CBD has made quite the buzz these past few years. And although almost everyone is trying it because of its supposed medicinal benefits, others condemn it for the psychoactive bones in its closet.
To set things clear, we are going to talk about 27 things you need to understand about CBD. Whether you are looking for a non-synthetic means of medication, or just interested because you heard it can help you deal with stress, this article is for you.
Before we start, let us get to know CBD first. It is just one of the many compounds found together with THC and other cannabinoids from select botanical strains. A higher concentration of CBD has been proven to have positive benefits, most of which are used to treat and manage different medical conditions.
When you shop for CBD products, do not be surprised to see different variations. CBD products come in “isolate,” “broad-spectrum,” and full-spectrum.” They are not brand names. They refer to various factors that determine the purity and efficacy of CBD.
Isolate CBD is CBD in its purest form. Isolate CBD undergoes a purification process that strips it down of any other active component leaving you a product of just pure CBD. This means no fatty acids, no proteins, no terpenes.
Full-spectrum CBD comes with all the compounds present in the plant material. That said, many swear by the effects of consuming full-spectrum CBD as it offers more compounds that work to help increase the efficacy of CBD. You can compare consuming isolates and full-spectrum to that of taking vitamin-C and eating an orange. There is more nutritional value to it.
Broad-spectrum CBD is a mixture of the aforementioned CBD varieties. It still goes through a purification process to eliminate THC, but still saves some components from the plant matter which is said to increase CBD’s efficacy.
CBD, especially the full-spectrum variant, may contain trace levels of THC. THC is the psychoactive compound that gives you the psychedelic effects. That’s why consumers who are keen on not consuming THC choose either isolates or broad-spectrum CBD.
CBD alone will not get you high. And some CBD products may contain trace amounts of THC, the THC compounds in these CBD items is not enough to trigger a psychoactive episode.
The entourage effect is a term used when all the cannabinoids work in synchrony with one another. The synergy in these compounds modulate the psychoactive effect of THC while increasing the curative effects of CBD. Full-spectrum CBD can offer a similar effect as it retains the majority of the cannabinoids from the actual plant matter.
Because THC is present in full-spectrum CBD products, consuming them can cause you to fail a drug test. You can get a red flag and fail a drug test if the CBD product you are consuming has more than the allowed dosage of THC. And although CBD should not show up on a drug test, THC can easily be detected.
That said, you should get into the habit of checking the label of every CBD product you purchase. From here, you can see the concentration of the THC, and the recommended dosage of CBD consumption.
Speaking of CBD Consumption...
There are various ways to consume CBD. The compound has been adapted into different products that can cater to almost any kind of consumer. And when we say any kind, we mean any kind.
Smoking dry herb strains known to carry CBD is one way to consume it. Moreover, it is actually one of the fastest ways of reaping the benefits of CBD as the compounds are absorbed by your lungs as you inhale the smoke. The absorbed compounds are then sent to your bloodstreams and bind themselves to the CBD receptors in your brain. This way, you get to experience the effects in just a matter of minutes.
The same can be said with CBD vapes. You can use CBD-rich dry herb strains or CBD oils that can be vaped. It does offer the same instantaneous effect from smoking, but less the dangers of inhaling smoke from combusted plant matter. That’s why vaping has been one of the go-to for many health-conscious consumers.
If you do not want to consume CBD by inhaling, you can use CBD topicals. These are CBD-infused salves, ointments, and creams, that offer the curative benefits of CBD. CBD topicals have been used by many consumers for skin irritations, swelling, and even joint pain.
Edibles or CBD-infused food is also one way of consuming CBD. However, because CBD is digested and the food compounds are broken down by the gut, the effects of CBD may take longer to take effect. However, this means that you can enjoy a lasting experience when using CBD.
There are also CBD patches. They can be slapped on your skin like any other medicinal patch which means that the skin retains the CBD compounds leaving you with a comparable lasting effect.
CBD is also used on beauty products. It has taken over the world of beauty and skincare because of its anti-inflammatory effects allowing beauty-conscious consumers to fight acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
CBD has always made its way in the world of energy drinks. CBD is also claimed to be a good stimulant and can help improve one’s focus and depth of understanding. And while it is no way near the movie Limitless, CBD energy drinks can provide you the focus-enhancing effects of CBD with the added boost you get from a regular energy drink.
One common challenge when using CBD products is dosing. There is no hard and fast rule about dosing, following recommended levels can help keep you safe and your experience more rewarding. Check the label of the product to find the amount of CBD in it. If there is less CBD, chances are, you might need to consume more to reap its benefits.
Believe it or not, there are CBD products for pets. Because CBD is a natural compound, many companies have started experimenting with using it on various products. Today, CBD pet products help dogs and cats with itching, skin inflammation, allergies, and joint pain.
CBD products are everywhere. From beauty to pet products, you will be surprised at what CBD-infused product the market has to offer. There are CBD toothpicks, CBD face mask, CBD-infused bed pillow, CBD hair conditioner, CBD hand sanitizers, CBD-infused activewear, the list goes on.
If you do not know by now, CBD is popular for its curative benefits. Some of the conditions it has been known to help treat and manage include chronic pain, arthritis or joint pain, anxiety and depression, sleep disorder, migraine, cluster and other headaches, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), nausea, cancer, allergies or asthma, epilepsy and other seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis (MS), lung conditions, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Part of what makes CBD an effective treatment is because it affects both the brain and the body. Your body and your brain have CBD receptors and CBD can attach to these receptors to help you reap the benefits of the active ingredient. Body-wise, it can help with inflammation, swelling, and pain. Brain-wise, it is believed to be a neuroregenerative compound. What that means is that it promotes brain regeneration which can potentially make it an all-natural panacea.
Speaking of which, CBD has already been approved by the FDA as medication for epilepsy. After much clinical trials, the FDA has deemed CBD an effective treatment for epilepsy allowing CBD to gain world renown. It is now a known treatment for two rate epilepsy cases, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.
Do not be surprised to see your favorite MMA fighter endorse a CBD product as CBD is now making its impact in contact sports. The healing effects of CBD is something that many athletes look to. A natural way of managing pain, muscle strain, and tissue swelling — all without the damaging effects of long-term NSAID exposure. They keep the athlete's body in good condition without damaging their organs and their systems in the long run.
Many consumers turn to CBD to manage stress and anxiety. CBD can have a calming effect which can help control and manage panic and anxiety attacks.
While CBD looks like a cure-all, there is still a lot to learn, nonetheless. The continuous progression of modern technology can give way to more CBD applications for a wide variety of consumers.
Consuming CBD in general has been proven safe and effective. However, knowing more about CBD allows you to find the best products on the market depending on your needs and preference. We hope that this list has helped you out in putting a finger on what CBD product suits you best.
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