The CBD industry is thriving. In 2021, the global cannabidiol market was worth $5.8 billion and is only expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.8% to 2030.
This newfound interest in CBD has led to a surge of new products, brands, and retailers all vying for a piece of the pie. With so many options on the market, it can be hard to know where to start.
That’s why we created the ultimate CBD guide. It will teach you everything you need to know about CBD, from what it is and how it works to the different types of products available. We’ll also provide some tips on how to choose the right product for your needs.
So, whether you’re a CBD novice or a seasoned pro, this guide has all the information you need to make the most of cannabidiol.
Short for cannabidiol, CBD is a naturally-occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. Unlike its more famous cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not have any intoxicating effects. That means it won’t get you high.
CBD is often touted for its therapeutic potential – people use it to help with anxiety, pain, and sleep. While some scientific evidence supports these claims, more research is needed.
CBD is available in many different forms, including oils, tinctures, capsules, edibles, and topicals. It can also be inhaled using a vaporizer.
What Is CBD and How Does It Work?
CBD is one of over 100 different cannabinoids found in cannabis plants (including hemp and marijuana).
CBD is non-intoxicating, meaning it won’t get you high. THC, on the other hand, is the compound responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis.
CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which regulates things like mood, pain, and appetite. When CBD enters the body, it’s believed that it binds to receptors in the ECS and modulates their activity. This helps to restore balance in the body and can improve various health conditions.
CBD is thought to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties. There are some preliminary studies that confirm these claims, but more research is needed.
CBD is generally considered safe, but it can cause mild side effects like dry mouth, diarrhea, and fatigue. It can also interact with certain medications.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a network of receptors and molecules that’s found throughout the body. The ECS is believed to play a role in maintaining homeostasis in the body.
Homeostasis is the ability of the body to keep things like temperature and blood sugar at a steady level. Imbalance in the ECS has been linked to various health conditions.
The ECS is made up of the following:
- Endocannabinoids. These are molecules that bind to cannabinoid receptors.
- Cannabinoid receptors. These are found throughout the body, including in the brain, nervous system, immune system, and gut. There are two main types of cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are found mainly in the brain, while CB2 receptors are found in the immune system.
- Enzymes. These help to break down endocannabinoids after they’ve been used.
While our bodies naturally produce endocannabinoids, they can become imbalanced due to things like stress, poor diet, and illness. This is where CBD comes in.
CBD interacts with the ECS by binding to cannabinoid receptors. This is thought to modulate the receptors’ activity and help restore balance in the body.
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Is CBD Legal in the US?
Hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 states as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC. Marijuana-derived CBD is also legal in some states, but not all.
The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp and hemp-derived products on a federal level. This bill removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, which classified it as a Schedule I drug alongside marijuana and other drugs with high abuse potential.
The Farm Bill also allowed for the interstate commerce of hemp and hemp-derived products. However, each state has the right to create its own regulations around hemp cultivation and CBD products.
This means that while CBD is legal on a federal level, there may be restrictions on it at the state level. It’s always best to check your local laws before buying or using CBD products.
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Popular Myths About CBD
CBD is often shrouded in myths and misinformation as it’s become more popular.
So, we feel an obligation to dispel some of the most common myths around CBD.
- Myth #1: CBD is intoxicating and will get you high. CBD is not intoxicating and will not get you high. It’s THC, the other cannabinoid found in cannabis, that’s responsible for the intoxicating effect of marijuana.
- Myth #2: CBD is illegal. CBD is legal in the US, as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC. However, each state has the right to create its own regulations around hemp cultivation and CBD products.
- Myth #3: There’s no scientific research to support the claims made about CBD. While there is still much to learn about CBD, a growing body of scientific evidence supports its therapeutic potential.
- Myth #4: All CBD products are the same. Not all CBD products are created equal. The quality of a CBD product depends on the quality of the hemp it’s derived from and the extraction method used.
It’s also important to mention that there are three types of CBD products – full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate. Depending on the type, you may experience different effects.
- Myth #5: There are no side effects associated with CBD. While CBD is generally considered safe, it can cause mild side effects like dry mouth, diarrhea, and fatigue. It can also interact with certain medications.
- Myth #6: CBD works the same for everyone. CBD may not work the same for everyone. Factors like weight, age, and metabolism can all affect how CBD works in the body.
How Do We Process Our Hemp CBD Products?
CBD in our products comes from US-grown, sustainably cultivated hemp that is free of harmful pesticides and heavy metals. It’s low in THC and rich in nutrients as well as a wide range of other cannabinoids and terpenes.
Once harvested, the hemp is dried in the field to reduce water content and separated from stalks. The resulting plant material is milled into a fine powder.
This powder is then put through a supercritical CO2 extraction process. This extracts CBD from the plant matter while preserving other beneficial compounds like terpenes and flavonoids.
The CBD-rich oil that results from this extraction is then refined to remove impurities and concentrated into the final product. The end result is a pure, potent CBD oil rich in cannabinoids, terpenes, and other nutrients.
The CBD oil is then tested for purity and potency by an independent, third-party lab. Once it has passed all of these tests, it is then formulated into our various products.
Whenever we can, we choose organic ingredients to formulate our products, including CBD oil, CBD gummies, CBD softgels, CBD topicals, and more.
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Not all CBD products are created equal.
First, there’s the distinction between hemp or marijuana-derived CBD. The two are both cannabis plants, but they are not the same. Marijuana-derived CBD products will contain higher levels of THC.
Then, you may encounter three main types of CBD products on the market: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate.
Full-spectrum CBD products contain all of the compounds found in the cannabis plant, including THC. Broad-spectrum CBD products contain most of the compounds found in the plant, but they have had the THC removed. CBD isolate products only contain CBD.
Finally, the saturated CBD market offers a wide range of products, including CBD oils, tinctures, capsules, edibles, topicals, and more.
Hemp vs. Marijuana vs. Cannabis
Hemp, marijuana, and cannabis are all terms used to describe the cannabis plant. While they are often used interchangeably, they are by no means the same thing.
Hemp and marijuana are both subspecies of the cannabis plant. The main difference between them is the THC content.
Hemp plants have very low or non-existent levels of THC (no more than 0.3%) and hence are legal under federal law. Marijuana plants, on the other hand, have higher THC levels and are, therefore, illegal or restricted in many places. Usually, you will need a prescription to purchase medical marijuana.
The hemp plant is also more versatile than marijuana. Its long list of uses includes clothing, paper, construction materials, and even food.
Cannabis is an umbrella term that includes both hemp and marijuana. Though we don’t know how many species of cannabis there are, three main types are commonly recognized: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis.
Hemp is classified as Cannabis sativa, while marijuana is usually Cannabis indica or a hybrid of the two, though Cannabis ruderalis marijuana is not unheard of.
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CBD vs. THC
CBD and THC are the two most well-known cannabinoids found in cannabis. They are often lumped together, but they are very different compounds with different effects.
THC is the cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana. Besides the obvious recreational purposes, THC has also been shown to have therapeutic potential. It’s been used to help with things like pain, nausea, and appetite loss. Medical marijuana is now legal in many states, usually by prescription.
CBD, on the other hand, is non-intoxicating. It won’t get you high and is widely lauded for its therapeutic potential. CBD is thought to help with chronic pain and inflammation, stress and anxiety, and sleep issues. It is also legal on the federal level, though states may have their own regulations.
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CBD vs. Delta-8
Delta 8 is a type of cannabinoid that’s similar to delta-9 THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis. However, unlike THC, it’s much less potent and only mildly psychoactive, so it is not known to produce that “high,” typically associated with cannabis use.
Delta 8 is synthetically made from CBD or Delta 9 THC. It is thought to offer a number of potential benefits, including pain relief and relaxation.
CBD and Delta 8 are similar in that they’re both cannabinoids that offer potential health benefits. However, there are some key differences between the two. For starters, Delta 8 is much more potent than CBD.
This means it can produce a mild “high” feeling while CBD does not.
Another key difference is Delta 8’s gray legal status. It is only legal in some states, while CBD is legal on a federal level. This is because Delta 8 is derived from THC, which is still illegal under federal law.
If you’re looking for a cannabinoid that offers potential health benefits without the “high” feeling, CBD is the better option.
However, if you’re looking for something more potent and can produce mild euphoria, relaxation, and potential pain relief, Delta 8 may be a better choice.
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CBD Oil vs. CBD Tincture
CBD oil and CBD tincture are both liquids that contain CBD extract. They are similar products with the same uses, but there are some key differences.
The main difference between CBD oil and CBD tincture is the method of extraction.
CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant and then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil. CBD tincture, on the other hand, is produced by soaking cannabis in high-proof alcohol and then evaporating the liquid.
When it comes to administration methods, both CBD oil and tincture can be taken sublingually (under the tongue) or added to food and beverages.
They can also be used topically, though CBD oil is more suited for this purpose, as the alcohol in the tincture can be drying, irritating, or simply not effective.
Moreover, you can choose CBD oil from a variety of flavors, depending on your preferences and needs, while CBD tincture has a characteristic, bitter taste that many people may not enjoy.
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Full-Spectrum CBD vs. Broad-Spectrum CBD vs. CBD Isolate
When you’re shopping for CBD products, you may come across three different types: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate.
Full-spectrum CBD products contain all of the compounds found in the cannabis plant, including THC (though it can’t be more than 0.3% to be legal in the US). This means that full-spectrum CBD products have the potential to produce the entourage effect.
The entourage effect is the theory that all of the compounds in cannabis work together to produce a greater effect than any one of them could on their own.
Broad-spectrum CBD products have most of the compounds found in the plant but have had the THC removed.
This means that they won’t produce the equally potent entourage effect but may still offer the benefits of other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
CBD isolate products only contain CBD, meaning that it’s the purest form of CBD you can find on the market. Although they don’t have the potential to produce the entourage effect, they are often more potent than full- or broad-spectrum products.
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to which type of CBD is best. It ultimately comes down to personal preference and what you’re looking to get out of your CBD product.
Plus, you may want to consider whether you will be subject to drug testing, as full-spectrum CBD products may contain trace amounts of THC, which can be detected during screening.
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Terpenes, Anandamide, and Flavonoids – the Entourage Effect
CBD is just one of the many active compounds found in the cannabis plant. These compounds are collectively known as cannabinoids. CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid found in cannabis, after THC.
CBD is often used on its own, but it’s also thought to be more effective when used in combination with other cannabinoids and compounds found in cannabis. This is known as the entourage effect.
The entourage effect is thought to be responsible for CBD’s “synergistic” effects. It occurs because the different cannabinoids and compounds found in cannabis work together to produce a more pronounced effect than they would if they were used on their own.
For example, CBD is thought to inhibit the breakdown of anandamide – a fatty acid neurotransmitter found within the ECS in the body. Anandamide was one of the first endocannabinoids to be discovered and is thought to play a role in pain perception, appetite, and inflammation.
FAAH is the enzyme that is responsible for breaking down the anandamide. By inhibiting FAAH (anandamide’s breakdown), CBD may help to increase levels of anandamide in the body, which could lead to reduced anxiety and inflammation, resulting in an overall calming effect on nerves.
In addition to cannabinoids, cannabis also contains a class of compounds known as terpenes. Terpenes are responsible for the plant’s smell and flavor.
Each terpene interacts with a specific receptor in the brain and can affect several areas in the brain and the nervous system, generating different outcomes.
They’re also thought to contribute to the entourage effect.
One study suggests that some terpenes might play a role in how CBD binds to the CB receptors by binding to them themselves. This, in turn, may alter the way CBD interacts with the ECS and help either increase or decrease the effects experienced from taking CBD.
Flavonoids are another class of secondary compounds found in the cannabis plant that is thought to induce the entourage effect. They’re responsible for the plant’s color and occur naturally in fruits, vegetables, grains, tea, and wine.
There are about 20 known flavonoids produced by the cannabis plant – these phytonutrients not only lend the dark green color to cannabis but can also be highly pharmacologically active.
For instance, the flavonoid Cannaflavin A has anti-inflammatory properties, while other flavonoids found in cannabis plants, such as Orientin, Quercetin, Silymarin, and Kaempferol, come with anti-fungal, antioxidant, and anti-cancer potential.
As such, products that contain a full spectrum of cannabinoids and compounds found in cannabis, including THC, CBD, terpenes, and flavonoids, provide the maximum benefit from CBD. These products are often referred to as “full-spectrum” or “whole plant” CBD products.
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CBD vs. Painkillers
CBD is often compared to painkillers, as they are both used to relieve pain. While they are similar in this respect, there are also some key differences.
Both CBD and painkillers work by modulating the pain signals sent to the brain. However, they do this in different ways.
CBD works by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system regulates various functions in the body, pain included. CBD is thought to help reduce pain by modulating the activity of the receptors in the ECS.
Painkillers, on the other hand, work by blocking pain signals from reaching the brain. This can be effective in the short term, but it can also lead to dependence and addiction.
As it’s a natural, plant-based product, CBD is generally considered safe, with only a few possible mild side effects. Painkillers, on the other hand, can have a range of potential side effects, like stomach upset, drowsiness, and dizziness.
They can also lead to more serious problems like liver damage, gastrointestinal bleeding, and kidney damage if used excessively or for long periods of time.
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CBD Benefits & Health
CBD is thought to offer a wide range of potential health and wellness benefits. While more research is needed to support these claims, CBD is generally considered safe and well-tolerated.
Here are some of the potential benefits of CBD:
- anxiety relief,
- pain relief,
- reduced inflammation,
- better sleep,
- improved skin health,
- digestive support.
If you’re looking for relief from one of these conditions, CBD may be worth trying.
Be sure to talk to your doctor first, as CBD can interact with certain medications.
CBD for Pain and Inflammation
One of the most common uses of CBD is for pain relief. CBD is thought to have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that can help to relieve pain and inflammation that may be causing it.
One of the recent studies involved administering CBD to a group of patients with symptomatic peripheral neuropathy. It’s a condition resulting from damage to the brain and spinal cord nerves, causing great, localized pain.
During the study, some patients received CBD topically while others got a placebo. Those who actually received CBD reported a decrease in sharp pains and itchy sensations.
No side effects were reported.
CBD for Epilepsy and Seizures
CBD has been shown to be effective in reducing seizures in people with epilepsy, especially in children. In 2018, the FDA (the Food and Drug Administration) actually approved Epidiolex, the first CBD-based medication for the treatment of epilepsy.
It’s prescribed to treat two rare and severe forms of epilepsy – Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
Obviously, the decision was made based on clinical trials that showed a significant reduction in seizures for those taking Epidiolex.
Further research may help to determine the role of CBD in other forms of epilepsy and in reducing seizures in general.
CBD for Anxiety and Depression
The endocannabinoid system is responsible for the overall regulation of the body. As such, it affects not only physical but also psychological functions like mood, memory, and appetite.
Anxiety and depression are among the most common mental health disorders in the US. They’re often treated with prescription medications that can cause a host of side effects, like weight gain, sexual dysfunction, and fatigue.
CBD is a non-intoxicating compound found in cannabis that’s thought to interact with the ECS to help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.
One study found that CBD may reduce performance anxiety and cognitive impairment in speech performance for those struggling with a social anxiety disorder (SAD), while another involved 72 people whose anxiety scores decreased after taking CBD for a month.
Further literature review showed that CBD might help deal with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well.
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CBD for PTSD
PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a long-lasting mental health condition that can be triggered by a traumatic event. It’s characterized by symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, and depression.
While there are several treatments for PTSD, there is increasing evidence that CBD can help manage its symptoms better.
A case series from 2019 has shown that oral administration of CBD, in addition to routine psychiatric care, was associated with symptom reduction in adults with PTSD.
Furthermore, research states that CBD also appeared to offer relief in a subset of patients who reported frequent nightmares as a symptom of their PTSD.
Some research also suggests that taking CBD right after a traumatic event may make it more difficult for the brain to form memories that could later develop PTSD and cause its symptoms in the first place.
This means that CBD may offer therapeutic benefits for people with trauma and stress-related disorders.
CBD for Stress
Cortisol is often referred to as the “stress hormone” because it’s released in response to stress.
High levels of cortisol can lead to a number of health problems, including weight gain, high blood pressure, and anxiety.
After CBD has shown to be a potential treatment for anxiety disorders, the substance has become increasingly used for stress relief and chronic stress management.
CBD interacts with serotonin receptors in your brain and CB 1 receptors which might help manage anxiety and stress-related issues.
In a large case series from 2019, researchers found that cortisol levels decreased more significantly for participants who took 300 or 600 mg of CBD oil.
These findings suggest that CBD impacts the release of cortisol, possibly having sedative-like effects that can help people calm their nerves and affect their mood in general.
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CBD for Addiction
Substance use disorders, such as drug addiction or alcohol abuse, are conditions characterized by the risk of relapse, which can be increased by a number of factors, ranging from being prone to stress and anxiety to poor impulse control.
Considering that overall drug and alcohol use is on the rise in the US, nearly reaching its peak from 40 years ago, there is an increasing need for new, effective treatment options. And this is where CBD might prove helpful.
Recently, CBD has been gaining more attention in terms of its relevance in the prevention of relapse in drug use. It is believed that CBD’s ability to reduce anxiety and stress associated with drug cues can contribute to the effective targeting of risk states of drug use relapse.
In addition, CBD is thought to impact the brain circuitry responsible for drug cravings. A recent study on people with heroin drug addiction investigated the potential of cannabidiol to reduce cue-induced craving and anxiety, two major factors contributing to drug use relapses.
Those participants who took CBD as part of the treatment reported fewer drug cravings than people in the placebo group after exposure to drug-related cues.
Study results also showed a reduction in anxiety, heart rate, and cortisol – the “stress hormone.”
CBD for Athletes
The use of CBD among professional and amateur athletes alike has become more frequent, and there are a few reasons for that. First comes the fact that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from the 2018 prohibited substances list.
Furthermore, the availability of broad-spectrum CBD products and CBD isolates (i.e., CBD-based products without THC) eliminates the possibility of failing a drug test and risking getting disqualified from an important competition.
This also means that the use of CBD won’t interfere with athletic performance or cause any psychoactive effects.
But perhaps the most significant reason why more and more athletes turn to this substance is CBD’s support in the recovery process.
CBD is believed to have the potential to facilitate recovery from fatigue and muscle damage caused by both physical and mental exertion in sports.
For instance, CBD can become an excellent addition to the post-workout routine, as its anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects can help alleviate pain and ease muscle soreness or help avoid it completely.
Using topical CBD products, such as CBD salves, roll-ons, or specifically designed CBD sports creams, can also provide targeted relief and a soothing effect.
Also, it’s been shown that CBD may promote better sleep quality and duration, which is another important aspect of recovery.
CBD for Sleep
There is a strong link between sleep and health, and a lack of good night’s sleep can lead to a number of serious health problems. According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than one-third of American adults don’t get enough sleep.
Unfortunately, it affects their mood, mental sharpness, and productivity on a daily basis.
CBD is known to have a calming effect on the body and mind, which can be helpful in promoting better sleep in various ways.
For instance, one study showed that 80% of people taking CBD to relieve anxiety reported lower anxiety levels, which, in turn, improved sleep quality in more than 65% of participants.
In addition to alleviating anxiety, CBD can also help with depression symptoms or ease discomfort from chronic pain. Preliminary research suggests that CBD can also help with certain sleep disorders, such as insomnia, REM sleep behavior disorder, and excessive daytime sleepiness disorder.
What’s more, you can find various CBD-based products created specifically for acting as a sleep aid – such as CBD-infused gummies that also contain melatonin for a synergistic effect.
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CBD for Healthy Skin and Hair
CBD has become a new, all-natural ingredient in the skincare industry.
CBD is believed to offer a wide variety of skin health benefits, including:
- Promoting healthy barrier function. CBD may work against oxidative stress caused by harmful environmental factors by inducing the expression of the enzyme with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
This helps prevent cell damage, chronic inflammation, and skin aging.
- Relieving symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, and pruritus. A 2019 study indicated that CBD and its accompanying cannabinoids may have therapeutic effects on dryness and inflammation-based skin diseases.
- Naturally soothing inflamed, acne-prone skin. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD is thought to reduce the stinging sensation and pain from inflamed skin.
- Helping reduce discomfort and other effects of cancer treatment. According to this literature review, CBD may lower pain in skin, bones, muscles, and joints, and has potential to treat cancer-related pain as a topical skin ointment or oral medicine.
- Diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. CBD is believed to have antioxidants that can protect your skin from free radicals and UV rays, thus indirectly preventing signs of skin aging.
- Helping get rid of fungal skin infections. A 2011 study suggests that full-spectrum CBD products (that also contain amounts of THC, CBC, and CBG) may help reduce fungal and bacterial infections because of the entourage effect they cause.
- Dealing with hypopigmentation. According to the same study from 2019, CBD may prove effective for reducing hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation in the human body.
- Alleviating skin rashes caused by digestive disorders. CBD can influence the gut, which, in turn, affects our skin health. It is believed to aid digestion, ease irritable bowel symptoms (such as reducing inflammation), and potentially act as a probiotic.
As for using CBD for hair health, the most significant benefit it can offer is hair growth. A 2021 case series showed that topical application of CBD oil to the hair and scalp for 6 months could result in substantial hair regrowth.
In addition, CBD can promote better sleep quality and decrease stress levels, which are both factors contributing to excessive hair loss. This way, CBD can indirectly improve overall hair health.
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CBD for Arthritis
Arthritis is a general term that describes inflammation of the joints. The two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is caused by the breakdown of cartilage – the tissue that cushions the ends of bones in your joints.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes your body’s immune system to attack your joints.
In the United States, 24% of all adults (58.5 million people) have arthritis, and it also remains the leading cause of work disability.
CBD is known to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties that may help to reduce the symptoms of arthritis.
Some animal studies suggest that CBD may help treat arthritis and relieve inflammatory pain associated with it, while another study showed that CBD-based creams may help reduce osteoarthritis-related joint pain and inflammation.
Although current findings are promising, more research is needed for conclusive scientific evidence that CBD is an effective treatment for arthritis.
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CBD for Anger
Anger is a normal emotion, but it can become a problem if it’s not managed properly.
Chronic anger can lead to several health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and anxiety, and have a damaging effect on relationships.
People struggling with anger and aggression issues usually have fluctuating catecholamine levels.
Catecholamines act as neurotransmitters and are important for proper neural functioning, hormonal regulation, and emotions.
As CBD interacts with ECS, CBD products can be used to influence these neurotransmitters and gain better control of negative emotions, if not achieve complete balance.
Research into CBD benefits for anger management is still in its infancy. However, initial results signify that there can be a contribution from the substance – one study explored the connection between CBD and adrenaline and noradrenaline levels, showing that CBD managed to reduce adrenaline in rodent subjects.
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How to Take CBD
CBD is available in a wide range of products, from oils and tinctures to gummies and topicals.
The best way to take CBD depends on your personal preferences and needs, such as the health issues you want to address.
If you’re going to take CBD for the first time, you are probably curious about determining your ideal dosage, but also about its possible side effects and the time it takes to produce the desired effect.
Consulting your doctor is always a good starting point to ensure that the substance won’t interfere with any medications you might be taking at the moment.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to CBD dosage.
The amount of CBD you should take depends on a number of factors, including:
- body weight,
- condition you’re treating,
- the concentration of CBD,
- individual tolerance (sensitivity) to the substance,
- body chemistry.
It’s always best to start with a low dose and increase it gradually until you find the dose that works best for you.
The most common dose of CBD is 20-40 mg per dose, which is a good starting point for beginners.
It’s important to observe the body’s response to the substance and see if the symptoms are improving. Wait at least a couple of weeks before increasing the dosage for the first time.
The best way for first-timers is to take CBD oil sublingually – by placing a few drops under your tongue and holding it there for 60-90 seconds before swallowing. CBD gummies and capsules are also easy to take, as they provide a pre-measured dose.
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In order for CBD to be effective, it needs to reach the endocannabinoid system. To make that happen, it should be properly absorbed into the bloodstream first.
This is what the concept of bioavailability refers to.
The term bioavailability refers to the percentage of a substance that enters the bloodstream and is available for the body to use. When it comes to CBD, its bioavailability depends on the method of administration.
For example, when CBD is taken orally in the form of gummies or capsules, it has to go through the digestive system first and is metabolized by the liver before it reaches the bloodstream. This process reduces the bioavailability of CBD, as some of the CBD is lost during metabolism.
On the other hand, when CBD is inhaled in the form of vape oil or smoked, it bypasses the digestive system and is absorbed by the lung membrane directly into the bloodstream.
This provides the highest bioavailability of CBD.
Sublingual and transdermal (topical) applications of CBD also have relatively low bioavailability when compared to inhaled CBD.
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Is CBD Safe? Possible Risks and Side Effects
CBD is generally considered safe and well-tolerated. However, like all substances, it can cause side effects in some people.
The most common side effects of CBD include:
- gastrointestinal issues, such as diarrhea or liver damage,
- dry mouth,
- changes in appetite.
Nevertheless, most of them may not affect every person consuming CBD; if they do, they are generally mild. For instance, since CBD topicals are plant-based, they shouldn’t irritate the skin further.
As long as you choose high-quality products, CBD won’t affect your health unfavorably.
It’s also important to note that CBD can interact with certain medications, such as blood thinners, certain antihistamines, and antiepileptic drugs, so it’s always best to talk to your doctor before taking CBD if you’re on any medication.
However, when it comes to using CBD during pregnancy or breastfeeding, the FDA strongly advises against the use of cannabidiol in any form – the same as THC and marijuana.
While it might be tempting to use CBD for pregnancy symptoms, such as nausea from morning sickness or trouble sleeping and pain, you shouldn’t.
There are a couple of reasons for that. First, there is insufficient research into the effects of CBD on pregnant mothers and unborn babies. Second, if ordered from unreliable companies, CBD products can be contaminated with things like pesticides, heavy metals, bacteria, and fungi.
These can be dangerous for nursing babies and might also affect a baby’s brain development in the womb.
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Is Taking CBD Every Day Safe?
Using CBD regularly can contribute to better overall well-being and improved body functioning. However, many people still hesitate to implement the substance into their daily lives.
For one reason, many might think that the fact that CBD comes from the cannabis plant implies that CBD is addictive. However, it’s just another myth. As CBD is non-intoxicating and does not have the same intoxicating properties as THC, it is not addictive or habit-forming.
According to research, CBD has a good safety profile and is well tolerated at doses up to 600mg to 1,500 mg.
On the contrary, evidence indicates that while being non-addictive, CBD might have therapeutic properties in the treatment of different types of addiction and promote resilience to drug use disorders.
You can start using CBD daily and receive more comfort as long as you keep track of dosing and overall CBD intake.
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Will CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?
As CBD is derived from the cannabis plant, there is a small chance that it could show up on a drug test even though it has no intoxicating effects.
This is because drug tests usually test for THC rather than CBD.
For instance, if you’re taking a full-spectrum CBD product that contains trace amounts of THC, there is a possibility of it showing up on a drug test.
If you’re concerned about this, you can opt for a broad-spectrum CBD product or CBD isolate, as they don’t contain THC.
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How Long Does It Take for CBD to Work?
The time it takes for CBD to start working depends on the consumption method. When taken orally in the form of gummies or capsules, it takes CBD longer to reach the bloodstream as it has to go through the digestive system first.
Usually, the first effects of CBD may not be felt for as long as an hour or two.
When taken sublingually in the form of oil or tincture, CBD is absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the blood vessels under the tongue.
This way, CBD’s effects occur almost immediately, but it can also take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.
When CBD is inhaled, CBD gets directly into the bloodstream through the lungs. This means that you can expect CBD to kick in as early as three minutes after consumption.
When applied topically in the form of cream or ointment, CBD is absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream.
The effects of topical CBD may be felt within minutes, but it can also take from 15 to 45 minutes, and they’re usually not as pronounced as when CBD is taken orally or inhaled.
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There is a multitude of CBD-based products available on the market today – from regular and flavored CBD oils to several types of CBD edibles to CBD-infused bath bombs and even lubricants.
Some of the most popular of them are also represented in our offer.
If you’re on the lookout for your perfect CBD product, it’s worth exploring your options.
Below, you’ll find a quick breakdown of some of the most popular and effective CBD products available for both topical and oral application.
CBD salves are topical products that are applied directly to the skin. They’re usually made with a base of coconut oil or beeswax and often contain other ingredients like essential oils, herbs, and vitamins.
CBD salves typically contain CBD as their main active ingredient and are used to deal with pain and inflammation in a specific area of the body.
In our offer, you’ll find the top-selling and USDA-certified Lavender Eucalyptus CBD salve that offers superior skin hydration and quick absorption without oily residue.
It’s created with organic beeswax, MCT oil, as well as eucalyptus and lavender essential oils to provide a soothing and relaxing effect on the skin, and it is infused with premium-grade, broad-spectrum hemp.
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CBD sports creams are similar to CBD salves, but they’re often formulated with additional ingredients that are thought to be beneficial for athletes, like menthol and arnica.
These ingredients can help to improve blood flow and reduce inflammation and pain in muscles and joints. Such CBD products can become an excellent addition to the post-workout routine.
Our CBD Sports Cream comes in a bottle with a pump dispenser to make the application process more convenient.
You can expect a pleasant cooling sensation on the skin because of the addition of menthol.
Natural ingredients like camphor bark oil, rosemary, and lavender essential oils will promote healthy pain responses and help you relax after an intense workout.
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CBD oils are one of the most popular CBD products on the market today. They’re typically made with carrier oil like MCT oil, hempseed oil, or olive oil.
CBD oils can be used in a variety of ways, including taking them orally, applying them topically, or adding them to food and drinks.
Oral ingestion is the most common way to take CBD oil. The oil is typically placed under the tongue for 60-90 seconds before being swallowed.
This allows the CBD to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream for quick and effective relief.
CBD oils are also popular for use in cooking, but it’s important to note that overheating CBD can cause it to lose some of its beneficial properties. As such, it would be best to add CBD oil can to salad dressings, smoothies, or homemade pesto.
In our offer, you will find broad-spectrum CBD oil, meaning that apart from CBD itself, it also contains other compounds from the cannabis plant, so you can count on the entourage effect.
The product is available in three options: 450mg, 900mg – and the most potent – 1350mg.
It also has a fresh mint flavor from peppermint essential oil, making it an excellent option for those not a fan of CBD’s original grassy taste.
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CBD softgels are capsules that contain CBD oil. They’re a convenient and easy way to take CBD, as they provide a set dose in each capsule.
This makes it easy to know how much CBD you’re taking, which is particularly important if you’re trying to find the right dose for your needs.
Our Pure CBD softgels are designed for quick and easy absorption, and are convenient in use, so you can get your daily dosage of CBD despite your busy schedule.
Alternatively, our formula with melatonin can improve the quality and quantity of your sleep.
Crafted with an innovative water-soluble nanoemulsion technology and packed with premium broad-spectrum hemp extract, our softgels will provide you with numerous benefits of CBD, with no detectable THC or pesticides.
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CBD gummies are a popular type of CBD edible.
They’re typically made with fruit juice, gelatin, and CBD oil. CBD gummies come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and flavors, making them a fun and easy way to take CBD.
Our Broad-Spectrum CBD Gummies are a delicious way to enjoy your daily intake of CBD and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time. NV-US Organics gummies are infused with naturally-derived cannabidiol from organic hemp plants and designed to support a healthy lifestyle.
With third-party lab testing for purity and potency, our gummies are a great choice for those looking for all the benefits of CBD with zero THC or the offputting taste of hemp.
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How to Find the Best CBD Products
Today, CBD has become more and more accessible. You can buy it online from retailers or directly from brands, as well as find certain CBD products over the counter.
In order to make the most out of your CBD using experience, it’s crucial to find a high-quality product that will be able to meet your needs.
Fortunately, there are several CBD buying tips that will help you pick the best CBD products on the market.
- Consider your needs. What are you looking to use CBD for? Are you looking for relief from anxiety, pain, or inflammation? Do you want to improve your sleep or boost your hair growth? Once you know what you want to use CBD for, you can narrow down your options and choose a product that’s best suited for your needs.
- Choose a reputable brand. With so many CBD brands on the market, choosing one that’s reputable and has a good track record is important. Look for brands that use third-party lab testing to ensure their products are of high quality and free of contaminants.
You should also look for brands that are transparent about their manufacturing process and offer a money-back guarantee so you can try their products with confidence.
- Decide on the preferred consumption method. Depending on their administration method, CBD comes in a wide range of products, including oils, edibles, topicals, and more.
Understanding how you’re going to use your CBD will narrow down your search and identify what product you actually need.
- Always read the label. Look for products that list the amount of CBD per serving as well as the serving size. You should also ensure the product is free of contaminants like pesticides, heavy metals, and other harmful chemicals and doesn’t contain unnecessary ingredients or artificial flavors.
Keeping these simple tips in mind will help you ensure you’ve got the best product for your money.
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