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Taking CBD After Getting Your Flu Shot

cbd for flu

As you know, we’re right in the middle of flu season right now.  The flu is a serious virus that affects a large part of the population each year.  Preventing the flu is extremely important as this virus can cause very severe symptoms and can even be deadly in those with weaker immune systems.

As we know, the best way to prevent the flu is by getting the flu shot.  Each year, a new flu shot is developed by medical scientists in order to prevent the virus from reaching epidemic levels. 

Now, if you’re a CBD user, you might be wondering if it’s safe to take CBD while the flu shot is in your system.  Well, we’re here to clear things up for you.

The Flu Shot: How it Works

As you may know, each year, a new and totally unique flu shot is developed.  The flu shot is a vaccine, and it guards the public against specific strains of the flu.  Many different flu strains exist, and it’s up to the developers of the flu shot to predict which strains will be most prevalent when flu season arrives.

The Flu Shot and CBD

Now, let’s talk about the relationship between the flu shot and CBD.  Unfortunately, right now, there are no studies that show a link between CBD usage and the flu shot.  We don’t know if CBD makes the flu shot less effective, or if taking CBD following the flu shot increases your chances of becoming ill.  Now, that’s not to say that there’s a good chance that there is a negative reaction.  We just can’t verify for certain one way or another.

What we do know is that studies have been done in the past that have shown that high doses of marijuana can temporarily weaken the immune system, and this has to do with the high volume of THC in marijuana.  As you know, in hemp, there’s only a trace amount of this psychoactive compound.  Still, the reason why this matters is because a flu shot can also briefly weaken the immune system, so taking marijuana along with the flu shot may slightly increase the risk of catching a virus.

Due to the lack of information out there, a lot of CBD users maintain their routine even after getting the flu shot.  But, if you’re the type of person who likes to be extra careful, or if you already have a weakened immune system, you might decide that it’s best to take some time away from CBD until the flu shot has been fully processed by the body.

Also, bear in mind that the particular CBD product you take may determine how the hemp compounds interact with the flu shot.  For instance, when we apply a CBD topical, it doesn’t really absorb into the body in the way that other methods do, such as CBD tinctures and edibles.  So, it’s likely that a CBD topical is less likely to have an effect on the flu shot than other delivery methods. 

At the end of the day, it’s up to you whether or not you wish to keep taking CBD as the flu shot is doing its job within your body.

Final Thoughts

As of now, no studies have been done regarding the effects of CBD on a person who has just received the flu shot.  However, considering the very serious nature of the flu, you probably want to be as cautious as possible.  Therefore, you may decide that just to be careful, it’s better to take a day or two off of your hemp routine immediately after receiving the flu shot.

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Taking Two Different Forms of CBD Together: Should You Do It?

Types of CBD

For anyone who is taking CBD daily, you’ve probably put a lot of effort into coming up with the perfect routine by choosing the proper milligram strength, the right type of hemp extract and the delivery method that best suits your needs. 

But…

What Happens When You Combine CBD Products?

A lot of people ask us whether or not it’s safe to take two different CBD products at once.  Now, of course, everyone’s body responds to hemp differently.  However, what we can tell you is that due to the nontoxic nature of hemp, people can take large doses on a daily basis.  So, taking standard doses of two different CBD products shouldn’t be an issue.

Of course, the main reason to double up on hemp products is to enjoy the unique effects that each type of delivery method has to offer.  As we know, each delivery method affects the body in its own way.  For instance, using a CBD topical targets a specific area of the body, and acts very quickly.  Meanwhile, taking a CBD edible allows a more subtle but widespread hemp experience that can last for hours at a time.

Because each CBD delivery method has its own absorption rate, it’s likely that taking two CBD products at once will not cause all of those properties to peak at the same time.  For example, if you use a CBD tincture and an edible at the same time, the tincture can peak within thirty minutes and start to wear off just as the edible is beginning to be released into the bloodstream.

How to Combine CBD Products Properly for the Best Results

So, how can you properly take two CBD products together for the best results?  Allow us to share some tips.

Tip #1: Quality is Everything

The first thing to keep in mind is that no matter what, your CBD experience is only going to be as good as the quality of the products themselves.  Taking two cheap, low-quality hemp goods at once will not give you an ideal CBD experience no matter which types of delivery methods you use.

Tip #2: Be Aware of the Milligram Strengths

Of course, one thing that determines how you’ll feel after taking two different forms of CBD is the milligram strength of each.  The potency levels of each product will determine just how strong your overall CBD experience will be.

Tip #3: Time Your Products Properly

Another thing to bear in mind is that timing is everything when mixing CBD delivery methods.  As we said, each type of CBD product has its own absorption rate.  If you’re trying to really finetune your hemp experience, it’s wise to pay attention to how long it takes for each delivery method to peak in your system.  This way, you can take each product at the right time to ensure that the compounds activate when you want them to. 

Example: If you’re taking your CBD at bedtime as a way to unwind, you can consider taking a tincture right before hitting the sack, and an edible as well.  This way, by the time the tincture wears off, the CBD edible will be getting to work while you’re asleep.

Twice the CBD Bliss

If you want to take two different CBD products at one time, there are a few things that you should keep in mind before doing so in order to ensure the best possible results.  Use this guide to go about it properly so that you can have as positive of a CBD experience as possible.

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5 Things to Look for When Choosing CBD Capsules

Capsules

We often hear about the wonders of CBD tinctures, edibles and vape oils, but we don’t typically talk about CBD capsules.  That’s right, CBD capsules are quickly rising in terms of popularity for a number of reasons. 

  • For starters, they make it very easy to control your dosage level. 
  • Those who tend to be a bit more forgetful have an easier time remembering to take CBD capsules as they can be taken with daily supplements. 
  • CBD capsules have the ability to last in the system for a very long time thanks to the unique way in which they’re processed by the liver.

Sound appealing?  For those looking to jump on the CBD capsule bandwagon, you’re in good company.  But, before doing so, there are some things that you need to know.  Not all CBD capsules are created equally, which is why we made this comprehensive guide to choosing the right ones for your needs.

What’s a CBD Capsule Anyway?

Basic Definition: A CBD capsule is a capsule that contains hemp extract.  The hemp extract is a concentrate that’s produced by extracting the potentially beneficial compounds out of the hemp plant.  The resulting extract is combined with other ingredients so that it can become a hard capsule that’s easy to swallow.  Other ingredients vary from company to company, but they are easily digestible so that they don’t upset the stomach.

5 Things to Look for in a CBD Capsule

Now, let’s discuss which factors to take into consideration when choosing a hemp-infused capsule.

Factor #1: Correct Strength in Terms of Milligrams

First, you must choose the strength that you desire, as this directly determines how much CBD you’ll be consuming per dose.  One thing to take into consideration is your unique needs.  Those dealing with more severe symptoms tend to respond better to higher concentrations.  Also, it seems that CBD’s efficacy has a lot to do with one’s body weight, so those who weigh more should go with a higher concentration.  Look at the number of milligrams on the bottle, as this determines the strength of CBD per capsule.

Factor #2: The Right Ingredients

Obviously, you want to make sure that all of the ingredients in a CBD capsule are good for your body.  Many of us have sensitivities which means that we must avoid certain ingredients.  So, when looking over different capsules that are on the market, thoroughly read through the lists of ingredients.  And, avoid any additives that may be harmful to your body, of course.

Factor #3: Manufacturer’s Lab Results

One thing that every reputable CBD company should do is provide lab results to customers.  These lab results are typically printed on a company’s website.  Their purpose is to tell the customers that the CBD itself is pure, potent, high in quality and safe to consume.  Because CBD is an unregulated industry, companies must take this extra step to assure potential customers that they’re selling safe and high-quality products.  So, when choosing a capsule, check for lab results before buying.  A company that hides lab results is likely producing subpar CBD products.

Factor #4: Type of Hemp Extract

Look for a CBD capsule formula that contains your preferred type of hemp extract.  There are CBD capsules available that are made with full spectrum, broad spectrum an CBD isolate extracts, so choose the one that most appeals to your needs.  If you’re not sure, consider trying all three types of extracts out before choosing the one that best works with your unique body.

If you’re unfamiliar with these terms altogether, allow us to briefly explain:

  • CBD isolate contains only CBD without any of the other compounds found in hemp. 
  • Full spectrum contains every compound in hemp, including a trace amount of THC, and other compounds that may be beneficial. 
  • Broad spectrum extract contains every compound with the exception of THC.

Factor #5: Positive Reviews

Search for positive reviews before settling on a CBD capsule.  This is a great way to know if the product will work for your needs.  If you’re trying to accomplish something specific with CBD, for instance, relaxation, you can look through reviews to see if this particular capsule formula is capable of helping in that department.  Reviews will also give you a good idea of whether or not a product is potent and high in quality.

Keep These Tips Handy When Buying CBD Capsules Online

CBD capsules are a great way to enjoy your daily dose of hemp while controlling the amount you consume and ensuring that it lasts in your body for a long time.  By covering these bases, you can satisfy those hemp needs in a user-friendly and convenient manner.

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Cooking Up Something in the Kitchen with CBD

CBD Cooking

As CBD becomes more widely used, it’s not surprising that people are getting creative with their hemp hobby.  To our delight, we’re finding that a lot of our customers are buying CBD oil in order to create culinary masterpieces that are infused with the fascinating compounds native to hemp.  This allows people to enjoy two hobbies at once – CBD, and the culinary arts. 

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous in the kitchen, we suggest that you consider experimenting with CBD.  Cooking with CBD can be a highly rewarding experience as it allows you to enjoy the powers of hemp while also trying out a new type of cuisine.

What to Know About Cooking with CBD

Before you get started, there are some things that you need to know.  For better or worse, there’s a pretty strict science when it comes to cooking with CBD.  But, luckily for you, we’re going to try to explain everything that you need to know in this simple guide below.

It Can’t Be Applied to Any Type of Food

First, you have to know that CBD oil can’t just be poured into any old recipe.  CBD oil is considered a fat, because it’s oil-based.  So, it can only be used in foods that require a certain amount of fat.  For example, CBD oil does not blend well with water, so trying to make a batch of lemon ice pops with CBD oil is not going to work.  However, foods that require an amount of fat can work well, such as cookies, salad dressings and meat marinades.  Basically, you’re replacing a certain amount of fat with CBD oil when cooking with CBD.

Pure CBD Oil or CBD Oil Mixed with a Safe-to-Ingest Carrier Oil is Crucial

You also can’t just add any type of CBD product to a recipe.  It’s important that it’s pure and safe to ingest.  Pure CBD oil is the best as it contains nothing but hemp extract, although it’s okay to use CBD products that consist of hemp oil and a carrier oil that’s safe to consume, such as coconut oil, olive oil or hempseed oil.

Be Wary of the Temperature

CBD contains delicate chemical compounds that must be exposed to the right temperature in order to remain stable.  Too much heat causes those compounds to break down and become basically useless due to a loss of potency.  And, what’s the point of consuming CBD if its compounds are no longer capable of working? 

As a rule of thumb, CBD oil should never be heated beyond 356 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once it surpasses this temperature, it begins to lose potency at a rapid pace, making it basically useless.  So, adjust your recipe if need be so that it stays below this temperature.

Go with Decarboxylated CBD

Decarboxylated CBD is CBD that has already had its compounds activated by way of heat exposure.  This allows the CBD compounds to be quickly and thoroughly bioavailable.  Cooking with CBD that hasn’t been decarboxylated is a lot like cooking with raw cannabis plant material.  If it’s not heated to the right temperature, its compounds won’t really do anything.  So, decarboxylated, in most cases, is the easier way to go as you don’t have to worry about reaching the right temperature in order for its compounds to become activated.

Find Recipes Online

If you’re just getting started, we suggest first looking for recipes online.  This way, you’ll be able to follow someone else’s recipe that’s been proven to be successful, rather than having to play a guessing game.  And, with CBD being as popular as it is, you’ll have no trouble finding a wide variety of exciting recipes to choose from.

Don’t Overcomplicate Things

In the beginning, keep things simple by making recipes that don’t require too much time, effort or ingredients.  This way, you’ll be less likely to end up with a disaster.  If you’re not an experienced cook or baker, try to go with something very basic like a CBD salad dressing, as this only requires a couple of ingredients.

Know How to Dose Your Food Properly

Next, know how to dose each portion properly by using basic math.  Think about how many milligrams of CBD you wish to consume per portion, and then multiply that by the number of portions you plan to make.  The number you end up with is how much CBD you should add to your recipe.

Only Make as Much as You’ll Realistically Consume Within a Few Days

Remember that food products break down fairly quickly, so don’t make more CBD-infused goodies than you can realistically eat in a matter of a couple of days.

Stick with Quality CBD, Always!

Lastly, always go for quality when it comes to CBD oil.  The higher the quality, the better your experience will be, and the better the quality of the finished product will be.  Cheap CBD is cheap for a reason, so always opt for the good stuff.

Cooking with CBD Can Be an Extremely Fulfilling Hobby…

And, may even turn into something lucrative down the road.  Turning your CBD hobby into a culinary passion is a great way to express your creativity while doing your body good.  But, before getting started, read this guide thoroughly in order to go about things in the right manner and end up with a product that satisfies those hemp-related needs.

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Full vs. Broad Spectrum CBD Tinctures – What are Their Effects?

Full or Broad spectrum?

When choosing a CBD tincture at Hemp CBD Oil Store, one must consider a wide variety of factors.  For one thing, they have to decide the proper strength so that they get the right amount of hemp compounds per dose.  They also have to decide on a flavor so that they can satisfy their taste buds while taking their daily dose of CBD.  But, there’s one factor that’s rarely considered, although it’s arguably just as important as the rest.

There are three types of hemp extracts: broad spectrum, full spectrum and CBD isolate.  A CBD tincture can contain any one of these three types of extracts, and which one you go with can largely determine your experience, and whether or not you’re able to accomplish what you want with your new hemp regimen.

Today, we’ll be talking about the two most popular of these three extracts: broad spectrum and full spectrum.  While they’re very similar to each other, the differences are just important enough to be worth diving into.

What Does it Mean?

When we talk about full spectrum and broad spectrum, we’re talking about the ways in which the hemp compounds were extracted from the plant material.  All CBD products start with the hemp plant.  The hemp plant is carefully cultivated before going through an extraction process that usually involves some type of heat and pressure in order to end up with compounds that have been fully separated from the plant material.

Once these compounds have been successfully isolated and extracted from the hemp plant material, they can be chemically composed in a number of ways to produce different kinds of concentrates.  Full spectrum extract and broad spectrum extract are two different types of concentrates, with chemical compositions that differ from each other.

Full Spectrum

Full spectrum extract is hemp extract that contains every chemical compound that naturally occurs in the hemp plant.  The hemp plant naturally contains a very wide variety of compounds.  These compounds include cannabinoids such as CBD, CBN and CBG, as well as terpenes.  Terpenes are plant compounds that exist in essential oils, and they determine the flavor and aroma of a particular plant.  Furthermore, terpenes seem to naturally contain unique properties such as antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties.  Terpenes that commonly exist in hemp include myrcene, limonene and linalool. 

Because full spectrum hemp extract contains every compound in hemp, it contains THC.  Now, we know that THC is the psychoactive chemical compound found in marijuana that gives it psychoactive effects, thus making it federally illegal.  However, in the hemp plant, THC is only present in about 0.3 percent of the plant material, and this amount is not nearly high enough to be psychoactive.  Therefore, full spectrum hemp extract cannot get you high.

In fact, THC is a cannabinoid that may be useful in a number of ways when consumed in low doses.  Many studies have shown that THC, like CBD, may have unique properties that can be considered beneficial.

Broad Spectrum

Broad spectrum hemp extract, meanwhile, is a hemp extract that contains every plant compoundfound in hemp except for THC.  So, it allows you to experience a wide range of cannabinoids and terpenes, only without THC. 

The Entourage Effect

The entourage effect refers to the effect on the body when every hemp compound is consumed at once, as nature intended.  This is what occurs when you consume full spectrum hemp extract.  Basically, it’s believed that the entourage effect allows for each plant’s potential benefits to be multiplied, because each compound increases the efficacy of the rest.  The entourage effect is considered ideal as it allows you to potentially get the most benefits out of taking a hemp product.  This is why most people believe that full spectrum CBD is objectively superior.

Using a Broad Spectrum CBD Tincture

If you want to avoid THC altogether, a broad spectrum CBD tincture is the way to go.  Basically, for this type of extract, the THC has been isolated in the remaining concentrate and thoroughly removed.  This means that you won’t have any traces of THC in your body after consuming a broad spectrum CBD tincture.  You’ll still receive all of the other compounds found in hemp.

Using a Full Spectrum CBD Tincture

A full spectrum CBD tincture allows you to experience the entourage effect, and it means that you’ll be consuming THC as well as all of the other plant compounds.  If you feel comfortable consuming trace amounts of THC, this is the way to go.  Bear in mind that consuming THC that comes from the hemp plant cannot possibly deliver psychoactive effects, but in rare cases, it can cause the THC to show up on a drug test.  However, this is very unusual.

Which is Better?

So, which option is right for you: a broad spectrum CBD tincture or a full spectrum CBD tincture?  Well, it all depends on your preferences.  Again, most experts feel that a full spectrum extract is superior because of the entourage effect.  However, it’s understandable that some people want to completely avoid THC, so if that’s the case, go with broad spectrum.

Also, bear in mind that aside from the chemical composition of each concentrate, they don’t really differ from each other in any way.  Broad spectrum and full spectrum tinctures are about the same in terms of price, so you won’t save any money by going with one over the other.  Additionally, they taste and smell the same, so you won’t experience any differences between the two.  And, finally, the potency level doesn’t differ due to the presence of THC or lack thereof.

Comes Down to Preference

At the end of the day, whether you choose a full spectrum CBD tincture or a broad spectrum CBD tincture is totally up to you.  However, as you can see, one provides you with the full entourage effect, while one does not.  Use this guide to decide which type of extract is right for you as you begin a new CBD tincture routine.