robust form of Omega 3 supplementation, and when used as a carrier for cannabinoids studies show cannabinoid absorption is doubled!
Broadly speaking, the most efficient to least efficient delivery methods for cannabinoids are:
However, this does not take into account the ailment that is targeted. For instance, for a digestive issue like Irritable Bowel Syndrome it would be logical to dose with a digestible product like softgels or gummies. Likewise, sore joints or muscles are often most effectively dosed topically.
Should you ever have any questions when considering what dose and delivery method is best suited to your needs, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Our mission is rooted in the desire to help others. We keep a close eye on ongoing medical research and the latest reports so we can help guide you with the best information available and continue to offer safe and effective products – from our family farm to your home.
Thank you for trusting us with your hemp and CBD needs.
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