Top 10 Questions and Answers About CBD
Posted on August 04 2020
1. What is CBD and where does it come from? CBD, or as it is officially known, Cannabidiol, is just one compound found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. There are 2 species of the Cannabis Sativa plant: Marijuana and Hemp. Although CBD is found in both species, they are 2 very distinct plants that differ in many ways including genetics, profiles, cultivation, and general uses.
2. What are the benefits of CBD? CBD has been shown to help with a wide range of ailments including: ● Neurological disorders such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimers ● Pain and inflammation ● Anxiety, depression, and PTSD ● Cancer-related symptoms such as nausea and lack of appetite ● Asthma ● Skin conditions such as acne ● High blood pressure ● Digestive disorders ● Pet health
3. What are Cannabinoids? Cannabinoids are naturally occurring chemical compounds within the Cannabis Sativa plant (e.g. CBD, THC CBG, CBN). There are over 100 identified cannabinoids from the plant (also referred to as phytocannabinoids--“Phyto” meaning plant-derived). Each provides unique therapeutic effects. These chemical compounds have the ability to affect things like one’s perception, mood, emotion, motor function, and cognition. They are also responsible for the psychoactive highs and relief to an array of symptoms including pain, inflammation, nausea, and anxiety. Interestingly enough, these phytocannabinoids mimic cannabinoids naturally produced within our bodies called endocannabinoids (“Endo-” meaning produced within). Both phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids play a huge role in the function of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which functions to create homeostasis within the body.
4. How does it work in the body? The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a biological system found within most mammals in the animal kingdom. It is a vast and complex system that includes cannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes. Cannabinoids are the messengers that communicate with two types of receptors called CB1 and CB2. ● CB1 receptors are mostly found within our central nervous system and are essential for healthy brain functioning. They also play a role in hormone production, digestion, and cardiovascular health. ● CB2 receptors are mostly found in the cells of our immune system and play a role in controlling inflammation and immune response to pathogens. Enzymes break down the cannabinoids after the body is done with them so our body can flush them out. Most importantly, the main function of the ECS is to bring our cells back into homeostasis, or balance.
5. Will I get high? No. CBD itself does not activate the same receptors in the brain and body as THC. Also, in order for Hemp and CBD products to be sold legally, it must contain less than 0.3% THC. This amount of THC is not enough to produce intoxicating and euphoric effects. CBD is truly “the health without the high.”
6. What is Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and CBD Isolate? There are various ways the Hemp plant is extracted into oil form. Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and CBD Isolate are the end-products. ● Full Spectrum extract means that you are getting all the naturally occurring compounds from the plant, including THC (0.3% or less). ● Broad Spectrum extract, you still get most of the naturally occurring compounds, however, the biggest difference is that you should find no trace amounts of THC. ● CBD Isolate extract removes all naturally occurring compounds except the CBD molecule. There are pros and cons to each Hemp extract. One type isn’t necessarily better than another. We all have different goals. However, keep in mind that the more naturally occurring compounds you have, the more effective those compounds will be as they work together to enhance its therapeutic effects.
7. Will I still be able to pass a drug test? Yes, there are various options for those who are concerned about drug tests or want absolutely no THC in their system. Broad Spectrum CBD or Isolate CBD products would be preferable in this case. Remember, drug tests are looking for THC in the system, not CBD.
8. How do I take it? There are several delivery methods available. Choose the best delivery method for the ailments you are trying to relieve.
9. How much do I take? CBD is self-dosing? When it comes to ingesting CBD on a regular basis, there is no generic “perfect dose” that works for the majority. Variables including height, weight, metabolism, individual goals, type of ailment, and severity of ailment will influence your own perfect dose, or sweet-spot. For example, 20mg of CBD/day might be perfect for you, but your partner might need 40mg of CBD/day in order to feel relief. Just know that in the beginning, finding your “sweet spot” may take a few trials but is worth continuing to experience the many benefits CBD has to offer. As you begin this journey to discovering CBD, you will find what works best for you and your body. The best rule of thumb when starting is “start low, add slow.” If done correctly, you can usually find the dose that is right for you within the first 2 weeks of starting CBD, in many cases less than that. *Always talk to a medical professional before starting CBD.
10. How do I know which products are good? As of now, the cannabis industry is not federally regulated, meaning there is no sure way to tell what is really in your Hemp product. Unfortunately, there are some companies that try to take advantage of this unregulated market by cutting corners, using unsafe ingredients, mislabel products, etc. However, there are really good companies out there that truly care about the quality of their products. That said, the biggest thing you want to look for is transparency. Here are some good questions to ask when researching CBD products: ● Is the product confusing to understand or non-informative? ● Do they clearly label their dosages and type of extract (Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, or Isolate)? ● Do they provide a Certificate of Analysis from a legitimate third-party testing lab? ● Are they willing to provide non-proprietary details about their manufacturing process, such as extraction processes?