TABLE OF CONTENTS:
- What is organic CBD?
- Full spectrum CBD vs broad spectrum CBD vs. CBD isolate
- What are the CBD benefits?
- How to take organic CBD oil
- How to add CBD to your routine
- CBD facts
Let’s get straight to it: If you’re here, you’ve heard something about CBD. Maybe you’ve read that it’s a cure-all of sorts, or the perfect anti-migraine cure, or maybe that it’s something to help wind down after a long day at work.
Whatever it is, you’ve heard enough to know that you want more information. So let’s get started with the question that’s on everyone’s mind: What is CBD?
What is organic CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is a compound made from the cannabis plant; specifically the flower. It’s naturally-occurring and is commonly used in products that range from edibles and oils to creams and balms. Many people take CBD because it promotes feelings of relaxation and calm. But unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which can also be found in the cannabis plant, CBD is not psychoactive.
So wait, if CBD comes from the same plant as marijuana, will CBD make me high?
CBD won’t get you high because of the way it is extracted. The plant cannabis sativa has two species: hemp and marijuana. While you may have heard terms like cannabis, marijuana, and hemp used interchangeably, they are actually different species. While both contain CBD, hemp has a much higher percentage of CBD than marijuana, plus significantly lower levels of THC.
All to say, CBD is made from the non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant, where THC levels are much lower. To create CBD, the cannabis plant goes through a process where the oil is extracted and defined as either isolate, full spectrum, or broad spectrum CBD. All of these different extracts are produced so the consumer won’t feel sedated, groggy, or changed in any way. There are only two exceptions to people feeling altered: personal reactions, and if the CBD contains trace amounts of THC and fillers.
#1: Personal reactions
According to some reports, CBD can have an altering effect on people based on personal genetics and body composition. However, this is very rare and can be equated to the impact of Tylenol or Advil. If you often feel altered when using over the counter medications, your body may react differently to CBD. As all people are different, there is a small chance that you may have a different reaction. If you are new to CBD and have a history of medicinal allergies, consult your doctor before use. Since CBD needs to be used regularly to be effective, it’s important that you find a product that is right for you.
#2: Trace amounts of THC and fillers
The second exception is that CBD contains trace amounts of THC. Since CBD is not yet regulated by the FDA, it is possible to buy a product with up to .03 of THC (the legal amount allowed in most states). While it is relatively rare to have a THC reaction, it is common for people can have adverse reactions to the fillers that can be included. When in doubt, read up on the lab results or clinical studies conducted with products, and ensure that you buy CBD that is certified pure.
Here’s why all of this is important: Each extract of CBD is designed for different needs. You’ll need to know which is best for your needs before you choose a product.
Full spectrum vs. broad spectrum CBD: Which one is right for me?
CBD is classified during the extraction process, and the different forms have different effects, potency, and best practices. Here’s what you need to know about CBD isolate, full spectrum CBD, and broad spectrum CBD:
What is CBD isolate?
We’ll start with the purest form: CBD isolate. CBD isolate happens when all of the cannabis compounds are removed. It’s odorless, tasteless, and considered safe for consumption or topical treatment.
But just because it’s pure, doesn’t mean it’s the best. With CBD isolate, all other cannabis compounds, such as terpenes and flavonoids, are removed. In other words, this type of CBD is often lacking the enhanced benefits of full spectrum CBD or broad spectrum CBD.
It’s best for people who:
- want high doses of CBD
- have a sensitivity to cannabinoids
- live in states with strict THC laws
What is full spectrum CBD?
Full spectrum CBD is the complete opposite of CBD isolate — it is not refined and includes all of the compounds that are naturally found in the cannabis plant. In this formula, all of the cannabis compounds are intact and work simultaneously to enhance the therapeutic effects of CBD.
However, because it is less processed, this type of CBD is more likely to contain trace amounts of THC. In addition to showing up on drug tests, this type of CBD could also potentially cause drowsiness and psychoactive effects.
It’s best for people who:
- were prescribed or recommended a certain amount of THC
- have more severe conditions that would not be alleviated with CBD alone
- live in areas where cannabis is legal
What is broad spectrum CBD?
Between CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD is broad spectrum CBD. Like full spectrum CBD, most of the compounds from the cannabis plant remain. However, all traces of THC are removed to ensure there is no risk of psychoactive side effects. For many, this option is the best way to experience all the benefits of the cannabis plant without the risk of THC.
It’s best for people who:
- have a sensitivity to THC (or prefer not to use it)
- don’t want to experience psychoactive effects
- are first-time CBD users
Which one is right for you? Here’s a cheat sheet with the pros and cons of each.
Many different factors contribute to how cannabinoids will affect your body. In general, broad spectrum CBD is the best choice for most people because it delivers the benefits of the cannabis plant without the risk of ingesting THC. Research is still in its early stages, so take precautions when trying a new product, a new dosage, or a new type of CBD.
Now that you know what CBD is, it’s time to talk about what it’s good for. While there are many uses reported, here are five CBD benefits that are backed by medical research.
CBD oil for anxiety and depression has shown positive results in the latest studies. In a recent Brazilian study, researchers found that a 300-mg dose of CBD was the most effective at reducing anxiety during test-taking.
In addition to anxiety relief, CBD has been shown to help several mental health issues, including addiction and substance abuse. It’s also been shown to have antipsychotic effects. One study concluded that patients suffering from schizophrenia and other mental disorders saw a reduction in their psychotic symptoms. And according to an addictive behaviors study, people with a cigarette addiction smoked 40 percent less when they were using CBD.
It’s easy to understand why people would turn to CBD for sleep — as many as 80 percent of Americans report having trouble sleeping at least once a week. On top of that, many medications are considered risky or ineffective. The reports are still growing, but some studies are suggesting CBD for sleep is a viable option for those suffering from insomnia or poor quality rest.
While Remedy Review’s 2018 study primarily focused on seniors over the age of 54, the results showed that 45.6 percent of the test group said CBD use improved their sleep quality. In addition, a January 2019 study also suggested CBD for sleep, since CBD appears to ease anxiety and pain, two primary causes of poor sleep quality.
Several different studies have found that a combination of CBD and THC is effective in treating pain. But two preliminary studies also found that CBD injections and oral CBD treatment were effective in reducing pain response, sciatic nerve pain, and inflammation in rats. Another study showed that topical CBD creams were effective in reducing inflammation and pain-related behaviors as a result of arthritis.
While the latter studies don’t sound particularly glamorous, further research is being conducted since the CDC found that one in five Americans (about 50 million people) suffer from chronic pain. And of that number, eight percent, or 19.6 million, suffer from debilitating pain that interferes with their daily lives.
While reports on CBD for creativity are a little less scientific, they are no less definitive. Studies show that the blood flow to the frontal lobe of the brain increases when you use CBD, and increased blood flow to the front lobe has been noted in highly creative people. Responsible for planning, problem-solving, and creative activities, the front lobe of the brain is a hot spot for fast responses, divergent thinking, and making connections between diverse concepts. For more information on how CBD enhances creativity check out this post.
Learn how to take organic CBD oil: types, concentrations, and dosage
When it comes to the best way to take CBD oil, it all depends on a few factors. First, there are multiple different ways to take it. Here are a few:
1. Tinctures: This is one of the most common (and most effective) ways of taking CBD. Tinctures require no additional accessories, can be easily controlled by the user, and become effective after 30 minutes. To use: Take a few drops under the tongue, wait 30 seconds, and swallow. This can be repeated up to two times a day. For first-time users, we also suggest taking no more than eight milligrams of hemp CBD per day.
2. Ingestion: In addition to adding drops of CBD oil tinctures to your food or drink, you can also try products that have been infused with CBD, such as gummies. Take the recommended amount and no more than one to two times per day.
3. Topical: For site-specific relief, topical treatments such as balms, pain sticks, and ointments can be used on the skin. Topicals are often used for muscle soreness, migraines, acne, and more, and can be applied as needed.
With topical treatments like a balm, or edible treatments like gummies, it’s easy to know how much CBD to use. But with tinctures, it can be challenging to know the best amount to take because they come in different concentrations. Here are a few things to ask yourself before buying a CBD oil tincture:
- What is your level of experience with CBD?
- What has worked for you in the past?
- What is your current level of anxiety, pain, or discomfort?
- What’s your body mass?
By answering these questions, you can eliminate some of the guesswork. Here’s what we recommend based on concentration and your personal needs.
Pro tip: No two bodies are the same, so picking the right CBD for you is very important. If you are new to a product or CBD in general, try an initial dose and routine for 30 days before increasing dosage.
Still have questions about what kind of CBD to try? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to add CBD to your routine
One of the most important things to know about CBD is that it is not an immediate fix. To truly experience the benefits of CBD, it’s important to take it regularly and consistently. That’s why it’s recommended to incorporate CBD into your daily routine. From taking a drop first thing in the morning to rounding out your day in the evening, here are four ways to get started.
CBD For Morning Routine
- Add a drop or two of CBD oil to your morning coffee, water, or tea.
- Pop a gummy before morning meditation.
- Prepare a superfood CBD smoothie.
- Here are other ways to enjoy a happier, healthier morning routine.
CBD For Nighttime Routine
- Use a CBD pain stick to alleviate tension before bed.
- Rub a topical CBD treatment on the temples to encourage restful sleep.
- Take one dose of CBD to wind down after a hectic day.
CBD For Food & Diet
- Include CBD oil in your favorite cocktails or mixed drinks
- Add gummies to your daily vitamin and supplement routine.
- Try a CBD-infused recipe from The CBD Kitchen cookbook.
- Take a few drops before yoga, spin class, or before you hit the gym.
- Use CBD cream post-workout to soothe inflammation and soreness.
- Add CBD oil to your protein shake or water bottle.
We’ve covered a lot — from CBD dosage to how CBD is made — but there are still a few things we want to tell you. Namely about CBD for dogs, but other fun, informative stuff, too. Read on to find out more.
1. CBD oil and hemp oil are not the same.
CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant, whereas hemp oil comes from the seeds of the hemp plant and should not contain any CBD. Hemp also has many more practical uses, including being used to make clothing, paper, and more.
2. CBD can also be used for your dog.
Admit it — you’ve googled “CBD for dogs” at least once. Here’s the good news: Dogs, just like people, have an endocannabinoid system that reacts to CBD. While CBD can help treat many conditions, such as anxiety and joint pain, we still recommend you ask your vet before including in your dog’s diet. (P.S. We’ve heard cats like CBD, too.)
2. CBD is just one of more than 85 different ingredients found in the cannabis plant.
CBD isn’t the only ingredient in cannabis. In fact, there are more than 85 different ingredients that have varying effects on the mind and body, and cannabidiol is only one of them.
3. It is virtually impossible to overdose on CBD.
Because CBD is non-toxic, it’s practically impossible to overdose on it. That being said, more isn’t always more. We still recommend taking it slow in terms of dosage, frequency, and concentration if you’re new to CBD or trying out a new product.
4. The first use of medical hemp on record is around 2700 B.C.
If you think that hemp is a new craze, you’d be wrong. Records show that hemp, in addition to the seeds and oils of the hemp plant, has been used for more than 10,000 years. Hemp products include clothing, paper, food, and medicines. Even Queen Victoria was a fan, using CBD cannabis to alleviate menstrual symptoms.
5. The UK classifies CBD oil as a medicine.
Speaking of Britain, the UK officially recognizes CBD oil as a medicine, and also formally recognizes the many health benefits that result from CBD use. The British government is expected to put CBD through the same testing and trial studies they currently apply to other medicines.
6. CBD oil for cancer has some solid research behind it.
Through several different studies conducted by the National Cancer Institute, CBD oil has been suggested as a way to reduce the spread of some kinds of cancer cells, including lung, breast, and colorectal cancers. Scientists currently think that CBD is naturally inhibiting cancer cells from migrating to healthy tissues.
What’s the difference between marijuana and hemp?
Marijuana and hemp are two different varieties of the cannabis plant, and CBD can be found in both. However, CBD is found in the seeds and stem of marijuana, not the flowering buds that are smoked. In the hemp plant, CBD can be found throughout, in the stem, buds, and more. The main difference is that marijuana contains noticeable levels of THC, where the hemp plant has virtually zero traces of THC (less than 0.3 percent).
What’s the difference between CBD and THC?
Where CBD binds to CB-2 receptors in the cell and body tissues outside the central nervous system, THC affects the brain by binding to the CB-1 receptors in the central nervous system. This results in the different reactions of the body to THC and CBD.
How does CBD work?
CBD works by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system, which includes almost every cell and tissue type in the body. CBD works by “sending messages” to the body to help regulate sleep, anxiety, appetite, and more. CBD is also considered harm-free, non-addictive, and a rich therapeutic supplement for the body.
Is CBD legal?
To be honest, it depends. After the Farm Bill was signed into law, hemp-derived CBD is federally legal, but many states and cities have “legally gray areas” when it comes to the legality of CBD. Read more about the Farm Bill and its effect on CBD distribution here.
Is CBD natural?
CBD is a 100% all-natural chemical compound that comes from the cannabis plant. But that doesn’t mean that all CBD is organic. For those who prefer to consume only products that are grown and produced without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and artificial additives, there are organic CBD products available.
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