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CBD wellness ... lets cover the basics

CBD wellness ... lets cover the basics

It is on everyone lips. CBD is the wellness product of the moment. Coffee shops sell CBD coffees, spas offer CBD facials, beauty companies are rushing to release lotions with CBD or hemp oils in their formulas.

What is CBD?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the Cannabid sativa plant.

It's a naturally occurring substance that's used in products like oils and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm. Unlike its cousin, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the major active ingredient in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive.

CBD is NOT a recreative drug. The cannabis plant is made up of two main players: CBD and THC. CBD is the non-psychoactive portion of the plant, so what that means is you won't have any effects like euphoria. You won't feel sedated or altered in any way.

Where does hemp come in to all this?

You've probably heard the terms cannabis, marijuana, and hemp all mixed around in relation to CBD. The plant Cannabis sativa has two primary species, hemp and marijuana. Both contain CBD, but there's a much higher percentage in hemp, which also has very low (less than 0.3%) levels of THC compared to marijuana.

When people talk about hemp oil, they're referring to oil extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. There are no cannabinoids—CBD or THC—in hemp oil. This ingredient is packed with healthy fats and is known for its moisturizing benefits.

 

What are the health benefits of CBD?

CBD has helped with epilepsy, back pain, osteoarthritis, even cancer.

But it's still very difficult to say what the real benefits are due to a serious lack of research.it should be based on evidence, and there's not a lot of evidence to really support these claims.

Can CBD help with anxiety?

CBD might be worth trying to manage anxiety. CBD tells your body to calm down and reminds you that you're safe; It mellows out the nervous system so people with anxiety may find it helps them feel more relaxed.

I've heard of edibles, tinctures, vape pens... What's the best way to take CBD?

It really depends on what your goal is and why you're taking CBD in the first place.

Some people don't want to ingest anything and therefore prefer cream or ointment. You can apply it to muscles, joints, and ligaments and still get a nice, localized release.

The biggest differences between tinctures, edibles, and vape pens are speed of delivery and how long the effects last. Vape relief is faster but wears off faster too—usually in about two hours. Say you wake up in the morning and pulled your back out, you might want to take CBD through a vape pen, which delivers in 10 minutes.

Tinctures and edibles take longer to work but last four or five hours. A tincture looks like a little liquid that you put under your tongue, and you feel relief within half an hour. If you prefer to taste something, you choose an edible, whether it's a capsule, gummy, or baked good.

What should I look for when shopping for CBD products?

Here are a few things you should keep in mind when shopping.

Speaking of which: Has it been third-party tested?

Nearly every expert Health spoke to agreed that your CBD products should be tested by third party to confirm the label's accuracy. This is a real concern in the industry. Look for a quality assurance stamp or certificate of analysis from a third party (aka not the actual brand) or check the retailer's website if you don't see it on the product's label.

What's the dosing?

This is a confusing one for many people. "A lot of brands don't do a good job of clearly instructing their consumer on the dosing,". When thinking about dosing, also consider whether your CBD is full-spectrum or isolate: Full-spectrum could include other cannabinoids like cannabidivarin or cannabigerol (this is important, since there's something called the 'entourage effect' when all together, they're more effective than any one of them alone,).

 

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