Cannabidiol (CBD) is a big product these days. You have likely seen it around before, as it is in many stores and pharmacies. However, a lot of people are asking what is it? And what could it be used for?
A quick definition of CBD
We can’t go over CBD uses without talking about what CBD is. After all, to use something properly, you will need to have a good idea of what exactly it is and where it comes from.
CBD is a member of a class of chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. These compounds are found only in cannabis plants, especially hemp and marijuana. It is a very diverse group of compounds, with over 113 different ones that have been found so far. CBD is one of the more popular cannabinoids, but there is one that is arguably more famous.
The most famous cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It is so famous because of its psychoactive effects. That means that it creates the inebriation, more commonly referred to as a “high,” that is often associated with cannabis plants. This does cause some confusion as people tend to falsely believe that CBD also causes a high. However, this is a misguided line of thought. CBD, unlike THC, is not psychoactive at all. It doesn’t cause any sort of inebriation.
CBD is usually extracted from hemp rather than marijuana. Much like the confusion with THC and CBD, many people assume that marijuana and hemp are different words for the same thing. That isn’t true. While they are both cannabis plants, hemp and marijuana are different variations of cannabis. Hemp is attractive to CBD manufacturers because it has low levels of THC and high levels of CBD. The cannabinoid levels in marijuana are pretty different. It has high levels of THC and varying levels of CBD. Most CBD product manufacturers also use hemp over marijuana because it is federally legal in the United States. Hemp is federally legal in the United States. Marijuana, on the other hand, is still federally illegal.
What uses are there for CBD?
There has been a fair amount of research that has been done on CBD, leading to us having an idea of what benefits it may offer. But what does this research say about CBD? Well, let’s talk about it.
Help with achieving a sense of calm
Though CBD doesn’t cause a high, it could have an effect on your state of mind. It may be able to help its user achieve a greater sense of calm. This study tested that by having several people with social anxiety disorder participate in public speaking. Random participants were given CBD and others were given a placebo. Those that were given the CBD reported feeling much more confident and comfortable when facing the nerve-wracking activity, than those who were given the placebo. This study, and others, strongly suggest that CBD could help many people who struggle with feelings of anxiousness.
Help with inflammation
Another common area that CBD researchers are interested in, is how CBD interacts with things like inflammation, that have a negative impact on joint health. For example, this study wanted to see how CBD interacted with inflammation caused by oxidative stress. This kind of inflammation is the cause behind a number of different conditions. The researchers found that CBD was able to help reduce the inflammation. This could mean that CBD could help deal with inflammation.
Almost every area connected to CBD needs more research. But the two benefits listed above have had a lot of research focused on them. They are just a couple of examples of the many things that CBD may be able to help with. As we learn more about CBD the more likely we will learn about some other fantastic uses for it.
What CBD products are out there?
So, now you have an idea of what CBD is and what it may be able to offer you. CBD is easily made into a number of different products for you to try. Let’s talk about what those products are– including CBD oil.
It’s not hard to figure out what edibles are. They are any food or drink that has been made with CBD. They are very popular because they are easy to take and delicious. Edibles take the longest to start working. This is because the food needs to digest before it can release the CBD into your system. But their effect does tend to last a long time. So, there is some give and take with these.
If you are looking for a more pill-like CBD product, then these are what you are going to want to keep an eye out for. Capsules are the most pill-like of the two. Usually, CBD capsules have been made as soft gels. This means that they have been made with liquid CBD extract. You take them like you would any other pill, swallowing them without chewing. Tablets are a little bit different. Usually, CBD tablets are dissolvable. They tend to start working a bit faster because the skin in your mouth is thin, making it easy for the CBD to absorb into your system.
These kinds of CBD products include anything that you use on your skin that is made with CBD. Unlike their oral counterparts, the CBD in topicals never enter the bloodstream. Instead, the CBD absorbs through the pores. Many people prefer using CBD this way as it gives you the potential benefits of CBD, with less of a risk of side effects.
How do I know how much CBD to take?
Unfortunately, you cannot know, not initially. Everyone has a different experience with CBD. There are some connecting factors (weight, age, genetics), but they are not a guarantee. So, in order to know the right amount of CBD for you, you will need to experiment a little. But do this cautiously. Before we can talk about how to experiment with it carefully, we need to talk about what to look out for when taking CBD.
CBD is considered to be safe overall. But that does not mean that it is free of side effects. The side effects that are associated with the cannabinoid are usually connected with taking too much of it. This side effects can be things like nausea and dizziness. While these are not normally life threatening, they are still no fun to deal with. You should do your best to avoid them. So, how should you go about that?
The best way to figure out the right amount of CBD for you is by starting out low with how much you take. Most CBD products have a suggested amount on the label. These suggestions are generally pretty low. You can either follow that or try to go even lower (if possible). Once you take that amount, you should wait and see how it sits with you. It’s good to bear in mind that certain CBD products take longer to start working than others. If after a while, you do not feel any negative side effects, but still are not getting the effect you are looking for, you can try taking more CBD. This process could take several days, so be patient.
CBD and certain medications don’t mix. That is, not all medications work right in the presence of CBD. Some do not work as strongly, other do not work at all. Be sure to talk to your doctor before you start taking CBD. They should know how the cannabinoid interacts with your medication.
There are many things that CBD has the potential to help with. The only way to know what CBD may do for you is to try it. Then you can see what everyone’s favorite cannabinoid may be able to do for you.