CBD oil buyers guide
What are the differences between all the different kinds of CBD oil?
So you have done your research and decided you want to give CBD oil a shot, awesome! But did you know there are several variations of CBD oil? Well in case you were unsure of what those differences are or weren’t even aware there were differences at all this article will help guide you through all the variations in type, packaging and strengths. All of these differences can affect the CBD in the product and how the CBD reacts with your body so naturally these are important details to understand when deciding which CBD oil is right for you.
There are the three main types of CBD oil that just about all CBD oil products fits into.
-Filtered (commonly the “gold” line)
These three types of CBD oil are common throughout the market of CBD hemp oil and becoming clear on what each of them means can make for a better CBD oil experience. Lets take a closer look at each of these three types of CBD oil in detail.
This oil is typically purchased by people who are looking to get a CBD oil with all the other compounds that exist in hemp as well as CBD. We commonly see people buying this oil who suffer from anxiety issues, insomnia and other mild to moderate issues. to Raw CBD oil is exactly what it sounds like "raw". Raw CBD oil will not be processed any further than its original extraction and will contain other compounds in it such as small plant material (microscopic small) , lipids (fats) chlorophyll, and terpenes among other things as it has not been filtered. The color of this oil will usually be dark green to black and have a thick consistency. Raw will usually be the product of choice for people looking to benefit from the use of the entire hemp plant and not necessarily just cannabidiol. Raw CBD oil still has the ability to have multiple percentages of CBD and at DiscoverCBD.com you can buy “raw” types of CBD oil from a couple manufacturers in a couple of strengths and multiple sizes. Here are some raw CBD oil types we carry at DiscoverCBD.com
Raw or unfiltered non-decarboxylated versions of CBD oil will always be the cheapest option as it has not been processed any further than the original extraction. Raw CBD oil typically contains a lower percentage of CBD (cannabidiol) by volume than the Decarboxylated or filtered (Gold) versions.
This oil is commonly bought by people who are making their own CBD edibles and have moderate anxiety problems as well as insomnia, arthritis and migraines. Decarboxylated is similar to “raw” except it has been “decarboxylated” The process of decarboxylation is seen as a way to up the strength or effectiveness of the CBD in the CBD oil and offers a faster reaction time for the CBD oil once its in your body. According to Wikipedia:
“Decarboxylation is a chemical reaction that removes a carboxyl group and releases carbon dioxide (CO2). Usually, decarboxylation refers to a reaction of carboxylic acids, removing a carbon atom from a carbon chain." Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decarboxylation
You can think of decarboxylated CBD oil as getting more bang per mg of CBD. Basically decarboxylation will turn CBDA into CBD which is a non acid molecule that will better fit your CBD receptors and be more "active" within your body. Decarboxylation is commonly referred to as “activated” which can leave the impression that CBD that has not been decarboxylated will not have benefits because it is not “active”, but this is not the case, it will just simply be received less easily by your body than decarboxylated CBD The decarboxylated form of CBD oil will typically be dark green to black with a thick consistency at room temperature. At DiscoverCBD.com there are several different percentages of decarboxylated CBD oil from a couple of different companies, below we listed them. UPDATE: We now carry only the best Active CBD oil decarbed at a percentage of 17% (this has proven the most well liked decarb oil with the best results over the last year of us testing all the oil from different companies)-Active CBD oil brand
Decarboxylated CBD oil is a middle priced CBD oil as it is processed more than “raw” oil but it is not filtered like the “gold” oils
This CBD oil the most purchased CBD oil on the website and people are buying this CBD oil for everything from mild anxiety, to much worse situations. Gold is commonly the title of choice by CBD oil manufacturers for their filtered “gold” colored CBD oil and usually represents their highest concentration CBD product. The filtered or “gold” varieties will typically be decarboxylated as well as being filtered to remove the smaller plant constituents such as chlorophyll, lipids and other non CBD plant parts. Gold CBD oil is available at DiscoverCBD.com from three companies in a variety of sizes and strengths, below we listed them for you. UPDATE: We now carry only the best Active CBD oil Gold at a percentage of 25%+ (this has proven the most well liked decarb oil with the best results over the last year of us testing all the oil from different companies)
-Active CBD oil
Of course with the “gold” version having the most filtering and highest concentration of CBD it also comes with the highest price tag but it still remains the most sought after and holds the highest market demand.
Dosing and percentages vs mgs
A quick note about dosing and percentages. At DiscoverCBD.com we suggest a daily dose of 1/10 gram twice a day however this is not for everyone and some manufacturers such as Pharma have it clearly stated on their packaging that they suggest a dose of 1 gram a day split into two .5 gram doses. This is all personal preference and it really depends on the individual as well as the reason you’re taking it in the first place. Because there is no general guideline of “use X mg for this amount of individual’s weight” we always tell people to start with 1/10 a gram twice a day and if that isn’t working for you then to either go up in amount or in strength.
We have also been asked on a number of occasions about how many mgs of CBD are in “X” syringe. So in order to figure this out you need to know that there are 1000 mg’s in each gram and depending on the percentage you can then tell how many mgs of CBD are in the CBD oil syringe you are looking at. So for instance if you have a 1 gram syringe that is 15.9% CBD then you will have 159mg of CBD in that 1 gram syringe, if the syringe is 25% CBD by volume then it would have 250mg of CBD in the syringe. Some syringes such as the PlusCBD syringes run a range so they are a little more difficult but the same math applies % x 10 x grams = total mg’s in syringe. For example the Pharma gold 17% 5-gram syringe will have 17 (%) x 10 x 5 (grams) = 850mgs (total mgs in syringe).
You will also encounter a few different types of packaging when purchasing CBD oil so we wanted to clarify the typical uses for these different packaging options. The first and by far the most common type of packaging is going to be the syringe but there are also small plastic small jars and silicone containers.
The syringe is typically both the easiest to store and dispense CBD oil in however there can be a few drawbacks as well as some pretty good ways to minimize those drawback. While a syringe is awesome for accurate dispensing because it has the mg’s written right on the side of the syringe it can also be tricky when the syringe is cold and the oil is thick. When the syringe is stored in someplace cold like a fridge the CBD oil can get so thick its nearly impossible to push out of this syringe which results in jumpy pushes and inaccurate dispensing or even worse a bruised thumb. A quick way to make sure the CBD oil dispenses easily is to warm up the syringe by placing it in some warm tap water or by wrapping the syringe in a towel that has been wet down and placed in the microwave to get warm. Once the syringe is warm the CBD oil will dispense much easier. Also be aware that the “gold” varieties of oil typically don’t need to be warmed as much as the “decarb” or “raw” versions as it has already been filtered and is thinner to start with. Also you will want to make sure not to warm up the syringe to much or the cap will pop off from the expanding pressure inside and leak out.
PlusCBD makes a 1 gram increment of their “raw” in a small plastic container as well as 1 gram increment “gold” in a plastic jar. These plastic jars are more difficult to dose exact increments which makes these little jars the typical choice for people applying CBD oil topically where you will just be putting a small amount on your finger and rubbing it on your skin or something of that nature. There have also been instances where people preferred the small jars because they were tired of having to warm up their syringes before being able to get to the CBD oil inside and opening a jar or just leaving the jar open was a more convenient option for them.
A more recent packaging choice was brought forward by Pharma when they started using silicone no stick containers to store their 25% “gold” CBD oil in specifically for “dabbing”. These jars are certainly easy to open but they sometimes will open in your pocket when you don’t want them to as well. The other benefit is that these silicone jars do not stick very well to the CBD oil so its generally easy to get every last bit of CBD oil out of these silicone jars. Please not that because these silicone jars have had issues with leaking in transit Pharma has started to send the oil in a syringe and include the silicone container so the oil can be injected into the container after it has arrived at its final destination so you will still have to use the syringe at least once in this instance. While we still carry the Pharma dabs the Active CBD oil dabs are much higher in CBD and have proven to be much more effective.
While we know it may be confusing at first to decide on the CBD oil you need its actually quite simple once you know what all the differences are. We hope this article can help those of you who were either on the fence or just weren’t exactly sure about what everything meant make a good decision that you are happy about.
If you have any more questions no worries, we are here to help! You can reach us at DiscoverCBD.com through email at DiscoverCBD@gmail.com or at 1-844-GO-CBD-NOW anytime with any questions you might have or to place an order if the online storefront isn’t what you are looking for.