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Everything you need to know about CBD

Introduction

CBD is becoming more popular lately because people are discovering that the compounds have many benefits for everything from chronic pain to acne. There are more studies, articles, and television segments emerging that continue to make people more curious about how CBD can work for them. We now see celebrities using CBD for stress, athletes using it for muscle discomfort and pets have been added to the mix too.  

For starters, hemp is the cousin of marijuana and they both are part of the cannabis family of plants. In 2018, the Farm Bill passed where hemp was removed from the Controlled Substances Act, making CBD legal under federal law. Since the law was changed, hemp has become even more popular and can now be available virtually everywhere.  

What is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol which is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in the hemp and cannabis plants. CBD can be found in high concentrations in certain hemp strains which have great medicinal value. There are also many other cannabinoids found in the hemp and cannabis plants. Some of the cannabinoids include: 

  • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is known as the psychoactive compound that gives you the ‘high’ feeling it is popular for.  
  • Cannabigerol (CBG) is the sibling of CBD and THC, derived from the acid compound CBGA. CBG is being studied for its analgesic and cancer-fighting potential.  
  • Cannabinol (CBN) is a cannabinoid that is produced after the hemp or cannabis plant has aged for some time. It is being studied for its sedation properties, assisting with sleep patterns. 

Each cannabinoid carries different benefits which can provide the body with different effects. The major difference between THC and other cannabinoids is its psychoactive effect which many people try to stay away from. Using CBD and other cannabinoids without THC allows people to go about their daily routine without feeling intoxicated.  

Types of CBD

While there are different types of cannabinoids found in hemp and cannabis plants, there are also different variations of CBD that can be extracted. The form of extraction is done on the plants and will determine the outcome of CBD. Let’s look at what types of CBD are available: 

  • Full Spectrum CBD comes from the least refined extraction that contains a variety of cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, CBN, and traces of THC (less than 0.3%). The extraction is done with the entire hemp plant so there is also a terpene profile and other minerals the plant has to offer. 
  • Broad Spectrum CBD comes from the second least refined extraction that contains a variety of cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, and CBN, without THC. The extraction is done with the leaves and stalks of the hemp plant so there is still a slight terpene profile and other minerals the plant has to offer. 
  • Pure CBD Isolate comes from the most refined extraction and the final product is a pure crystalline powder that contains only the cannabinoid CBD. The extraction is done with the hemp stalks and contains no other cannabinoids or THC. 

Using different types of CBD will offer different effects. Studies show that using CBD with other cannabinoids, including THC, can provide increased effectiveness. This is known as the entourage effect. Choosing what CBD is right for you will be determined by why you are taking the CBD. For example, if looking for a product to help with chronic pain, consider using a full spectrum CBD because you can potentially get better results from using a combination of cannabinoids that all share the same pain relief properties than only using CBD on its own. However, if you are suffering from anxiety, consider using a pure CBD isolate because THC may have negative effects due to its psychoactive properties.  

Benefits of CBD

The use of the hemp plant in herbal medicine has been widely known around the world for centuries. The resurgence of hemp as a natural remedy is giving scientists the opportunity to do further research on its benefits. Many people use CBD for relief from depression, anxiety, pain, insomnia, migraines, and much more. CBD works similarly to chemicals naturally occurring in our bodies which makes it a great alternative to some synthetic drugs and without the harmful side effects.  

So far, we know that CBD can be helpful in the treatment or prevention of the following: 

  • Neuropathic pain 
  • Inflammation 
  • Muscle and joint pain 
  • Addiction 
  • Dementia-related conditions 
  • Cancer 
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Insomnia 
  • Boosting immunity 

The World Health Organization has concluded that naturally occurring CBD is safe and well-tolerated in humans and animals and is not associated with abuse potential. A large demographic of seniors is becoming more interested in using CBD because of the long list of benefits. Animals can also benefit from CBD’s therapeutic properties which is why we have formulated a line of CBD pet products as well.  

Ways to use CBD

There are many CBD products available on the market. From CBD capsules to CBD edibles, there is something for everyone to try. Here are some of the most common ways to use CBD: 

Oils

CBD oil is a great way to ingest a dose of CBD. It is the second fastest method of absorption because it is taken directly under your tongue so it can immediately enter the bloodstream. CBD oil will take effect within 15 minutes of ingestion. CBD oils are made with carrier oils such as MCT and hemp seed oil. Our line of CBD oils is formulated with both MCT and hemp seed oil. 

Capsules

CBD capsules are easy-to-use because of the set dosing in each capsule. CBD does take a little longer to absorb in the body because the capsules need to go through the digestive system before entering the bloodstream. Our CBD capsules are formulated with vegan capsules which are slow releasing for a longer duration of effectiveness.  

Vaping

Vaping CBD is the quickest method of absorption into the body. When inhaled, the CBD goes directly into the bloodstream. CBD vapes can come in many forms such as 5/10 cartridges filled with extracts and vape e-liquid juice. We offer a variety of CBD vape e-liquid juice that does not have any harmful preservatives for a clean vaping experience.  

Topicals Balms & Creams

CBD topicals such as creams and balms are a great way to help with pain relief and nourish the skin. Some CBD creams can be formulated to help with skin issues like acne while CBD balms are more targeted toward muscle pain relief. A topical can take the longest to absorb but is great for those who are just learning about CBD and want to experience its benefits on the skin before ingesting.   

Pets

Just like humans, pets can benefit from the healing powers of CBD. Using products like CBD treats or CBD oils for pets is a great way to give your dog or cat a daily dose of CBD. There are no harmful effects to giving your cat or dog CBD for anxiety, pain, or just overall well-being. Try using one of our CBD oils for pets to introduce CBD into your pet’s daily routine.

What to look for when purchasing CBD

It may be difficult to find what CBD may be right for you. Here are some common questions to ask yourself before purchasing your CBD products: 

Is the product third-party lab tested? 

A third-party lab test can show the composition of the CBD in a product. The lab test can show purity and whether there are any contaminants like pesticides detected. 

Can the lab testing be found on the company’s website? 

Finding the lab results on a company’s website will show its transparency to the customer. 

Is the lab testing recent? 

The most recent the better because that means that the company tests its products often. 

How much THC does the product have in it? 

Anything over 0.3% THC will have psychoactive effects which will make you feel high. Anything over that limit is also considered a cannabis product and not derived from hemp. 

Are the ingredients all natural? 

Can you pronounce all the ingredients in the product? Are there any harmful ingredients that you can recognize?  

What type of CBD is being used? 

Be sure to understand whether the product is a full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or pure CBD isolate. Scroll up to read what each CBD contains and which one is right for you.  

We hope this blog was helpful in learning the basics about CBD and the types of products available. If you want to learn about what product may be right for you, take the CBD quiz to find out.  

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