What Is CBD?

What Exactly Is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, a compound found naturally in hemp plants. Many have claimed that CBD may support a sense of peace and wellness. Unlike its cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it's not psychoactive. You can safely add CBD to your everyday routine without experiencing a high.

Why Does Anybody Use CBD?

Many have claimed that CBD has helped with their physical pain, anxiety, insomnia, and many other ailments that have effected their daily lives. To understand the benefits of CBD, you need to understand what it does in the body.

CBD is a compound called a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids work with a series of receptors in your body known as the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is involved in a lot of important functions. These functions include regulating your anti-inflammatory response, immune system, appetite, mood, anxiety levels, sleep schedule and more.


Your body makes its own cannabinoids. These are called endocannabinoids. If you’ve ever experienced a runner’s high, or the thrill of singing along to your favorite song, you’ve experienced the work of endocannabinoids. When plants make this type of compound, they’re called phytocannabinoids. CBD is one of over a hundred types of phytocannabinoids found in hemp plants. It’s non-intoxicating, which means it does not produce the high associated with marijuana.


Isolate vs. Broad Spectrum vs. Full Spectrum 

Isolate

CBD isolate is a crystalline solid or powder that contains 99% pure CBD. A traditional extraction process is used to remove all the active compounds from the cannabis plant, followed by a refinement process that strips away all other phytocannabinoids, including THC, and any plant matter, leaving behind nothing but the CBD chemical compound in its purest form.


The Case Against CBD Isolate

While CBD isolate might sound like the best approach to CBD for you, keep in mind that there are also a key disadvantage to isolating CBD from other cannabis compounds. Research has shown that the combination of cannabinoids and terpenes generates an entourage effect, a synergistic interaction that boosts the therapeutic effects of each compound involved which makes the case for full spectrum CBD products. 

Full Spectrum

Full-spectrum CBD products contain a full range of cannabinoids. When the cannabinoids are extracted from hemp, the entire extract is made into a consumable product, meaning that you are getting a healthy dose of all the cannabinoids that were in the plant. However, due to federal laws all CBD products must be extracted from hemp and not marijuana. By definition, hemp contains less than 0.3% THC, meaning that the extract will also only contain negligible amounts of THC. These trace amounts will definitely not get you high.So what are the benefits of a full-spectrum CBD oil? Full-spectrum CBD is the preferred option because of something called the “entourage effect.”This phenomenon refers to the way in which cannabinoids work together to become more effective. A study in 2005, conducted in Jerusalem, found that test subjects given full-spectrum CBD experienced heightened relief compared to those who received a CBD isolate.Generally, users prefer to use a full-spectrum CBD in order to improve their general well-being.

Broad Spectrum

It’s likely that you have also seen the term “broad-spectrum.” This refers to a CBD product that contains a range of other cannabinoids, but no THC. It allows for most of the benefits of the entourage effect, but with no risk of consuming THC.


How Should I Use CBD?

We will be offering different types of CBD products to help anyone add it to their daily routine in whichever way works best for them. Currently these are the most popular ways to use CBD and the difference between them:

Vaping

Vaping CBD is a quick-acting (1-3 minute) way to administer CBD and experience the immediate effect.

Vaping CBD is a smokeless, low-temperature method of inhaling CBD via vaporization. There are potential benefits of vaping CBD depending on the individual, their certain circumstances, and individual health goals.


POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF VAPING CBD

  • Fast Acting. Inhalation of cannabinoids has a typical onset of 1-3 minutes with a lasting duration of 1-3 hours. This is particularly important for those who are using CBD for fast-acting purposes, such as in the case of a panic or anxiety attack. 
  • Potentially Less Toxic. Compared to smoking raw flower or nicotine-containing products, vaping CBD may contain less carcinogenic or toxic byproducts, depending on the product you are using and the added ingredients.
  • Dosing Accuracy. CBD vaping can be dosed fairly accurately in comparison to alternative oral consumption methods. This is especially important when using CBD for the management of chronic health conditions.
  • Cannabinoid Retention. Compared to smoking, vaping leaves a much higher, cannabinoid retention rate ranging from 60-90%. This means there is less waste of valuable cannabinoids from vaping rather than smoking.

Tinctures (CBD Oil)

CBD can be administered in many forms, from smoking a cannabis strain that produces a lot of the molecule to consuming it in edibles. Among the most popular methods—especially for individuals trying a cannabis-based treatment for the first time—is through a tincture.

How to Take a Tincture

Because a CBD tincture is concentrated, it’s designed to be taken in small doses. This is why most tinctures come with a built-in dropper that allows users to take small, carefully measured quantities.Since the doses are relatively small, tinctures can be administered in a variety of ways. For patients looking to take their CBD with food, a dose of tincture can be mixed into a meal like soup or pasta. It can also be added easily to drinks like coffee and tea; an evening cup of chamomile paired with CBD tincture stands to be even more relaxing than usual.

Tinctures can also be taken sublingually, or by applying them underneath the tongue. This method of delivering CBD tincture is already common in epilepsy treatments.

Edibles/Beverages (Food and Drinks) 

An ‘edible’ is a product that you eat. Traditionally, the word edible has been associated with something that contains marijuana. When most people hear the word edible, for instance, they think of pot brownies or space cakes. CBD edibles are quite different.First, CBD is a non-intoxicating compound. It doesn’t cause a high, unlike THC. Both THC and CBD are cannabinoids – active compounds found and produced naturally in cannabis plants. THC is notorious for causing the high experienced by recreational cannabis users. THC is of course illegal on a federal level, but can be used legally in an increasing number of states.On the flip side of things, CBD is safe, non-intoxicating, and widely legal – save for just a couple of states. CBD is used in a number of different ways for its purported benefits, as well as its ability to interact with the human body as a whole.There are many different types of edibles, which we will get into later. Most edibles available for purchase are sweet treats and candies. You can easily buy CBD edibles online with a wide variety of choices, but you can just as simply purchase them in a good dispensary or health store.

How Long Does It Take for CBD Edibles to Take Effect?

CBD edibles are quite different from CBD oils. For those used to taking CBD oil, edibles might take a little getting used to.The primary difference between edibles and tinctures is the length of time the CBD takes to kick in. With a tincture, you are looking at around 15 minutes before you can notice the effects of CBD working on your system. With an edible, the timeframe is usually much longer.An edible can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to kick in. A variety of factors can affect how you an edible is processed in the body. This leads to considerable variation from user to user. Factors that influence CBD edible metabolism include height and weight, activity level, and even what you’ve eaten that day.Of course, you can’t overdose on CBD, so there’s little need to worry about taking too much. Nevertheless, we strongly advise against eating more than one edible in the event that you don’t feel anything. If you do so, you increase the risk of experiencing CBD’s side effects from over-consumption.

Topicals (Creams, Balms, Salves)

Topicals are CBD infused lotions, balms, and oils that are absorbed through the skin for localized relief of pain, soreness, and inflammation. While methods like candies and tinctures are becoming popular ways to take CBD, there’s no need to ingest cannabidiol to make the most of its pain-relieving effects. For consumers seeking to ease a specific ache or pain as quickly as possible, a topical product like a CBD salve can be a good solution.Salves go straight to the source, focusing the effects of CBD directly on a problem area. That makes CBD salves an ideal delivery system for athletes, people with chronic pain, or anyone who just wants no-nonsense relief for everyday aches and pains. Studies show that using a CBD salve right on the affected area is not just effective, but powerful.

Because a CBD salve doesn’t need to be metabolized, a topical dosage is strong, reliable, and starts working quickly. When used directly on the muscle that’s giving you grief, a CBD salve doesn’t just alleviate pain, like a warm rub or a cooling, menthol liniment. It actually fights inflammation at the source.

Smoke or Dabbing 

(Flower, Distillate, Wax/Shatter)

Like vaping, smoking CBD flower, distillate, or wax/shatter is the fastest way to feel the effects of CBD.

One of the most beneficial attributes of CBD wax crumble is the extremely fast relief one can experience, sometimes in seconds. For some ailments, research suggest that CBD can be a more effective treatment that its counterpart tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is notorious for causing anxiety, but CBD shows extremely promising results as a potent anxiolytic and antidepressant.Inhaling CBD wax crumble through a device like an oil rig or vaporizer provides the fastest form of relief. When inhaled CBD is absorbed through the lungs and goes directly into the bloodstream, almost a direct route to the brain. This means that the effects of CBD can be delivered within seconds with this innovative CBD wax crumble.