Cannabinol (CBD) is majorly trending in the wellness space as of late - and for very good reasons! Before we dive into all things CBD, I want to include a quick vocabulary session, so that we are all understanding of the terms used in this blog post.
Cannabis: the marijuana plant.
Cannabidiol (CBD): the major non-psychoactive component of cannabis.
Canniboid: chemical compounds of cannabis that affect the human body when the plant is consumed.
THC: the psychoactive constituent of cannabis that gets users “high.”
Got it? Okay, moving on!
As more research is found, cannabis has been gaining more recognition for its health and wellness benefits. However, depending on your countries cannabis laws, products with THC might not be a legal option for you (yet). Plus, you might not want to get stoned, and CBD-based products can offer the same benefits without the high.
Many people use CBD products to help with chronic pain, headaches, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. It is also becoming a popular ingredient in beauty and skincare products, mostly due to anti-inflammatory qualities. You can even find CBD bath bombs, eye masks and lip balms!
Be sure to seek out full-spectrum CBD over CBD isolate. The hemp plant contains hundreds of therapeutic compounds: cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, amino acids and more that work synergistically with our bodies to support our health. These compounds activate one another and work best in unison, so choose products that contain a range of compounds, not just CBD, for maximum benefits.
How it Works in the body
Our bodies contain an endocannabinoid system, which consists of cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors. These receptors are located in our central nervous system, including the brain, and the peripheral nervous system. Cannabinoid receptors act like locks and can only be opened with a specific key called a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are chemical messengers whose primary goal is to keep our body in homeostasis (aka balance). Because cannabinoid receptors are located all over the body, CBD has a very different effect on our system. In fact, CBD can help regulate a variety of physiological and cognitive processes such as pain, mood, appetite, memory, immunity, digestion, and reproductive health.
When there are imbalances in the endocannabinoid system, it can lead to imbalances anywhere in the body. Cannabinoids, like CBD, can match our natural internal cannabinoids and help bring the body back into a state of homeostasis.
My Experience with CBD
I started taking CBD in March of last year. I’ve been taking it pretty consistently since then, and I’ve noticed changes in my stress/anxiety levels, joint inflammation and my sleep. When I’m taking CBD, I sleep way more soundly. Falling asleep is a breeze, and once I’m sleeping, it’s a very deep sleep. I’ve also noticed my body reacts less to stress. I love using CBD as a way to wind down from my day or when I’m feeling overly nervous, anxious or stressed out.
I mainly use CBD oil sublingually, or I’ll add it into my latte or elixir, but lately, I’ve been loving the convenience of the pen (see picture below).
Start Slowly and Monitor Results
If you’re just getting into CBD, start with a small, consistent dose, monitor results and adjust as you go. CBD products are generally considered individualized, meaning everyone experiences the plant differently. There isn’t a standard dose that works well for everyone, so start with a small dose (like 5 to 10 mg) twice daily and monitor how you feel. It takes time for our bodies to adjust and find the right balance of cannabinoids in the system, so commit to a consistent dose twice a day and go from there.
What’s the Best Way to Take CBD?
Sublingual (tinctures): Some tinctures are oil-based, while others are alcohol-based. Tinctures allow for consistent dosing of CBD since they come with measured droppers. You squeeze a few drops (or more, depending on how much you’re looking to consume) under your tongue and you hold it there for 30 seconds. Under the tongue is an effective way to consume CBD because it absorbs more directly into your bloodstream, so your body doesn’t waste much of it.
Oral (capsules): Surprisingly, taking CBD orally often has the lowest bioavailability, or, the lowest absorption by your body. If you think about the digestion process, you’ll start to understand why: Your food passes through a lot of enzymes that break it down as it goes through your digestive tract. In general, not much of the CBD taken in capsule form is absorbed (only 20%!).
Inhalation (vape pens): The lungs are highly permeable, and so this is another good method in terms of higher bioavailability. It can work faster than other methods since the vapour goes straight into your circulation.
Topical (creams and salves): Our skin is our largest organ, and we absorb a lot more through our skin than you would think. CBD not only absorbs through our skin, but it also can be more bioavailable than most other methods. While CBD used topically has the same effects as CBD used in the other methods above, many of these products contain added ingredients that can provide additional therapeutic value.
As you can see, there are a lot of options out there. If you live in Canada and are interested in trying CBD, I would highly recommend FeelCBD - click here to get $10 off your first order. I’ve been loving the Natural and Calm pen along with the Focus tincture. It’s the perfect morning-midday-evening setup!
More on the company: FeelCBD is a local company based out of Vancouver, BC. Their goal is to bring together the benefits of hemp-derived full spectrum CBD and plant-based essential oils to create wellness experiences that enhance your quality of life. They believe in creating products that only contain natural and necessary ingredients. Nutritionist approved!
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With more and more research coming out about the health benefits of the cannabis plant, it’s an amazing time to add CBD to your health and wellness routine!