We are happy to help you choose the right CBD product for your needs.
We offer highest-quality CBD/CBDa oil, paste, and capsules. So how do you choose the right one for you?
Of course, we must offer the usual disclaimer. Because these hemp-based products are not approved by agencies such as the FDA in the US, we are not permitted to make specific claims about their health benefits or ability to treat any particular ailment or disease. In addition, we are not medical professionals and are not entitled to give medical advice on this site. However, there is plenty of medical and anecdotal information published online to help you do your own research.
With that in mind, here is the guidance we can offer, from our own experience.
If you have a question that is not answered on this page, please just add a comment (see bottom of page) and we’ll be sure to update our Q&A. Thank you!
What is CBD? Is it like THC?
CBD has some similarities to THC, but is not psychoactive.
CBD and THC are both cannabinoids: a family of at least 85 organic compounds that occur naturally in cannabis plants. Different strains of cannabis plants can contain very different levels of the various cannabinoids.
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the cannabinoid that is known to be particularly psychoactive. It is present in higher quantities in cannabis sativa plants and is what gives marijuana its “high”. THC is known to have some health benefits for certain medical conditions.
CBD (Cannabidiol) is another cannabinoid commonly present in cannabis and hemp plants. It is not psychoactive like THC, so does not make you high, but many people believe it also possesses health benefits.
The industrial hemp plants used for CBD production contain high levels of CBD/CBDa, but only trace amounts of THC. Because of this, our products are legal to sell and to buy in many countries.
What’s the difference between CBD and CBDa?
CBDa is Cannabidiolic Acid, the carboxylated form of CBD. It is found in high quantities in the raw hemp plants used for CBD production.
To make high-CBD oil, the raw pressed paste from the plants is heat-treated, which turns the CBDa into CBD.
It is important to appreciate that both CBD and CBDa are thought to have health-enhancing properties, although products are often simply described using the term “CBD.”
Because we believe that the raw, natural combination of both CBDa and CBD is likely to be most beneficial, we advise buyers to choose the RAW CBD/CBDa oil, paste, or capsules in preference to the high-CBD/low-CBDa versions, unless you have a very good reason to prefer a CBD-only product.
Should I use CBD oil, paste, or capsules?
CBD oil is likely to be absorbed quickest by your body (particularly when applied and held under the tongue as we advise). For that reason, you will probably get more CBD/CBDa from the product when using an oil.
Some people find they prefer the flavor of the paste, which is smoother and more botanical than the oils (particularly the 15% oils). Also note that the Endoca RAW Golden Hemp Oil paste offers the highest concentration of all the products we sell (30% CBD + CBDa).
Capsules are ideal for those who do not like the taste of hemp oil at all.
If you have never tried any of the products, note that hemp oil (and paste) have a fairly powerful flavor, which some people may find unpleasant, particularly when they first try it.
The taste of the oil is more immediate and impacting, while the paste comes across a little smoother and
- If you are sensitive to strong flavors, we recommend the capsules (flavorless) or 3% oils (which have a milder taste than the 15% oils).
- Otherwise, either start with either CBD oil, or try both oil and paste and decide which you prefer.
- If you need a very high CBD concentration, the 30% paste is the strongest we sell.