You have probably heard of CBD by now. Some say it works, some say it doesn’t. It’s advertised and promoted everywhere, but do you have any clue on the purity of the products, what is it, how it works, how to dose, what to look for in products...etc?
Let’s start with the basics and a little science. CBD stands for Cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating compound and one of many cannabinoids, found in marijuana and hemp, both Cannabis Sativa plants.
The marijuana plant has a higher concentration of the intoxicating compound THC, where-as the hemp plant has the highest concentration of CBD. Therefore, CBD from Hemp can be more potent. Different extraction processes produce either Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum or Isolate. Full spectrum/whole plant has a minute amount of THC and other helpful compounds making it more potent. Broad spectrum takes out the THC and isolate is only CBD.
How do these plant cannabinoids work in our body to be of use? The Endocannabinoid system (ECS,) is a network of receptors spread throughout the body that control many vital life functions: immune system, inflammation, anxiety/depression, sleep pattern, moods and pain.
Our body makes cannabinoids called endocannabinoids; however, most bodies are deficient, making the ESC not work properly. Phytocannabinoids (Cannabis) can help reignite a beaten down system, keeping receptors working at optimal capacity to help keep this system healthy.
Now you know a little CBD science but what do you look for in products, how do you take them and what does it help with? It can get complicated since it’s a personalized medicine but there are basics to start with.
Most important; It is vital you know what you are buying. CBD is the component, measured by milligrams in different types of products. It should be made from US organically grown hemp, state the amount of CBD milligrams, not % of hemp oil and be third party tested with results available.
Hemp not grown organically can be filled with many contaminants and if not tested, there is no record of what is really in that bottle of oil. Scary!
The benefits of adding this plant medicine to your daily health habits are varied but mostly it can help with pain management, sleeplessness, bringing down inflammation, managing anxiety, restoring skin, and controlling seizures. The preventive benefits are really where CBD shines, making it an excellent super supplement.
Dosing is difficult since it affects everyone differently, but a good option is to start with a full spectrum oil tincture with a recommended dosage of 8-15mg a day. Take after your last meal, never with other meds, try same dosage for 3-4 days and build up if needed. Use a topical cream or oil for spot on pain on the body.
Stay tuned for more in-depth information on how CBD can benefit one’s health and well-being.
By: Karen Watts Nauman