Trying any new supplement for the first time can be a confusing experience. This is particularly true of the CBD market which offers a wide range of products.

So, now you’ve decided CBD is for you, there are even more decisions to make, from your method of consumption to the price, brands available, products and strength of dose. It can feel slightly daunting. But there’s no need to panic. Relax and read on for our comprehensive guide to selecting the perfect CBD supplement for you

Concern

The reason you’ve decided to try CBD is the perfect place to start. This is because some products are better than others when it comes to easing certain symptoms. Is your problem acute or chronic? And would an oil, or a balm or a capsule work best?

If you are struggling to sleep, for example, we’d recommend a capsule supplement that has been specifically designed to ease insomnia and promote a healthy night’s rest. The Cured Zen CBD Nighttime Calming Supplement is a great starting point. Packed with ingredients, like valerian, passionflower, ashwagandha, chamomile, magnesium and 350mgs of CBD extract, this supplement promotes relaxation when you need it most.

However, if you want something to soothe aching muscles and promote a sense of calm, a topical balm would be your best course of action. In this case we’d suggest Cannaray CBD Muscle Balm. This 60ml pot delivering 250mg of CBD, is beautifully soothing when massaged into sore muscles. Made with premium, skin-kind ingredients such as beeswax, shea butter, jojoba oil, arnica extract, it promotes relaxation and eases localised aches and pains.

Perhaps your goal is simply a daily boost to your mood as well as your immune system. In that case, Kannaswiss Daily A-Zinc CBD Softgums provide a broad range of immune-boosting nutrients as well as a 10mg hit of CBD per gummie. Take two a day to reduce fatigue, relieve stress and promote healthy skin, nails and hair.

Type

It’s important to know that not all products contain the same type of CBD, and this effects usage, availability and even legality.

Full-spectrum CBD is a compound extract. It contains nearly all the elements present in the cannabis plant, such as terpenes, flavonoids, and trace elements of THC. This means that if you take it in large quantities, it may produce a false positive result in a drugs test.

Broad-spectrum CBD contains cannabidiol along with all the other compounds within the plant. But the THC is completely removed after the initial extraction. Broad-spectrum CBD is excellent for promoting a sense of relaxation because it contains several beneficial cannabinoids that have a collectively soothing effect. For example, Dr Ed Calm CBD Oil is created with calming terpenes that are a particularly effective anti-anxiety aid.

CBD Isolate is the purest form – and most Nabino products are produced using isolates. It contains only the CBD compound – and no trace elements of THC. Isolates have the advantage of containing upwards of 99 percent cannabidiol potency – offering the highest concentration per serving. They are also odour-free and tasteless, so they can be added to recipes without altering the flavour and can also be used in a variety of different products.

The legality of CBD use in the UK is still slightly confusing. Many cannabinoids are listed as controlled substances under the Misuse of Drugs Act. However, for CBD extract to be legal in the UK, it must contain no THC. Please note that all Nabino products comply with UK CBD legal requirements

Strength

As with any new supplement, starting off with a low dose is sensible. Be mindful of the product servings as these may differ depending on the bottle size, especially if the CBD extract is taken in liquid form. We’d recommend a starting dose of 10mg, taken twice daily. After one week, you can increase your dose to 20mg, also taken twice daily.

It’s important to remember that the maximum, daily adult dose of CBD (if you are not under the supervision of a doctor) is 200mg. Therefore, if you are taking CBD as a food-added supplement, be mindful of how much you are consuming. That third or fourth cookie might not be a good idea!

In terms of effects, practitioners advise ‘listening to your body’ and increasing the daily amount based on that premise. Once you begin to feel the positive effects, you’ll know if you need to raise the dose – or stay at that level.

Bioavailability

When you start a new supplement, how fast and effectively you experience results, directly impacts on how long you’ll be willing to trial the product. Bioavailability refers to the rate at which your body absorbs a substance into the bloodstream. It’s important to note that rates of bioavailability can vary from person to person, and from product to product. Therefore, monitoring the effectiveness of the CBD product you are using, is very important.

Official studies show that the dosage amount listed on the product, will not be the total amount that your body absorbs, as a percentage of that substance will be lost in transit.

Indeed, a study in 2009 showed that as little as four to 20 percent of the CBD dose will be active in the bloodstream if the supplement is ingested either by drinks or food. Therefore, it’s important to experiment and find the product that works best for you.

Through our research at Nabino, we have selected products that only deliver, on average, higher concentrations of CBD to the bloodstream. If you’d like to know more, information on how to get the most out of your supplements can be found in our blog.

Extraction

When you’re looking at CBD products, check the extraction methods used – as this directly determines the quality of supplement you are buying. The type of hemp plants used is another good quality indicator. According to Industrial Hemp Farms, the varieties are those that yield the highest levels of CBD and the lowest levels of THC.  There are three methods used to extract CBD – and they are not all equal.

Solvent extraction: As the name suggests, this method involves chemicals (never a good start), usually, ethanol, butane, isopropyl, propane or alcohol. The procedure involves disintegrating the plant ‘waxes’ so that the cannabinoids can be extracted. The downsides, quite apart from the flammability, is that chlorophyll (which tastes bitter) is also extracted with the CBD. Another consequence is that if the final extraction process isn’t rigorous enough, the toxic, solvent residues may not be fully eliminated.

Olive oil extraction: This traditional way of extracting CBD involves heating the oil and hemp plants several times to extract the properties. Some old school CBD advocates consider this the superior method. However, it is not without its pitfalls.

The addition of the olive oil means the final extraction isn’t as concentrated as it could be, which means consumers need to take higher doses to experience the benefits. It also doesn’t store well, which means it’s not an ideal solution for most suppliers and consumers.

CO2 Extraction: This is the most efficient and healthy way to extract the CBD – but it is the most expensive and complicated of the processes. However, the result is exceptional because producers can harvest safe, chemical-free, stable extracts that can be used in a wide variety of products. While CO2 extraction incurs a much higher production cost, many reputable suppliers of CBD, Nabino included, believe its better to deliver a premium product that provides a positive result for consumers, rather than relying on less expensive and less effective ingredients.

Brand

Whenever you think about trying a new supplement or treatment, its better to look at the well-established brands first. That’s because they have invested time and effort into researching which CBD products yield the best results. The CBD market is a new industry. And its not unfair to say that there are a proportion of ‘snake oil salesmen’ out there, jumping on the bandwagon, keen to turn a quick buck by selling ineffective or even substandard products.

Take your time in deciding which brand works best for you. Consider the history of the company, the information they provide and the quality of the products they sell, before you decide to part with your money. 

Take your time to review the ingredients too. Look for products that make minimal use of chemicals and list natural, good quality contents. Some oils contain things like propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, for example, which are considered less than ideal.

All the brands featured on Nabino are passionate about the industry. They have invested time and money to bring CBD to the market, because these are products they believe in. Their reputation (and ours) is built on trust and transparency.

Price

Naturally, especially at this difficult time, price is a big consideration. And with so many products to choose from, it isn’t easy to decide which one to go for. All we can advise is this: ultimately, you get what you pay for. Good quality CBD isn’t cheap – the nature of how it is produced, through to how it is taxed dictates this. As such, it is often better to pay slightly more for a good quality product from a brand or supplier you can trust. And that’s where we come in.

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