CBD also known sold as hemp oil is quickly becoming one of the most highly sought after and used supplements in the world. Why? Because it’s benefits are finally being discovered and shared. It also just so happens to help alleviate 3 of the most common 21st-century health conditions.
- Stress and Anxiety
- Trouble sleeping
- Physical pain
In this short article, I share some of the most frequently asked questions about CBD. Enjoy!
1) What is CBD (Hemp oil)?
CBD also known as cannabadiol, is a non-psychoactive (it won’t make you feel high) compound found in cannabis. It is one of over 60 different compounds present in cannabis. CBD is usually present in cannabis in high concentrations along with THC (the compound in cannabis that is psychoactive and makes you feel high).
It’s non-psychoactive because of its lack of affinity and attraction for CB1 receptors (the receptors that cause one to experience a cerebral high). There are two types of cannabinoid receptors in the human body; CB1 and CB2. Both are naturally found throughout the body but are most common in the brain and immune system.
CB1 receptors are responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects. These receptors affect memory, mood, sleep, appetite and pain sensation. CB2 receptors have anti-inflammatory effects and are found in immune cells. Cbd does have a great affinity and or attraction for CB2 receptors making it a great natural anti-inflammatory and immune system enhancer.
2) Is CBD legal?
Unlike marijuana, CBD is 100% legal in the USA. On February 7, 2014 President Obama signed the farm bill of 2013 into law which defined industrial hemp as distinctly different from marijuana. It further states that as long as the cannabis sativa plant has less than .3% THC it qualifies as industrial hemp and is legal to be grown in the United States.
3) Will CBD make me feel high?
CBD offers many of the same benefits of marijuana without the “high” because it contains minimal. if any amounts of THC tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It is completely safe and non-addictive.
4) What are CBD known benefits?
CBD has been proven to be highly beneficial in the treatment of seizures, neurological conditions such as MS and cerebral palsy and anxiety disorders.
Studies have found that CBD can…
1. Relieve nausea and vomiting making it a great digestive aid
2. Help control and reduce seizures
3. Help Fight tumors and cancer cells (it’s a powerful antioxidant)
4. Help relieve anxiety and depression
5. Calm and protect the nervous system
6. Promote relaxation and deeper sleep
7. Help reduce stress
8. Help relieve insomnia
9. Anti-inflammatory effects which help reduce swelling
10. Help relieves muscle and joint pain
5) What are the most popular uses of CBD?
Right now the general popular is using CBD as a natural alternative to help support anxiety, physical pain and promote relaxation to improve sleep. As mentioned before it’s also been proven to be highly beneficial treatment of seizures, and neurological conditions such as MS.
6) What is the best way to use CBD? What form is best to take?
CBD is extracted as an oil from cannabis or hemp plant and comes in various concentrations and forms. It can be consumed orally in the form of a supplement or gummy, in a capsule form, as a liquid tincture, vaporized, or sprayed into the mouth. It can also be used topically and absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin from an externally applied cream.
7) Does CBD have side effects?
CBD rarely has side effects when using the commonly recommended doses of anywhere between 2.5 mg to 1500 mg
However, studies have found Possible side effects include…
- Increases or decreases in appetite.
Minus diarrhea, these sides effects could potentially be beneficial depending on the reason you’re taking CBD in the first place. Often CBD users are using CBD to help them get higher quality sleep. The majority of studies currently available were performed for treatment of epilepsy and psychotic disorders. Here, the most commonly reported side effects were tiredness, diarrhea, and changes in appetite/weight. In comparison with other drugs, used for the treatment of these medical conditions, CBD has a better side effect profile. More clinical trials with a greater number of participants and longer chronic CBD administration are still lacking.
However, there are a few upcoming CBD clinical trials for the treatment of the following disorders:
- Autistic Disorder
- Chronic Pain
- Infantile Spasms
- Lung Cancer
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- And a few more
8) Is CBD addictive? Is CBD safe?
CBD is nonaddictive and safe when you’re getting your CBD products from a reputable source. Unfortunately, because the benefits of consuming CBD are becoming more and more known many companies are flooding the CBD market with poor quality and ineffective products. You want to look for reputable companies that offer organically grown, full spectrum, Co2 extracted CBD.
9) Will taking CBD fail my drug test?
This is a very common question and the simple answer is no. This is because legal CBD products contain no traceable amounts of THC (the chemical in marijuana that causes people to get high). However, consumers using extremely large doses of CBD rich hemp oil products above 1000-2000 mg daily could potentially have a false positive during initial screening due to other non-THC metabolites which may cross-react with the test. This is extremely rare.
10) How much should I take? How do I dose CBD?
There is no one size fits all or easy answer to this question. It really depends on several factors. First, it depends on the quality of the CBD product that you are using. Second, it depends on the reason you are using CBD. Are you using it to relieve pain? Help you get to sleep or to manage anxiety? Are you using it to manage MS or Parkinsons? Everybody is different so it’s best to experiment with different dosages until you achieve the desired effect.
I recommend the following protocols:
- Start small – start with the smallest dose possible. Everyone reacts differently to various supplements so it’s important to become familiar with how your body responds
- Size Matters – larger individuals may prefer a high dose of CBD than smaller people. With CBD, you can easily scale up just a few mg at a time to meet your needs
- Consult with a medical professional – if you have a serious medical condition, always consult with a qualified healthcare professional before consuming CBD
- Consistency is key – using CBD consistency stimulate a healthy, functioning endocannabinoid system. As cannabinoids enter the system, your body becomes more sensitive over time.
11) When is the best time to take CBD?
Again it really depends on why you are taking it in the first place. Generally speaking most people take CBD and hour before bed to help improve sleep, in the morning to manage pain and anytime help alleviate stress and anxiety.
12) How long will it take for CBD to take effect? How long do the effects last?
Again it depends. In this case, it depends on the method of ingestion.This is a challenging question to answer because it depends on several factors
- Quality of product
- Amount of MG’s
- Method of delivery (capsules, sublingual oil, vape or topical)
- Consuming CBD orally takes over an hour for the CBD to arrive in the bloodstream.
- Using CBD through inhalation via vaporizing it produces more rapid effects because it bypasses the liver.
- Consuming CBD sublingually in the form of an oil is relatively fast acting and is my recommended and preferred method.
- Using CBD topically in the form of a cream can be relatively fast acting when used locally for (inflammation, pain and other skin conditions).
13) Can my dog benefit from taking CBD?
Yes, animals can also benefit from taking CBD. Pets can consume CBD for many of the same ailments that humans do.
CBD had been found to help with the following pet conditions:
- Digestive Issues
- Joint & Mobility Issues
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14) Where can I purchase the best CBD products?
As more and more scientific studies are released on the benefits of CBD more and more products will hit the consumer market. Right now you can purchase and a wide variety of CBD products online and in some health foods stores across the country. As with all supplements, it’s important to consider the quality, extraction, storage and manufacturing methods before purchasing a product. Many supplements on the market today are ineffective and a complete waste of money because they simply aren’t of quality ingredients or have poor extraction methods making them ineffective at best.
I recommend BioCare CBD. It’s all natural, Co2 extracted, tested for purity and derived from organic CBD.
I recommend a company called Biocare CBD for the following reasons…
- Organically grown hemp at a federally registered facility.
- Nontoxic, pesticide free and 3rd party tested for quality.
- Oil is full spectrum CBD – meaning if contains all of the cannabinoids which work in synergy to unlock the full potential of CBD
- Whole plant extracted CBD oil – extracted from the stalk, flowers and leaves no just the stalk
- Manufacturer is both GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) and PETA approved.
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