CBD is a popular product these days, with millions of search engine requests for CBD every month and increasing numbers of CBD users in America. Savvy consumers want to know more about CBD as its popularity and usage increases.
What Does CBD Stand For?
CBD is the short form for cannabidiol, which is found in cannabis plants. CBD, one of the most common compounds in cannabis, is a phytocannabinoid as it is found in a plant. There are also cannabinoids that are naturally produced in our bodies, known as endocannabinoids.
How Does CBD Interact with the Body?
Everyone’s body has an endocannabinoid system, including cannabinoid receptors. When we ingest phytocannabinoids in any way, they interact with our bodies. CBD is a phytocannabinoid known for encouraging the release of one’s own endocannabinoids, increasing or improving their presence in the body. It works by inhibiting the production of an enzyme in our bodies that eliminates extra endocannabinoids.
Some research shows CBD may also interact with the body to alter other natural chemicals like serotonin, for mood and stress, adenosine, impacting the sleep-wake cycle, and vanilloid, which impacts pain modulation.
Will CBD Make Me Feel High?
CBD is not psychoactive, so generally it will not produce any kind of intoxicating effect. While CBD is derived from cannabis plants, it’s tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, that brings on the psychoactive effects. In the United States, federal law ensures that CBD oil and products can contain no more than 0.3 percent of THC, so there’s no need to worry about getting high on CBD.
How Will CBD Make Me Feel?
If CBD does not make you feel high, what will it make you feel? It’s a good question, and the answer depends on each person’s body, why they are taking CBD, and what dosage or ingestion method they choose.
It is very common to not feel anything particularly dramatic or noticeable when using CBD. Others indicate a sense of calm or relaxation. Still others do not notice anything when using CBD but will notice what happens if they skip their regular dosage, such as the return of pain or anxiety.
Is CBD Safe?
According to the World Health Organization, CBD exhibits no effects to indicate the potential for abuse or dependency. WHO also says CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile, and that reported adverse effects may be the result of interactions between CBD and a user’s other medications. To sum up WHO’s position, they say that to date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems owing to CBD.
If you plan to use CBD, it is important to ensure you are choosing a product that is high quality. There are currently no quality or safety standards for CBD products in the United States, which means it is up to consumers to evaluate a potential product.
Knowing where the hemp was grown, ideally in the United States, can help, and the product should be labelled with that information. The CBD should be extracted safely, with many manufactures touting CO2 extraction as the preferable choice for the cleanest, purest products. Avoid added ingredients as much as possible, aside from safe carrier oils. Some manufacturers have their products tested by a third-party lab and can provide a certificate of analysis, which allows consumers to verify the results.
When choosing a product, consider if it is broad-spectrum, which means the THC is removed from a plant while allowing the other non-psychoactive compounds to stay in and benefit the body.
What are the Potential Benefits of CBD?
Knowing how CBD works, you may already have some guesses as to what its potential benefits are. By interacting with the body’s cannabinoid receptors, CBD offers hope of remedy or treatment of numerous health issues.
Scientific evidence points to CBD’s efficacy in treating pediatric epilepsy that is typically unresponsive to anti-seizure medications. As a result, the Food and Drug Administration recently approved a medicine based on CBD, Epidiolex, to treat these disorders.
While Epidiolex remains the only FDA approved CBD medication, CBD is being studied and researched by many for its potential health benefits. Many CBD users experience positive impacts on their health, including managing pain and inflammation, anxiety and other mood or mental health issues, sleep problems, digestive or bowel disorders, nausea, and neurological issues.
One survey of CBD users indicates an improvement in pain, mood, sleep, physical function, energy, motivation, and the ability to socialize, with particular gains in the areas of pain and mood.
How Should I Consume CBD?
The most common methods include:
Topical creams or ointments
Each technique comes with a different level of bioavailability, meaning how much of the CBD your body uses. Each method also comes with a different speed of delivery and duration of effects, so the right consumption method comes down to what you need out of your CBD dose.
For people in need of immediate treatment of pain or mood issues, for example, the fast delivery speed of inhalation may be worth the shorter duration. For those dealing with chronic problems, ingesting orally or sublingually means the CBD’s effects will last longer, which could be the desired effect despite the slower delivery speed of these methods. Some may prefer topical treatments, which do not enter the bloodstream.
It is always a good idea to start with a low dose, at first. Choosing a smaller dose helps consumers slowly increase to the dosage that works best, rather than starting with too much. That being said, there are few known side effects to CBD.
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