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CBD 101: 10 Things You Need to Know About Cannabis & CBD
So you keep hearing about this CBD stuff, and you wonder… what is it? Is it Cannabis? Will it get me “high”? Is it safe? What can it do for me? We understand that the Cannabis industry is new, and products can be a bit confusing. We’re here to help clarify some of the confusion and give you the Top 10 most important things you need to know about Cannabis and CBD.
1) What is CBD?
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of over 113 “cannabinoids” and nutrients found naturally in many plants but most abundantly in the cannabis plant. Unlike its close cousin, THC, CBD has received a lot of hype lately for harnessing the therapeutic properties of Cannabis, without the “high” or intoxicating feeling. CBD from Hemp is legal in all 50 states.
2) Hemp vs. Marijuana
All Hemp is Cannabis, but not all Cannabis is Hemp. Hemp is a form of Cannabis with less than 0.3% of THC, and higher potencies on CBD. Marijuana is the form of Cannabis with high amounts of THC and lower amounts of CBD, and is the form of Cannabis known to get you high. This means that most Marijuana derived products are made to get you high, while most Hemp products are designed to get you healthy. The 2018 Farm Bill Legalized Hemp and CBD in the US.
3) What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?
The ECS is your body’s network of receptors for cannabinoids found in all mammals. It was discovered in 1993 by Israeli Researcher Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, Head of the Medicinal Chemistry lab and Academic Committee at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and is thought to be your body’s largest network of receptors and neurotransmitters in your brain and body. The ECS is made up of receptors in the brain, spinal cord, liver, kidneys, immune system, central nervous system, and others, to regulate their natural functions that occur within the body.
4) What does the ECS do?
The purpose of the ECS is to work as a signaling network, communicating messages to all of the cells and organs in your body that are critical to its proper function and health. The ECS primarily function is one of “homeostasis”, responsible for bringing balance to your body’s physiological systems and improving the functions of your body’s physical and mental processes. The ECS serves as a bridge between the mind and body, improving its overall effectiveness and efficiency in keeping your body in optimal states of health.
5) What can the ECS do for me?
The ECS regulates many key aspects of your body’s ability to maintain a robust sense of mental, physical, and emotional health. (Pictured)
6) What’s CBD Isolate vs. Full-Spectrum?
CBD Isolate products are those that isolate the CBD compound from the cannabis plant, extracting only that compound and none of the other cannabinoids or phytonutrients in the plant. Full-spectrum Hemp oil has a full composition of CBD and other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other phytonutrients that work synergistically (they work together) to create a cascade of balance and improved health throughout the body, aka the “entourage effect”. While there is some benefit to CBD isolates alone, full-spectrum CBD products offer the widest range of health benefits and are the most effective.
7) Will CBD get you “high”?
No, CBD will NOT get you “high” because it is non-intoxicating. It does however have some activity in the brain because of its anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, anti-craving, alerting, and mood-elevating effects. These help you to stay relaxed and focused, instead of making you “high”. In Fact, CBD has also shown to be a great remedy for THC overdose as it counteracts the effects of THC in the brain.
People often think they need to take more CBD to feel better or more therapeutic effects, but that’s not always true. Everyone’s body’s are different and how we respond to CBD depends a lot on our habits, diet, and current state of health when taking CBD. Some benefit from micro-dosing while others need a more consistent and potent regiment. Our recommendation is to start small, like salting your food, adding a little at a time and slowly work your way up until you find the “sweet spot”.
9) Will Taking CBD Make Me Fail a Drug Test?
No, CBD alone will not make you fail a drug test. But there’s a couple things to keep in mind if you have a test coming up; 1. Full-spectrum CBD has trace amounts of THC to help the CBD work (entourage effect), and 2. Cannabinoids are fat-soluble, meaning its stored in your fat. Taking full-spectrum CBD oil consistently could cause a build-up of THC in your fat, making it possible to fail a drug test. Our recommendation is to take CBD Isolate or Broad spectrum CBD without any THC content to avoid failing a drug test.
10) How Do I Know Which Brands I Can Trust? Where Do I Get Them?
Do your research on the company and product you want to try, read the labels and ask companies for lab results showing the cannabinoid, phytonutrient and heavy-metal contents. CBD products from dispensaries and other retail locations are derived from Marijuana, could have higher THC content than desired and no CBD at all. Walgreens & CVS carry some topicals but do not offer the full range of products and brands available. For a complete list of the Best CBD Products and Brands in the Cannabis Industry, and to educate yourself on CBD and other Cannabis topics, visit www.BLNCDLifestyle.com
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