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What is Cannabidiol (CBD): Beginner’s Guide

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Intro

CBD products are natural, affordable, and safe to use with multiple benefits. The companies that sell CBD products market them as remedies for stress, insomnia, mental illnesses, and physical ailments. More and more people now rely on CBD as a supplement for health and overall wellness.

Before you try using CBD, you should know the answer to some questions such as:

·       What is CBD?

·       How can you use it?

·       Does it offer the benefits that CBD companies talk about?

This article will provide you some necessary information about CBD that you need to know before trying it out for the first time.

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What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is found in the hemp plant, just like other active compounds. Another well-known compound that comes from the same plant is THC, short for Tetrahydrocannabinol. THC has psychoactive properties that give you the “high” sensation, which makes any CBD product containing more than 0.3% THC illegal.

CBD has multiple health benefits, the same as THC. However, CDB is non psychoactive, which means you won’t get high from using it. You can enjoy its many therapeutic benefits without getting high, which is not the case when you consume THC.

CDB Benefits

Many people use CBD as an alternative to conventional medicine because they have faced harsh side effects. CBD may affect our biological functions on a deep level; it may help with inflammation, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and many other health conditions. (Source 1, Source 2, Source 3, Source 4)

Various scientific researches, many of which were sponsored by the U.S. government along with unreliable accounts collected from physicians and patients, highlight conditions that can be treated with CBD. Here are some medical conditions that CBD may help with:

  • Metabolic Syndrome (obesity, diabetes)
  • Cardiovascular dysfunction (arrhythmia, atherosclerosis)
  • Neurological conditions (traumatic brain injury, stroke, Huntington’s chorea, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, dementia)
  • Skin disease (psoriasis, dermatitis, acne)
  • Gut disorders (Crohn’s, colitis)
  • Neuropsychiatric illness (alcoholism, PTSD, ADHD, autism)
  • Autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation)

CBD has a neuroprotective effect and may have anti-cancer properties. However, many academic research centers are investigating its anti-cancerous properties for more evidence.

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How to Use CBD

You can find CBD in many different forms, so you can use it according to your specific needs. Here are some forms of CBD that are widely in use today:

Oils and Tinctures

These are the liquid forms of CBD. People use CBD oil with a dropper, usually dropping it under their tongues. There are tiny capillaries inside the oral mucosa, which quickly absorb the compounds. Oil and tinctures are the best choices if you cannot take capsules and pills.

Creams and Lotions

The use of CBD lotions and creams may relieve you from joint and muscle pains. It may also benefit some of the skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. (Source 1, Source 2)

Capsules and pills

If you are having digestive issues or seizure disorders, CBD capsules and pills may be useful to treat such conditions. According to a news release of the U.S. FDA (Food and Drugs Administration), CBD drugs are highly effective for treating seizure disorders. The only drawback of taking CDB as a capsule is that it takes time to show effects.

Edibles

Another popular way to take CBD is through gummies, which are tasty, discrete, portable, and affordable.  By taking CDB in the form of gummies, you are aware of the dosage that you intake so you won’t be guessing how much CBD you have consumed in a day.

Vaping

The fastest way to experience the effect of CBD is through inhaling CBD oil in the vaporized form with the help of e-cigs. With this method, you inhale the compounds, which directly pass through the lungs and are absorbed by the bloodstream. But you should do some research and make this choice after proper thinking because using vape may damage your lung tissues, according to some sources.

What Is CBD Oil?

The best thing about CBD oil is that you can add it to a variety of other products such as CBD balms, tinctures, drops, and cosmetic products. Pet lovers are also using CBD oil to help their pets live a healthier life. This natural oil is extracted from the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant and used for a variety of purposes all around the world.

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Cannabinoids and terpenes are the best compounds that work better together. You will find these compounds in broad spectrum CBD oil. This product provides several beneficial components to the body, such as minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and omega fatty acids.

Benefits of CBD Oil

According to many manufacturers, CBD oil or cannabidiol products may be effective in relieving depression, inflammation, pain, and anxiety as well as improving sleep and many other conditions. Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome are the two conditions that are proven to be treated with the help of CBD oil successfully. (Source) The following benefits of CBD oil are not proven. However, some unapproved studies and data collected from CBD users shows possible positive results.

  • Arthritis pain
  • Inflammatory pain
  • Acne,
  • Nausea and vomiting related to cancer
  • Sleep disorder
  • Nerve-related pain
  • Muscle-spasticity
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Along with various benefits, side effects of CBD may include irritability, tiredness, and nausea. It can also be highly reactive with other medications; for instance, warfarin.

Conclusion

CBD products that are derived from hemp and contain less than 0.3 percent of THC are federally legal in the United States, but some states still consider it illegal. You need to know the law of your state before you consider consuming CBD. You need to keep this in mind that non-prescription CBD products are not approved by the FDA and are labeled inaccurately.

While purchasing, you need to ask the suppliers about the purity and origin of the CBD they are providing. Ask them questions like:

  • Is the product organic or not?
  • Is the product local?
  • Is the product tested?
  • Is the product free from contaminants, safe and pure?

If you are not getting proper information from the brand about its CBD products, you need to be cautious. Many CBD oil retailers provide complete information about their products to the customers.

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