What is CBD and How Does it Work?
Cannabidiol—CBD—is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis is non-psychoactive or less psychoactive than THC-dominant strains makes it an appealing option for patients looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria.
CBD works on the endocannabinoid system. This system exists in all humans and most mammals. The endocannabinoid system is a network of neurons and synapses throughout your body and brain. These emit and respond well to cannabinoids — a chemical that the hemp plant produces and, a chemical our own bodies produce!
CBD works because the cannabinoids it contains bind with the endocannabinoid system (CB1 and CB2 receptors) to create a fully functioning network of neurons in your body. That’s why our bodies respond so well to CBD when we provide it with extra cannabinoids, our bodies love them.
Does CBD Produce Side Effects?
Hemp and CBD are both considered safe and should not produce any adverse side effects in most people. However, everyone processes CBD and other dietary supplements differently, and it is always recommended to consult with a physician before adding any supplement to your diet.
Does CBD Interact With Other Medications?
Yes. CBD inhibits the cytochrome P450 enzyme, which is involved in metabolizing many drugs. Compounds in grapefruit inhibit the same enzyme group, which is why physicians advise patients not to eat grapefruit shortly before or after taking a medication. By inhibiting cytochrome P450, CBD can either reduce or increase the effects of other drugs. We always suggest checking with your physician.
What is the Right Dose For Me?
- Begin with a low dose especially if you have little or no experience with cannabis.
- Take a few small doses over the course of the day rather than one big dose.
- Use the same dose and ratio for several days. Observe the effects and if necessary adjust the ratio or amount.
- Don’t overdo it. “Less is more” is often the case with cannabis therapeutics
Can CBD Show Up On a Drug Test?
What Are Terpenes?
Terpenes are essential oils found in plants. There are around 200 terpenes in cannabis. They are what give cannabis its distinct aroma and flavor. Terpenes have beneficial effects and work synergistically with cannabinoids like CBD – this relationship is called the entourage effect.
Is THC Needed for CBD Effectiveness?
THC is a binding molecule which is why people often think it is needed for CBD to be effective, however, there are several cannabinoids, Terpenes and essential oils that we use that will create all of the binding needed for the CBD to be effective at its highest potential.
Are CBD Oil and Hemp Oil the Same Thing?
No. CBD oil is a medicinal product. CBD oil is a liquid concentrate of CBD. Another term for CBD oil is CBD. Hemp oil is a food product made from pressed hemp seeds. Hemp oil is a highly nutritious food product which contains no CBD.
How to Store CBD Oil?
CBD oil is best stored in a dark, cool place. CBD oil is sensitive to light and air, so the bottle of CBD oil should be closed well after use. The oil is suitable for daily use, so it is easiest to reach if placed in an easily accessible place. Most people simply place the oil in their fridge.
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