WHAT IS CBD?
Cannabidiol or “CBD” is the largest chemical compound in the cannabis/hemp plant that is believed to have a very wide therapeutic potential. Unlike it’s cousin tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, it does not have a psychoactive effect. In fact, it’s quite the opposite! Studies show that CBD will actually counteract the psychoactive effects of THC. A quick google search on CBD reveals millions of individuals worldwide experiencing relief from nausea, seizures, migraines, anxiety, chronic itch, muscle pain, joint pain, depression, and much more! But how and why?
CBD products are actual more simple than they seem. They fall into 3 different categories:
1. Crystalline Isolates – ZERO THC
2. Full Spectrum -Some THC (less than 0.3%)
3. UNREFINED Full Spectrum – Some THC (less than 0.3%) PLUS CBN, CBG, CBN, CBDV, terpenes, plant sterols, omegas, etc.
Crystalline isolates look like little salt crystals, full spectrum oil looks golden and see through, unrefined full spectrum is very DARK, thick, and cloudy.
All CBD products fall into one of these 3 categories.
Crystalline isolate products are good because they have zero taste and zero chance of failing a drug test since there is zero THC, only CBD. Downside is that all the plants phytocannabinoids are removed besides CBD.
Full spectrum products are good because they are less refined than crystalline isolate products and have some THC. THC amplifies the effects of CBD and makes the product much more effective. This is called the “entourage effect.”
Downside is that there is a small drug test fail risk and the taste can be pretty earthy if not flavored properly.
UNREFINED full spectrum products are good because contain THC to amplify the effects of the CBD, AND they contain many OTHER cannabinoids and plant nutrients like CBN, CBG, CBN, CBDV, terpenes, plant sterols, omegas 3,6,9, etc. This is called RICK SIMPSON STYLE CBD because it’s so raw and dark and full of nutrients.
Downside is that there is a small risk of drug test failing just like all CBD full spectrum products and the taste can be earthy if not flavored properly by a good company who makes it.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Did you know we actually produce cannabinoids inside of our bodies and have an actual system of them working together? What are cannabinoids you say? In easy terms, think of cannabinoids as little soldiers in your body fighting to keep everything balanced in there.
Everything on earth with a vertebrate has what is called an ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM or ECS that produces these little soldiers. This system is a relatively new discovery in the human and animal body that many are still completely unaware of. Like the nervous system and immune system, the ECS has specific duties. It is in charge of regulating homeostasis or maintaining balance in the body by producing your very own army of cannabinoid soldiers. It regulates things like mood, memory, motor control, pain perception, appetite, and sleep, just to name a few.
Unfortunately, like everything else in the body, the ECS wears out as we age and has trouble maintaining balance. Injury and disease also influence the ECS throwing our bodies even further out of balance. As we age, we run low on cannabinoids and can even become cannabinoid deficient. So how do we replenish our little cannabinoid soldiers? Well the last time you received cannabinoids was from your mother’s milk at infancy! Most of us don’t have mother’s milk available on the drink menu, so where else can we get them?
Yes, from the cannabis/hemp plant where cannabinoid soldiers are grown from the soil!
CBD is the most prevalent of over 100 different phyto-cannabinoids found in the cannabis/hemp plant; (phyto meaning plant) These plant-based cannabinoids naturally stimulate your ECS by giving it reinforcements! Once you use CBD and your army of cannabinoids is fresh, the body re-balances. Do you have chronic anxiety? Your body is out of balance. CBD as a plant soldier stimulates your bodies’ natural defenses to rebalance and help soothe the ailment.
No pills, no dangerous chemicals, just a natural reinforcement that the earth gave us.
HOW MUCH CBD SHOULD I TAKE?
How many more little soldiers do you want to give your body? Well there’s never too much, it’s like drinking herbal tea or eating fruits and vegetables. You can’t overdose on drinking plenty of healthy tea or eating plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables. Problems arise when you are not eating enough of them.
The same principle goes for CBD. Plenty of it is good, too little is not good.
It is important to know how much CBD you are putting into your body especially when it comes to the product you intend on using. Here is a “best practices” chart offered from and starting point to help find what amount of CBD is best for your body. Find your weight on the horizontal chart, then the severity of the condition you have on the vertical chart. Animals are welcome!
This is a good starting point. You may increase or decrease the amount based on how you feel. Just like the vegetables you should be eating 3 times a day with every meal, maybe CBD after every meal, 3 times a day might help you. After all, cannabis/hemp plants are like vegetables! There is no exact way to dose CBD for every person nor are we legally allowed to give exact dosing. Dosing remains experimental and subjective. One dose at night before bed may help an individual with sleep issues whereas an individual with chronic pain may take 5 doses a day whenever the pain arises. It is a natural plant and everyone processes things differently. This is simply a good place to start your experimenting. Listen to your body!
What are the physiological health benefits of CBD?
The list of benefits (from inflammation to cancer) seems almost too good to be true.annabidiol (CBD) is a "smart" molecule, an adaptogen, a regulator, and a modulator. CBD acts in a comprehensive and dynamic fashion, depending on the situation and location in the brain or body. There is a plethora of physiological benefits. CBD will generally act to promote homeostasis (i.e., balance), situationally reducing inflammation, decreasing blood pressure (if it is too high), "killing" cancer cells through various apoptotic and anti-angiogenic mechanisms, just to name a few examples. Colloquially, some researchers have even referred to CBD as the "boy scout molecule," meaning it always does the right thing in any given situation. Research has revealed upward of 50 mechanisms of action; CBD is a "multi-target" therapy that can do many things, as opposed to an analgesic pain medication, which reduces pain and nothing else. CBD can do many things in many different situations.
How Does CBD Work on Our Skin?
The skin is the largest organ of the body. It is the outer layer that covers the entirety of our bodies, including our muscles, bones, and vital organs. Skin is water-resistant, which protects us from losing too much moisture, thus regulating and insulating the body’s core temperature. Skin also acts as an agent to absorb and store vital nutrients such as Vitamin D, Vitamin B, and oxygen. (1)
Cannabidiol, or CBD, may be a significant alternative to medical procedures for individuals seeking to relieve specific skin problems. Although ingestible CBD products are an efficient and effective way to receive the benefits of CBD without feeling the “highs” of typical cannabis products, in the case of skin conditions, it is highly recommended to utilize CBD topicals.
CBD has been found to help relieve common skin conditions such as inflammation, itching and burning, bug bites, infections, and scrapes and wounds. When our skin comes across potential pathogens, it becomes inflamed to protect the body against those irritants. (2) Skin that is inflamed gains the most significant CBD benefits.