What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, one of many chemical compounds found in cannabis. Over the past few years, it has taken the world by storm, becoming one of the most popular supplements to hit the wellness scene pretty much ever.
Most people are familiar with THC, the chemical compound in marijuana that is responsible for that infamous altered state of consciousness that most people associate with cannabis.
CBD does not contain psychoactive properties. In short, CBD doesn’t get you high. It is, however, associated with some serious therapeutic potential.
CBD is what’s known as a cannabinoid. To date, there have been more than 100 cannabinoids identified in cannabis, along with some 400 other beneficial chemical compounds.
What makes CBD so promising isn’t necessarily the cannabinoid itself but instead how it interacts with various receptors found throughout the body. CBD interacts harmoniously with the endocannabinoid system. Present in all mammals, the endocannabinoid system has a substantial effect on several physiological processes in the human body. Some experts even say that the endocannabinoid system is one of the most important physiological systems that exists.
Our CBD oil is extracted from federally compliant industrial hemp which has very low (less than 0.3%) levels of THC compared to marijuana.
Currently, the FDA does not allow any health claims but many people have swear that taking CBD has helped with a slew of other health conditions, including anxiety and pain management.
CBD might be worth trying to manage symptoms of anxiety. “[CBD] tells your body to calm down and reminds you that you’re safe,” Junella Chin, DO, an osteopathic physician and a medical cannabis expert for cannabisMD. “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.
Still, one of the biggest misconceptions about CBD is that it’s a wonder drug. “A lot of times people think CBD is a cure-all, and it’s not,” Dr. Chin says. “You should also have a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise and good nutrition—CBD is not going to fix everything.”
Although results vary widely from person to person the general consensus seems to be that CBD can induce a sense of calm and encourage positive emotions. Persons who have used CBD report feeling energized, rejuvenated and alert.
Alternately CBD can be used before bed to encourage a restful night’s sleep. Customers have said that they slept more soundly after using CBD.
Among the many potential uses of CBD, users say that it is helpful in the following areas:
- General wellness
- Restorative sleep
- Clean energy
- Improved mood
- Increased focus
- Relief from stress
5 Commonly Asked Questions About CBD
1. Does CBD Get You High?
One of the biggest concerns many people have about CBD oil is that it will get them high. Here’s the thing. CBD derived from hemp doesn’t contain enough THC to produce any psychoactive effects. CBD by itself doesn’t even influence the brain the way THC does.
THC changes perception because of how it interacts with the CB1 receptors found in the brain. CB1 is the receptor that’s responsible for the euphoric high people experience with THC. CBD doesn’t interact with these receptors in the same way THC does—in fact, CBD is even known to mitigate some of the negative side effects some people experience with THC use.
2. If It Doesn’t Get You High, What Does It Feel Like?
While CBD doesn’t cause a high, it does have some effect on the way many people feel. Most people who take CBD describe it as a subtle feeling of calm alongside increased alertness and mental clarity. Some people describe CBD as making them feel “normal.” Others say that it’s just a subtle shift.
3. Is CBD Safe?
As long as CBD is coming from a legitimate source, it’s considered completely safe. In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report that stated, “To date, there is no evidence of public health problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Notice we mentioned that CBD is safe when it comes from a legitimate source. Until now, the CBD market has been largely unregulated. While there are several companies that can be trusted, there are also quite a few out to cash in on this rapidly growing industry.
So how do you know who’s legit and who isn’t? Reputable companies will offer consumers all the information they need. This can be done through what’s known as third-party lab testing.
Third-party lab test results let you know if a CBD product is truly what it claims to be. Not only do they tell you just how much CBD is in a product, but they’ll also include the presence of other cannabinoids (such as THC levels), pesticides, herbicides, microbes, or chemical solvents. If a company does not have lab reports available, it’s best to find another company that does.
4. Why Do People Take CBD?
People take CBD for many reasons that are as unique as each individual. Because of the way CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, its application reaches far and wide.
While there simply aren’t enough scientific studies to prove the exact ways in which CBD helps, there are plenty of anecdotal reports of people using CBD for a variety of different reasons. Some of these include stress relief, sleep, workout recovery, and skin health. Others even use CBD for their pets!
Does it work?
Apparently so. CBD is so popular that the industry is expected to grow by 700% in the next few years. We’re talking about a multi-billion-dollar industry here.
Last year on the Dr. Oz Show, Sanjay Gupta commended the power of CBD, saying, “I think there is legitimate medicine here. We’re talking about something that could really help people.”
5. How Is CBD Taken?
There are several ways you can take CBD. The most common form of consumption is what’s known as a tincture. Basically, this is CBD oil that is taken by mouth and swallowed after 60-90 seconds.
CBD gummies are another popular option. They’re just like regular gummies (think Haribo gummy bears), only they’re infused with CBD. CBD also comes in capsules, which are taken just like a regular supplement.
You can find CBD topical creams and salves that are designed to be applied directly to areas of the body where one needs muscle or joint support. CBD has become extremely popular in the athletic community and is supported by several professional athletes.
Vaping CBD is another method of consumption. Vaping CBD is much like using an electronic cigarette, only it contains CBD and not nicotine. This method has become increasingly popular because it offers the most rapid effects.
Can CBD benefit you personally? It’s safe to say it probably can. No, CBD isn’t a miracle cure-all like many people claim, but it can help. If maintaining balance of body and mind is important to you, we invite you to give CBD a try.