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What is CBD?

CBD is an abbreviation for the cannabinoid CannaBiDiol, which is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that can be used as a daily supplement to contribute to overall health and wellness. Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds and are found within the hemp plant.

 

What is CBD used for?

Our customers use CBD daily as a natural aid for many ailments. Current CBD users subscribe to CBD to alleviate insomnia, anxiety, inflammation, such as in the hands or neck, and certain types of seizures. It is used to encourage restfulness and may serve as a neuroprotectant.

 



How CBD works

To understand how CBD works, it helps to first understand a little bit about the human body’s endocannabinoid system.

The endocannabinoid system is a system that every person has, regardless of whether they use cannabis or take cannabinoids. Essentially, it is a system that helps regulate processes related to a variety of activities, such as sleep, mood, appetite, memory, and reproduction. [2]

This regulation occurs based on interactions between two key endocannabinoids manufactured within the human body (anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglyerol) and cannabinoid receptors, the latter of which are referred to as CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors.

CB1 receptors are located in your central nervous system and the CB2 receptors can be found in your peripheral nervous system (the nervous system which exists outside of your brain and spinal column), which includes the cells in your immune system.When you take CBD, it interacts with these same receptors.


Will it make me feel high?

CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and should not produce a “high” feeling when ingested. While any ingested substance can affect people differently, being non-psychoactive, CBD should not affect your mental state and should promote a clear, calm mind for the user.

 

How is it administered?

CBD can be taken in many forms – softgels, sprays, oils, vaporizers, gummies, and many more. Now, with the advent of higher-quality hemp flower, it’s also becoming popular to ingest CBD in the form of high-CBD flower pre-rolls.

 


Hemp vs. Cannabis

In December 2018, hemp was federally legalized across the United States. Decades of needless and oppressive policy was finally undone, but unlike the slow and gradual state-by-state rollout of marijuana*, characterized by grueling months-long and sometimes years-long license application processes, unregulated hemp CBD was unleashed into everyday grocery and beauty stores in a matter of weeks.

So what’s the difference? What’s the difference between the CBD I get at a Whole Foods and a dispensary? The two plants are very similar and to make things worse, people often incorrectly use the terms interchangeably. While both plants are considered “cannabis”, there are many differences between hemp and marijuana.

 


CBD Flower Derived from hemp

Since hemp and cannabis technically originate from the cannabis sativa plant, the main difference between CBD flower derived from hemp vs. cannabis is the percent of THC in the plant. If a plant contains less than .3% THC, its considered industrial hemp. More recently, farmers have taken a big interest in growing CBD-rich industrial hemp so seed breeders are producing varietals of industrial hemp plants that are high in CBD (cannabidiol) and low (below 0.3%) in THC. Licensed CBD flower companies are at the forefront of the budding industry with years of investment into the research and development of producing only the highest quality CBD flower for sale.


Can CBD flower help me?

The simple answer is YES! CBD flower has taken front and center stage as the part of cannabis that contains all the holistically medicinal properties. Whether you are a regular patient seeking more therapeutic effects or a first time user interested in trying a milder form of cannabis, CBD flower might be the right option for you.


What are the benefits of CBD flower?

CBD in general has received much praise for its wonderful healing potential. If you prefer the act of smoking (cessation), CBD flower will be a great pairing. Although all reports of CBD's effects are anecdotal, medical experts do agree that is has a wide range of benefits. Our best advice is to give CBD flower a try, but start off slow if you are a beginner. Try out different CBD flower strains and make sure to keep a patient journal or logbook that records your effects before and after using CBD hemp flower. Educating yourself on CBD flower test results is another great way to understand how the potency and terpenes affect you.

“Cannabis is the single most versatile herbal remedy, and the most useful plant on Earth. No other single plant contains as wide a range of medically active herbal constituents.” – Dr. Ethan Russon (Cannabinoid Research Institute)


Best ways to use CBD


Tinctures are taken by dropping a couple drops on your tongue. Tinctures are typically offer a lot stronger concentration of CBD than any other CBD products. Concentration can range from 100mg-5000mg.

Usage Advice: A tincture is known to be most effective by not swallowing the liquid right away. You want to ingest as much as you can sub-bilingually. Place the drops under your tongue and along the cheeks for as long as you can.

 

 

CAPSULES

CBD capsules are a great way to add CBD to your diet as a daily supplement. It is much easier to take than tinctures. Capsules typically offer ~25mg of CBD.

Usage Advice: Capsules are great as it’s the easiest to take in your daily regimen. Just take recommending serving (or as needed) daily with water.

 

EDIBLES

Similar to Capsules, Ingested cannabinoids are absorbed through the intestines and sent to the liver. It takes about an hour to feel effects when taken on an empty stomach, or up to three hours with food. On the way to the liver, cannabinoids will interact with receptors in the gut, so the effect on conditions like Inflammatory Bowell Disease will be more pronounced. Once in the liver, three enzymes will start to modify CBD & THC in a process called “first-pass metabolism.”

Usage Advice: Doses of CBD-rich products range from 5 mg to hundreds of milligrams and can take anywhere from 1 hour on an empty stomach, to 3 hours after eating to begin to metabolize.

 

 

TOPICALS

More brands have started to add CBD onto topicals, such as lotions, salve, and lip balms, for its skin benefits. CBD topicals are known to help with chronic pain, inflammation, acne, psoriasis, cancer treatment, anti-aging, and so many more.

For topical products, always look for keyword on the product labels that indicate that the product uses nano technology, encapsulation, or micellization of CBD. This shows that their solution can carry CBD through the dermal layers, rather than just staying on the skin.

Usage Advice: CBD infused topicals are recommended to be used as other similar body care products – use it when you deem necessary or when you have certain skin conditions.



SPRAYS

CBD sprays are typically the weakest in concentration among the different type of CBD products. You spray one serving (or as needed) of the bottle into your mouth. Typical concentration of CBD sprays ranges from 1-5mg.

Usage Advice: Spray one serving of the bottle into your mouth. Serving size should be labeled on the bottle (typically 2-3 sprays). Use daily or as needed.



PREMIUM CBD FLOWER

When substances are inhaled through the lungs, they are sent to the brain before getting metabolized by the liver. This makes inhalation the fastest method for administering cannabis. Usually, between 20-30% of the phytocannabinoids like THC and CBD are absorbed this way. The heat from either smoking or vaporizing cannabis converts the acid cannabinoids into their neutral forms.

Usage Advice: As little as a puff may be necessary. A typical joint is 0.3 - 1.0 grams of cannabis.
Affects the lungs immediately, then the heart and brain, then is distributed fairly evenly throughout the body.



VAPE

Based on reviews, smoking or vaporizing CBD vape oil seems to have less effects when compared to other methods of administering CBD, such as tinctures, capsules and sprays. On the flip side, others argue that smoking or vaporizing has less drawbacks than taking CBD orally, since ingesting CBD orally could result in inconsistent absorption and a delayed effect.

Usage Advice: In order to use CBD vape oil, you will need an e-cigarette, vape pen, or vaporizer. Add, heat and inhale the appropriate amount of vape oil to your choice of device.