Short for cannabinoids, CBD has stolen the show in the health and fitness niche.The compound has gained widespread acceptance among people who seek a safer and more effective solution to their health challenges.If you stumbled upon this piece, the chances are that you’re new to the burgeoning CBD world and wondering what about all the CBD ‘fuss’.
Reading on, you’ll find out all the CBD basics, detailed enough to help you navigate the CBD world like a pro.
But first things first…
As mentioned, CBD means Cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in cannabis Sativa – both hemp and marijuana variants.Among over a hundred chemicals (known as cannabinoids) in cannabis, cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the most abundant in the plant.
Since these compounds can be extracted in reasonable amounts, they have attracted the most medical and legal attention among their peers.One notable difference between CBD and THC is that while the former causes the ‘high’ marijuana users experience, CBD is non-psychoactive.
However, both CBD and THC – and even other minor compounds in cannabis – hold potential therapeutic promises.But with the ‘societal conspiracy’ against THC, CBD is inarguably more appreciated in both medical and legal fields.
Lately, researchers have found some interesting details about CBD. The details answer questions such as:
- How does CBD work?
- What are the effects and possible benefits of CBD?
- Is CBD safe?
- How is CBD administered?
- And, importantly, is CBD legal?
Let’s quickly discuss these aspects and ever more about the relatively new compound.
How does CBD work?
Cannabinoids (which include CBD and THC) binds with the human system in diverse ways.These cannabis-sourced compounds mimic the roles of some internally produced compounds called the “endogenous cannabinoids” or “endocannabinoids.” That is, the compounds generated in your body have similar potency as those extracted from cannabis.
The Endocannabinoids and receptors (to which the endocannabinoid binds) all make up a system in your body called the Endocannabinoid System, ECS.Research authors have found the Endocannabinoids System (or ECS) to be a chief modulator of several body functions – energy level, mood, appetite, immunity activity, intestinal fortitude, glucose metabolism, blood pressure, and how we react to pain, stress, all included.
Where this system malfunctions, the body loses homeostasis (used to refer to a state of complete wellness). Hence, regulating activities in the endocannabinoid system may prove therapeutic in nearly all health issues. By regulating the ECS, CBD (and other cannabinoids) can manage or prevent disease progression
What are CBD’s effects and benefits?
Reports from going research backed by anecdotal evidence say CBD may become therapeutic for a range of conditions, including:
- Chronic pain
- Sleep disorder
- Joint pain or arthritis
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Anxiety and depression
- Epileptic seizure
- Multiple sclerosis 9MS)
- Lung conditions
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
However, note that most of these claims are but anecdotal or animal-based. More research is needed to uphold, on the off chance, dispel existing evidence.
How to use CBD?
One interesting thing about CBD is its flexibility. CBD can be used in different ways – away from the typical smoking you probably detest.
Here are several ways to use CBD:
- Swallowing pills
- Sublingually, beneath the tongue
- Mixing CBD oil into food or beverages
- Topically, massing on target points on the skin
Note that CBD’s effects vary across users based on several individual factors, including
- Health condition
What to look out for when choosing a CBD product
Being an under-regulated niche, the CBD market is filled with a truckload of counterfeit products masquerading as top-quality CBD.But if we were to judge by the labels, every product may come off as top quality.Disturbingly, research shows that 70 percent of CBD products on the market have inaccurate labels. That is, the labels project an ingredient list that conflicts with the actual bottle content.With these fraudulent practices, navigating through the CBD market becomes tricky and discouraging, primarily for first-timers.
To be entirely sure, here’s a quick guide
- Check CBD-to-THC ratio
- Request for third-party lab test (or COA)
- Quality ingredients – avoid GMOs, corn syrup, thinning agents, trans-fat, or unnecessary preservations
- No Pesticides and other contaminants
Your COA should display the presence of pesticides, bacteria, molds, solvent residue, and related contaminants.
- Confirm Extraction method
When scouting, produced extracted with food grade ethanol or CO2 is your safest bet. Turn down products extracted with propane, BHO, hexane, and other toxic solvents.
Is CBD Safe?
While the CBD’s possible side effects are still widely researched, some evidence say CBD may trigger certain adverse reactions, including
- Drug to drug interaction
- Liver damage
- Loss of appetite and gastrointestinal problems
- Mood change
While we await more research to explore more CBD potentials, the FDA warns against making any CBD medical claims. Besides, the regulatory agency regards the compound but as supplements.That said, the prestigious World Health Organization (WHO) calls CBD safe and widely tolerated.
Well, like your typical medications, a few CBD users report some mild effects. Besides, users stand other risks like drug-to-drug interaction.The porous unregulated CBD market is another notable mention. Hence, you may need to brighten and hold up your personal searchlight to spot originals from fakes.Yet, it’s almost impossible to tell if a particular product is safe for use and whether or not it’s what the label says.For increased safety and efficiency, you may need to consult an expert before you begin with CBD doses.