What is CBD? Here’s everything you need to know about what it is, how it works, and what it’s used for. First, let’s look at the science behind CBD.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid that’s thought to have numerous therapeutic effects. A cannabinoid, like THC, CBG, CBN, and more, are naturally occurring chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. ‘Cannabis’ refers to hemp and marijuana, who are cousins. While both can be considered cannabis, hemp is not marijuana and marijuana is not hemp. And unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it won’t get you high.
CBD is thought to work by restoring balance, or homeostasis, to your Endocannabinoid System.
The endocannabinoid system acts as the communication link between the central nervous system and the peripheral system and is responsible for almost all of our responses and reactions – like mood control, sleep, memory, pain, immunity, and inflammation control– just to name a few. We have cannabinoid receptors all over our body, including our brain, immune cells, skin, and other major organs.
This is why you might have heard it said that CBD seems to help with almost anything – because the endocannabinoid system has such a diverse range of functions!
Our bodies inevitably fall out of balance due to environmental stressors or daily habits, and this miscommunication can cause mild to severe side effects. It’s thought that once CBD has been introduced to your system, it will stimulate the endocannabinoid system, prompting it to re-establish healthy communication and regulation.
Basically, CBD can help balance our bodies out. For example, if you were to try it for anxiety, there’s a possibility it’d help with any muscle pain you might be experiencing too, and vice versa.
Finding the Right Products for You
Now that you know the basics of how CBD works and what it does, you can familiarize yourself with the different options for taking it. It all depends on what you’re looking for and what you’re most comfortable with.
The most common way to get CBD is from oil tinctures. These are commonly administered sublingually. You can choose between full spectrum, broad spectrum, or isolate. Full spectrum oil contains all of the components found in the hemp plant, including trace amounts of THC. Broad spectrum is the same as full spectrum, except the THC has been removed. These oils are earthy in taste unless they’ve been flavored. Isolate – as the name suggests – only contains CBD, and no other part of the hemp plant.
These different types of oil are applicable to topical use, as they are the foundations for CBD infused lotions, creams, and balms. You can use these products for sore muscles and joints, or to add to your skincare routine.
One CBD oil type isn’t better or worse compared to another – it’s just a matter of personal preference.
Here at Liquefy Cannabis, we recommend full spectrum products. Since nothing has been tampered with or removed, the oil retains its natural essence, which we believe is the point of natural, holistic alternatives. Our oil is extracted from high-quality hemp flower and is rich in beneficial cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes – just as nature intended.
Terpenes are like the essential oils of cannabis. They contribute to the body’s physiological well being through the same process as aromatherapy. Flavonoids are similar to terpenes, and both account for giving each cannabis strain a unique scent and flavor profile. Cannabis contains over 100 terpenes, many of which can be found in other flowers and fruits.
Having a full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids create what is called the Entourage Effect.
The entourage effect is a theory that says all the cannabis components – cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes – work together synergistically to magnify the overall therapeutic benefits cannabis has to offer. While each component works fine in isolation, combining them creates an overall greater effect. Think of the different cannabinoids like instruments. Played solo, they are beautiful and unique, but when played together in a symphony, the effect is even greater.
In addition to tinctures and topicals, there is also smokable hemp flower or vaping. We offer several different hemp flower strains, all legally compliant with the THC standard of 0.3% or less. So, smoking hemp flower won’t get you high either.
Once you’ve decided on how you want to get your dose, note that with CBD it’s best to start with smaller doses and increase gradually. It may also take up to two weeks before you start feeling or seeing the desired effects. While there are no definitive guidelines for dosing, there are a couple of factors. These include your weight, your body chemistry, what your problem is, and how long you’ve had it. The longer you’ve had it, the harder it will be to treat, and the more CBD you might need. But everyone is different, and there are no risks of overdosing on CBD.
If you are taking any prescription medications, make sure to check with your doctor before taking CBD, as it has been known to interfere with some medications.
Finding Quality Products
Now that you have a basic understanding of CBD, here are a couple of pointers on how you as a consumer can recognize quality-controlled products. It’s important that any product you purchase doesn’t have misleading labeling. CBD is not regulated by the FDA or approved for consumption, so be wary of any wording that makes medical claims.
Brand transparency is also an important indicator of a quality product. Besides THC testing, you should have access to other important test data, like pesticides, heavy metals, and microbial. These tests should come from a third party lab to ensure honesty. Because when you invest in yourself with CBD, you deserve only the best.
Liquefy Cannabis tests for all these things through a third party, and our results are available on our website.
By Willow Groskreutz