WHAT IS CBD AND OTHER CANNABINOIDS?
HOW DOES IT WORK & HOW TO TAKE CBD
Cannabidiol commonly known as CBD is one the main compounds found in Hemp and Cannabis plants. Recently CBD has been gaining a lot of spotlight due to the medical benefits of consuming CBD while being non psychocative (doesn’t get you high), there is no overdose and it's non toxic. There aren’t many compounds in the medicinal world that have so many upsides with little to no negative side effects such as Cannabidiol.
CBD is getting a lot of hype but it's important to understand CBD is apart of a bigger system and is fueling the Endocannabinoid system. There are over 100 other cannabinoids other than CBD. CBD is just one of them that happens to be a very dominant and effective cannabinoid. You do want other cannabinoids as well when consuming CBD. The use of CBD and other cannabinoids together is better understood as the “Entourage effect”
The Entourage Effect essentially states that using a variety of cannabinoids with get better and more optimal effect compared to isolation of Cannabinoids whether it be CBD or THC. Studies with CBD in insolation of other cannabinoids have show it to be less effective by itself. Or you are taking more CBD than you would of something with a mixture of other cannabinoids. As the consumer when shopping you want to get look for a “FULL SPECTRUM” oil. This means you’re getting more than just CBD. To name a few other cannabinoids there is CBDa, CBG, CBN, CBL, THCV and THC. Well get to individual benefits of those another time.
Now that you see there are tons of other cannabinoids that exist..... but for what? What does Cannabidiol or “Full Spectrum” even mean to the human body?
For starters, the Endocannabinoid is the largest regulatory system in the human body. You have receptors for this system in your brain, lymphatic system, transdermal layer on top of the skin, digestive tract and GI lining, even private parts and all. There are plenty of receptors but for now understand the most common receptors are CB1, and CB2. Now in return the Cannabinoids fit these receptors sites and act as keys to unlock and help regulate the auto-immune system, your mood, appetite, inflammation, pain, mental state, and hormones. There’s over 30 proven benefits from using CBD. Depending on what needs to be regulated they can act as catalyst or antagonist to create balance in the body and auto immune system. (See CBD Receptor Chart below)
If your not familiar with the benefits of CBD, let me run thru a list of its benefits
Fights/Kill Cancer Cells
Reduce and Kill Tumors
CBD May Protect Against Neurodegenerative Diseases
CBD May Relieve Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms
CBD Has Therapeutic Potential for Schizophrenia
CBD Helps with Epileptic Seizures
CBD Reduces Anxiety
CBD Relieves Pain
CBD May Be Beneficial for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Cannabidiol Relieves Nausea and Increases Appetite
Cannabidiol Lowers Incidence of Diabetes
Cannabidiol May Promote Heart Health
Cannabidiol May Treat Depression
Cannabidiol May Help with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Cannabidiol May Protect Against Bacteria
Cannabidiol May Protect Against Mad Cow Disease
Cannabidiol Promotes Bone Growth
CBD Reduces Dyskinesia
Cannabidiol May Help with Insomnia
Cannabidiol May Be Effective for Treating Substance Use Disorders
Cannabidiol May Help with Quitting Smoking
Cannabidiol May Provide Treatment for Acne
Cannabidiol May Play a Role in Psoriasis
There are several ways to take CBD and each has a slightly different rate upon consumption. Below I will briefly explain each way and how one can use it.
Sublingually (Under the Tongue):
Tinctures are a very common way of consuming oil
and is one of the most effective ways. After a few drops under your tongue the pain relief or anxiety is gone or diminished rather quickly (within 15-20 minutes). The effects typically last 2-3 hours when done with drops under the tongue. Tinctures are usually dosed between 20-35mg per ML. This is important to know based on daily consumption goals/needs.
Inhalation via Vaping, Dabbing:
is very popular, discreet and fast way to consume CBD but not very effective in comparison when compared to other forms. It can be a quick mental relief but not the best when trying to cope with a lot of pain or any ailment that requires a high dosage of CBD on a regular basis. Vapes are discreet and quick. That's about it. This goes for smoking flower material as well.
For the areas the drops don't reach per say that is another way to treat irritated skin or sore muscles.
Digestion Infused with Food (Edibles)
Consuming CBD edibles is very popular whether it be with gummy snacks or putting oil on food and digesting it with a meal this is another way to consume CBD. A lot of things begin in the gut so I think its a very smart idea to consume CBD sublingually but also in food form. You can feel the effects of CBD a little longer when it is consumed vs vape or under the tongue, although it takes longer to kick in. The effects typically last 4-5 hrs as oppose to 2-3hrs you get from tinctures.You have CBD receptors on your skin as well. Whether it be irritated skin
The daily amount of CBD is going to vary based on the person and their sensitivity or needs of the endocannabinoid system. Do you have anxiety? Are you in extreme pain? Using for Cancer recovery purposes or trying to fight a tumor? All protocols will vary. In the beginning I tell people to take 75-90mg of CBD everyday for the first 7 days and see how you feel. From there you can access if you need more, less or if thats the right amount. The beauty of CBD is there is no over dose or toxicity related to it, and if you happen to take “too much” it won’t warrant a trip to the ER. Not need to keep your best friend on speed dial because you “did too much”.
For my personal CBD regime I take 150-200mg Per Day. I take it for several reasons. One of those being inflammation from a bodily and muscle stand point of view. Secondly, mentally it helps so much with my thoughts being clear and its anti-anxiety benefits. I feel that is a slightly above average dose but keep in mind i have a lot of inflammation in my body and I respond pretty good to higher amounts of THC as well.
Studies have shown people who have arthritis or battling tumors have taken up 300-400mg CBD per day. Everyone requires a different amount. Whether it be 75/85mg Per day on the lower side or up 400mg per day if the body requires it. It’s all about how much and often the Cannabinoid system needs to be fueled. And how often those CBD receptors need those keys to unlock certain mechanisms.
Hopefully now you have a little bit more understanding of CBD, other cannabinoids and how they work in the body. We are still learning about more cannabinoids and receptors routinely how they interact together within the human body.