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CBD Effects: It’s What You Don’t Feel

Have you ever heard anyone say “I tried CBD and it didn’t work?” Have you ever tried CBD yourself and thought it didn’t work? There are several reasons that this could be. First, about 88% of the CBD market is fake. So if you are not buying a CBD product from a reputable company such as Equilibria, or if you don’t know your farmer or supplier, then your CBD product may actually be very expensive coconut oil, olive oil, or some other diluted concoction. The easy solution is to purchase a CBD product from a reputable brand that offers 3rd party lab testing.

 

While CBD does have an immediate effect, most people don’t notice it right away. Some feel slight relief in 15-60 minutes, lasting for up to 6-8 hours. But most people benefit from an accumulating effect that takes about anywhere between 7-30 days to see a significant difference. After this time period is when clients using CBD really notice its effects and feel less discomfort, stress, and sleep better. If those clients stop using CBD, all of those problems slowly seem to creep back into their lives and that’s when they notice where and how it was actually working. Also, a variety of factors such as what other medications a person is taking, their gender, and where they are in their life cycle (for women, specifically their menstruation cycle) all impact how CBD affects a person. 

 

Another reason that CBD “didn’t work” for an individual is that their dosing may have been incorrect. Dosing CBD can be tricky which is why I advise people to start low and go slow. The way to find the right dose is to utilize your Equilibria dosing specialist or to consult a cannabis clinician. A journal is always handy as well! I encourage my clients to journal heavily to keep track of incremental progress.

 

CBD Effects: It's what you don't feelResearchers don’t really know what the true mechanism of action is for CBD. It is an agonist (unlocks or enhancement) for some neurotransmitters such as serotonin, but it also is a weak antagonist (blocker) of CB1 and CB2. Scientists understand that it is a great phytocannabinoid. It works on a large number of symptoms and disease processes, has little in the way of side effects, and all without being mind-altering. But more research is needed to understand exactly what CBD is doing inside our bodies and why/how it can be used for such a wide array of ailments. Currently, there are 191 ongoing studies on CBD looking into its effects on more than 300 conditions which is really amazing.

 

Overall, CBD is sometimes more about what you don’t feel rather than what you do immediately feel. And it requires guided patience to work with. While it does not have the euphoric effect of THC, it has amazing anti-inflammatory, stress-relieving, pro-sleep, anti-seizure, antispasmodic, and anti-nausea properties and the potential for so much more. One of the best parts of my job is when I see the data come to life for my clients and watch them have better symptom control leading to a greatly improved quality of life from using CBD.

 

About Rebecca Abraham:

Rebecca AbrahamEducating ourselves about CBD and the products we put in our bodies can feel overwhelming at times. That’s why Acute on Chronic and Equilibria are working hard to keep it simple and straightforward.

Acute on Chronic founder and President, Rebecca Abraham BSN, RN, is a certified cannabis nurse. From a single assessment to ongoing support, Acute on Chronic provides support for all your cannabis questions as you investigate and become comfortable with it as alternative care. Follow Rebecca onFacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn and reach out for an initial consultation.

Don’t Like The Taste of CBD? Try These Tips

If you are brand new to the exciting world of CBD—or even a seasoned veteran—you may have noticed that it is available in a fancy-sounding format. A tincture.

 

A tincture, a liquid solution of a substance, is a popular and effective method to utilize CBD. Taken under the tongue, this route of administration is referred to as sublingual or buccal administration. Why are so many cannabis products made this way? It is a convenient, easy way to consume CBD and cannabis that allows for maximum bioavailability (more supplements in your body, therefore, increasing therapeutic effects). What is great about this method is that the CBD gets absorbed directly into your bloodstream. It also misses “first-pass metabolism”, which means it goes directly into your bloodstream without having to pass through your gastrointestinal (GI) system waiting to be absorbed, to then have to pass through the liver breaking down in the CYP50 system and then out of the portal vein into the systemic bloodstream.

 

Quite a route!

 

skeptical about CBD? not all CBD is created equallyWhen you take sublingual tinctures, there is no waiting. All you have to do is point the dropper under your tongue, hold for 30-90 seconds as specified, and the CBD goes directly into your bloodstream. It is important to take a second to explain why missing first-pass metabolism is of such importance here. Passing through the liver decreases the concentration of a drug, specifically when administered orally, thus it is greatly reducing it before it reaches systemic circulation. Therefore, if you take 20mg of CBD sublingually, as in a tincture, you will absorb 30% (6mg) of 20mg into your bloodstream. If you take 20mg of CBD orally, you will have 5-10% (1mg/2mg) in your bloodstream. Stomach acids and liver enzymes destroy much of the CBD, and a large dose of CBD is further excreted unchanged in feces when taken orally. Lots of wasted CBD!

 

One downside of a tincture is that some folks just don’t love the taste. Some CBD products can taste very “hempy.” The way I describe the taste to my clients is that it is like eating a tree or like chewing a joint. One of the reasons I often recommend Equilibria over other products is that not only do they have high-quality products, they also taste great! While some people may be indifferent to the taste, I recommend Equilibria often to clients that don’t enjoy the “tree-like” taste. Those are the terpenes in the CBD, and they are actually good for you. Not everything good for you tastes great, but Equilibria makes fantastic flavors that allow the use of a good quality CBD without the harsh taste.

 

Don’t like the taste of CBD? Try these tips

 

Flavored CBD

While the Daily Drops are great, all real CBD and cannabis tinctures have the “tree-like” taste element, with some stronger than others. I have often recommended Equilibria’s Mint Daily Drops for my clients with nausea and other flavors for clients that didn’t grow into liking the hemp taste.

What’s exciting is that Equilibria has launched a new line of flavored drops, The Indulgence Collection. I can’t stress enough how difficult it is for me to find quality cannabis products that taste great while keeping all of the good cannabinoids and terpenes in the product. Inspired by Parisian patisserie flavors, The Indulgence Collection features a trio of mini Daily Drops including Peach Gelée, Mint Chocolate Truffle, and Strawberry Shortcake. 

 

Pair CBD with a beverage

I often recommend drinking a paired beverage after holding the tincture under your tongue to help with the taste. For example, with the Mint Daily Drops, I recommend using tea or hot cocoa. Pair the strawberry shortcake or peach gelée with herbal tea or seltzer water. 

 

Mix with honey

What if you still don’t love the taste and texture but want to get all the therapeutic benefits from CBD? Honey! Honey has a ton of great therapeutic properties in and of itself. You can take a tiny spoonful of honey, drop the solution into the honey and place it under your tongue. It’s true, honey always helps the medicine go down! Coconut oil or MCT oil pairs nicely as well and helps take away some of the thin oily texture.

 

Try gum or hard candy afterward

Lastly, gum or lollipops help as a final resort if none of the above recommendations work for you. Put the tincture in your mouth followed by chewing on some gum or sucking on some hard candy. It will help get more CBD into your gums AND you will swallow less of the substance.

 

Again, tinctures are a highly effective method to get the most benefit out of CBD. I encourage my clients to give tinctures a try, building up to help them become comfortable to use them daily and receive the most therapeutic benefits.

 

About Rebecca Abraham:

Rebecca AbrahamEducating ourselves about CBD and the products we put in our bodies can feel overwhelming at times. That’s why Acute on Chronic and Equilibria are working hard to keep it simple and straightforward.

Acute on Chronic founder and President, Rebecca Abraham BSN, RN, is a certified cannabis nurse. From a single assessment to ongoing support, Acute on Chronic provides support for all your cannabis questions as you investigate and become comfortable with it as alternative care. Follow Rebecca onFacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn and reach out for an initial consultation.

 

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What Are Terpenes? Everything You Need To Know

With terms such as “CBD” and “THC” becoming mainstream, you may have also heard the word “terpene” thrown around but have not known exactly what it was—or thought that this was deep-into-the-culture cannabis user lingo. That’s not the case! Terpenes are easy to understand and may add potential therapeutic benefits to your CBD experience (the research is still ongoing).

 

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes don’t just exist in cannabis plants, they are naturally occurring substances in many plants and are responsible for the fragrance, taste, and pigment of plants and are often isolated for use in essential oils and aromatherapy. (Sahu 2013) There seems to be some evidence that terpenes can influence various therapeutic properties of THCa and CBDa within different strains of cannabis plants. Per a 2019 study, “the correlation in a particular strain between THCA or CBDA and a certain set of terpenoids, and the partial specificity in interaction may have influenced the cultivation of cannabis and may have implications for therapeutic treatments.” (Namdar 2019)

 

One problem, so far, is that we don’t fully understand quite how cannabinoid terpenes work on humans. A study from March 2020 concluded that terpenes may work, but they don’t work how the industry assumedvia the entourage effect (cannabinoids and terpenes working together) with CBD and THC. Terpenoids don’t work directly on CB1 or CB2 receptors like the cannabinoids CBD or THC. A recent paper published fairly recently also called for a more scientific review of terpenes in cannabis and the therapeutic benefits that are happening. (Booth 2019) 

 

What Are TerpenesCannabinoids and Terpenes

Let’s do a quick review here: How do cannabis and CBD actually work? Within our body, we have an endocannabinoid system, which is quite similar to the endorphin system (endorphins are chemicals produced by the body to relieve stress and pain). The endocannabinoid system is very, very old (evolutionarily speaking) and sits within our central nervous system, but also has many different receptors within all of our major organ systems that send and receive signals with a variety of effectshelping to boost hunger, effects on sleep and sex drive, modulating discomfort, inflammation, and emotions.

The most abundant of these receptors are CB1, located in our central nervous system, and CB2 which is located everywhere else throughout our body. We make our own cannabinoids that act on these receptors, but it seems like our body may also like and perhaps need phytocannabinoids (those from plants) like CBD and THC to help keep these vital functions running smoothly and to make life enjoyable. Phytocannabinoids in cannabis, like THC, CBD, CBN (and 141 others!), act on CB1 and CB2 receptors. In fact, the different cannabinoids compete for these receptors and this, in turn, can make the cannabinoids work better. This is called the entourage effect which I alluded to earlier.

 

Despite not knowing the exact mechanism of how terpenes work or affect us, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any therapeutic effects.

Since terpenes also exist in other plants, we can take what we know so far and apply it to the cannabis world. For example, lavender helps to relax us and in one study has been shown to be just as effective as Xanax. (Woelk 2010) This theory transferred over to the cannabis world is what makes scientists and clinicians wonder if there is something more to the terpenes in cannabis.

 

There’s a wide variety of terpenes that could provide various therapeutic effects that I have listed below. If you choose to use CBD or cannabis strains like Sativa or Indica (THC cannabis), then terpenes are one factor to be aware of in that their presence within specific strains may help with specific therapeutic goals.

 

Myrcene

Found in: Lemon Grass, Hops, Mango, Thyme

Effects: Calming, Anti-Inflammatory, May Help With Insomnia and Pain

Other Features: Possesses Anti-Fungal, Antibacterial Properties (Sahu 2013)

 

Pinene 

Found in: Pine Needles, Rosemary, Basil, Dill

Effects: May Help With Pain, Inflammation, and Anxiety

 

B-Caryophyllene

Found in: Black Pepper, Cloves, Cinnamon.

Effects: Anti-Inflammatory

 

Limonene

Found in: Citrus Fruit Rinds, Rosemary, Juniper, Peppermint

Effects: Provide Anxiety and Stress Relief

Other Features: Limonene Enhances the Properties of Other Terpenes

 

Terpinolene

Found in: Nutmeg, Tea, Cumin, Lilacs

Effects: Up-Lifting Effects on Mood

 

Humulene 

Found in: Hops, Sage, Ginseng, Coriander

Effects: Anti-inflammatory, Anti-bacterial

 

Ocimene

Found in: Mint, Parsley

Effects: Anti-inflammatory, Anti-fungal

 

Bisabolol

Found in: Chamomile

Effects: Shown to Have Reduced Inflammation in Mice

 

Linalool

Found in: Lavender 

Effects: Stress-Relieving, Anti-Anxiety, and Anti-Depressant

 

What Are Terpenes | equilibria daily dropsOne of the reasons why I love Equilibria products is that they conduct third-party testing on all of their products. This means that customers can be sure that they are getting exactly what they want and no other substances. One important factor that third-party testing looks at is terpene profiles.

 

Equilibria’s Daily Drops are high in B-Caryophyllene and Bisabolol which are great terpenes for inflammation, both of which have shown to also have antimicrobial properties in animal studies. The Softgels are high in B-Caryophyllene, Pinene, Humulene, and Myrcene, while the Relief Cream is high in Linalool. These terpenes remain in Equilibria products because the products are full-spectrum which means you are getting all of the goodness from the plant.

 

Terpenes are becoming so popular that companies that were extracting terpenes out of their products are starting to artificially add them back in. While this might seem like a good idea, data is accumulating that re-added terpenes can cause various unpleasant—and sometimes dangerous—side effects. Re-added terpenes can be dangerous in products like dabs, shatter, and the many vaping THC products sold at gas stations and vape shops. It is much safer to obtain THC products from an accredited dispensary and CBD products, such as those mentioned above from Equilibria, that have no artificially added terpenes. And if you use THC cannabis, whole-plant cannabis is always your best bet to get a plant loaded with terpenes and cannabinoids for the greatest desired therapeutic effect. If all else fails, a message to your friendly cannabis nurse always helps set you on the right track!

 

About Rebecca Abraham:

Rebecca AbrahamEducating ourselves about CBD and the products we put in our bodies can feel overwhelming at times. That’s why Acute on Chronic and Equilibria are working hard to keep it simple and straightforward.

Acute on Chronic founder and President, Rebecca Abraham BSN, RN, is a certified cannabis nurse. From a single assessment to ongoing support, Acute on Chronic provides support for all your cannabis questions as you investigate and become comfortable with it as alternative care. Follow Rebecca onFacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn and reach out for an initial consultation.

 

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Booth, J. K., & Bohlmann, J. (2019). Terpenes in Cannabis sativa–From plant genome to humans. Plant Science, 284, 67-72.

Namdar, D., Voet, H., Ajjampura, V., Nadarajan, S., Mayzlish-Gati, E., Mazuz, M., … & Koltai, H. (2019). Terpenoids and phytocannabinoids co-produced in Cannabis sativa strains show specific interaction for cell cytotoxic activity. Molecules, 24(17), 3031.

Rocha, N. F. M., Rios, E. R. V., Carvalho, A. M. R., Cerqueira, G. S., de Araújo Lopes, A., Leal, L. K. A. M., … & de Sousa, F. C. F. (2011). Anti-nociceptive and anti-inflammatory activities of (−)-α-bisabolol in rodents. Naunyn-Schmiedeberg’s archives of pharmacology, 384(6), 525-533.

Sahu, P. K., Giri, D. D., Singh, R., Pandey, P., Gupta, S., Shrivastava, A. K., … & Pandey, K. D. (2013). Therapeutic and medicinal uses of Aloe vera: a review. Pharmacology & Pharmacy, 4(08), 599.

Woelk, H., & Schläfke, S. (2010). A multi-center, double-blind, randomized study of the Lavender oil preparation Silexan in comparison to Lorazepam for generalized anxiety disorder. Phytomedicine, 17(2), 94-99.

Unsure about ingestible CBD? Learn About Our New Body Box

Taking your first step into ingestible CBD can be intimidating, especially because hemp-derived CBD is a federally unregulated product. New brands are free to pop up every day with no obligation to test their products for actual CBD content, consistency among batches, or even safety…we understand the hesitation. While quality and consistency are everything to us at Equilibria (everything we do is with an eye towards getting the best product possible, read here for more), you may just feel most comfortable beginning your CBD journey with topical products. A great way to get started is with our new Body Box featuring 3 of our best-selling, most loved topicals. 

 

Here you’ll find everything you need to know about our topical-only Body Box and the artfully crafted products included in it to relieve, renew, and restore your body with the power of full-spectrum, hand-harvested CBD.

 

Unsure about ingestible CBD? Try our new Body Box

Featuring Relief Cream, Daily Treatment Oil, and Mindful Mineral Soak, The Body Box was created with those in mind who not only are new to CBD or skeptical about ingesting it but for those who experience muscle soreness, ovarian/uterine discomfort, headache, arthritis, dry skin, skin inflammation and more. 

 

Relief Cream

Great for easing sore muscles after a workout, cramps during that time of the month, and muscle tension, Relief Cream is perfect for targeting local discomfort and can be used multiple times a day as needed. With 500mg of full-spectrum CBD, Arnica, Menthol, Lavender Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, and Shea Butter, Relief Cream absorbs in about 30 minutes and the effects can last hours. 

 

We recommend using Relief Cream by massaging into sore areas, starting with a pea-sized amount and adding as needed. 

 

Unsure about ingestible CBD? Learn About Our New Body Box

 

Daily Treatment Oil

Our first face and body oil is formulated with nothing but 500mg full-spectrum CBD and seven nutrient-rich botanicals including Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Evening Primrose, Olive Squalane, Grapefruit Oil, and Litseas Oil. We left out skin irritants like parabens, petroleum derivatives, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances so your skin is left feeling hydrated, soft, and happy.

 

We love using this multi-purpose oil as the last step in our skincare routines to lock in moisture, on cuticles, and to soothe any other dry and irritated areas. No matter where you decide to apply it, keep in mind that daily, consistent use is key to maximizing results.

 

Mindful Mineral Soak

Boasting over 30 minerals, this powerful soak is delicately infused with 200mg of full-spectrum, premium CBD to purify and destress. Gardenia and Jasmine aromatic oil blends nourish skin and invigorate senses with modern floral and grapefruit notes. 

 

Simply pour ¼ of the bag into a warm bath and enjoy. Since Mindful Mineral Soak is salt-based, it’s a great tool for sore muscle relief. One bag included enough salts for 4x baths to relax and de-stress.

 

If you’re not a bath person, our Dosage Specialists recommend plugging up your drain and adding the salts to your shower — the entire bathroom will smell amazing and your feet will get to soak up all the relief!

 

All 3 of these topicals can be powerful tools for fast relief and because they do not enter the bloodstream the same way CBD does when you orally ingest it, they’re perfectly safe to use as frequently as you’d like. If you still have questions about topicals or CBD in general, our Dosage Support Team is here to help! Every Equilibria purchase grants you access to your very own Dosage Specialist who you can get in touch with through unlimited email support or phone if you’re looking for a more personalized approach. No matter the method you choose, our Dosage Specialists are here to educate, support, and guide you in evolving your routine to fit your needs. Not yet a member, but still have questions? Contact us anytime and we will do our best to answer them.

 

See why our community loves our topical products

FAQ’s We Receive During Dosage Calls

One of the things that set us apart here at Equilibria is our commitment to providing unmatched Dosage support throughout your entire CBD journey and beyond. We know that every woman’s needs and health goals are different – making every woman’s CBD dose different too. This is why we pair you with your very own Dosage Specialist who will educate and guide you to a personalized CBD routine that suits your unique needs. 

 

FAQs We Receive During Dosage Calls | Why you should take CBD everydayIf you’re just starting out with your routine, remember to stay consistent for at least 7 days (see here for our quick start guide for a beginner’s routine recommendation). This will give you enough time to understand how you feel when taking CBD (or what you don’t feel). If it’s been at least a week of consistent use and you have questions about your dosage or routine, we recommend booking a consultation. With several ways to get in touch with our Dosage team, you can choose what works best with your busy schedule.

 

 

  1. Email Our Dosage Support team will email you after your first purchase, pairing you with your own Dosage Specialist. Simply reply to the email with any questions at any time.
  2. FB Group If you’re an Equilibria subscriber, Join our exclusive #MyEQ FB Community to receive dosage support fast.
  3. Phone – For a more personalized approach, schedule your 1:1 phone consultation. 

And if you’re really tight on time or just have a burning question, below we’ve rounded up a few of the most commonly asked questions our Dosage Specialists receive.

 

FAQ’s We Receive During Dosage Calls

 

1. Why full-spectrum?

Full-spectrum products are more effective problem-solvers than pure CBD alone. This is because CBD works best when surrounded by other cannabinoids found in the plant, including its more well-known sister THC (even in small amounts). The combined chemical reaction is known as “the ensemble effect” or “the entourage effect.” This means the cannabinoids boost each other and work together to achieve their goal.

 

Bonus Fact: Equilibria has one of the largest varieties of cannabinoids and terpenes (scented organic compounds) than any other “full-spectrum” industrial hemp strain on the market. This means you get the best possible results from our premium products!

 

2. Will your products get me high?

full-spectrum CBD

The short answer is no. The .3% of the THC in full-spectrum CBD is there so you can reap the full benefits. THC and the other components that make up full-spectrum CBD work synergistically to amplify one another. To get even more technical, CBD is one of over 150 naturally-occurring compounds (aka “cannabinoids”) found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. The Cannabis Sativa plant is bred and grown in two different ways:

 

  • As “industrial hemp” with less than 0.3% THC content. Which makes it a completely federally legal agricultural crop in the U.S. and will not get you high
  • As “marijuana” with up to 30% THC content. THC is the psychoactive part of cannabis. And in higher amounts (more than 5%) it causes the intoxicating “high” effect.

 

3. I experience chronic discomfort, should I be using extra-strength products?

When people are experiencing chronic discomfort, Maia, our Head of Member Success, typically recommends taking a larger CBD dose which varies from person to person. She suggests sticking with regular strength products for at least one month and setting up an appointment with one of our dosage specialists before your next product shipment so they can help you adjust your routine accordingly. However, if you are not feeling any effects after 30 days of consistent use, that’s likely an indication you’ll need to bump yourself up to extra strength products.

 

4. Why isn’t CBD working for me?

It’s very normal for CBD to take a few weeks to show its effects. So if you’ve been trying CBD for about a week and aren’t seeing what you want, that’s OK! We typically recommend trying your CBD products for the first 5-7 days with the starting instructions. Then meet with your Dosage Specialist to talk about your experience so far and make any changes. If you’re not seeing your desired results with CBD, oftentimes the missing ingredient is more time.  

 

5. When will I feel the full effects?

FAQs We Receive During Dosage Calls | How good sleep benefits your quality of lifeCBD does take time to build up in your system, so whether or not you start out with the right routine — this is not wasted time! We love seeing positive results in the first 1-3 weeks but often see the BEST results after 2-3 months. Consistency is key!

 

Still have questions? Our blog is a great educational resource to keep up to date with, especially if you are new to CBD. Stay in the know about CBD basics, why we recommend daily CBD, and so much more! And as always, feel free to make an appointment with your personal dosage specialist for a custom consultation or reach out via email. Your purchase includes a private 1-on-1 phone consultation and unlimited email support. If you haven’t purchased from us, don’t worry! Just send us a note and we’ll try to answer all of your questions.

CBD Oil vs Capsules: Which One Is Right For You?

Whether you’re looking to improve your sleep, reduce your situational stress, or light a match under your libido, there is a bevy of reasons to incorporate CBD into your wellness routine. After all, the naturally occurring compound, or phytocannabinoid, that’s derived from industrial hemp flowers has been shown in clinical trials to bolster mental and physical well-being when taken properly and consistently. 

 

But if you’re new to using CBD, you might find yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed by the various forms of delivery. Two of the most popular are CBD oil and CBD capsules. “The Daily Drops and the Softgels work differently within the body. So having different delivery methods available makes it easier to personalize a routine best suited to your personal needs and body chemistry,” explains Maia Reed, Head of Member Success at Equilibria.

 

Here’s what you need to know.

 

CBD Oil vs Capsules

 

What Is CBD Oil?

CBD Oil vs CapsulesCBD oil is extracted from the resinous flower (trichomes) of cannabis plants, including industrial hemp. Which is legally defined as cannabis with less than 0.3 percent THC by dry weight, according to Project CBD. “Although much can be derived from the whole plant, it’s actually in the trichomes of the flower where the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids are concentrated,” says Reed. 

 

By targeting the flower, the oil won’t include other components of the planet that threaten to reduce its efficacy. Such as resins, fibers, chlorophyll, and leaves, explains Reed. “Extraction from the flower only yields a full-spectrum extract, with significantly more phytocannabinoids and terpenes,” she notes. 

 

The flower used for Equilibria’s full-spectrum CBD-containing Daily Drops comes directly from an organic hemp farm run by a team of bioscientists. “We have an obsession with genetics and meticulously control the entire supply chain, from seed all the way to your doorstep,” notes Reed.

 

Once it has been harvested by hand, dried, and cured, it goes through a CO2 extraction process, which allows the preservation of a full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, essential oils, and amino acids. 

 

Then, the full-spectrum hemp oil is combined with a carrier oil. Which in Equilbria’s case is a coconut-derived MCT oil. “MCT oil is our carrier oil of choice because it has one of the highest concentrations of fat-soluble compounds,” says Reed. “MCT molecules are smaller than normal molecules, which make them easier for the body — especially, the liver — to process.” 

 

The final product is the Daily Drops, which are held under the tongue to allow for sublingual absorption. “This means the CBD enters your bloodstream more directly. Resulting in an onset time of 10-30 minutes with effects lasting between 4-6 hours,” says Reed. 

 

What Are CBD Capsules?

CBD Oil vs CapsulesWhether dosing with a tincture under your tongue isn’t your cup of tea, you want to be especially sure you’re getting a consistent dose every time. Or you’d like to take CBD as you would a supplement, capsules, or Equilibria’s Daily Softgels, might be your best bet. Because capsules are absorbed through the gut and modified in the liver, the CBD spreads fairly evenly throughout the body, notes ProjectCBD

 

The process? “After following all of the steps laid out above, rather than simply filling up the Daily Drops bottles, we take the extra step to encapsulate the oil in the Softgels,” explains Reed.

 

It bears noting that not all CBD capsules are made equally. Some are CBD isolate, meaning CBD has been isolated away from the rest of the plant. And others are labeled broad-spectrum, meaning they’re THC free. “CBD is actually just one important phytocannabinoid,” points out Reed. “THC is also a phytocannabinoid; they’re the two famous ones. But there are well over one hundred that have been discovered in the plant thus far. And they each have their own therapeutic properties. There are also terpenes, which are like the essential oils of the plant, and have their own beneficial properties.”

 

In other words, to get the greatest benefit from a CBD product, you’ll do best to choose one (like Equilibria’s Daily Softgels) that is full-spectrum. This means it offers a wide variety of phytocannabinoids (including THC, albeit less than .3% so it cannot get you high and it’s federally legal) and terpenes. “When combined, these components act synergistically and amplify one other’s therapeutic properties,” says Reed. “Scientists call this the entourage effect.” 

 

Pro-tip: CBD is fat-soluble, so taking your softgel with a healthy fat, like avocado or nut butter, can increase the amount your body is able to get out of it, points out Reed. 

 

Benefits of CBD Oil

Benefits of CBD Oil Reed notes that CBD oil, or Equilibria’s Daily Drops, might be preferred if you’re looking to address acute wellness woes, like period cramps, a feeling of overwhelm in the middle of the day. Or a racing mind when you’re trying to drift off to sleep at night.

 

Equilibria member Kristine S. can attest to this. Having suffered from “debilitating period cramps” her whole life, Kristine found that regular Daily Drops use has helped to curb her pain. “I still had some discomfort. But I wasn’t dosing Advil every four hours like I normally would,” she notes. 

 

The Drops have also helped Equilibria member Shelby R. combat stressful moments and physical symptoms (neck strain, headaches) throughout the day. What’s more, she started taking the Daily Drops at bedtime and noticed that she was able to fall asleep faster and more consistently. 

 

Another perk: “The Drops can also be administered in smaller doses, which can be helpful when trying to find your CBD ‘sweet spot,’” says Reed.

 

Benefits of CBD Capsules

Benefits of CBD Capsules | How good sleep benefits your quality of lifeOn the other hand, CBD capsules, or Equilibria’s Daily Softgels, can be taken like a vitamin. As they’re easy to fold into a daily routine and offer the benefit of a slow release. “Because the Softgels have to make their way through the digestive system they act as a slow release with an onset time of one to three hours and effects lasting six to eight hours,” says Reed. “The Daily Softgels act as an insurance policy, working behind the scenes all day — or night.”

 

This can be especially helpful when you’re looking to get a deeper quality of rest or feel more balanced or even-keeled throughout the day—two benefits that Equilibria members have reported experiencing with Daily Softgel use. 

 

June K., a high school special education teacher who has experienced a roller coaster of change at work during the pandemic, says they’ve been especially helpful for addressing her anxiety. “I have been feeling calm throughout the day and have been getting through my to-do list with no problem. I’ve been better about ‘letting things go’ or telling myself ‘this can wait’ without getting so anxious about what could happen if I didn’t grade something by tonight,” she notes. 

 

CBD Oil vs. CBD Capsules: Which Is Better?

While you and your best friend might be quite like-minded, chances are that you don’t experience the downstream effects of stress in the same exact way. And while your cycle might be synced up with your coworkers’ — thanks to all that virtual time together — you probably don’t contend with the same period-related strife. For the same reason, deciding whether to incorporate CBD oil or CBD capsules into your wellness routine is sure to be a personal, individualized journey. 

 

The good news is that you don’t have to navigate that path solo. You can work with a Dosage Specialist to find out which delivery method best suits your needs and goals. You can book an appointment with us at myeq.com/dosage or send us an email at [email protected] if you have questions about how to get started! 

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