What You Need to Know Before Trying CBD

CBD has become a popular health trend that has been gaining major supporters. Supporters of this trend are trying to prove that CBD is not a drug. Hemp to Wellness even classifies it as a dietary supplement and believes that a daily dose of CBD can improve your overall well-being. But not everyone knows what CBD is, which is why there is skepticism on using it, to begin with. Educating is key to a proper understanding of CBD, and we are here to help you with that. CBD is not overly complicated and has the potential to help you live a healthier life.

What is CBD?

Obviously, before trying CBD, it is essential to know just what CBD is. CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a cannabis compound that is harvested from the Cannabis plant. Even though it is harvested from the same plant that marijuana comes from, it contains less than 0.3% of the psychoactive component, THC, which gives users the high or “stoned” sensation. Because of this, CBD is legal and has even been prescribed for medical uses.

Where is CBD Grown

Before purchasing CBD products, make sure you do your own research to ensure that the product you’re buying has been grown and produced in a controlled environment. The hemp plant is a bio-accumulator, which means it is capable of absorbing both the good and bad properties from the air, water, and soil it is grown in. For this reason, look to see that the hemp is organically grown and comes from reliable sources. By going organic, you avoid the hemp plants absorbing pesticides which can then be harmful to you. If possible, try to find a reliable, locally grown and produced hemp products. That way you can be assured that you are getting the hemp plant and oil in its prime, not from one that has been sitting around too long or has had to travel far to get to you.

Know the Difference Between Full-Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate

When shopping online, you might see in the product description that the CBD oil is either Full-Spectrum or an Isolate. This can be surprising to many who believed that there was only one type of CBD. It is important to know the difference so you are not accidentally ingesting CBD that could harm you.

Full-Spectrum CBD contains both CBD and all the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and nutrients found in the rest of the cannabis plant. This means that this version of CBD contains the high inducing chemical TCH.

CBD isolate is pure CBD that has been isolated from other compounds of the cannabis plant, which means no THC will be present in this version of the oil. Scientists will argue that full-spectrum CBD is the right way to go if you want to have the full benefits of the hemp plant, but the isolated CBD has the same potential to help while not having THC present.

Know That CBD Hemp Oil and Hemp Oil Are Not the Same

Both of these oils are available in health food stores and online shops, but they are not the same. CBD hemp oil is extracted from the flowers and seeds of the cannabis plant, which includes the health benefits that CBD offers.

On the other hand, hemp oil is extracted from the seeds of the plant, meaning that there is no CBD present. While hemp oil does have its own set of benefits, it does not contain any of the beneficial compounds or cannabinoids found in CBD oil. When shopping around for CBD hemp oil, make sure it has CBD in the label or you could end up buying the simplified hemp oil.

What Can CBD Be Used For?

CBD can be used in so many different ways to treat a variety of symptoms. Several studies have been done to test how CBD affects the body and what types of diseases it can help or fight against. There are still studies being done to further analyze the effects of CBD on the human body, especially since many of the prior tests have only been done on animal test subjects. But there are enough tests out there that show that CBD has been proven to help against:

  • Inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Upset Stomach
  • Headache
  • Anti-Seizure Properties
  • OCD
  • Panic Disorders
  • Acne
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Chronic Diseases

CBD has the potential of becoming a new superfood with the more positive test results coming out. CBD has even been tested to treat several autoimmune conditions due to its anti-inflammatory properties, but enough CBD clinical trials and studies have been done to prove and confirm all the benefits.

How Can CBD Be Ingested?

CBD has started to appear more in health food stores and grocery store shelves in different forms. How CBD is ingested depends on the type of product you decide to use.

Vaping CBD

This is the fastest way to take CBD as it works fast and reacts quickly. CBD vape is absorbed directly into the bloodstream which makes the effects last around three hours per each dosage.

CBD Tinctures

The drops and sprays are the second fastest method as it works similar to vaping, but without needing to inhale the drug.

CBD Capsules

These pre-dosed and easy to digest soft gel capsules are as easy to take as a daily vitamin. It does take anywhere from twenty minutes to two hours to feel an effect though.

CBD Edibles

From gummies to cookies, edibles are easy to eat but take about two hours to have an effect.

Topical

CBD infused lotions, creams, salves, and other skin care products are more used to treat localized pain or help in skin conditions, such as acne, by being directly absorbed by the skin and only affecting the area it was applied on.

Like how your brain and body change after a long walk, your body can greatly benefit by including CBD into your health regime. Whether it be by ingesting, vaping, pills, or eating, you can use CBD as you please and soon start feeling the positive effects. We have given you some pointers on what to take into consideration before trying CBD, but it is up to you to decide if this health trend is a right option for you.

Birdee Hayley (Editor of Birdee) is passionate about publishing positive, real content for women and girls. Her background in marketing, advertising and design has seen her work closely with many brands for women over the past six years, including a collection of titles at Pacific Magazines. She fucking loves science, cycling, cats, Japanese animated films, sloths, print media, food, and women doing great things. She is also Managing Editor at The Hoopla. You can follow her on Twitter:@Hayley_Gleeson.
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