What IS CBD?
CBD is arguably the most notable trend in the health and wellness niche.
But even with its increasing awareness, many are still ignorant about the compound. Worse, the need to educate users and prospects on this new ‘wonder’ molecule has left a disturbing lot of misleading information on the internet.
Well, whether you’re considering giving CBD a try or looking to increase your CBD knowledge and improve your user experience as you journey the CBD path, this article is a good read.
Reading on, you’ll find answers to the most common questions we receive from starters and/or experts– like you.
What is CBD?
Commonly abbreviated as CBD, Cannabidiol is a cannabis extract.CBD is one of the most prominent among a lot of compounds found in the plant.
According to research, the controversial cannabis plant contains over 130 compounds, of which CBD and THC are predominant.
Although findings show that both CBD and THC (and the other cannabinoids) may have similar therapeutic effects, THC is the famous (or infamous) compound that leaves marijuana users feeling high.
Besides the ‘stoney’ effects, THC may also deliver undesirable properties, including anxiety and paranoia.
How does CBD work in your body?
Your body features a network of receptors spread across vital organs, predominantly in the brain. These receptors interact with internally generated cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids, to keep the body in homeostasis – a state of general wellness. The body requires a regular supply of these cannabinoids to stay in top shape.
An insufficient supply of the internally generated cannabinoids may cause severe health challenges. Here, CBD comes in handy.
Where there’s a shortage of the internally-generated cannabinoid supply, plant-based sources, like CBD, become a go-to supplier since they both play similar roles in modulating bodily functions and maintaining homeostasis.
Are the CBD testimonies for real? What exactly does CBD do?
Although the US CBD market has gained increasing momentum lately, the industry is still in its infancy. In fact, substantial research began after the 2018 Agricultural Improvement Act –aka the 2018 Farm Bill – decriminalized the use of CBD.
Currently, researchers are exploring CBD to unveil its true potential therapeutic profile. Interestingly, research results seem to back anecdotal evidence that makes CBD come off as medicinal.
However, researchers believe the data are yet too insignificant to make any substantial health claims.
Epidiolex; A Pharmaceutical CBD
June 25, 2018, the US cannabis community received one of its biggest news ever. After years of campaigns, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Epidiolex, a CBD-infused drug, as a pharmaceutical prescription.
This CBD formulation is created to treat two rare forms of epileptic disorders – Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet Syndromes.
If the government finds CBD useful for treating epilepsy, seemingly, the regulatory bodies may need a little more research and time to approve CBD for other health conditions.
Other Potential Therapeutic Benefits of CBD
Although Epidiolex is currently the only FDA-recognized CBD-infused pharmaceuticals, mounting evidence says the compound may help manage a range of conditions, including:
- Arthritic pain
- Depression and anxiety
- Cancerous symptoms
- Multiple sclerosis
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Chronic headache
Thinking of trying out CBD? Let’s quickly discuss some ways you can administer the compound.
How can I use CBD?
CBD is available in different consumption forms. This can make selection a bit tricky. To help you navigate seamlessly and find something more fitting, here are common ways you can use CBD:
- CBD tinctures
Tinctures are CBD-based liquids (extracted by using ethanol) and typically designed for sublingual administration – i.e., placing the tincture beneath the tongue where it is delivered to the bloodstream.
- CBD oils
CBD extract is mixed with carrier oils, including olive oil, coconut oil, etc., to get your CBD oil. CBD oil can be dosed orally with a dropper or infused into your favorite beverages and foods.
- CBD infused consumables
From gummies to herbal tea, CBD has found a home in many products on your grocery shelves. If you seek a more discreet and tastier way to use CBD, these are thoughtful options for your sweet tooth.
- CBD-concentrated e-juice
If you prefer inhalation – particularly for recreational lovers – CBD now comes in concentrates designed for vaporizers. While this method is one of the fastest-acting methods, note that vaping, typical of other inhalation methods, like smoking, may not be a healthy option.
- Capsule and pills
If you wish to bypass CBD’s earthy taste, CBD capsules and pills mimic the traditional pharmaceuticals. Although their deliveries are relatively slow, they are easy to use – just toss and wash. More, they leave a long-lasting effect.
Creams and lotions
For topical use, CBD is also available in balms, salves, creams, and lotions. These products are designed for managing open wounds, hair treatments, target pain, and inflammation points, and, as well, for skincare.
But what about the ‘high’ and other CBD legal concerns?
Who says CBD gets you high? No, CBD is non-intoxicating.
THC, another entirely different compound in cannabis, causes the high cannabis users feel – again, not CBD.
For clarity, THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main compound responsible for cannabis’ legal battles. Hence, legislations seek ways to allow people to benefit from ‘innocent’ CBD, but without THC.
For instance, the US has decriminalized the use of hemp-sourced CBD as long as it doesn’t contain over .3 percent THC concentration – an amount considered too insignificant to cause a high.
- Will CBD make you high? No way!
- Is CBD legal? Federally, YES
However, check-up what the state laws say.
Where can I find CBD to buy?
Since CBD’s legalization in the US, CBD products are widely accessible – both online and in local shops.
However, note that the CBD niche is flooded with a truckload of phony brands. Besides that, these brands come with fake, misleading labels, they contain harmful chemical additives, which can make you sick and cause several degrees of long-term effects.
For a safe purchase, here are some quick points to note:
- Buy US-sourced hemp-based CBD
- Ask for third-party lab certification – or CoA
- Check the labels – the less THC, the better
- Don’t Buy cheap
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