CBD – everyone is curious about it. It’s been all over the news, and of course, that means it’s going to be a hot ticket item for holiday gifting in 2019. But how do you know which products are right for someone on your gift list? We’ve got you covered.
What is CBD?
The world of CBD is filled with almost unpronounceable terms like “endocannabinoid system” and seemingly magical claims about all the wonderful things it can do. But what you’re probably really wondering is: What can CBD do for me and why should I try it?
The reasons to try CBD are very convincing when you really look at all the potential benefits of such a simple, natural product. But let’s start with the basics:
Hemp Extract (CBD) is extracted from industrial hemp – cannabis. It’s a safe, natural extract commonly thought to be incredibly helpful with a variety of issues. The benefits are due to natural chemicals in the cannabis plant called cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids are the chemical components of cannabis we think of as “CBD”. CBD is produced naturally by your own body and also by many plants, especially cannabis.
Yes, you did read that correctly! Your body actually makes its own cannabinoids! But let me explain a little further. For the purpose of this article, we’re going to talk about the two most important kinds of cannabinoids:
- Endocannabinoids are the type of cannabinoids that occur naturally in your own body.
- Phytocannabinoids come from plants, including cannabis.
Both types of cannabinoids interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system (eCS) to help maintain full-body balance.
What Does ‘CBD’ Mean?
The term CBD is actually a little misleading. While we think of it as the “everything else” in the cannabis plant apart from THC (which we’ll get to in a second), there are actually many other cannabinoids in cannabis, including some you’ve probably never heard of like CBN, CBC, CBG and many, many more. We also know these other cannabinoids can interact in beneficial ways with your body’s eCS.
But the industry term “CBD” has almost become synonymous with a wide range of CBD products. So to make this complicated topic easier to understand, when we at Plant Therapy say “CBD”, we’ll be talking about the broad range of useful phytocannabinoids (the ones that come from cannabis).
CBD interacts with your body’s own endocannabinoid system (or eCS for short). Your eCS regulates a huge range of bodily processes like your appetite, pain, mood, memory, the nervous system, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, glucose metabolism, stress…and so much more it’s hard to type it all out. If you’re curious like me, you can read even more about your eCS here, but for the sake of simplicity, I think you get the idea. The eCS is pretty important for your optimal health!
So when you’re gifting CBD, keep in mind the severity and type of issue your giftee is dealing with and what kind of support they may get from CBD.
For Your Husband With Back Problems
Maybe your husband works a physical job, or maybe he has to sit in an uncomfortable desk chair all day. Either way, a 1,000 mg CBD Deep Relief Balm not only might help his back discomfort but also encourage back rubs!
Your Mom Who’s Still Afraid of CBD
Your mom is lovely – but when she was young, cannabis was still the “Devil’s Lettuce”. If she’s tempted to try CBD but still too scared to take the plunge, a 500 mg unflavored CBD tincture is a great, low-key wait to let her test it out.
For Your Grandma With Achy Joints
If it’s tough for your grandmother to get around these days, she might benefit from our 2,500 mg CBD tincture + 1,000 mg CBD Deep Relief Balm. This combination both supports her overall health and helps ease discomfort in specific areas.
Your BFF Who Can’t Relax
We all have that friend who just needs to calm down – she’s always going going going and a bundle of nerves. A 1,000 mg CBD tincture for regular, daily use is ideal for use when your nerves are constantly frazzled.
Your Insomniac Sister
Tired of hearing your sister complain that she can’t get to sleep at night? If you’re sick of her randomly texting you at 3 AM, try giving her our 1,000 mg CBD tincture for Christmas! Make it Pina Colada flavored, just for fun, and maybe she’ll be able to finally sleep through the night.
Your Brother Who Works Out All the Time
If your brother hits the gym every day and considers himself a fitness nut, he probably also has some sore muscles! Try gifting him some 500 mg CBD Deep Relief Balm, which is great for using on muscles as-needed.
We know that when it comes to CBD, there are always more questions to ask. If you’d like to read more about CBD, check out these other blog posts: