What exactly is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a all natural chemical messenger known as a cannabinoid derived from the hemp plant that can have significant medical and emotional benefits. CBD is non-toxic, non-psychoactive, and non-addicting, and legal in all 50 states. Unlike THC,  the "psychoactive" component of the cannabis plant, CBD will not get you "high" or "stoned."

 

 Cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted from the hemp plant in its natural and pure form known as CBD oil which current research is showing to have many medical and mental health benefits. CBD oil contains high concentrations of CBD. CBD is a cannabinoid that naturally interacts in your body in a system called the Endocannabinoid System.

Your Endocannabinoid System is similar to your central nervous system in the fact that it helps regulate your bodies response to disease, stress, inflammation, and your overall well being. The Endocannaboinoid system within your body is a biological network of receptors 'locks' which help regulate vital functions in your body such as sleep, mood, pain, inflammation, stress and anxiety to name a few.  CBD is the chemical messanger 'key' that fits into the lock of your endocannabinoid system. Like other systems in our bodies, our endocannabinoid system can become depleted and out of balance. If your endocannabinoid system is out of balance due inflammation, disease, stress, anxiety, depression, poor sleep, to name a few, then CBD may be the 'key'  to help restore this delicate system.  

The Endocannabinoid System & CBD

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​      The therapeutic properties of CBD are being recognized, tested, and validated by scientist and doctors around the world. CBD is gaining lots of attention in alternative and integrative medicine because of all the potential benefits and it has a calming and relaxing effect for many individuals. CBD can be used in a complimentary role to medications or as an alternative to medications as well.

Scientific studies and current clinical research indicates that CBD could be effective in easing symptoms of challenging conditions such as:

  • Anxiety and depressive disorders, mood disorders, OCD, addiction

  • Inflammation, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, seizures, migraines

  • Insomnia, racing thoughts, PTSD, agitation, autism, and many more

Primary Benefits of CBD

The 3 Primary Ways to Consume CBD

SOFT GEL PILLS

Advantages: 

  • easy to consume

  • no adverse tastes

  • preferred method for many consumers

 

Disadvantages: 

  • takes 1-2 hours to have full benefits

  • some of the CBD is lost during its metabolism by the liver

One of the most common and easy ways to consume CBD oil is to ingest it orally. When you consume CBD oil in a soft gel (pill form), or in edibles (candies), or beverages (coffee or sodas) it passes through your digestive system and is metabolized by the liver, and eventually its active compounds reach your bloodstream. Capsules like soft gels can easily be swallowed with a mouthful of water similar to your favorites vitamins or supplements. 


Average amount of CBD per bottle of 30 pills: 600mg, 1200mg, and 1800mg.

Average dose per pill: 20mg, 40mg, or 60mg.

*The dose per pill depends on the amount of CBD in the bottle

VAPORING METHOD

Advantages:

  • Rapid onset with immediate short term relief

  • takes less CBD to have similar effect or ingestion method

  • easy to consume on the go

  • Vape pen oil can last a long time pending on usage (months).

Disadvantages:

  • Some people do not like the idea of the inhalation method

  • Effects do not last as long as oral method

  • If you vaporize a lot your throat may become dry and irritated 

The fastest way to consume CBD and fill its benefits is by vaporizing it. What the heck is vaporizing you ask? A vape pen contains a small battery that heats CBD oil that is contained within a cartridge just enough to release its active compounds while avoiding the harmful byproducts that can be created via combustion that happens when smoke is created. During vaporization, CBD easily enters your lungs and bypasses the metabolism process via the liver or GI tract that would occur during the ingestion process. During vaporization, CBD easily enters your lungs and goes directly into your bloodstream. Another benefit to vaping CBD is that less CBD is lost during the vaporization process compared to the ingestion method because it bypasses the liver and GI tract. Thus, it takes less CBD to have similar effects of the ingestion method.


Average amount of CBD per cartridge: 250mg to 500mg.

Average dose per inhalation: 2mg to 4mg.
 

**Remember, you need much less CBD to have a positive affect because the vaporizing method bypasses the GI tract and liver and goes directly into your bloodstream. Thus, very little CBD is waisted during the vaporizing method.

SUBLINGUAL METHOD

Advantages:

  • Faster onset than oral method and tends to last longer than the vaporizing method.

  • Gives you more CBD per dose than the oral or vaporizing method.​

Disadvantages: 

  • Some of the oils have a plant/cannabis taste to them that can be strong to sensitive taste buds.

  • must hold under the tongue for 60-90 seconds before swallowing

When CBD is taken sublingually, you will want to hold it under your tongue for about 60-90 seconds so that your mucus membranes under the tongue can absorb the active ingredients in the CBD oil. The primary benefit is that it is able to bypass the digestive system and liver metabolism that is seen in the oral method and have a rapid onset because the CBD is able to get directly into your bloodstream similar to the vaporizing method, except without having to inhale the CBD into your lungs. CBD oil is often consumed via a tincture, which is a small dropper used for administering the CBD under the tongue. The sublingual method is best for more rapid onset than the oral method and lasts longer than the vaporizing method.

Average Tinctures range from 250mg to 1800mg per tincture (bottle).

average dosage per dropper: 4mg to 20mg pending on the amount of CBD in the bottle.