Cannabidiol, or CBD, is quickly becoming part of modern colloquial language as more people recognize the benefits of this cannabinoid in health and wellness.
Second only to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, CBD is being referred to as a potential answer to a multitude of issues by many in the medical field and beyond for the management of countless common medical symptoms. CBD has gained popularity for relief of seizures and convulsions, nausea, pain management, and difficulties with sleep, to name a few.
WHERE DO YOU START?
If you are interested in looking into CBD to help you in your journey to optimal health, there is a lot to know. We have provided a stepping off place here.
Hemp vs. Cannabis CBD
Hemp-derived CBD is sourced from industrial hemp plants, which are grown primarily for their fiber and seeds. Hemp plants are often skinny and scarce in foliage. Hemp is also differentiated from cannabis by its levels of THC in that a hemp plant must contain no more than 0.3 percent THC.
Cannabis-derived CBD is extracted from plants that have thick, lush foliage and flowers that are generally grown and consumed for their intoxicating properties. The U.S. government defines marijuana plants as those which contain more than 0.3 percent THC. While most cannabis plants contain THC as its predominant cannabinoid, several strains of cannabis, such as Charlotte’s Web and Harlequin, are rich in CBD.
Isolate vs. Full Spectrum
CBD isolate products are those which contain only the CBD molecule, with no accompanying terpenes, THC, or other cannabinoids. For patients with looking to treat medical conditions or those wishing to avoid THC, CBD isolates made from hemp may be preferred. The alternative to CBD isolates would be whole-plant or full-spectrum CBD products. Full-spectrum products offer all the cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes, which some believe may provide a more healthful experience.
CBD May Temper the Effects of THC
THC gets people high by interacting with the CB1 receptor in the brain. CBD has been shown to reduce this particular receptor’s activity, substantially reducing the anxiety, psychotic effects, and specific cognitive deficits for cannabis consumers. Whether it decreases the overall psychoactive effects of THC is still unclear, but these side effects appear to be mitigated by the use of CBD.
CBD can be Consumed Many Ways
CBD can be applied, ingested, and consumed in many ways. CBD flower, infused oils, tinctures, edibles, beverages, topicals, vaporizer oils, beauty products, suppositories, and even products for pets are hitting legal markets and making a splash, proving that there truly is a CBD product for everyone. Talk to an expert to help you decide on a product because each absorbs medicine differently.
Getting the Most from Your CBD Products
Like traditional medications, CBD requires some time to take effect. It’s commonly accepted practice within cannabinoid science to advise 4 to 6 weeks of regular use of CBD products to fully notice the effects. While some people report immediate relief by using CBD products, we discourage you from expecting that CBD will be a “miracle relief” when you take it. Instead, recognize that ingesting CBD will activate your endocannabinoid system, working to bring your body and its systems to a state of homeostasis.