CBD stands for cannabidiol, and it is one of the main active ingredients in cannabis. CBD has been known for a long time, first being discovered back in 1940, though full and conclusive research into its effects are still in motion.
In most places, the active ingredient within the cannabis plant, CBD, is legal while the cannabis plant itself still remains illegal. Scientific studies, and a vast array of anecdotal evidence has pointed to conclusions that CBD can have a vast range of health and wellbeing benefits, including possibly supporting better sleep, improved cognitive function, pain relief, and support with anxious thoughts.
THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in the cannabis plant, meaning that it’s the one that gets you high. This substance is closely related to many chemicals that can already be found in the human body, which are known as cannabinoids. These chemicals bind to receptors in the brain, and these receptors are responsible for a range of feelings.
For example, some receptors are linked to memory, pleasure, thinking, your perception of time, and coordination. When THC attaches itself to these receptors, these different areas will be affected, which is the reason why using cannabis will end up getting the user high.
In most cases, the effects of cannabis will impact the user within one minute of consumption if smoked or vaporised, though effects may start taking place up to 30 minutes later. Effects can last up to two hours, though this varies based on the individual’s tolerance and amount consumed.
THC and CBD are both secreted by the glands of the cannabis plant, and while they’re both technically cannabis, there are some very important differences between the two. The main difference is that CBD is legal and THC is not. This is because THC is psychoactive and CBD is not.
CBD contains 0% THC, meaning that you won’t feel any psychoactive effects when you use it.
For example, CBD won’t increase your appetite like THC, and it won’t result in any motor skill impairment. Another difference lies in how the two substances are sourced. CBD is harvested from hemp, which contains no THC.
While the molecular structure of CBD and THC is very similar, there are differences in the arrangement that result in different effects on the human body when consumed. Regardless, both bind to our receptors similarly.
The scientific certainties behind CBD have not yet been concluded. However, a vast range of studies, as well as significant anecdotal evidence suggests the wide reaching benefits of CBD. These benefits included:
CBD for mental health: potentially helping deal with specific anxiety disorders, supporting stress relief, supporting hormonal balance to regulate mood and in some cases help combat depressive thought.
CBD for sleep: some evidence has been found to suggest CBD may support a more regulated sleep pattern, and in some cases, has successfully helped to treat sleep conditions such as insomnia.
CBD for physical health: including some evidence CBD can be used to treat acute pain, and may also support the body’s response to conditions such as arthritis.
CBD for gut and hormonal health: some studies have linked CBD to supporting gut microbiome, as well as hormonal homeostasis.
The effect of CBD varies from person to person based on a variety of factors, such as height and weight, as well as how long you have been taking CBD for.
Puresport has created 5 strengths of CBD to serve all lifestyles, and wellbeing concerns. Our CBD comes in oils, topicals, and capsules. When new to taking CBD, we recommend taking a starting dose - such as 500mg, 1000mg, or 1500mg. There is no harm in taking a higher starting dose, but it is beneficial to experiment with dosage to see what produces the best outcomes.
If desired dosage can be incrementally built up to a higher strength of CBD: 2000mg or 3000mg. Do not exceed more than 70mg of CBD per day.
CBD can be taken in a variety of different ways depending on the form it’s in.
CBD oils are designed to be ingested. Used the dropper to measure out desired dose. Using dropper, place CBD under your tongue. Hold in mouth for 60 seconds, or until fully absorbed. During this time do not swallow.
Take 1-2 times daily depending on dosage and desire.
CBD topicals are designed to be applied directly, and can be useful remedies for pain. Apply topical to desired area and allow to sink in. Apply up to 3 times a day.
CBD capsules are designed to be ingested orally, and are a great alternative to oils if you would rather take CBD as a capsule. Take 1-2 capsules daily with water.
The first part of producing CBD is always planting the hemp plant and waiting for it to mature. Hemp is one of the most efficient plants in the world because of how closely each one can be planted together, making the process of harvesting it a lot less space-consuming than with other plants.
After that, the plant is harvested and then cured or air dried. Once the flower is ready, the CBD has to be extracted from it, and there are a few different methods of doing so. For example, CBD can be extracted using ethanol, in which the plant is soaked in alcohol, or it can be extracted using CO2 and oils.
After the CBD has been extracted, it is combined with a carrier oil to dilute it and make it easier to consume. Sometimes the CBD is combined with a flavouring to ensure that it’s more pleasant to consume because of its typically earthy and hempy taste.
Scientific research and a plethora of anecdotal evidence has found that cBD can be used to treat generalised anxiety disorder.
CBD has also been found to help people deal with more specific forms of anxiety such as social anxiety disorder and PTSD. Since anxiety is often a cause of insomnia, which creates a vicious cycle of anxiety because you can’t sleep and the inability to sleep because of your anxiety, CBD’s anti-insomnia properties are also of note.
A study was conducted on people back in 2011 in which they were given 400 mg of CBD compared to a placebo. In this study, the people who took the placebo had markedly higher anxiety levels than the ones who were using CBD.
There are many different types of pain that CBD can potentially help you deal with, including chronic pain. The ECS (Endocannabinoid System) is responsible for our pain relief as well as anti-inflammatory responses, allowing us to deal with things like back pain and other chronic issues that can affect our quality of life.
Some studies have gone over how CBD affects people who are suffering from a wide range of different types of pain. The review went over how people react when they’re using CBD and dealing with cancer pain, fibromyalgia, and even neuropathic pain.
The review goes on to sum up that CBD can help people deal with all kinds of different pain with a minimum level of risk. Even compared to over the counter medication like Advil, there’s much less risk to using CBD to help manage your pain, especially since you can’t overdose.
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