CBD awareness continues to grow across the globe as research into this amazing therapeutic compound breaks new ground.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the fastest-growing market categories in the U.S. as hemp and legal marijuana industries continue their rapid growth.
CBD is also legal within the EU; CBD promises to take Europe by storm in a similar fashion. But what exactly is CBD, and how can it help you?
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CBD and the Endocannabinoid System
CBD is one of many compounds found within the hemp plant. These compounds are known as ‘Cannabinoids.’ The most researched and well-known cannabinoids are THC and CBD.
However, there are well over 80 different cannabinoids found in cannabis. THC is the compound most will associate with cannabis, as it is responsible for strong psychoactive effects and the infamous ‘munchies.’
However, CBD is non-psychoactive and is scientifically proven to provide many health benefits (for example, you can read about CBD oil and anti-aging here).
CBD, as well as other cannabinoids, work by interacting with the body’s own endocannabinoid system. All mammals have this system, which governs much of the body’s functions.
Our body produces its own cannabinoids, which are then picked up by our cannabinoid receptors, which can regulate our immune system, bone growth, mood, appetite, and many others.
By introducing plant-based cannabinoids into our body, we can stimulate these receptors and reap the benefits of our own natural endocannabinoid system.
What are the benefits of CBD?
The potential medical benefits of CBD are vast, being used to treat diseases such as multiple sclerosis, cancer, Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s, anxiety, depression, and epilepsy.
Once you begin taking CBD, for whatever reason, whether that be for treating an ailment or as a preventative measure, you may well notice some of these benefits:
- Your physical form will change. You may notice weight loss, as well as more radiant skin.
- Sense of stability. Your body and mind will feel a sense of stability. You’ll feel stronger and more agile, as well as having a much clearer mind and sense of focus.
- Health and repair. CBD directly affects the immune system as well as the body’s ability to recover. You’ll find illnesses will either be less severe, or you won’t contract them in the first place. If you suffer any injury, then you’ll find the recovery time will also improve.
- Mood elevation. You will find your mood improves with less fluctuation of feeling up and down.
- An ongoing sense of calm, mindfulness, and wellbeing. Taking CBD over a more extended period of time will lead to a consistent sense of calm and wellbeing.
- Greater energy. CBD reduces the amount of REM sleep and encourages better quality deep sleep.
Factors to consider when using CBD
The effectiveness of CBD varies from person to person, so it is important to make sure that all factors are considered when using it.
Here are the 3 key factors to consider when using CBD:
Whilst most CBD products will include a dosage outline. It is important to consider the variables when dosing. These variables include age, weight, nutritional deficiencies, and current ailments.
As an example, someone with an existing autoimmune disorder may need a higher dose than someone without. It is also key to note what you want to get from CBD.
For those looking to curb anxiety or perhaps balance, their appetite may require a much lower dose than someone in chronic pain who needs pain relief.
A base starting point for a daily dosage is around 25 mg per 100 pounds of body weight. It is also important to note that CBD and other cannabinoids have biphasic properties like alcohol.
This means that when in a low concentration in the bloodstream, CBD will act as a stimulant, though once past a certain threshold, it will start to have a more sedative effect.
This means that timing dosages can be important, so make sure to test when you haven’t got a lot going on. If you find that your dose leaves you energised, then take it in the morning.
If, however, it leaves you feeling drowsy, then take it in the evening. If there is no outstanding effect, then you are free to take the dose whenever you feel.
It is important to note as well to anxiety sufferers that this stimulant/sedative effect has no bearing on CBD’s effectiveness in reducing anxiety.
Whether you feel more alert or drowsy, CBD will help regulate breathing and naturally reduce anxiety.
As mentioned earlier, the body contains cannabinoid receptors that interact with cannabinoids, which is how CBD works. There are two types of receptors, CB1 and CB2.
The CB1 receptor is found throughout the brain and central nervous system and vital organs such as the lungs, liver, and kidneys. The CB2 receptor is found mainly in the immune system and hematopoietic cells.
Research shows that people who use cannabis regularly often have more open receptor sites, which means they may not ‘feel’ the effects, which calls for a more potent dosage.
On the flip side, those who have never used cannabis often feel a euphoric feeling when they first try CBD despite there being no psychoactive effects.
(You should also read this post we wrote, looking at the question, can you get a CBD tolerance over time?)
CBD will work far better in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle. If you take CBD to combat conditions like Crohn’s, IBS, or general inflammation, filling your body with large amounts of gluten and processed meat will compromise CBD’s potency.
This goes for anything that also damages the body, heavy amount of alcohol, smoking, lack of exercise, etc.
There is evidence to suggest that CBD helps promote wellbeing, which will deter the want for detrimental substances and give a greater sense of satisfaction. See more on our blog here about quitting smoking with CBD. (link to smoking blog)
With all of this in mind, you should be able to find a CBD regime that suits and work well for you.
Everyone is different, and dosages and use will reflect that. It is very important to note that even a full spectrum CBD oil cannot replace a healthy diet and lifestyle, but it can definitely help support it.