CBD products are quickly becoming many people’s go-to natural remedy for a wide range of ailments.
Its growing popularity in the United States and Europe has led to many innovations in the space with many CBD oil options. One of which is the star of this article, CBD oil sprays.
We’ll uncover the benefits of CBD sprays, how to use it, and what to look for in a quality CBD oral spray among the seemingly unlimited options.
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, a naturally occurring compound derived from the cannabis plant.
Cannabidiol belongs to a class of phytochemicals (plant compounds) called cannabinoids that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system is a signaling pathway designed to regulate homeostasis (balance) in the body.
The key receptors in the endocannabinoid system have been studied for effects on energy metabolism, mood, normal immune function, and healthy inflammatory function, which may be why CBD has been found to be helpful for relieving such a broad scope of discomforts [ 1].
Is CBD Legal?
CBD is legal in the United States, Canada, most of Europe, and a growing number of other countries.
While CBD is a compound derived from the infamous cannabis plant, it’s becoming more and more accessible to consumers.
To understand why CBD is legal in the United States, it’s helpful to grasp the difference between hemp and marijuana. While they’re both technically cannabis sativa — these two plants differ in both uses and phytochemical make-up, namely the THC content.
The reason for this plant’s notoriety is due to the cannabinoid, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). It’s the primary psychoactive component of marijuana that produces the euphoric high associated with marijuana use. While THC has been shown to produce therapeutic effects on the endocannabinoid system, it’s psychoactive effects make it an undesirable option, and it remains illegal in many parts of the world.
Hemp, on the other hand, contains substantially low THC while being high in CBD.
Thanks to the Farm Bill (2018), hemp with a THC content of less than 0.3% is legal throughout the United States. America has a long history of hemp agriculture and is a leader in the cannabis space, making the US CBD industry one of the fastest evolving markets.
You can now find hemp-derived CBD oils in a wide variety of product types from the traditional dropper oils and capsules, gummies, vape products, and now CBD sublingual sprays.
What is CBD Spray?
Most CBD oils on the market come in an eye-dropper style bottle, where you can measure out your doses drop by drop. The CBD oral spray takes the guesswork out of dosing and delivers pre-measured doses with every application.
Are CBD Sprays Effective?
The main difference between the standard tincture oil and oral CBD sprays is the applicator. It may seem like a minor difference, but this applicator can drastically change how you use your CBD products.
As a CBD oil, CBD oral sprays are versatile in its uses from — helping to support a calm and relaxed mood, healthy joint mobility, a normal inflammatory response, focus, and a good night's sleep.
CBD oral sprays are useful for a wide range of symptoms. Still, it's important you choose a product in your ideal potency range to hit the right dose and buy from a company that uses a reliable hemp source with rigorous quality control measures.
CBD Oral Spray Benefits
Designed To Make Dosing Simple
The real attraction of a CBD spray is that you get the benefits of a regular CBD oil — the fast onset of effects — with the convenience you get from pre-measured capsules.
Each spray is designed to deliver a consistent CBD dose, making it an excellent option for those who enjoy CBD oils but want a lot less fuss in their routine.
Serves A Wide Range Of Uses
CBD sprays usually consist of CBD extract combined with a CBD carrier oil such as hemp seed oil, olive oil, MCT oil, or coconut oil. It has a generally plain (yet effective) ingredient list, and as an oil, can serve a multitude of purposes.
The most common use is to spray the product directly beneath the tongue, where the active ingredients can be absorbed sublingually (under the tongue) for a fast onset of effects.
Or, you can apply topically to address aches in the body locally.
CBD sprays are also a popular option for pet owners who administer CBD to their pets (just make sure the potency and dosing are appropriate for your furry companion). Check-out Neurogan CBD pet spray, here.
You can improve the absorption of your CBD oil by spraying directly beneath your tongue and holding the liquid there for at least 30 seconds [ 2].
CBD sublingual sprays take advantage of the mucous membrane under the tongue that allows the active ingredients to bypass the digestive process and enter straight into the bloodstream.
When you think of cannabis products, I’m sure smoking comes to mind for many of you.
Smoking CBD products is the fastest method for getting active CBD into the system. However, it’s not always ideal. For example, children, pets, and people with certain health conditions may not be allowed to smoke.
Using a CBD oral spray is the next best option for fast, efficient dosing without the harmful side-effects of substance inhalation.
Non-Intoxicating (Won’t Get You High)
Many people can stand to gain from the health benefits of cannabis but are adverse to the intoxicating effects of THC. Using a CBD product made from industrial hemp solves this problem.
In order for a cannabidiol product to be legal in the United States, it must have a THC content of less than 0.3%.
Traces of THC won’t produce any psychoactive effects. However, suppose you’re particularly sensitive to THC or taking medications that may negatively interact with even trace amounts of THC or other cannabinoids. In that case, you may want to consider a CBD sublingual spray that guarantees that it’s THC-free — We’ll get into more detail about this shortly.
Considerations When Shopping For A CBD Spray
With the rise in CBD's popularity on the market (both online and in-stores), you can access a massive line-up of CBD products at your fingertips. While many brands will boast having the best CBD product on the market, there are key factors to look for to ensure you're getting a safe product.
To get the most out of your CBD oral spray, we'll guide you through a few options to consider.
When it comes to hemp extract types, you'll encounter three main options on the market, which has to do with its ratio of cannabinoids and terpenes.
Isolate CBD Sprays
CBD isolates tend to be the most widely available and budget-friendly option because companies can save money when purchasing CBD isolate extract in bulk.
The term "isolate" means it only contains one compound, cannabidiol. The extraction process involves stripping away all organic plant matter, cannabinoids, and terpenes leaving behind pure CBD.
One of the other appeals of this extract type is that it's THC-free, making it more accessible to those where THC is highly restricted or who may have sensitivities to the compound.
Full-Spectrum CBD Sprays
Full-spectrum CBD is considered the most therapeutic hemp extract type because of a concept known as plant-synergy or the entourage effect.
Full-spectrum extracts are less processed to maintain the whole range of phytochemicals produced naturally in the hemp plant, including various cannabinoids (CBD, CBN, THC, CBG), esters, terpenes, and waxes.
CBD isn't the only active compound found in hemp to have positive benefits on our health. Other cannabis compounds can increase the bioavailability (absorption) of the CBD oral spray and may even interact with the endocannabinoid system to offer similar benefits. In essence, full-spectrum extracts tend to produce more potent effects.
However, they do contain trace amounts of THC (up to the legal threshold of 0.3%), making it restricted in some countries. And because of its nature as a minimally processed extract, there are possible variables in phytochemical ratios in one batch from another.
THC-Free Broad-Spectrum CBD Sprays
You can think of THC-free broad-spectrum extracts as a hybrid of the two above. It has a wide range of cannabinoids and terpenes, but it excludes THC.
Companies will create their ideal broad-spectrum ratio of phytochemicals by combining a CBD isolate extract with certain cannabinoids and terpenes for more control and consistency in their products.
The benefit of this is that you still have a range of cannabinoids and terpenes for CBD's more pronounced effect but without the THC.
The draw to CBD oil sprays over CBD oils in dropper bottles is that it delivers a consistent dose with each spray. Most companies will label how much each spray administers, so you can find a strength size that closely matches your ideal dose.
In most cases, it’s more cost-effective to opt for a higher-potency option and take fewer doses rather than on the lower end where you would need to take several sprays before reaching your desired effects.
Third-Party Lab Testing
The CBD industry is still relatively new, which means there’s a staggering lack of regulation. Virtually anyone can sell CBD products resulting in dishonest CBD manufacturers falsifying CBD content in their products, or worse — placing contaminated hemp extracts (heavy metals, pesticides, harmful bacteria) on the market.
Thankfully, there are brands out there who make their customers’ safety and trust a priority.
Look for companies that send samples of their products to a non-biased third party labs to test for CBD potency, cannabinoid and terpene profiles, and potential contaminants. These test results should be conducted for each batch of products and found on the company’s website for easy access.
How Much CBD Oral Spray Should I Use?
Dosing CBD is a personal affair, CBD affects depending on your age, weight, metabolism, medical history, experience with CBD, and symptoms.
Most brands will include a user guide on how much CBD each spray delivers, and as a rule of thumb, start low and go slow. Visit Neurogan's personalized CBD dosage guide, here.
If you’re a beginner, take your doses on the lower end with one or two sprays and wait an hour or so before you reach for another spray if you haven’t yet reached your desired effects.
Because CBD dosing can vary significantly from person to person, you can expect to experiment before landing on your ideal dose. If you have any underlying health conditions or are on medications, we recommend consulting your doctor before adding CBD sublingual sprays to your regimen.
When Should I Take CBD Oral Spray?
This will depend on what you’re using CBD oil for.
Many users will have a CBD oil spray as part of their CBD repertoire to boost their regular capsule doses, as needed, throughout the day to manage symptoms with the convenience of a spray applicator. At the same time, others use CBD sublingual sprays as their primary CBD source.
If you’re looking to use CBD as an everyday supplement to maintain your health, spray CBD beneath the tongue in the morning.
CBD sprays for sleep should be taken about an hour before you go to bed and should be used consistently around the same time with other sleep hygiene practices to help support a good night's sleep.
Neurogan CBD Sublingual Sprays
As a family-owned brand with Scandinavian values of unrivaled quality and integrity, we’re committed to delivering premium quality CBD products. We offer full-spectrum and THC-free broad-spectrum extract choices for our CBD oil sprays, harvested from all-natural hemp crops grown exclusively outdoors in nutrient-rich soil.
Neurogan CBD sprays come in strengths from 500–5000mg, so there’s a dosing option to suit almost everyone’s needs. Whether you’re looking to use CBD to help to support a calm and relaxed mood, focus, healthy joint mobility, or an for a normal recovery response you can reap the benefits of CBD with this convenient spray applicator that comes backed with a 30-day risk-free trial.
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