CBD 101 - SO WHAT IS IT?
CBD BASICS - GET IN THE KNOW:
- CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid (organic compound) found in cannabis, only behind THC.
- CBD is non-intoxicating (it will NOT get you high)
- CBD is non-addictive.
- According to the World Health Organization, "In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential...To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD."
- There are tons of potential benefits associated with CBD. Why? Because CBD interacts with multiple receptor systems in your brain and body that regulate things like pain management, appetite, digestion, reproduction, stress and memory, addiction, and depression. Like a little laser beam, pew pew pew! Pretty cool don’t ya think?
Now that we have the ground rules..
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in the hemp plant, accounting for up to 40% of the plant's extract. These compelling compounds have been found to offer many significant health and wellness benefits without creating risks of dependency or abuse. Um hello, dream scenario!
Many scientific and clinical studies have been performed and published in support of the therapeutic effects of CBD suggesting its efficacy in dealing with issues like skin irritation + acne, pain + inflammation, stress + anxiety, and sleep.
Why is it right for you?
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been found to provide many benefits including:
- Improves metabolism, digestion, and weight management
- Increases mental clarity and focus
- Increase sleep quality
- Mitigates addiction
- Pain relief (including migraines)
- Reduces anxiety and stress
- Reduces the risk of diabetes
- Treats skin problems (including eczema, psoriasis, sunburn)
- Has anti-seizure properties
- Combats inflammation
- Combats PMS and menopause symptoms
- Enhances overall immunity
What else do I need to know?
The difference between CBD and THC?
While both Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are believed to produce significant benefits, CBD does not have the intoxicating effects like those caused by THC (the weed, the pot, the ganja!) and may in fact contain opposing properties, including producing greater mental clarity. Yes please!
How do I select my CBD dosage?
We created a dosing guide, check it out HERE
How do I select my products?
Select products based on personal preference, how you vibe best. You’ll want to consider the symptoms you are targeting, your preferred method of ingestion, and your desired dosage.
Across the board, elixirs and tinctures offer the fastest means of absorption while capsules will generally have a longer onset, typically around an hour, depending on how long ago, and how much food you consumed last.
Topical applications such as lotions, balms, and facemasks will offer slower but more uniform and longer lasting absorption for skin treatments. So, products should be used consistently for at least 30 days to get the optimal effect. (more on that in our dosing guide)
What to expect
The timing and nature of the effect of CBD will be different for each person based on several factors, individual absorption rates, and the symptoms you are targeting. The education of CBD is constantly evolving, but to date there have been no known serious side effects. There are some cases in which CBD may cause drowsiness.
Since CBD is non-intoxicating so there isn’t a feeling of being “high” or “stoned”, but instead people have noted an experience of being a relaxed state or feeling euphoric. For this reason a lot of people try their first dose in the evening before bed. Many use CBD as a natural anti anxiety treatment, preferring instead to start their day with their desired dose. Decreased skin and body inflammation is a common target and outcome, as well as an improvement in pain in the body.
Now that you’re a pro, one last reminder: Always seek the advice of your physician before you start taking CBD, especially if you take other medication or are pregnant or nursing.