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What Is CBD?

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What Is CBD?

CBD is getting a lot of attention lately. You probably have some friends or family members who supplement with CBD. But just what is CBD? What is it used for? How is it taken? What are its effects and benefits? If you’re looking for the answers to these questions, then you’ve come to the right place. Let’s get right into it…

WHAT DOES CBD STAND FOR? 

First things first, CBD is short for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is one of many phytocannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant – cannabis includes both hemp and marijuana, which we’ll get into more later. CBD can account for up to 40% of oil/extract from cannabis plants, making it a major component. And it is believed to be one of the most beneficial parts of the plant.

CBD EFFECTS: HOW DOES CBD WORK?

The effects of CBD are mild but can be very beneficial – for many different uses from anxiety to pain to sleep issues and more. And the side effects are not intense like so many other pharmaceuticals in use today. It can be consumed in a variety of ways, such as oral ingestion and even vaping, which we’ll discuss later.

First, let’s take a closer look at the differences between CBD and THC (as well as their side effects)…

CBD VS THC: CANNABIDIOL & TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL

CBD as compared to THC? Many people often wonder: does CBD get you high? The answer is no. While it can come along with mild side effects, cannabidiol does not induce the “high” feeling that its counterpart, THC, does. There are some major differences between these two major components of cannabis.

They hold some similar benefits (as well as some differing ones) but very different side effects. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the part of marijuana that gives users the euphoric feeling known as being “high” or “stoned.” It is found in medical marijuana and some patients (and recreational users where legal) even ingest extracts that are mostly THC, containing very little CBD.

Cannabidiol, however, comes along with many additional benefits. And medical or recreational users could stand to benefit from ingesting CBD along with their THC products. If the plant is smoked whole or made into edibles, it will often contain some pretty significant levels of CBD. But for those who medicate or use high THC products with little CBD, it might be time to consider adding a CBD supplement along with the use of THC.

Let’s go over some of the potential benefits and side effects of the two:

CBD Benefits

CBD can potentially help with:

– pain
– anxiety
– inflammation
– seizures (epilepsy)
– certain mental health issues like anxiety and depression (including anti-psychotic potential)
– substance abuse
– stomach and appetite issues
– acne
– nausea
– sleep issues
– the treatment of some neurological disorders
– treating pain and side effects associated with chemotherapy and other cancer-fighting drugs

THC Benefits

THC can potentially help with:

– pain
– glaucoma
– sleep issues
– appetite issues
– sleep and anxiety issues (in some – some others may have worsened anxiety and sleep with THC use)

CBD Side Effects

Though rare, CBD can potentially lead to the following side effects:

– drowsiness
– nausea
– diarrhea
– changes in appetite
– dizziness
– dry mouth

Often times, these side effects are worsened if CBD is taken in too large of a dose or even on an empty stomach. You can try reducing your dosage or taking your CBD along with a meal if you are having these mild side effects. It, of course, is also a good idea to run any of these by your doctor.

THC Side Effects

THC use can come along with these unwanted side effects:

– increased heart rate
– short term memory loss
– dry mouth and/or eyes
– problems with coordination and reaction times
– and even cannabis induced psychosis (very rare)

CBD FROM HEMP VS CBD FROM MARIJUANA

The actual chemical derived from either hemp or marijuana is exactly the same. CBD is CBD and is in pure oil form when isolated and extracted from the plant. However, hemp plants are often very high in CBD and extremely low in THC, making hemp an ideal option for extracting CBD. In fact, most companies use hemp for CBD for this reason, as well as legal issues. Hemp products are legal for sale, while the legality of marijuana is changing, but still in question, in most states.

There’s a decent chance that marijuana is not legal in your state, either medically or recreationally. In these states, you should be buying CBD hemp oil (so long as all state and local legislation allows). What is CBD from hemp like as compared to CBD from other sources? Just as mentioned above, this is the same chemical compound (phytocannabinoid) that is found in all cannabis plants – whether that be hemp or marijuana. Hemp just contains the highest levels of cannabidiol.

CBD HEMP OIL BENEFITS

As you can see from the above lists, CBD has strong therapeutic potential. It has been researched pretty thoroughly – though much more research is ongoing, especially with the recent popularity and success of CBD. Let’s talk a bit more about the actual research that has been done with cannabidiol.

Much of the initial CBD research was focused on epilepsy and psychotic disorders. However, it has expanded in recent years to focus on all kinds of ailments and conditions.

CBD FOR PAIN

Researchers have thoroughly studied the use of CBD for pain. There has been a significant amount of success in clinical trials. One of the greatest aspects about this research is that participants have noted total treatment of pain with CBD alone – that is without the use of other drugs/medications. Many people all over the world are being freed from prescriptions to pain medications that can be addictive and come along with many unwanted side effects.

CBD FOR ANXIETY & DEPRESSION

Another area that researchers are interested in is the use of CBD for anxiety. Cannabidiol has shown promise with several types of anxiety related disorders including:- generalized anxiety disorder including:

– panic disorder
– social anxiety disorder
– obsessive-compulsive disorder
– post-traumatic stress disorder

CBD FOR SLEEP & INSOMNIA

Another area of research that is showing much promise is the use of CBD for sleep. Supplementation has shown promise with the treatment of insomnia (both primary and secondary types). It is also interesting to note that THC can have some negative long-term effects on sleep. So, users of medical marijuana/THC might want to talk with their doctor about incorporating more CBD if sleep has been affected.

CBD OIL

So, what is CBD oil and why are so many people talking about it? It is one of the most common forms of ingestible CBD, and these CBD hemp oil tinctures can even be used to make your own recipes at home. Or, it can be easily taken orally by dropping the oil directly under the tongue.

Aside from using the CBD hemp oil sublingually (under the tongue), there are plenty of other ways to take this tincture. You can mix it into drinks like shakes or smoothies and even coffee or tea. It is easy to mix CBD oil into various food recipes, especially sauces, dressings, and gravies. Just make sure that you consider dosage amounts compared to how much you will be eating during consumption. Another common method is vaping CBD oil…

CBD VAPE OIL

Vaping is one fairly common way to ingest CBD oil. It is simply put into the cartridge of a vaping pen (similar to an electronic cigarette). This oil is heated by a small battery and inhaled into the lungs. It should be noted, however, that there are other risks associated with vaping CBD oil as opposed to oral ingestion. For this reason, many people prefer oral/sublingual CBD.

CBD GUMMIES 

CBD gummies are becoming a new favorite amongst those who supplement with CBD. They are pretty much just like any other chewable vitamin and very convenient for on the go needs. They are often flavored, as well, which makes them an ideal choice for anyone who doesn’t like the taste of oral CBD drops. 

OTHER FORMS OF CBD 

There are a few other ways to use CBD. Another very popular method of application is topical cream. These CBD creams are applied to areas with pain, particularly in the joints. Many people also use a topical CBD cream for pain in the back. This method can better help to treat pain right at the source, and users report a great deal of success with topical CBD. It can be especially beneficial for acute pains.

There are also other kinds of CBD edibles available, similar to the easy gummies mentioned above. More and more companies are trying to make tastier and more convenient products for CBD users. And don’t forget, you can always incorporate your CBD oil tincture into your food and beverages.

CBD FOR DOGS

Another widely popular use of CBD is for our furry little friends who might suffer with arthritis or other kinds of pain in the hips and/or joints. There are a lot of CBD products out there made specifically for dogs and come along with dosage instructions.

You can also add an all-natural, organic CBD oil to their food or treats yourself. Just make sure that you talk this over with a veterinarian first – especially regarding dosage and potential side effects. Stop use with your pet and call the vet if you notice any unwanted side effect/s. 

IS CBD LEGAL?

CBD is legal in most states in the U.S. However, it is federally classified as a schedule V drug, meaning approved for medical use. Some states have shown some resistance to over the counter use of THC, so you should always check your local laws and legislation. Most likely, you are good to go and can easily find CBD in stores or buy CBD oil online.

The World Health Organization recommends that it remain unscheduled internationally, as there are no known major risks or potential for abuse with the use of a therapeutic CBD supplement.

PURE CBD OIL FOR SALE ONLINE

Shopping for CBD hemp oil for sale online can be really overwhelming. There are so many options to choose from. It can be tough to know which brands to trust and find the best deal for those quality products.

And speaking of quality, CBD oil is not currently regulated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). This means that the oversight can be little to none for many brands. This is why it’s so important to check your CBD products for third party lab testing. This simply means that the company has sent their finished products to an independent lab to test for quality, purity, and ingredients listed.

FAB CBD fully engages in third party lab testing, and the results are displayed right on the website. You can clearly see what you are buying and feel confident knowing that you are getting a quality product that can be trusted. Click here to check out FAB CBD oil tinctures (including original, mint, and citrus flavors), topical cream, and CBD gummies for your on the go needs.

CANNABIDIOL: THE TAKEAWAY

Now you know the answer to the question about CBD? If you’ve been thinking about supplementing with CBD for any of the reasons listed above (or something else), then there’s no better time than now to talk with your doctor about using FAB CBD oil products. Many doctors today encourage more natural options for their patients before the use of harsh medicines with major side effects. Just make sure that you do talk with your doctor, as you would when changing/adding any supplements to your diet.

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https://www.projectcbd.org/cbd-101/what-is-cbd
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