CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is one of the active chemical compounds found primarily in the flowers and leaves of the hemp or cannabis plant. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it does not change a person’s mental state by affecting the way the brain and nervous system work. AKA, it doesn’t get you high. When a cannabis plant contains less than .3% THC it is considered Industrial Hemp.
We have a few useful tips to keep in mind when incorporating CBD into your life. CBD can be both a wellness product used daily or an effective medicine used to reduce a vast array of acute, inflammatory and neurological conditions. CBD works by regulating our endocannabinoid (ECS) system. The ECS system is a network of nerve receptors all over the body. As a result, accessing the endocannabinoid receptors can be achieved through 4 main delivery methods, inhalation, sublingually, ingestion and topically. You can maximize your results by using more than one delivery method at once, allowing the different forms of CBD to work synergistically in your body. For example, eating gummies and using a topical on the target area.
Please also remember that with a few exceptions (primarily topicals and inhalation) CBD must be taken with regularity to feel the benefits. We start to feel the most benefits of CBD after an average of 2 weeks of regular use, like many other medicines that require a baseline amount in the body.
CBD is subjective to the individual. Therefore, dosing may take some trial and error before the best dose and delivery method is identified. Start small and follow the recommended dose as labeled on each individual product as a starting off point.
When shopping for CBD products, consumers are faced with the choice between products that contain CBD Isolate or Full Spectrum CBD. Understanding the difference between the two, and which type is used in a CBD product, is extremely important to know. The difference between each type refers to the cannabinoids (chemical compounds) present after the extraction process.
CBD Isolate is pure CBD that was extracted from the hemp plant, and then isolated from the other cannabinoids that were present, resulting in a 99% pure CBD extract. There is No THC present in products containing CBD Isolate.
Full Spectrum CBD contains all of the cannabinoids present in the hemp plant including trace amounts of THC (under .3%). Full Spectrum CBD is made from a whole plant extraction. In Full Spectrum CBD products all of the present cannabinoids work synergistically together. This synergy is called the entourage effect. CBD and THC affect different parts of the brain, therefore many conditions benefit from a combination of the two.