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The CBD Guide

Posted by Allison Garriga on

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive (meaning non-intoxicating) compound derived from hemp and cannabis. The cannabis plant has over a 100 compounds known as cannabinoids. CBD is one of the most well-known cannabinoids due its wide range of benefits and ability to help other cannabinoids interact effectively within the body. Research indicates that CBD may provide powerful relief from pain and inflammation, decrease stress, and aid in sleep. Unlike THC, another wel-known cannabinoid, CBD does not have psychotropic effects and therefore does not affect your perception.  

How Does CBD Work? 

The human body naturally produces cannabinoids which are referred to as endocannabinoids. These compounds work in the endocannabinoid system to maintain homeostasis (balance) by binding with CB1 and CB2 receptors. Cannabinoids like CBD can imitate endocannabinoids and bind with the receptors, helping to send signals to the body to improve health and overall balance in the system. CBD also has the capability of stimulating serotonin, opioid, and dopamine receptors. 

How Much CBD Should I Take?

We suggest starting with the recommended serving size and gradually increasing or decreasing as needed to feel your desired effects. Typically, we recommend 1-2mg of CBD per 10lbs of body weight. This means an individual who weighs 140lbs would likely take around 14mg of CBD. However, this formula might not work for everyone as some people may be more sensitive to CBD. We advise to start low and slowly increase about 1/4 your dose every 5 days until you find the right dosage for your specific needs.

How Can I Take CBD?

Oil/Tinctures  

CBD oil comes in dropper or gel cap form. This form helps to relieve anxiety, pain, sleeplessness, and stress. Apply the correct amount under your tongue with a dropper. Hold the oil in place for a minimum of 60 seconds to allow for absorption through the blood vessels under your tongue. After holding for the allotted time, swallow the CBD oil. If you are looking for quick  relief, we recommend CBD oil. 

Smoke/Vape 

CBD vapes come in the form of cartridges filled with CBD oil for e-cigarette use. The CBD is consumed through inhalation and absorbed through the lungs and into the bloodstream. Inhalation provides instant relief from stress and anxiety. 

Edibles 

Food or beverages containing CBD are known as edibles. This form introduces CBD through the gut and then into the bloodstream. Edibles typically last longer than other CBD products, making them ideal for managing stress and inflammation. 

Topicals 

CBD can also be applied topically through lotions, balms, oils, and gels. When applied, the product helps to relieve pain, inflammation, and soreness to the affected area. 

Beverages

Water soluble CBD can be dissolved into beverages such as coffee, tea, smoothies, beer, wine, and many other drinks. Through a process called nanoemulsion, water soluble CBD creates fast acting effects by dissolving rapidly into the bloodstream.

What are the Effects of CBD? 

Taking CBD can have many benefits such as anxiety and pain relief and improved sleep. CBD comes in many different forms to address your specific needs. Some CBD products, such as oils, provide instant relief to temporarily relieve stress while others, like edibles, take longer to set in but have an increased length of effects. 

Is CBD Legal? 

As of the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD derived from hemp is legal. Hemp-derived CBD must contain less that 0.3% THC, follow state and federal regulations, and be grown by a grower with the proper licenses. All our CBD products adhere to these guidelines and are completely legal. 

Does CBD Show up on a Drug Test?

Ingesting 2,000 mg of CBD oil daily would result in a maximum consumption of 6 mg of Delta-9 THC which would cause a positive marijuana urine test approximately 23 percent of the time. Although unlikely, it is possible for those who take CBD to fail drug tests if they are taking VERY unusually high doses.  

How Can I Find the Right CBD Product?

Finding the right CBD product will depend largely on your needs, wants and preferences. CBD can be taken through various methods including tinctures, edibles, smoking/vaping, and topicals.

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