What Is CBD?
CBD is one of many compounds, known as cannabinoids, in the cannabis plant. Researchers have been looking at the possible therapeutic uses of CBD. CBD oil has a number of health benefits.
Until recently, the best-known compound in cannabis was delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is the most active ingredient in marijuana.
How Does CBD Work?
All cannabinoids, including CBD, produce effects in the body by attaching to certain receptors. The human body produces certain cannabinoids on its own. It also has two receptors for cannabinoids, called the CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors.
CB1 receptors are present throughout the body, but many are in the brain. The CB1 receptors in the brain deal with coordination and movement, pain, emotions, and mood, thinking, appetite, and memories, and other functions. THC attaches to these receptors.
CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. They affect inflammation and pain. Researchers once believed that CBD attached to these CB2 receptors, but it now appears that CBD does not attach directly to either receptor. Instead, it seems to direct the body to use more of its own cannabinoids.
What Are Some CBD Benefits?
CBD benefit a person’s health in a variety of ways, Natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties for starters. People tend to use prescription or over-the-counter drugs to relieve stiffness and pain, including chronic pain.
Some people believe that CBD offers a more natural alternative. Authors of a study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that CBD significantly reduced chronic inflammation and pain in mice and rats.
The researchers suggested that the non-psychoactive compounds in marijuana, such as CBD, could provide a new treatment for chronic pain.
According to the review, CBD may reduce anxiety-related behaviors in people with conditions such as:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- General anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
How Do I Choose a Suitable Concentration?
CBD oil products, such as those offered in dropper bottles or capsule form, come in a range of concentrations. The amount of CBD they contain per bottle or capsule can usually be found on the packaging. Some list the amounts in mg, such as 250mg, 500mg, or 1,000mg.
Other CBD oil products may specify the concentration as percentages instead, such as 4%, 10%, or 20% cannabidiol (CBD). While higher doses of CBD will likely have a more pronounced effect, it is not recommended to start with a high concentration.
Start with products featuring a low to moderate dosage, then gradually work your way up to a higher dosage if needed. By observing the effects over the course of several days or a few weeks, you can make the necessary adjustments. If you don’t see the desired effect after this period, increase your dosage.
Once the desired effect sets in, you will be able to establish what concentration of CBD is best for you.
The Difference Between Full-Spectrum CBD and Isolate
The two main types of CBD oils are those made from near-pure CBD isolates or crystals, and full-spectrum oils. The latter contains other active compounds in addition to CBD. Until recently, pure CBD isolate was considered the standard for non-psychoactive cannabis therapy.
But evidence is mounting that full-spectrum oils provide a host of additional benefits not seen in isolates. Full-spectrum oils often contain other cannabinoids such as CBN and CBL, as well as terpenes (aromatic compounds such as pinene and limonene), and other substances like flavonoids.
These compounds are said to work in synergy with CBD through a natural process known as the “entourage effect”.
What Are CBN’s Effects and Benefits?
Its name may bear striking resemblance to CBD, but cannabinol, or CBN, offers a unique profile of effects and benefits that have researchers clamoring for more scientific investigation. So far benefits include:
- Pain relief
- Promotes the growth of bone cells
- Appetite stimulant
CBN’s most pronounced, characterizing attribute is its sedative effect, and according to our friends at Steep Hill Labs, 5mg of CBN is as effective as 10mg dose of diazepam, a mild pharmaceutical sedative.
For those of you who rely on cannabis to resolve a night of tossing and turning, a little CBN might do you some good.
Which One Do You Need?
Whether you should opt for a CBD oil made from CBD isolate or a full-spectrum oil is up to you. Both types offer benefits, but full-spectrum oils are currently the industry darling. When you go to purchase a CBD oil product, manufacturers usually state if their products are “full-spectrum.”
You also need to consider that different ways of consuming the CBD affects its bioavailability (the amount of active substance absorbed by the body). When you ingest CBD, it will take a while to feel the effects as it has to go through the digestive system and circulate through the liver.
During this process, the amount of CBD available for your body will be reduced, but this is also a way to get lasting effects. Products applied under your tongue or inhaled are absorbed directly through the mucous membranes into the bloodstream and are available to the body immediately.
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