CBD for Beginners
Legal in all 50 states, CBD is the new buzz in natural medicine. With so many people touting their products, what do you look for, how does it work; I’ll try to cover the basics and beginner questions.
What is CBD OIL
CBD oil is derived from hemp or marijuana plants which are in the same family. In states where marijuana is legal, CBD oil is derived from cannabis sativa plants. In states where marijuana is illegal, CBD oil is derived from cannabis sativa plants. Sounds like the same plant, right? Well, it is! The difference between the two plants is the hybridization process that farmers have employed over centuries to create different strains of the same plant, one that has THC (the component that gets you “high”) and one that has a negligible amount. Marijuana growers have created strains with different levels of THC and other components, and hemp farmers haven’t changed the original plant. What science has found is that this amazing plant has so many uses: Medicine, rope, clothing, paper, food, and even as an industrial building block.
CBD as Medicine
CBD, like all cannabinoids, produce effects in the body by attaching to certain receptors. The human body produces certain cannabinoids on its own and two receptors called CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are present in the brain and nervous system, as well as in the lungs, liver, and kidneys. CB1 receptors are involved with coordination, movement, pain, emotions, and mood, thinking, appetite, memories, and other functions. CB2 receptors are found in the immune system, with a heavy concentration in the spleen and in the gastrointestinal tract and affect inflammation and pain. CBD seems to direct the body to use more of its own cannabinoids and bind to these receptors. A full spectrum CBD product binds with CB1 and CB2 receptors. Hemp CBD binds to CB2 receptors.
Types of CBD
A full spectrum CBD oil also contains THC and other beneficial terpenes and micronutrients. In Georgia, Low THC oil is legal, but many folks can’t take it because it will show up on a drug screening.
CBD Oil that comes from hemp may contain a minimal amount of THC, but, it can be separated out so it will not show up on a drug screening.
The best CBD will come from the entire hemp plant and have added terpenes to get it closer to whole plant medicine, also known as the "entourage effect." The carrier oil used should be a high quality MCT, don't settle for anything less, it won't work as well and won't be as good for you.
Not all CBD is alike, know your source. Do not go into a health food store and assume you’re getting the best product out there. Know what you are purchasing, how it was extracted, what they added to it, the type of carrier oil, chemical flavors, and fillers, etc. Look at the lab results, I wouldn’t purchase anything without looking at the labs first.
If you’re going to try CBD, know that you’re in for the long haul. It’s not like Advil where you take a pill and 40 minutes later you’re good to go. Finding your personal CBD regimen takes time and patience. Many aspects to consider are what you are treating, metabolism, current medications, body mass, and more. I believe it’s best to start low and slow and see how you’re body reacts to CBD, each of us is like a fingerprint, we’re all different. If it doesn’t seem to be working, find out why, maybe you need a different dosage, or type, be patient while you experiment with CBD.
Currently, I'm offering sublingual CBD in three different strengths. To get closer to the "entourage effect, I've added terpenes and put it into an Organic MCT carrier oil so that it works better and is more effective than just plain CBD oil. I've also added a bit of Organic Hemp Oil because it's a powerhouse of antioxidants and has the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 essential fatty acids.
In the future, I plan on offering full-spectrum, low THC/CBD oil and CBD topical products.
The science is still new and we’re uncovering and discovering more and more information all of the time about this miraculous plant.
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