By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist
CBD is one of the most popular products in the natural health sphere right now. And for good reason! The potential benefits of CBD are incredibly exciting.
These days, it seems everyone is talking about CBD oil. The media is buzzing about CBD – whether it is the next best thing for pain relief, insomnia, seizures, anxiety or one of the many other conditions it’s purported to help. This natural remedy is taking the world by storm. Yet, with so much buzz, there are still a lot of questions left unanswered. Fortunately, we’ve got answers–about what CBD is, how it’s used and how it may benefit you.
But before we get too far into the details, let’s start with the basics.
CBD Oil: What It Is and What It Isn’t
CBD oil is a substance extracted from the cannabis plant. Cannabis has been used as a natural way to support endocannabinoid system health for thousands of years; it’s now gaining widespread attention from researchers, doctors, and consumers. Yet, even as its use and its accolades grow, CBD oil sometimes still gets a bad rap because of its association with marijuana. However, it’s important to know that CBD does not get you high.
When it comes to CBD oil’s ability to promote health without the high, it’s all about the plant’s gender. Yes, that’s right, cannabis plants can be either male or female. And only the female (marijuana) version of the plant contains enough THC, the psychotropic compound responsible for getting people high, to actually cause this effect. CBD oil, on the other hand, comes from the male–or hemp version–of the cannabis plant which contains only trace amounts (less than 0.3%) THC, not enough to cause the famous “high”.
There are three main types of CBD oil you’ll find on the market: full-spectrum CBD, isolated CBD, and broad-spectrum CBD. Full-spectrum CBD contains less than .3% of THC. This amount of THC is not enough to cause any psychoactive effects but some people find it to be enough to help with more severe issues. Isolated CBD is the most common form of the oil. CBD isolate is created when all other compounds are removed, leaving behind only Cannabidiol (or CBD). The third type is formed when those trace amounts of THC are removed from the full-spectrum variety and it becomes broad-spectrum. Broad-spectrum CBD offers all benefits that the plant has to offer, also known as “the entourage effect”.
CBD is a natural way to support your body’s endocannabinoid system and overall health. Natural, plant-derived cannabinoids (CBD) help support your body’s natural endocannabinoid levels.
What is Your Endocannabinoid System?
Your endocannabinoid system (eCS) is incredibly important to your overall health. Endocannabinoids are produced naturally by your body and work holistically to maintain general wellbeing. Your brain, immune system, organs, connective tissues, and glands all make use of your endocannabinoid system. Many bodily functions are also regulated by this system, including the feelings of pain, mood, appetite, memory, digestion, respiration, and many, many more.*
When your endocannabinoid system is out of balance, it can become difficult for your body to regulate itself. You can become more susceptible to developing diseases and illnesses. An endocannabinoid deficiency may cause a person to experience many systemic issues. Issues with the digestive system, certain behavioral or mood concerns including stress and anxiety, and even some motor and cognitive concerns, have been linked to the endocannabinoid system.*
A healthy endocannabinoid system means you sleep well, your moods are more regulated, your nervous system processes pain normally, your memory works clearly, and your digestive system functions properly.*
CBD most commonly comes in two different types of products: Tinctures, or CBD suspended in a liquid meant to be used orally, and balms or cremes, which are meant to be used topically as needed.
CBD tinctures: When taken sublingually (as Plant Therapy CBD tinctures are designed to be taken), CBD helps support your overall eCS functioning and bodily health!
Sublingual use of CBD tinctures involves dropping the CBD liquid into your mouth and holding it under your tongue for 60 seconds. This method allows absorption through the sublingual gland under your tongue and bypasses the digestive tract.
Topical CBD: Many people report topical CBD is very beneficial, especially for localized discomfort. But this may vary from person to person and it’s a little harder to measure. Balms and cremes are designed to help ease localized discomfort.
How Does CBD Work?
Because CBD works with your body instead of against it, cannabinoids are a natural way to help your body maintain homeostasis.*
CBD works by naturally supporting your body’s own endocannabinoid system and supporting your body’s endocannabinoid levels with cannabinoids found in hemp. By supporting your body’s own endocannabinoids, you can help keep your body working properly and maintaining homeostasis. CBD also prevents enzymes from breaking down your body’s own natural endocannabinoids, which lets your body retain more endocannabinoids and function properly on its own.*
How Can CBD Help?
The short answer is that CBD can potentially do a lot!
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 what happens when your eCS doesn’t function properly? If you’re chronically deficient in endocannabinoids or have an overactive eCS that produces too much, it can throw your whole body out of balance. Modern science has found that endocannabinoid issues are found in nearly all pathological conditions.
Let that sink in for a minute. This system, that science has only recently discovered, is involved in nearly all pathological conditions.
That means using CBD to support your endocannabinoid system functioning has incredible therapeutic potential for many human diseases:
- Pain and inflammation: A healthy eCS has the potential to significantly reduce opioid dependency for chronic pain and has potent anti-inflammatory effects.
- Mental health: Anxiety, depression, and other conditions may be improved when CBD is used to support the eCS, and as an addition to traditional mental health treatment.
- Other neurological effects: CBD has protective effects on the liver, may be an anticonvulsant and may help reduce seizures.
- Other findings: Regular use of CBD may help gastrointestinal issues, drug addiction, and more.
And while CBD is working hard in your body by supporting a healthy endocannabinoid system responses, what do you get to do? Sit back and relax!
Plant Therapy’s Broad-Spectrum CBD Products are THC-free.
Each bottle of Plant Therapy’s Hemp Extract CBD or Deep Relief Balm is broad-spectrum and THC-free, which means you get the endocannabinoid system benefits with none (0.0%) of the THC. This means there is no sensation of being “high”.
Deep Relief Balm:
- 500 mg per 2 oz tin
- 1000 mg per 2 oz tin
Broad-Spectrum CBD tinctures: Comes in Cinnamint, Pina Colada & Unflavored
- 100 mg (6 mg/mL serving size)
- 500 mg (16 mg/mL serving size)
- 1000 mg (33 mg/mL serving size)
- 2500 mg (83 mg/mL serving size)
Using Topical CBD With a CBD Tincture:
It’s safe to say you might want to try combining CBD methods, especially when your issue is both systemic and localized, or you feel like you could benefit from both types. This is absolutely ok and may even multiply the benefits of your CBD intake. Just as with all other CBD use, make sure you go slowly. CBD tinctures may be taken regularly to support systemic bodily balance. Topical CBD may be used directly on the area(s) of concern. And any strength of topical CBD may be combined with any serving size of CBD tincture, to customize your CBD for your own personal needs.
But just keep in mind that high levels of CBD may cause liver damage, so do not exceed 45 mg per 5 lbs of body weight per day.
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:
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