With thousands of products sprouting up with CBD on their labels, we thought we should answer some of your burning questions so you know where to get started. There’s no question that CBD has become a key ingredient in wellness products and it’s gone from, “What’s that?” to being advertised across the board in the last couple of years. We’re here to help alleviate the confusion when it comes to CBD. See below for what we think you should know:
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol which is a chemical compound that is found in cannabis. It induces feelings of relaxation and calm and does not get you high like THC (which is the other major active ingredient in cannabis)! You could view CBD as the healing component in cannabis and it is completely safe to take throughout the day as there will be no feelings of tiredness or sedation.*
* however, those who feel sedated from Advil/Tylenol should check with a physician!
What are the health benefits of CBD?
CBD is quite new to the health industry due to legalization in the recent years, therefore there isn’t a whole lot of research on it right now. However, with that being said, it could be put in the same category as home remedies and can be used for musculoskeletal and nerve pain. People have used CBD for:
- Heart Disease
- Soothe Pain and Inflammation
& many more!
How do I use CBD?
CBD is most commonly extracted to be in an oil or powder form. From there, manufacturers can mix it into creams, salves, edibles, and sprays. Or they could keep it in the original form of oil in tinctures or vape pens and powders in capsules. Either way, CBD can be used topically, ingested, or vaped. When vaped, you should start feeling pain relief in as soon as 10 minutes!
Here’s a pro tip: when ingesting a CBD oil, you can drop it underneath your tongue and hold it there for 60-90 seconds for the mucus membranes to absorb the oil quicker. For edibles, ensure that you’re taking them on an empty stomach for the most effective results!
How much should I be taking?
We would recommend contacting your physician for proper dosage amounts as many things can factor into how much you should be taking. However, we also know it’s difficult to make in the time to visit the doctor’s office. If a recommendation hasn’t been provided, rule of thumb is to always start with a smaller dosage and increase it from there, if needed. That could mean starting with 20mg daily and increasing it by 5mg weekly until your symptoms are under control!
There have also been studies to show that even high doses of 1500mg daily are tolerated well by individuals – so don’t be afraid to increase your dose if you feel like you need it! Like with anything, keep track and be mindful of what your body’s saying to you. If you’re taking any other medications, we definitely recommend visiting your doctor and checking that out before starting your journey with CBD.
Here’s another tip: check the label. There are quite a few products on the market that contain both THC and CBD and we’ve definitely heard stories of experiences where someone thought they were taking only CBD… only to feel high an hour later at work. While 50mg of CBD is forgiving, 50mg of THC isn’t so much!
We think that’s a pretty good start with what CBD is – what do you think? If you have any questions, our live chat hours are available from 10AM – 9PM EST daily or you can contact us via email at [email protected], let’s chat!