What is CBD? The Complete Guide to CBD
There's no doubt that CBD is one of the latest trends that has the health and wellness industry buzzing. CBD products that range from CBD oil to vapes seem to have popped up everywhere. CBD can now be found in beauty products, wellness supplements, and even in your local coffee shop. So, you may be wondering, exactly what is CBD?
Because it's so new, it's no surprise that many people have questions about the health benefits and side effects of CBD products as well as on how to use them. Read on to find out everything you need to know about CBD.
So, what is CBD?
Essentially, CBD is short for cannabidiol, a chemical compound from the cannabis sativa plant. Cannabidiol (CBD) is part of the cannabinoid compound family. Cannabinoids are substances that interact with the endocannabinoid system, a biological system that helps to regulate many of the key processes in the human body.
The CBD extract from the cannabis plant is used in a range of products, such as creams, oils and capsules, to help achieve a sense of relaxation and calm.
Although this naturally occurring substance is derived from the cannabis sativa plant, it is not psychoactive. Cannabidiol (CBD) is often confused with THC (Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) THC is the active compound in the cannabis plant that can cause feelings of intoxication.
Okay, so CBD won't get me high?
CBD will not get you high. CBD is the non-psychoactive cousin of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This means that taking CBD will not result in feelings of intoxication, sedation or euphoria, side effects that are often associated with smoking marijuana.
Unlike THC, CBD won't get you high, however it's important to bear in mind that people react differently to various chemical compounds. Like with any new supplement, it's always good to give your body time to adjust so that you can figure out how CBD works for you.
It is also important to buy CBD products that have been third-party tested to ensure they are of the highest quality. The Food and Drug Administration does not regulate supplements, so if a CBD product has not undergone third-party lab testing it's possible that it may contain higher levels of THC than advertised. This may result in it being more potent. To make sure you only use the highest quality CBD, it is advisable to stick to third-party tested CBD products.
I've heard of hemp oil and CBD oil - what's the difference?
You may have heard the words hemp, cannabis and marijuana related to discussions of CBD. This is because the two main species of the cannabis sativa plant are hemp and marijuana. In legal terms, the key difference between the two species is their THC content. Both species contain CBD and THC, but hemp contains only 0.3% THC or less and has higher levels of CBD. This is why, in the United States, hemp is legal nationwide whereas marijuana is not.
And how about hemp seed oil?
Consumers may be confused because 'hemp oil' has been used to refer to both CBD oil and hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil is basically just oil extracted from hemp seeds. It does not contain cannabinoids, CBD or THC, and is used in the health and wellness industry for its health benefits. Hemp seed oil is high in essential fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6, and can be found in beauty and skin products due to its moisturizing and nourishing properties.
What is it used for and what are the benefits of CBD?
CBD is used for a variety of different reasons and medical conditions, including the treatment of joint discomfort and sleeplessness. People also use CBD products for other health benefits, and have found that CBD may help them with easing stress, inflammation and anxiety.
Health experts such as Dr. Junella Chin, DO, an osteopathic physician and a medical cannabis expert for cannabisMD, says that CBD may have the most health benefits when used in combination with "a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise and good nutrition", just like with any health supplement.
Oils, edibles, tinctures - what are the best ways to take CBD?
This depends entirely on your own individual needs and preferences. Asking yourself what you want from a CBD product will help narrow down the options for you. The speed of delivery and duration of the effects of CBD are some factors to consider. CBD products such as tinctures or edibles may last longer, from four to five hours, but also the effects also take longer to work.
Another aspect to think about is what you need from the CBD product itself. If you're experiencing discomfort in your joints or muscles, you might consider a topical treatment like a CBD cream. On the other hand, CBD oil, tinctures, and capsules are types of CBD products that are ingested. If sleeplessness is a problem that you find yourself facing, then perhaps using a CBD oil or tincture could be an option for you.
Will it show up on a drug test?
CBD should not show up on a drug test, especially if the product has been third-party tested and has no added THC. However, some drug tests are more sensitive, particularly those targeted for athletes. If you feel concerned about a drug test, you can disclose your use of CBD prior to the test.
Is there something I should know before I buy CBD products?
So you've decided that you'd like to try using CBD. Now the question is, what's the next step? Before you begin the search for best CBD oil or cream for you, there are some important factors to consider when purchasing CBD, including:
Has the product been Third-Party Tested?
Third-Party Lab Testing is perhaps the most important factor to consider before you buy any CBD product, whether it's CBD oil or a CBD cream. It helps to make sure that the dosage is correct and that the THC percentage is below 0.3. It is also a good way of ensuring that the type of CBD you use will be of high quality.
Is the CBD dosage stated?
What do we mean by dosage? This refers to the amount of CBD in milligrams. It’s important to remember that everyone metabolizes CBD differently. Most people get the desired result from the recommended dosage, however, others require less. If you have never taken a CBD or know you are sensitive to it, you may want to start with half the recommended serving at first. It may take a couple times to determine what the right amount is for your body.
Are there any additional ingredients added to the product?
Some CBD products may include additional ingredients, depending on the stated use of the product. For example, a CBD product that is targeted towards joint relief may include other anti-inflammatory ingredients such as turmeric. CBD oil may sometimes include essential oil for taste. Some CBD capsules or oils may contain added melatonin if they are targeted for the treatment of sleeplessness.
Where can I buy CBD?
CBD products can be purchased online and are also available at some health and wellness stores. Take a look at our range of CBD products here.
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