The Wellness Product of the Moment…And for Good Reason!
Much like kale and acai berries once took the health world by storm, CBD has become the wellness product of the moment, and everyone from fitness and well-being advocates to natural-lifestyle moms to active retirees are interested in giving it a try. And for good reason!
Not sure where to start. Wondering exactly what CBD is, and how much you should use? Your Natural Healthcare has the answers to your biggest CBD questions.
First of All, What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is one of approximately 100 natural chemical compounds called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol — more commonly known as THC — is another cannabinoid you’ve probably heard of.
So, CBD is Different from THC?
Yes! Unlike THC, CBD does not have psycho-toxic properties. It won’t make you feel euphoric, give you the munchies, or give you the giggles. In other words: CBD won’t make you feel intoxicated or otherwise impaired.
It’s only natural that many first-time users think CBD will have the same effects as THC, which is also derived from the cannabis plant, but that’s not the case.
Where Does Hemp Come into All of This?
Picture a family tree. At the top, there’s the cannabis plant, of which there are two main classifications: marijuana and hemp. Both are made up of CBD and THC, but the amounts of these compounds vary drastically in each plant. Marijuana products typically contain more than 20% THC (the psycho-toxic compound), whereas hemp-based products contain less than 0.3% THC. When buying CBD, look for products that have been derived from hemp, and keep these ratios in mind when testing different doses.
Speaking of Dosage… How Much CBD Should I Use?
Every body is different, and each individual will react differently to CBD. Determining which dose is right for you depends on a few factors: why you’re using it, your preferred method, the additional ingredients in your products, and your individual biochemistry and metabolism. Whether you’re trying CBD for the first time or testing out a new format, the best approach you can take is to do your research, be mindful of your desired effects, and then start low and go slow to find the amount that works for you.
How Does CBD Make You feel?
First, let’s be clear on what CBD does not do: appropriate doses will not make you feel intoxicated. Rather, by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system, CBD may simply evoke a feeling of calmness.
What’s the Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system plays a role in maintaining homeostasis — the state of equilibrium that our bodies try to operate in. This system is made up of molecules (or endocannabinoids) that our bodies produce on their own and is said to aid digestion, motor control, sleep, and other functions.
When cannabinoids, like CBD, enter the system, they behave in much the same way as our bodies’ naturally occurring endocannabinoids. Essentially, CBD makes the body feel as if it’s producing a higher volume of healthy molecules, which helps to minimize our fight-or-flight tendencies, and signals that we’re safe and it’s okay to relax.
Why are People Turning to CBD?
More and more people are incorporating CBD into their everyday wellness practices as a means of promoting rest and relaxation, achieving a sense of calm, and improving their overall wellbeing. The fact that CBD is plant-based, doesn’t alter our consciousness, and may not have the same side effects as prescription and over-the-counter drugs is a big draw. Come to talk to other like-minded people in our private Facebook group.
How Long Does CBD Take to Work?
Different forms of CBD will deliver results at different speeds, and linger for different lengths of time. For example, when taking CBD sublingually it can enter the body in as little as 15 minutes, but will be metabolized faster than a version that enters the digestive system (e.g. capsules).
What’s the Best Way to Take CBD?
With so many forms available, it’s easy to find something that works with your individual systems and routines: tinctures, capsules, gummies, topical creams, oils, bath bombs, cocktails, lube…the list goes on. Remember to take your time and experiment with different forms and doses to find out what’s best for you — no matter how experienced you are with cannabis or other CBD products.
If you’re curious about CBD and its benefits, research is the best place to start. And from there, you can start to incorporate it into your morning routine or evening wind down. Our CBD collection is comprised of only the highest-quality ingredients that help you live better, every day.
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