By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist
You’ve been researching, and the potential health benefits of CBD, or CO2 Hemp Extract, are looking pretty compelling. You may even be ready to try CBD for yourself.
But before we start discussing how to use CBD, we need to cover one point: It’s still not clinically “proven” that CBD will help sleep, insomnia, anxiety, pain or any other condition. Though many people swear by CBD and have great results, it’s still new enough that clinical trials are ongoing in a variety of areas.
While CBD can be marketed as a dietary supplement for a wide range of medical and psychological concerns, the FDA is firmly against companies marketing CBD as a ‘100% guaranteed’ cure against severe medical conditions or as a replacement for prescribed medications. This means you should talk to your doctor if you decide to use CBD for serious concerns, and pay attention to your own body’s needs when deciding what strength and which serving size to use.
How to use CBD
At Plant Therapy our CO2 Hemp Extract (CBD) is made specifically to be taken sublingually – which means held under the tongue for 60 seconds and then swallowed. There are many different products containing CBD on the market that are meant to be used in different ways, but here at Plant Therapy we will only be discussing ingesting our CBD sublingually – or under the tongue.
Ingesting CBD sublingually lets this supplement be absorbed through the mucous membranes in your mouth and be sent directly to your bloodstream, where it circulates through the body and interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors in your endocannabinoid system.
How to use our dropper
To get the maximum effect from Plant Therapy’s CBD, measure the desired amount in the dropper, place one dropperful at a time under your tongue and hold it there for 60 seconds before swallowing.
CBD and pain management
Pain. One of the hardest concerns to deal with, and one of the most talked-about potential benefits of using CBD as a supplement to your body’s own endocannabinoid system.
Types of pain:
Neuropathic pain: This type of pain is mostly created and sustained by the glutamatergic system. Glutamate is the neurotransmitter that is responsible for turning neurons on, which is great (sometimes).
Inflammatory pain: This kind of pain is related to neuropathic pain, except it’s not limited to just neurons. Some examples of inflammatory pain are Arthritis, autoimmune diseases, and ulcerative colitis, and even more common conditions like headaches, cramps, muscle aches, and pains.
The endocannabinoid system (eCS) helps manage both kinds of pain. Taking CBD to support the endocannabinoid system (eCS) can be ‘neuroprotective’, which means it may inhibit glutamate release and other inflammatory agents. This means CBD, by promoting eCS health, may help with sensations like prickling, tingling and burning that come with neuropathic pain, and help soothe overall perception of inflammatory pain as well.
CBD may be an effective way for you to support healthy eCS functioning. But, CBD may also interact with some medications. Science is still in the beginning stages of studying CBD and how it applies to health and medicine, so it’s important to consult your doctor when deciding to use CBD to treat pain.
CBD and sleep
If your issues are around quality of sleep, supporting your endocannabinoid system with CBD may help. But how?
Well when it comes to sleep aids, there are many common over-the-counter options that could be helpful. Generally, the concern with these less natural options are the side effects: In some cases, people who use sleep aids have issues with grogginess, tiredness and decreased energy levels. CBD could offer people suffering from sleep issues a more natural, gentler option.
For example, some people might find that chronic sleep issues are improved by taking CBD on a regular basis, daily, shortly before bed. If you have more acute sleep issues, like occasional trouble relaxing before bed, then CBD use may be useful only when you’re having trouble sleeping, shortly before bed.
CBD and anxiety
Anxiety is one of the most common emotional and behavioral concerns faced by our society today. A 2017 report released by the World Health Organization suggests nearly 264 million people are living with anxiety worldwide.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) estimates that anxiety disorders are a regular cause of a number of sleep issues, including those that might lead to insomnia. CBD may offer a more natural option for dealing with anxiety.
Your endocannabinoid system (eCS) has been shown to impact anxiety and depression. One of your endocannabinoids, 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG), has a critical role in regulating emotional behavior. Low levels of 2-AG have been found to cause anxiety and depression in initial studies done on mice and increasing 2-AG levels had the opposite effect. This seems to suggest that taking CBD, phytocannabinoids, may help support your body’s natural endocannabinoid levels and healthy functioning.
When taking CBD for anxiety, it’s important to keep in mind your own body’s needs. This encompasses everything from your weight, age, metabolism, fitness level and severity of symptoms. So in this case, it really is important to talk to your doctor, especially if you’re planning on taking CBD for more severe anxiety-related concerns.
Generally, we recommend starting at a lower serving and working your way up, paying careful attention to how your body reacts. For more general anxiety issues, try using CBD regularly at a dose that works for your body and helps ease symptoms. For times of acute anxiety, try taking a dose before or during times of high anxiety to see if that give you relief.
Choosing the strength that’s right for you
So you’re ready to try CBD but aren’t quite sure which strength is right for you? Each bottle of our CO2 Hemp Extract (CBD) was formulated with different needs and levels of use in mind.
If you’re just starting to explore cannabinoids as a natural way to support your endocannabinoid system for better overall health, our 6 mg serving size of CBD is the perfect place to start. With a serving size just high enough to test out the flavor and explore possibilities, 6 mg is ideal to figure out how CBD can work for you.
This serving is just enough to tell you if you’ll like the flavor and effects of ingesting our CBD and lets you move up to a stronger serving if needed.
If you’re looking to support your endocannabinoid system and overall health in a natural way and you’re looking for a good entry level of cannabinoids for everyday use, our 16 mg per serving of CBD was made with you in mind. A 16 mg serving allows you to find the unique amount for daily use ideal for your body.
The 500 mg strength is designed for people who have minor issues that supporting your endocannabinoid system functioning may help, like mild anxiety, minor sleep problems and more.
If you’re ready to support the overall health and function of your endocannabinoid system on a daily basis in a natural way, our 33 mg serving of CBD was designed for your needs. With an amount formulated for regular, everyday use, 33 mg is perfect for use as a supplement to maintain long-term healthy function.
This serving strength is the best option for people who are looking to use CBD every day in support of their endocannabinoid system for issues such as insomnia, more acute anxiety and minor perceptions of pain.
If you’re a CBD user, have a medium to large body mass, high metabolism, or have more serious concerns associated with the endocannabinoid system, our 83 mg serving of CBD was designed to work for you. Formulated for robust everyday use, 83 mg was created as a supplement to maintain long-term healthy functioning in people with more severe symptoms.
This serving strength is best for those who have more severe or acute issues, but again, please remember to consult with your doctor if you are already taking medications.
Choosing the serving size that’s right for you
Choosing a serving size is slightly different than choosing a strength. Your serving size refers to how many dropperfuls you choose to take per serving.
Everyone responds differently to CBD, so it’s important to pay attention to your own body’s needs. Determining the ideal serving for you may take some trial and error. With this in mind, we recommend starting with a low serving, gradually increasing as needed. You may not need to continue increasing your intake once you find a serving that works best for your unique body.
It’s also important to note that in very high levels, CBD may cause liver damage. So it’s important not to exceed 45 mg per 5 lbs of body weight per day.
Here is Plant Therapy’s serving size chart that goes into more detail. You can also download your own copy of our serving size chart to keep on hand.
In conclusion, CBD may be the right choice for your body, but remember to use our serving guidelines and make sure to consult with your doctor, especially if you’re looking for help with more serious or acute concerns.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications, or under a doctors care, please consult with a physician or qualified professional before using this product
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