Because using CBD is still a relatively new practice, we get asked a lot of questions about how to use it.
And we get it! Anyone willing to invest in a health product wants to make sure that they’re using it right. So. Is there a right way (or ways) to use CBD? And if so, what is it?
We’ll take you through the process of finding the best product for you and some best practices for using Kanibi CBD.
The first step in the CBD experience is deciding which product might work best for you. You might wonder why we bother offering different forms of CBD - tinctures, topicals, and gummies. Don’t they all have the same CBD in them?
Well, yes. All of our products are infused with 100% domestically grown, organically grown CBD. Also, all of our products are double lab tested for purity and potency - so you can have confidence that you’re getting what you pay for.
But the similarities pretty much end there. And that’s because the different products are either absorbed into your bloodstream in different ways and/or even interact with your endocannabinoid system in different ways.
(Your endocannabinoid system is an inter-related matrix of receptors and chemicals that are spread throughout your brain and body. CBD interacts with this system both directly and indirectly.)
So, we’ll talk about each type of product individually, so that you can decide which one might be the best for your situation.
First, let’s look at our signature product, the Kanibi CBD tincture. A tincture is meant to be taken under the tongue (or sublingually) rather than ingested. This is because, whether you’ve ever been aware of it or not, you have blood vessels hidden under there - and they can absorb the CBD directly into your bloodstream.
The practice of taking a substance sublingually is not unique to the CBD industry, nor is it a new practice. One benefit of a tincture over a capsule or an edible (like a gummy) is that the CBD bypasses the digestive process, which can destroy much of the CBD before it’s absorbed into the bloodstream.
This is the beauty of taking CBD in a tincture. Bypassing the digestive process means that not only does the CBD enter your bloodstream faster, but you’ll inevitably benefit from more of it than you will by ingesting it.
(Just as a side note - if you prefer to just swallow your tincture rather than hold it under your tongue, that is totally fine. You’ll just get pretty much the same benefit you would from a gummy if you ate that with some MCT oil - which you can read more about below. The CBD will just take longer to enter your system, and stay there for longer as well.)
One decision you’ll need to make is whether you want to buy our full-spectrum CBD oil or our pure isolate CBD oil. We have another full blog post on the difference between full-spectrum and isolate, so we won’t belabor the point.
But if you need to avoid even trace amounts of THC (if you have to undergo a drug test, for example) then the pure isolate tincture may be best. Otherwise, our full spectrum tincture offers all the benefits of CBD, plus a range of other minor cannabinoids and terpenes.
There’s nothing difficult about taking a tincture. The main thing is to hold it under your tongue for long enough that the CBD can be absorbed into your blood vessels. Some people recommend 30 seconds, and we would definitely recommend at least that amount, but probably more like one full minute.
You might want to swish the CBD oil around a bit too before swallowing. You have blood vessels in your cheeks as well as under your tongue and you’ll maximize your absorbency that way. We made our tincture taste really good so this wouldn’t be a chore! (And just trust us when we say that this isn’t the case with all CBD tinctures!)
After you’ve held the tincture under your tongue for a minute, you’ll swallow it. This will allow your body to digest and absorb any remaining CBD that wasn’t absorbed in your mouth.
Let’s move on to a product that is quickly becoming a favorite with our customers: the Kanibi Sports Cream.
We are actually pretty proud of our pain cream. When it was still in the testing process we were very pleasantly surprised by the speed and potency of its effects. So forgive us if we sound a bit like first-time parents when we talk about this product. It just makes us really happy.
But on to the practicalities!
Kanibi pain cream is a totally different animal to our other products. That’s because, unlike the tinctures or the gummies, the CBD in our pain cream never actually enters your bloodstream.
And that’s okay because it isn’t supposed to.
We mentioned the endocannabinoid system earlier, and the fact that you have endocannabinoid receptors spread throughout your brain and body. Well, some of those receptors are lying right under your skin.
This means that you can benefit from localized CBD treatment - without it ever circulating in your blood.
And you don’t need much, so don’t go too crazy with this stuff. Start with one pump and rub it into the area that needs it. It’s a good idea to really massage it into your skin, allowing as much CBD as possible to absorb.
Give it a good ten minutes before you decide if you need more. For most people, one pump is often enough, but it certainly isn’t going to hurt you to take more!
Okay, so gummies and softgels may not seem to have much in common, so why are we grouping them together?
Well, bear with us. Both of these are ingested forms of CBD, so they have more in common that it may first appear.
The main thing to keep in mind with CBD that goes through your digestive system is that it will take longer to take effect than the kind you take sublingually.
On the other hand, the CBD in both our gummies and our softgels will stay in your system longer as it is slowly released into your bloodstream. For some people this works best, which is why we offer two ways to ingest it.
Our Organi Gummies are definitely the most fun way to take CBD, but they aren’t candy either. We infuse (rather than coat) each gummy with 10 mg of CBD isolate (so, no THC) - and all our ingredients are organic. We kept the dosage a bit lower on these, since - let’s be honest - you’ll probably want to eat more than one at a time.
Kanibi Full Spectrum CBD Softgels differ from gummies in two important ways. First, they are filled with full spectrum CBD oil. This means that there are trace amounts of THC as well as other minor cannabinoids which may boost the effects of the CBD.
Secondly, each softgel contains 25 mg of CBD. That’s more than twice the amount in the gummies, so one may be enough for you. As we’ve already mentioned, ingested CBD has to go through the digestive process which takes longer than sublingual absorption. But our softgels include both CBD oil and MCT oil.
We choose to use MCT oil as our carrier oil because it is easily digested, and may even increase the bioavailability of the CBD, which is even more important with CBD you digest than with tinctures (which benefit from direct absorption into your bloodstream.
We hope these tips help you out as you use your Kanibi CBD products. As always, we recommend you talk to your doctor if you have any ongoing health conditions that require prescription medication. It’s possible for CBD to interact negatively with other medication, and your doctor can help you decide if CBD could be a good fit for you.
And, as always, drop us a line if you have any questions!