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What is CBD – Everything You Need To Know

March 30, 2021

Over the past few years, CBD has become a massive industry. But why is that the case? Well for many reasons (which we will get into). But before we do, let’s actually review what CBD is, what CBD can do for you, and how to use CBD. 


To begin, what is CBD? 

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the Cannabid sativa plant (or the hemp plant). 


With this, CBD is a natural substance that is used in products like oils and candies to help with relaxation and feel calm. However, there is a BIG difference between CBD and its cousin delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC (found in the same plant) which is known to give you that “high” feeling. CBD is not psychoactive, so you will not get that feeling of being “high” but can feel the effects of feeling calm, cool and collective when you use the right dosage. 


Is CBD FDA approved? 


Right now, it’s important to note that CBD is not FDA approved, which is why it is so important to make sure you are using products from CBD companies that specifically outline the ingredients they use. As you can see here, when a company boasts their lab results online, they are committed to making sure that their customers get the best, and highest quality CBD, to obtain the best results. 


So what are the benefits of CBD? 


Pain management: According to the National Centers for Complementary and Integrative Health, some evidence suggests that cannabidiol or CBD could have modest benefits for chronic pain.

Reports have said that CBD could have benefits for relieving chronic pain, improving sleep, and reducing inflammation, but that these effects are condition-specific. More evidence is needed to determine the therapeutic potential of CBD and to determine safe and effective dosages for pain, but results are promising. 


Chronic Pain: The same report studied CBD oil use for general chronic pain. Researchers compiled the results of multiple systematic reviews covering dozens of trials and studies. Their research concluded that there is substantial evidence that cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain in adults.


In the Journal of Experimental Medicine supports these results. This research suggests that using CBD can reduce pain and inflammation. The researchers also found that subjects were not likely to build up a tolerance to the effects of CBD, so they would not need to increase their dose over time. Which means when you find your right dose (we always recommend calling our dosage specialists for advice about finding the right dose) you can stick with that dose for a prolonged period of time. So long as you use CBD consistently, that is when you will see the results you want to see. 


Anxiety:  CBD might be worth trying to manage symptoms of anxiety, many wellness practitioners say. “CBD tells your body to calm down and reminds you that you’re safe,” Dr. Chin (medical researcher). “It mellows out the nervous system so you’re not in a heightened ‘fight or flight’ response,” she says, so people with anxiety may find it helps them feel more relaxed.


So how do you take CBD? 


There are many different ways to take CBD, so many people have a hard time even understanding where to begin when it comes to taking the “right” CBD. According to our experts, it really depends on what your goal is when it comes to using CBD and what you are using it for in the first place. 


Some people don’t want to ingest anything and therefore prefer a topical CBD cream or ointment. You can apply it to muscles, joints, and ligaments and still get a nice, localized release.


The biggest differences between tinctures, edibles, and topical products are the speed of delivery and how long the effects last. 


Tinctures and edibles take longer to work but last four or five hours. “A tincture looks like a little liquid that you put under your tongue, and you feel relief within half an hour, our experts say. But, if you don’t like that “grassy” taste that tinctures have, we always recommend going with an edible! 


So should I use CBD? 


So long as you are looking at the labels of your CBD products to make sure they are tested by third party researchers, to make sure the product has been carefully reviewed to make sure it the highest grade product it can be, then yes you should absolutely consider trying CBD if you are experiencing any pain, anxiety or need help reducing acne or skin inflammation. 

To see the best result, we always recommend starting off with a tincture (at a dosage of around 750mg) and go from there to find the dosage that is the best for you. 

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