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CBD 101: Tips & Tricks for Beginners

CBD 101

Written by Kandi Neal:

If you’re new to CBD, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to start. From tinctures to topicals and edibles to oils, there are many forms of CBD to choose from. In this article we’ll break down the differences, the dosages, and the array of benefits that CBD can offer. When it comes to CBD, Cannafyl has got you covered, so read on for a basic breakdown of all things CBD.

CBD Basics

If you’re starting at square one with CBD, it’s a good idea to unpack exactly what it is and what it isn’t. Cannabidiol, often called CBD, is the naturally occurring element of the cannabis plant that will not cause any intoxication. What it does have is exponential healing properties. More and more, health professionals, patients, and scientists alike have been endorsing the overwhelming potential of the plant. It’s been utilized for an array of medical conditions, including PTSD, arthritis, anxiety, epilepsy, and much more. Because of its increased popularity and positive results, researchers are continuing to study CBD at a rapid pace. In fact, research shows that in addition to the above-mentioned conditions, CBD has also shown evidence for reducing inflammation and acting as an antidepressant. In summation, CBD oil is showing a lot of health benefits without side effects for a wide variety of people.

Endocannabinoid System

First, let’s try to understand the how and why CBD works so well within the physical body. Humans were actually designed to be able to process cannabis due to the body’s endocannabinoid system, otherwise known as ECS. The ECS contains a network of receptors and neurons in different sections of the brain, such as the hypothalamus and hippocampus. This complex system assists in regulating mood, memory, appetite, and pain. While there continues to be extensive research conducted on this subject, keep in mind that this information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. However, what we do know is that by activating specific receptors, CBD has shown positive results in exponential ways when working with the endocannabinoid system.

CBD or THC – what’s the difference?

Think of these two as cousins. Although they are related, they are different, even though they do work really well together. THC is the element that causes the “high.” Some individuals want this, while others do not. THC binds with the cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors in the brain, which is what produces that sense of euphoria. In contrast, CBD binds weakly, if at all, to the CB1 receptors. Instead, CBD targets the CB2 receptors, responsible for therapeutics and the immune system. When put together, CBD uses THC to bind to the CB1 receptor which can help to cut down on any unwanted psychoactive effects of the THC, including sedation and that high sensation. They both work well for managing pain, anxiety, and a whole host of other things; it really is up to the individual to decide what works best for their particular needs.

What’s the law?

It’s complicated. The laws around anything that originates from marijuana are constantly changing as more research is conducted, but here is where things currently stand. The 2018 Farm Bill considers cannabis sativa plants with less than 0.3 percent THC as industrial hemp. Hemp has been around for years; hemp seeds create hemp oil that is highly beneficial for the skin and is said to contain several anti-aging properties. Beyond that, hemp is used to make a variety of industrial and commercial goods, including clothing, rope, bioplastics, and much more. With the exception of only three states, growers can harvest it legally in the U.S. under strict guidelines. Hemp plant derived CBD cannabidiol with less than 0.3% THC is legal on the federal level but may still be illegal under some state laws. On the other hand, cannabis-derived CBD products are illegal federally but legal in some states. Be sure to double check the local legislation, especially when traveling. It is also worth noting that the Food and Drug Administration have not yet approved any non-prescription CBD items, so always check the labels.

Where to start

When it comes to CBD, the standard advice is to start slow and low. There are many variables to consider, one being your body weight, another being the reason for taking it, and the fun part – choosing which form you’d like to consume it in. The sweet spot is when you can find just the right dose for your desired duration. Although many CBD-rich cannabis products designed for vaping or smoking are available in some medical marijuana dispensaries, several CBD patients prefer a non-inhalable product. Keep in mind that the duration and time of onset will vary, depending on the product. There are a wide variety of ways to take CBD products, including sublingually from a tincture, orally, or topically. Newer users usually have great success by starting with a few drops of oil under the tongue, then perhaps progressing onto other products. An additional option to consider are concentrates, which can be heated and inhaled using a vape pen. This method is typically best when it comes to acute symptoms that need quicker attention because the effects can be felt much quicker and will usually last for a couple of hours. Although the effects of orally administered CBD oil can last for four hours or more, the onset of effects will be a much slower process, typically taking anywhere from 30-90 minutes. We carry all of these forms here at Cannafyl and we are committed to educating our customers about the best CBD for beginners. In fact, right now is a great time to try the Cannafyl™ CBD Wellness Box, which makes a great gift to yourself, a friend, a family member or co-worker that has been wanting to try CBD. Get the Balance, Relax, Relief and the Pain Salve for one great price! We look forward to serving you soon.

Sources:

Project CBD:  CBD User’s Guide

Brookings.edu:  The Farm Bill, Hemp Legalization & the Status of CBD: An Explainer

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