Welcome to our series for Plant Therapy blog: Ask our Plant Therapy Experts! Where you ask, and we answer your most burning oily questions.
Wondering who your official Plant Therapy Aromatherapists are? You can get the full introduction to our whole team on our Meet Our Aromatherapists page! Because Plant Therapy is dedicated to being transparent with our customers, we knew we wanted to introduce you to the team behind answering your essential oil questions.
This June, Plant Therapy released our first-ever CBD products! We were very excited and proud to be launching such a ground-breaking product. Our company stance is that we offer essential oils because we want to do the most good we can, for the most people. This drives our pricing, company values and so much more. CBD has huge potential to benefit many people, and do a lot of good.
But CBD as a topic is fraught with misinformation, legal grey areas and confusing concepts, which is why we’re here to help! This month, for our August edition of Ask Our Experts, we’re tackling CBD.
Can you use Plant Therapy’s CBD topically?
Megan Lass asked:
I know it’s designed for internal use, but can Plant Therapy CBD oil be used topically as well?
Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist
We get this question a lot – and it’s no wonder why. CBD applied topically for pain is incredibly common, and many people suffer from chronic localized pain and hope CBD will help. We hear you!
But the answer to this question is a little more complicated and has to do with how much CBD your body can absorb when used in different ways. Let’s talk about why in more depth:
To talk about CBD and if you can (or should) use it topically, we have to talk about something called bioavailability.
CBD products come in many forms, including salves, lotions, tinctures, oils, liquids, capsules and more, and on top of that CBD also come in different concentrations. But each of these methods also requires different usage methods.
Bioavailability, or the rate at which a substance is absorbed into the bloodstream, is the other factor in the ‘which CBD serving size/product is right for me’ equation. In addition to the strength of your CBD product, bioavailability will determine how much of the CBD actually makes it into your bloodstream. Fun fact: Bioavailability isn’t just for CBD! Your doctor uses this known factor to calculate any standard dose of any drug you get via prescription.
Bioavailability is not just about the serving size of your CBD, but is also affected by the method of consumption or use.
When used topically, your skin takes a while to absorb the products and is not the most direct way to reach your bloodstream. When applied topically, only about 5% of the CBD you use will actually make it into your bloodstream. That means if you take a 100 mg serving size and use it topically, only 5 mg actually makes it into your bloodstream, and generally, it takes about 15 mg to even start to see a difference in symptoms.
Now that doesn’t mean that using CBD topically won’t work for you! Many people report topical CBD is very beneficial, but this may vary from person to person, and it’s a little harder to measure.
But when taken sublingually (as Plant Therapy CBD is designed to be taken), your absorption rate shoots up to 12%-35%, which is actually pretty high!
Sublingual use involves dropping the CBD liquid into your mouth and holding it under your tongue for 60 seconds. This method increase is due to the sublingual gland under your tongue. When a substance is administered to this gland, it gets absorbed directly into your bloodstream. That means that for every 100 mg serving size of CBD taken sublingually you absorb 12-35 mg, more than enough to potentially see effects. And as a bonus, it works much faster as well! Because this method of use is more direct, it impacts your body much sooner than even taking CBD orally, and simply swallowing it.
So while the short answer is that it won’t hurt you to use Plant Therapy’s CBD topically (it is a natural product after all!) it isn’t the most effective use of your product. Here at Plant Therapy, we wanted to make sure that our first CBD product was the most effective product to pass on to our customers!
Choosing a CBD that works for you
Rebeka Pickett says:
I still feel overwhelmed by really what to choose.
Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist
Rebeka, we know that choosing a CBD serving size that works for you can be confusing! But honestly, like essential oils, choosing the correct CBD product is all about paying attention to your own body.
If you’re ready to try CBD but aren’t quite sure which strength is right for you, choosing can seem complicated.
Just remember this: Each bottle of our Hemp Extract (CBD) was formulated with different needs and levels of use in mind.
If you’re just starting to explore CBD as a natural way to support your endocannabinoid system for better overall health, our 6 mg serving size of CBD is the perfect place to start. With a serving size just high enough to test out the flavor and explore possibilities, 6 mg is ideal to figure out how CBD can work for you and if you like the flavor you chose.
This serving is just enough to tell you if you’ll like the flavor and effects of ingesting our CBD and lets you move up to a stronger serving if needed.
If you’re looking to support your endocannabinoid system and overall health in a natural way, and you’re looking for a good entry-level CBD product for everyday use, our 16 mg per serving of CBD was made with you in mind. A 16 mg serving allows you to find the unique amount for daily use ideal for your body.
The 500 mg strength is designed for people who have minor issues that supporting your endocannabinoid system functioning may help, like mild anxiety, minor sleep problems and more.
If you’re ready to support the overall health and function of your endocannabinoid system on a daily basis in a natural way, our 33 mg serving of CBD was designed for your needs. With an amount formulated for regular, everyday use, 33 mg is perfect for use as a supplement to maintain long-term healthy function.
This serving strength is the best option for people who are looking to use CBD every day in support of their endocannabinoid system for issues such as insomnia, more acute anxiety and minor perceptions of pain.
If you’re a CBD user, have a medium to large body mass, high metabolism, or have more serious concerns associated with the endocannabinoid system, our 83 mg serving of CBD was designed to work for you. Formulated for robust everyday use, 83 mg was created as a supplement to maintain long-term healthy functioning in people with more severe symptoms.
This serving strength is best for those who have more severe or acute issues, but again, please remember to consult with your doctor if you are already taking medications.
Choosing a serving size:
Choosing a serving size is slightly different than choosing a strength. Your serving size refers to how many dropperfuls you choose to take per serving.
Everyone responds differently to CBD, so it’s important to pay attention to your own body’s needs. Determining the ideal serving for you may take some trial and error. With this in mind, we recommend starting with a low serving, gradually increasing as needed. You may not need to continue increasing your intake once you find a serving that works best for your unique body.
Here is Plant Therapy’s serving size chart that goes into more detail. You can also download your own copy of our serving size chart to keep on hand.
So basically, CBD may be the right choice for your body, but remember to use our serving guidelines and make sure to consult with your doctor if you are already taking medications or looking for relief from serious chronic issues.
PS. You can also download the free CBD Serving Size Chart we created for just this purpose – to make this process easier on you!
Will I pass a drug test, and is CBD safe for children?
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. Cannabinoids themselves (like CBD) can’t cause the “high” feeling associated with marijuana use. That comes from Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC), a different chemical compound found in cannabis and the culprit behind that high feeling.
There are two common terms you’ll see when describing CBD products:
- Full-spectrum CBD: Contains trace amounts of THC. The legal limit for these types of products is less than 0.3%.
- Broad-spectrum CBD: Starts as full-spectrum CBD, and when the THC is removed, it becomes broad-spectrum.
Both broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD contains all the other beneficial chemical constituents of the hemp plant, which means you get all the benefits of the other chemical constituents (called the “entourage effect”), as well as the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD), and the useful terpenes, all without the “high” feeling.
Plant Therapy’s CBD is THC-free, meaning it contains no (0.0%) THC. You can investigate for yourself even further by checking the actual test results, available on each product page.
So the short answer is: CBD should not show up on a drug test.
But despite there being no THC in our CBD, there’s another thing to consider: The kind of test being performed.
There are two types of drug tests. One looks for cannabinoids and this test is no longer legal due to CBD now being federally legal. That said, some companies may not have updated their testing requirements to meet this new legal standard.
Most workplace drug screens and tests now target delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and do not target or detect the presence of cannabidiol (CBD) or other legal natural hemp based constituents.
I would assume that the Air Force is probably up-to-date on the legalities surrounding testing for THC, but I would always recommend checking with your superiors to learn which type of drug test they perform, and their stance on the use of products like these.
Shipping outside the USA…
- What is CBD?
- CBD FAQ
- What is the Endocannabinoid System?
- Will CBD Get Me “High?”
- Will CBD Make me to Fail a Drug Test?
- Why Take CBD? (free download)
- CBD Serving Size Chart (free download)
- How to Use CBD
- Full-Spectrum vs. Broad-Spectrum CBD
- CBD vs. Cannabis Essential Oil vs. Hemp Seed Oil: What’s the Difference?
- Why is CBD so Expensive?
- Is CBD Legal?
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications, or under a doctors care, please consult with a physician or qualified professional before using this product