CBD is...kind of a big deal. More people than ever before are turning to CBD to help them relieve their symptoms and improve their overall well-being. Plus, mounting research has shown that CBD has benefits for a variety of conditions.
CBD is an acronym that stands for cannabidiol, a phytocannabinoid that was discovered in 1940. CBD is one of at least 113 identified cannabinoids that exist in cannabis. CBD makes up about 40 percent of cannabis extract. CBD is found in hemp, which is a type of cannabis that produces very little THC (another cannabinoid associated with the cannabis “high”). CBD can be found in other plants, like broccoli and kale, but in far fewer amounts than in hemp. That’s why CBD is extracted from hemp rather than your veggie drawer.
CBD is a natural compound that, unlike THC, is non-psychoactive. This means that CBD can be used without experiencing any of the mental effects commonly associated with cannabis. It can also help balance your body’s overall wellness and health.*
*Nerd out with us for a second about the endocannabinoid system. CBD interacts with the human body’s endocannabinoid system to alleviate different symptoms. This system helps to regulate the immune system, the nervous system, and your mood. In fact, all mammals have an endocannabinoid system. It is deeply involved in regulating human health in ways that are being more readily understood.
Endocannabinoids and endocannabinoid receptors are distributed throughout the human body. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are located in the brain, glands, immune system, connective tissue, and organs. Overall, CBD helps build a healthy balance in mind and body.
Okay back to hemp—it has been used for thousands of years for a variety of ailments. Cannabinoids, in general, have long been associated with wellness. This has led more researchers to investigate cannabinoids for their medical and therapeutic effects. In the meantime, besides what has been studied clinically, many people report benefits of using CBD for many different conditions.
CBD is currently being studied in preliminary clinical research for relieving many problems including depression, anxiety, movement disorders, pain, and improving cognition. CBD is even being studied for the potential to help acne and heart disease. Cancer patients and others experiencing chronic pain increasingly use CBD as an alternative method of pain relief. It is also often used to combat nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy.
The endocannabinoid system also helps regulate appetite. This makes CBD an effective relief for those suffering from conditions that keep them from feeling the urge to eat.
Sleep, too, is regulated in part by the endocannabinoid system. This is why CBD is often used by those suffering from insomnia or other sleep problems.
Studies have also shown that CBD can help mitigate chronic pain. That’s because it aids cannabinoid receptors—by interacting with neurotransmitters, it reduces inflammation. CBD may help reduce sciatic nerve pain too. A combination of CBD and THC is also effective in treating pain caused by arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
CBD has shown effectiveness in treating insomnia and anxiety in those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Numerous animal studies have also shown that CBD has antidepressant properties.
CBD has many other potential benefits that are still being studied. More research needs to be done to see just how much CBD can help with various conditions.
Thankfully, there are numerous options that make using CBD incredibly flexible. This means that anyone can specifically tailor their CBD intake to their condition by product and dosage.
To create CBD oil, CBD extracts from a hemp plant are diluted with hemp seed or coconut oil. The carrier oil helps deliver the CBD. CBD oil comes in a variety of different dosages, but these serve simply to help people find a strength that is right for them and their needs. CBD dosages are not intended to serve as medical guidelines in the way that dosage instructions on medicines do. In short, even if you take too large a dose, it will not hurt you but it might make you feel slightly nauseated.
CBD tinctures are specialty mixes that are derived from letting cannabis dissolve. This results in a fast-acting, strong CBD mixture that can have significant effects. This is the perfect choice for people who need a strong result from their CBD products.
When it comes to dosing CBD products, there might be some learning as you go. That’s because CBD dosing largely comes down to what you prefer and how well you respond to a dosage. CBD oil, for example, generally comes in three strengths: low-potency (500 mg), mid-potency (1000 mg), and high-potency (1,500 mg).
The ideal strength of a CBD product is at least partially based on the use case for the product. If you are seeking treatment for a chronic condition, such as inflammation, pain, depression, or insomnia, a higher dose of CBD may work better for you. However, it’s always a good idea to start with the lowest dose to gauge how you react to it.
CBD has a variety of benefits for numerous conditions and it’s no wonder that intense research into the effects of CBD and other cannabinoids is underway. As more valuable benefits of CBD and other cannabinoids come to light, it may just become a vital part of many lives.
Remember, finding out what products are right for you and how to dose them properly is a learning curve. Be patient and as you become more familiar with CBD products and how you respond to them, you’ll be able to make informed decisions about which ones work best for you. And of course, if you ever have questions, our team is here to help.
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