A Complete Guide To CBD
What are Cannabinoids?
The cannabis plant contains a classification of naturally occurring compounds called cannabinoids. There are over one hundred total cannabinoids within various strains of the cannabis plant, each of which affects the body in different fashions. The two most popular and well-known cannabinoids are CBD and THC.
What is CBD?
CBD is the acronym for a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant, called cannabidiol. CBD is a naturally occurring substance that has been found to offer a plethora of uses and benefits that have now recently begun gaining widespread popularity and acceptance.
What is CBG?
CBG is the acronym for the naturally occurring cannabinoid found within the cannabis plant, called Cannabigerol. Similar to CBD, CBG is non-psychoactive and entirely non-intoxicating. Cannabigerol is actually the chemical precursor to primary cannabinoids, including THCA, CBDA, and CBCA.
What is CBN?
CBN is the acronym for cannabinol, which is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found within the cannabis plant. As with CBD and CBG, CBN is entirely non-psychoactive and does not affect cognitive brain activity in any form.
What is CBC?
CBC is the acronym for cannabichromene, which is another naturally occurring cannabinoid present within the cannabis plant. In line with CBD, CBG, and CBN, CBC is non-psychoactive and does not alter cognitive brain activity whatsoever.
What is the Difference Between Full-Spectrum, Broad-Spectrum, and Isolate CBD?
There are three primary forms of CBD within the cannabinoid spectrum range: Isolate, Full-Spectrum, and Broad-Spectrum. The specific refined extracts of the cannabis plant that a company decides to harness will determine whether the CBD extract is full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate.
What is CBD Isolate?
CBD Isolate is the purest form of the cannabidiol (CBD) compound. In other words, of all the compounds founds within the cannabis plant (terpenes, flavonoids, plant parts, other cannabinoids), the single one that is extracted is pure CBD. CBD Isolate is typically extracted from the Hemp plant and contains absolutely no THC whatsoever.
What is Full-Spectrum CBD?
Full Spectrum CBD is an extract from cannabis that contains all naturally-occurring compounds found within the plant. This includes an array of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and essential oils. These various compounds work together to heighten the various therapeutic benefits of each cannabinoid. This collective operation is commonly referred to as the “entourage effect.” Full-spectrum CBD contains extremely low, trace amounts of THC. To be considered federally legal, the THC composition cannot exceed 0.3%, which is far too low to produce and meaningful psychoactive effect.
What is Broad-Spectrum CBD?
Broad-Spectrum CBD is very similar to Full-Spectrum CBD, in that it also contains all of the naturally-occurring compounds found within the cannabis plant. The real difference between full and broad-spectrum CBD is that broad-spectrum contains absolutely no THC whatsoever.
What are the Benefits of CBD?
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CBD for Pain Relief:
As far back as 2900 B.C., humans have used the cannabis plant to help reduce pain. The human body has a remarkable system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which has been shown to help regulate various functions including appetite, sleep, immune system, and pain. Endocannabinoids are neurotransmitters produced by the body, which bind to cannabinoid receptors within the nervous system. Recent studies have shown that CBD may help reduce pain by affecting endocannabinoid receptor activity.
CBD for Multiple Sclerosis:
Multiple Sclerosis is a progressive and chronic disease that entails injury to the sheaths of certain nerve cells located in the spinal cord and brain. Some of the more common symptoms of multiple sclerosis include blurred vision, extreme fatigue, numbness, impairment of speech, and loss of muscular coordination. Although the research is still new, some studies have demonstrated that CBD can help enhance mobility, improve spasticity, and reduce spasms in individuals suffering from multiple sclerosis.
CBD for Insomnia:
Insomnia is an increasingly common ailment suffered by millions of individuals around the world. This miserable condition is primarily characterized by trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Recent studies involving CBD as a treatment for insomnia have yielded some very promising results.
CBD for Heart Health:
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death across the globe, with countless individuals suffering from an array of heart problems. A healthy heart involves a multitude of factors, one of the most important of which involves regulated blood pressure. Several studies have exhibited that CBD is effective in reducing blood pressure, thereby helping to keep the heart healthy.
CBD for Anxiety and Depression:
Another primary benefit associated with CBD is the potential to reduce anxiety and depression. Several studies have demonstrated remarkable promise of CBD to help with social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Other studies have revealed great potential for CBD to be used as an effective antidepressant as well.
CBD for Acne:
Acne is an extremely common ailment experienced by over 9% of the population. There are numerous causes of acne, with a plethora of treatments available. Some studies suggest that CBD oil may assist in treating acne due to its anti-inflammatory qualities, as well as CBD’s capacity to lessen the production of sebum, which is an oily discharge manufactured by the sebaceous glands.
CBD for Epilepsy:
Epilepsy is characterized as a neurological disorder that involves impulsive occurrences of sensory disturbance, which is accompanied by loss of consciousness, and/or convulsions. The cause of these symptoms is primarily due to abnormal electric activity within the brain. Certain promising studies have demonstrated the capacity of CBD to reduce the number and severity of seizures among those suffering from epilepsy.
CBD for Diabetes:
Diabetes is a chronic disease that results from the pancreas’ inability to properly produce insulin, or when the body is unable to adequately make use of the insulin that it does manage to produce. Certain exciting studies have established the potential of CBD to aid those suffering from diabetes by improving the production of insulin, helping to raise the levels of adiponectin, and protecting against retinopathy, which leads to the loss of vision for many suffering from diabetes.
CBD for Schizophrenia:
Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder whereby those suffering from the ailment interpret reality abnormally. Some symptoms include delusions, hallucinations, and various behavioral impairments. Some very encouraging studies have exhibited the potential of CBD to help alleviate some of the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia.
CBD for Parkinson’s Disease:
Parkinson’s Disease is a neurological disorder that that generally influences an individual’s nervous stem. The result of this is that brain cells that produce dopamine, which is the neurotransmitter responsible for movement by transmitting messages from the brain to the body, becomes damaged an ultimately dies. Although CBD has not been found to reverse or otherwise heal Parkinson’s Disease, it has been shown to greatly improve the quality of life of those suffering from the ailment by lessening the number and severity of the symptoms.
CBD for Inflammatory Bowel Disease:
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is an ailment that involves the two distinct conditions: Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. These illnesses are characterized by the prolonged inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. This chronic inflammation often results in damage to the GI tract, among other problems. Several studies have demonstrated the potential for CBD to help treat and/or manage IBD, with very promising results.
CBD for Migraines:
A Migraine is classified as a neurological condition that commonly manifests itself in the form of severe, debilitating headaches. Along with the intense pain, other symptoms of migraines may include nausea and vomiting. Although still in the early stages, preliminary studies have demonstrated the potential of CBD to help reduce the symptoms of migraines. Moreover, several surveys of those who suffer from migraine headaches have been conducted. They revealed that those who participated in the survey reported at least some decrease in pain or discomfort from migraines through the use of CBD.
CBD for Nausea:
Nausea is essentially a word used to describe the feeling that one might vomit. This common ailment can be caused from a myriad of conditions, including side effects of medication, food poisoning, motion sickness, alcohol consumption, etc. Several studies have exhibited the immense potential of CBD to be used as a way to treat and/or manage nausea with very encouraging results.
CBD for Antibiotic-Resistant Infections:
Antibiotics have proven to be among the most important and impactful discoveries in modern history. Used to eliminate a wide array of bacteria and infections, antibiotics have been critical in the ability of humans to overcome a myriad of ailments. However, as the use of antibiotics has increased, so have too the number of bacteria that have become increasingly resistant to them. These are often referred to as “superbugs.” Several new studies have shown that CBD has extreme anti-bacterial properties and have even shown to eliminate superbugs that are resistant to conventional antibiotics.
What is the Best Way to Take CBD?
One of the many wonderful characteristics of CBD is the array of different ways in which you can take it to reap the benefits. Some forms are more traditional, such as oral tinctures, while others are relatively new, such as CBD vape juices. The particular fashion that is most suitable for you is very much dependent on your personal preferences as well as the specific ailment you are hoping to help address. Some conditions, such has muscle pain, may be best approached in two ways simultaneously, using topical and oral CBD together.
Topical CBD comes in a variety of styles, including lotions, balms, salves, serums, rubs, masks, and bath bombs. Topical CBD is always administered directly to the skin and should never consumed or ingested whatsoever. Common uses for topical CBD include muscle pain, joint pain, acne, and dry skin. Other CBD products, such as bath bombs, are often utilized for their calming, soothing, and relaxing properties.
One of the most popular and enjoyable ways in which to reap the benefits of CBD is through the use of edibles. Edibles are currently available in a plethora of fashions, the most prevalent of which are CBD gummies, candies, powders, and sublingual strips. Edible CBD can be used for a vast array of conditions and is often regarded as one of the most pleasant methods to take a necessary dose.
For those seeking a quick, effortless, and convenient way in which to intake a needed dose of CBD, capsules and pills may be the best approach. Most commonly available in the form of soft gels, CBD capsules are potent and precise, enabling you to take exactly the amount of CBD you wish at any given time. As with all pills, CBD capsules are exceptionally easy to administer as well, and can be used for most conditions.
Perhaps the most traditional, and indeed potent, way in which to take CBD is through oral drops or tinctures. Commonly available in glass bottles, CBD tinctures can be taken under the tongue on its own or mixed with a beverage of your choosing. The recent surge in popularity has fostered countless CBD tinctures, which are blended with various flavors, making it much more enjoyable to take.
CBD Vape Juice / Vape Oil:
One of the most recent ways in which to enjoy CBD is via CBD vape juices and vape oils. Available in an immense assortment of flavors, from candy and dessert to cereal and drinks, these inhalable liquids have gained tremendous traction since they were first introduced to the market. Similar to e-juices, CBD vape juices are blended with propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and flavorings. The liquid is then vaporized and inhaled. Due to its originality and novice, the efficacy and effect(s) of CBD vape juices have not yet been studied in the way other, more traditional, methods have
What is the Entourage Effect?
The Entourage Effect results from the synergistic utilization of the various cannabinoid compounds found within the cannabis plant. Including terpenes, flavonoids, fatty acids, and essential oils, the Entourage Effect elevates the therapeutic benefits of CBD. In other words, the Entourage Effect is when all of the advantageous cannabinoids work in conjunction with one another.
Does CBD Make You High?
No. The psychoactive compound within the cannabis plant that makes you “high” is called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Unlike THC, CBD is entirely non-psychoactive, meaning that you will not feel any effect on your cognitive brain activity.
Is CBD Addictive?
Unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabidiol (CBD) has not been demonstrated to be an addictive compound. A study released in 2017 revealed that CBD does not produce a signal for abuse or addiction. In fact, other research has exhibited very promising potential for CBD to be used as a treatment for those addicted to various drugs. However, please note that the research conducted thus far regarding the addictive possibility of CBD has been with respect to oral administration of the compound (e.g. oral tinctures).
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