Hello! For some of you, this may be your first post you’re reading from me. So let me briefly introduce myself. My name is Shayda Torabi, I am the blogger behind @withshayda, but I’m also the Co-Founder of RESTART CBD. We’re a CBD brand based in Austin, Texas. We have a brick and mortar in North Austin, but we also have an online store where you can shop CBD products right from the comfort of your home.
I’m a marketer by trade, it’s also a passion of mine, and so a big part of what I love to do with RESTART CBD is to help educate consumers on the in’s and out’s of CBD. I recently posted to my instagram and asked if any of you had any questions, and a bunch of you did so I thought I would put together this quick little CBD Q&A doc and try to answer some of them. If I didn’t answer your question, or you have more thoughts, please reach out to me on Instagram @withshayda! I love to hear from you!
By the way, I am not a medical professional. These thoughts and opinions are my own, if you have a concern of how CBD will interact with your body, I encourage you to talk to a medical professional. Nothing is approved by the FDA and should be treated as such. My responses are anecdotal from my personal experience or that of my customers.
Industrial Hemp is federally legal thanks to the October 2018 Farm Bill, making CBD products containing <.3% THC federally legal too.
Hemp is Texas state legal (check your own state please! I live in Texas) as of June 2018 allowing for the sale, consumption and *growing of industrial hemp products, like CBD. *Hemp can be grown for extraction, agricultural, but **can not** be grown for smokeable products.
CBD is found in both Marijuana and Hemp, Marijuana and Hemp are cousin plants, but are not directly related. They have similar profiles which is why you find CBD and THC in both plants, but in Marijuana THC is a higher % and in Hemp CBD is a higher %.
Trace amounts of THC found in CBD products will not make you “high or stoned”, however, trace amounts of THC found in CBD products *CAN* cause you to fail a drug test, if this is a concern, do not take full spectrum products. Full spectrum means, full plant, aka THC is present!
Another common type of CBD product is isolate, isolate means CBD as a cannabinoid is isolated out on its own, hence no other cannabinoids (THC included) are not present. A safer bet if you’re getting drug tested.
Everything sold at RESTART CBD, is derived from industrial hemp, because that is what is federally legal.
Types of products/ways to consumer in hierarchy of bioavailability (which is a fancy word for how fast your body will absorb). 1. Smokeables 2. Sublingual Oils 3. Edibles 4. Capsules 5. Topicals
I want something for sleeping, what would you recommend? Everybody’s body will respond differently to CBD and dosing. For example, you may prefer to take an edible where I prefer to take an oil. The oil might work faster for you than an edible, but depending on your preference there really is no wrong way to CBD. So pick a product that you’re comfortable with whether it’s smoking, eating a piece of candy before bed, or taking a dropper full of oil. From there, HOW MANY mg of CBD you need is a bit of a trick question. It’s like asking how much alcohol do you need to feel drunk. So what do you do, you start low and increase. I personally use 40mg for sleep with an isolate oil. 40MG works really great for me, but I have customers who respond to a 20MG or even 60MG, again everyones bodies will respond differently, but know that you can’t overdose on CBD because too much CBD causes drowsiness! Which sounds like your goal to begin with 🙂
I’ve considered looking into it for anxiety, but I don’t know where to start! Another super popular reason people take CBD is for anxiety– but you’re not alone in not knowing where to start. I generally coach our customers to start with what makes them feel the most comfortable. So using my guide, I would say depending on how your anxiety comes on if you are clinically anxious or you’re dealing with more situational anxiety than you may want a product that is more fast acting. So with anxiety I usually suggest an oil or smokable (if the person likes to smoke). A good MG to start with is 10MG per dose, and you can always increase from there. Remember too much CBD causes drowsiness so you’re just trying to find a good dose where you feel some anxiety relief and not become sleepy. So be open to playing around with it!
How do you know how much is a good dose? Everyone’s dose will be different. The best thing I can share is that the toxicity level of cannabis is low to non existent, meaning there is no dose too much. The side effect of too much CBD is drowsiness but don’t be alarmed, in my experience it’s in the 50MG+ range that I personally start to get drowsy. So for example I suggest our customers start with 10MG no matter WHAT you’re taking CBD for. Of course know, if you’re taking it for anxiety you’ll probably respond to a lower dose, then if you’re taking CBD for pain. I do use the same bottle product, but depending on how I’m feeling, I may take more/or less, of the dropper to = a different MG dose. Another rule of thumb is to see what products are on the market, remember CBD is unregulated so it’s just a gauge. But I’ve seen edibles in the 10-30MG per serving range, so I personally think that’s a good range to start. Start low and if you aren’t noticing the effect you want– take more! Here is a good CBD 101 my company put together to further break this down.
How do you know it’s the “good” kind, what keywords should I look for when shopping for CBD products? Be careful, keywords can be misleading because this industry is unregulated! However, there are some things you can look for. These are things I personally look for when shopping CBD products 🙂 1. Can you tell who is behind the brand? Is it a human, is it another brand, is that brand credible, is that human credible. Unfortunately CBD is being sold everywhere from Dr. offices to smoke shops, gas stations, and everywhere in between. Where you buy from, the source, is key! 2. What does their label say? You can tell a lot about a product from reading the label. Do you like the ingredients in it? Can you tell how many MG of CBD is in the bottle, or a dose. For example, I’ve come across plenty of brands that don’t put clear ingredients or servings on their bottles, and it’s really confusing for me to trust what is actually in the bottle. *A great rule of thumb too is to take the TOTAL CBD MG in the bottle and divide by the BOTTLE SIZE, so for example, a 600MG bottle of CBD in a 30ml bottle is = to 20MG of CBD per/ml, to start with 10mg you would take 1/2 of the dropper since a full dropper is 20mg.* 3. COA’s (certificate of analysis) and third party testing! Good brands will get their products third party tested and have them easily displayed on their website. This ensures what is in the bottle is what it says it is in terms of quality CBD. 4. REVIEWS, What have other people said about them? Do your homework! It’s your body and while there are a lot of questionable products out there, there are a lot of really high quality ones trying to do right by consumers. So just find a brand that you align with and feel most comfortable and from there, just be open to playing around with different types of products!
Post workout exercise soreness/ inflammation reduction products? CBD is perfect for post workout and reducing inflammation. In fact CBD’s main property is anti inflammatory!!! So if you read through my other responses you know that HOW MUCH YOUR BODY needs is dependent on your body, unfortunately I can’t tell you a magic MG to try to make the pain go away. But I personally love a higher dose CBD oil, so I normally take 40mg every night for sleep, but nights I’m in more pain from a workout, I’ll take 60-80mg essentially doubling my dose. In addition to taking a higher dose, I’ll also add in a topical. I like topicals because they’re great for on the spot treatment, meaning an oil might not work *as fast* but because it is absorbed internally it helps reduce that pain from the inside out. But a topical is pretty fast acting on the spot, so if you have sore calves, for example after a run, putting some CBD right on the tight area can provide more immediate relief. Another thing I LOVE to do is take a CBD bath! Soaking in CBD is a great method for athletic recovery, we incorporate CBD into epsom salt and it is a total game changer because your body just incorporated CBD topically through the bath (Another application are any skin irritations, we have lots of customers who use CBD for psoriasis, for example.) So again my go to CBD for athletic recovery are oils as my primary and then topicals as a secondary approach!
That’s it for now, but hope you’ll keep asking questions and stay curious, there is a lot to learn about CBD! And I’m grateful to be able to be a resource and represent a brand like RESTART CBD where we really care bout educating consumers first and foremost, and second to that really truly want to promote quality products so if you’re curious to see what we have, you can shop online or visit us in our retail shop in North Austin– 2521 Rutland Drive #150A, Austin, Texas 78758. If you have any more questions, reach out @withshayda!