Charlotte's Web's scent is dank and piney with some light floral notes. When burnt, this strain gives off a smooth smoke. On the exhale, it may taste slightly skunky with an underlying grassy, vegetal taste that speaks to its hemp content. Charlotte's Web is a highly trusted brand, producing high-quality products. In this review we cover 3 ways their CBD oil can help us runners recover quicker.
Charlotte’s Web is a medical strain high in CBD, a cannabis compound (or cannabinoid) that has a range of medical applications. Colorado growers the Stanley Brothers created this strain specifically for Charlotte Figi — a young epilepsy patient and medical cannabis user — by crossing an unspecified strain with industrial hemp. The effectiveness of Charlotte’s Web in treating Figi’s seizures was publicized in a CNN special and garnered enough attention to attract droves of families to Colorado in search of similar relief.
Charlotte’s Web has spurred a wave of innovation in CBD breeding, giving us strains like Cannatonic. With limited psychoactivity, Charlotte’s Web contains little to no THC. Its CBD content, however, runs from 15 to 20% — that’s 300 times higher than the CBD of the average recreational strain.
Unlike its cousin cannabinoid THC, CBD doesn’t act directly on the body’s endocannabinoid receptors. Instead, it is thought to work indirectly by increasing the availability of the body’s own endocannabinoid compounds to stimulate those receptors. Essentially, CBD may act as a booster to help out many of the body’s naturally functioning processes. Although Charlotte’s Web is available as a concentrated oil for easy medical ingestion, buds of the strain are also available for adults who prefer more traditional consumption. Flowers of this hemp-descended strain have a sativa appearance, with long, tapered buds and olive green leaves. Those accustomed to more psychoactive strains will notice that Charlotte’s Web has relatively few pistils and, due to the near-absence of THC-laden trichomes, very little stickiness. Its scent is more familiar: dank and piney with some light floral notes. When burnt, this strain gives off a smooth smoke. On the exhale, it may taste slightly skunky with an underlying grassy, vegetal taste that speaks to its hemp content.
As noted, Charlotte’s Web is bred specifically for a high CBD to THC ratio. Because of this ratio, Charlotte’s Web can be useful for casual edible bakers who want to avoid an intense high. That said, depending on the particular phenotype of Charlotte’s Web consumed, users may get some buzzy effects ranging from a heightened sense of well-being to some sensory enhancement. Generally speaking, however, medical-grade Charlotte’s Web comes with negligible psychoactivity, making it a prime choice for patients – particularly children – who want to avoid getting high. In fact, researchers believe that the presence of CBD may actually act to shut down any trippy or anxiety-inducing feelings caused by trace amounts of THC.
The CBD in this strain can bind to receptors that regulate inflammation, body temperature, and perception of pain, making it a powerful treatment for those suffering from anything from a fever to chronic conditions like fibromyalgia and Parkinson’s Disease. At high levels, CBD can even stimulate serotonin-related receptors, conferring benefits for psychological conditions like anxiety, addiction, and sleep disturbance. Perhaps most significantly, recent studies of CBD have shown that it may work against cancer by destroying existing cancerous cells and halting the spread of new ones.
Charlotte’s Web creators the Stanley Brothers have not made the strain’s seeds available for commercial sale; consumers should be wary of any companies purporting to sell seeds under the Charlotte’s Web name. If prospective growers are able to obtain clones of this rare plant, they’ll have success growing it both indoors and out — the hemp in this strain’s genetics centuries for is less finicky than cannabis and can thrive in some harsh conditions. Plants have a bushy, indica-like shape. They flower within 8 to 9 weeks and typically offer a high yield of flowers. Growers should also note that only a certain portion of all clones planted will show themselves to be high in CBD — others may have an equal balance of THC and CBD or simply have a higher concentration of THC.
Charlotte’s Web poses a challenging legal bind: advocates who consider it a medical hemp product, genetically distinct from cannabis indica or sativa, clash with legislators who classify it as medical marijuana, banned under federal law. As a result, doctors seeking to test its medical effectiveness in clinical trials are prevented from study because of federal restrictions on growing the plant. This strain has also stoked some ironic controversy over its name — in Oregon, the state’s Liquor Control Commission banned the sale of Charlotte’s Web and several other strains because their names are potentially appealing to children. Nevertheless, Charlotte’s Web is gaining ground – it was legalized in Florida in 2014 and has since taken root in select dispensaries for statewide distribution.
Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil Review: Does It Help Running Recovery?
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What you need to know about Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil
Before I get into the full Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil Review, here are some key facts and answers to frequently asked questions about Charlotte’s Web and their oils:
- What is CBD Oil? CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is a phytocannabinoid found in hemp and known for supporting body and mind in a variety of ways. CBD specifically comes from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. (Not to be confused with oil that comes from hemp seeds, which contain no cannabinoids.)
- How much CBD is in Charlotte’s Web Oil? Charlotte’s Web offers a range of concentrations, which are described as mg/ml and currently they offer 7, 17, 50, and 60 mg/ml concentrations. The CBD Oil we have used is the 50 mg/ml concentration, which is their ‘original’ blend.
- How much THC is in Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil? As Charlotte’s Web products are CBD and not marijuana, they are all extracted from hemp (rather than marijuana) plants and contain less than 0.3% THC and so won’t get you high (THC is the compound found in higher concentrations in marijuana).
- Is Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil Full Spectrum? Yes – Charlotte’s Web is a whole-plant hemp extract with a full spectrum of phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
- Is Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil legal? Yes, it is legal in all 50 US States and many other countries. The CBD oil is available without prescription in the US, it is classed as a food supplement, not a drug.
- Is Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil organic? Their products are not organic-certified, but the pesticides and herbicides they use are 100% organic.
- What flavor CBD oils are available from Charlotte’s Web? We are using the Mint Chocolate flavor. Other available flavors at the time of writing include Lemon Twist, Orange Blossom, and Olive Oil.
For a lot more information, visit their website and have a read of the CBD 101 page and the FAQs page.
Table of Contents: Charlotte’s Web CBD Review
What is Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil good for? Does using CBD Oil help with general anxiety?
CBD Oil is reported to offer a wide range of benefits to many people. This sounds vague, and that’s because, well, it is, but commonly-reported benefits of CBD oil are reducing general anxiety, better sleep and an increased sense of calmness. I have used Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil and CBD Gummies and my personal experience of this is explained in all the reviews listed here.
How does Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil help with running recovery?
Ok, so now we are getting into the specifics. Charlotte’s Web sent me some of their CBD Oil and CBD Gummies to try out and see how I found it benefiting my overall sense of well-being, as well as my running. I have been using their oil in the dropper format every evening and monitoring how I have been feeling in terms of speed of recovery from running and other physical training.
Using Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil has helped me in three ways:
- Relief from Exercise-Induced Inflammation: One of the stated benefits of CBD is that it helps provide relief from exercise-induced inflammation and I have indeed noticed that I recover quickly following hard training efforts. It is typical to feel sore and maybe have tender/puffy feet and ankles a day or two after a hard long run or other training efforts. However, this has been minimal over the past few weeks, despite continuing to train at the same level as I did previously. My body has felt more rested and less sore, and so I’ve actually felt more up for increasing my training volume.
- Better sleep: Another contributing factor is that CBD oil is reported to help you sleep better. I do believe that the quality of my sleep has improved – which is not only good for you in general, but also getting enough good-quality sleep when recovering from an intense physical effort helps your recovery. How do I know this? Well, I don’t know about you, but when I’ve been on a long run or raced an ultramarathon, my legs can be particularly hot and make me restless when I try to sleep that night – even if I’m really tired. I haven’t had any interrupted sleep and I am attributing at least some of this to taking Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil supplement.
- Increased sense of calm: I do feel calmer than I did before using Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil. Of course, a sense of relative calmness is intangible and therefore a difficult thing to measure, but I’ve found that I get less worked-up at the start of a race (ah, the old ‘pre-race nerves’), which indicates I have a lower propensity for general anxiety than I have experienced at other events in the past.
How do you take Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil? What is the dosage?
Charlotte’s Web CBD oil is dispensed via the dropper that comes with the bottle. The dosage depends on your needs and there is little guidance on how much to take. It is recommended by the company that you start off with 1/4 of a dropper per day, and increase it by 1/4 each day (so on day 4 you would be at 1 full dropper per day) until you feel the effects and stay at that daily dosage. I have been taking one full dropper per day.
I don’t know whether it makes a difference whether you take your CBD oil in the morning, or evening, or divide it throughout the day. However I chose to take mine at the end of the day, before brushing my teeth, so it was in my routine and presumably most effective at night when I was resting and recovering.
The Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil I have been using is the Original 50mg/ml concentration in Chocolate Mint flavor.
What does Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil taste like?
I have the Mint Chocolate flavor CBD oil. To be honest, I don’t particularly like the taste. It’s not a turn-off but doesn’t taste like Mint or Chocolate to me. For my next batch I will go for either the ‘plain’ Olive Oil flavor or try the orange or lemon flavor, as orange and lemon seem like they would blend better with the CBD oil’s taste than the Mint Chocolate option.
If you’re sensitive to the taste, Charlotte’s Web recommends mixing the oil with something else, such as in a drink, if that is your preference, rather than necessarily dropping the oil directly into your mouth. There are also other ways to take CBD supplements, including CBD Gummies, and CBD Capsules.
What is the difference between CBD Oil and CBD Gummies?
Charlotte’s Web recently introduced three varieties of CBD gummies, called ‘Sleep’, ‘Calm’ and ‘Recovery’. The gummies contain 10mg per serving, and have the advantage over CBD Oil in that:
- It is easy to get the dosage consistent each time
- Gummies are easily portable and don’t risk leaking if you take them traveling or with you during the day
- You may well prefer the taste of the CBD Gummies over the CBD Oil.
The Calm CBD Gummies I have been using are Lemon Lime flavor and taste like gummy candy, so I really enjoy taking them. If you are new to CBD supplements then for these reasons CBD gummies may be a good way to go, although as the concentration of CBD is lower than with the oil, you may not experience enough of an effect, depending on your needs.
The gummies taste great and I had to restrain myself from eating more than the recommended dosage of two per day!
Charlotte’s Web CBD Capsules
Another option worth a mention is the CBD Capsules. These are in a liquid-containing pill form, so there is no taste, you just swallow them (ideally with water). The other main advantage of the Capsules over the Gummies is that you can get capsules in 15mg or 25mg/ml, whereas the Gummies are 10mg/ml. The capsules don’t, however, include the additional plant-based supplements used to differentiate the Calm, Sleep and Recovery Gummies, they are solely CBD supplements, so it depends on what you’re looking for.
Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil Review: How much does it cost?
When it comes to buying CBD Oil, it can be overwhelming now given the range of companies offering similar-looking products. Our view, when it comes to food supplements, which are not as strictly monitored as medical supplements, is to look for the most trusted and reputable companies to help ensure you are getting the product you are paying for – otherwise what is the point, if it isn’t going to work as intended, you don’t know what else is in the product (or has been used in its processing) or you have to use more than the ideal dosage to start to feel any effects?
With that said, Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil is one of the more expensive options on the market, reflecting this is a high-quality, well-regarded and widely trusted product.
Prices range from $39.99 for the 7mg/ml CBD oil. The 30ml bottle of the Original Formula CBD Oil that we have been using costs $149.99.
And the CBD gummies we use are the Lemon Lime flavor Calm CDB Gummies, which cost $54.99 and are delicious.
If you’re kicking-off your CBD journey it may also be worth checking out the CBD bundles Charlotte’s Web offers, as you can make good savings vs buying products separately, and they explain why certain items are paired together. The Workout Hard, Recover Harder bundle includes recovery CBD gummies and oil.