What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is derived from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a component of marijuana, by itself it is not psychoactive, unlike the well-known cannabinoid THC. This means that CBD does not change a person’s state of mind when they use it.
Now for a little science to understand just how CBD works in the body. All cannabinoids produce effects by attaching to certain receptors in the body. The human body also produces cannabinoids on its own. It also has two receptors for cannabinoids: the CB1 receptors and the CB2 receptors.
CB1 receptors are present throughout the body, but many are concentrated in the brain. CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. Researchers once believed that CBD attached to these CB2 receptors, but it now appears that CBD does not attach directly to either. It seems that it directs the body to use more of its own cannabinoids instead.
Understanding the Spectrum
As many cannabinoids as possible packed into the product. This may also include small amounts of the THC cannabinoid within the federally legal limits of 0.3%. These THC levels are still below traceable amounts when taken so that they do not have any psychoactive effects but may have a risk of showing up in testing. Benefits include the entourage effect which is the idea that multiple cannabinoids working together work much more efficiently than they would if they were isolated on their own.
As many cannabinoids as possible packed into the product, although some minors may have been lost in the distillation process, this may also include small amounts of THC. These THC levels are still be below traceable amounts when taken so that they do not have any psychoactive effects but may have a risk of showing up in testing. Again, you gain the entourage effect with this product.
These products contain only one cannabinoid: CBD. You will still receive all the benefits of the CBD cannabinoid; it just might not be as potent as it could have been if other cannabinoids were introduced and working together. These products carry the least risk if your lifestyle does not allow for even trace amounts of THC to be in your system. Although some broad testing looks for cannabinoids in general instead of just the THC cannabinoid so being familiar with how your job tests can help to decide if you can fit the benefits of CBD into your life.
Uses of CBD
Because of the widespread benefits of CBD with little to no side effects, it has become a go to solution for many problems. Here are some ways CBD can be used daily to help with common ailments.
- Chronic Pain
- Sleep Disorders
- High Blood Pressure
- *Parkinson’s Disease
- *Huntington’s Disease
- Pets – similar benefits
*These ailments would likely need a full to broad spectrum product to really get the full benefits of taking CBD. Specific cannabinoids that work in conjunction with CBD have a huge effect on some of the more detrimental issues. This is also called the entourage effect.
Benefits vs. Risks
Although the benefits far outweigh the risks, the two major effects seem to be drowsiness and the ample effectiveness on the circulatory system. This makes driving after dosages unsafe for some that might experience a drowsiness from the CBD in that way. It is suggested that you not drive until you are familiar with how CBD affects your own body.
The effectiveness on the circulatory system can be a great thing for the body. Its ability to decrease high blood pressure even during stress tests can be great way to manage the problem. However, if currently using other prescription medications to manage this kind of condition, it should be very closely monitored as it can double up on the effectiveness, creating an issue of thinner blood than wanted.
Where do I start?
Most CBD routines start by finding the form of product in which you’d prefer taking your CBD everyday or when needed. In general, when ingesting CBD orally in a liquid form you will get quick results with a shorter half-life than a solid edible option like a capsule. When taking something solid orally it may take more time to activate but will last longer overall. When using topicals it’s likely that several applications will be needed throughout the day to keep constant relief from a pain issue. If paired with an ingestible product you can extend that relief because you are attacking the issue from the inside and out. The more severe the problem the more likely the dosage will have to be increased. For example, even an occasional sleep problem can be solved with a dosage between 10-20mg depending on the person. However, someone with chronic insomnia may need 25mg or more per dose and more regular usage. Every person is different. Always start with a low dose and increase by no more than 5-10mg each time you dose to find your perfect number for each level of issue.
|Tincture||15-25 min||4-6 hours||10-20 mg increments depending on issue|
|Capsule||45-60 min||6-8 hours||25-50mg increments – 25, 50 & 100 mg available|
|Topical||10-15 min||2-4 hours||As needed, Menthol no more than 3x a day|
|Pet Tincture||20-30 min||6-10 hours||5-10mg increments, more based on weight & issue|
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