Nowadays, it seems like you can find CBD products just about anywhere. From CBD capsules in gas stations to entire brick and mortar or even online stores devoted to an array of CBD products (like our amazing Cannagaea online store and our brick and mortar location in Fort Collins), CBD is everywhere. Everyone’s talking about it or raving about how amazing it is, and it’s becoming more and more common to see CBD infused into everyday products.
With all this commotion, it’s surely caught your attention, but we also wouldn’t be surprised if it’s aroused some questions too. At Cannagaea, we’re not only committed to making CBD products and hemp oil that meet the highest quality standards, but we’re also devoted to ensuring that our clients are informed in terms of what CBD is, what it can do for your health and wellness, and why it’s something everyone should try.
Granted, not everyone needs to use CBD, but the relaxing effects it procures as well as the potential for heightened health make it a great resource that could improve your quality of life.
That’s why in this blog and our many blogs to come, we’ll be breaking down CBD so you can have a better idea of what CBD is all about, and be equipped to utilize its amazing powers to best help you.
In today’s blog, we’ll be covering the basics – what exactly is CBD, what does it do to your body, and how you can get started using CBD in your day-to-day life.
Without further ado, let’s begin!
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is one of the many (over 100!) cannabinoids that exists within the cannabis, or hemp, plant. Don’t worry though, unlike THC, CBD does not cause any psychoactive effects for the consumer. This means that, on its own, CBD will not make the person who consumed it feel high as one would when consuming THC products.
CBD has been attributed with providing a relaxing and calming effect for the user, however, it’s also becoming increasingly recognized for its medicinal qualities. There are large bodies of anecdotal evidence suggesting that CBD is effective at managing pain, treating anxiety and depression, alleviating acne, and reducing symptoms of cancer and cancer treatments like nausea. While the ways in which CBD has been noted to help with these ailments are important, we’ll save those explanations for other, in-depth blogs.
That being said, the CBD industry is an emerging one, the research is young, and thus there has not yet been a definitive, absolute body of work that verifies and officially recognizes these specific beneficial qualities of CBD, yet there are currently efforts underway to build a solid foundation of research so there can be a better understanding of how CBD interacts with and improves our health. However, in 2018 the FDA officially approved the first CBD medication, Epidiolex, which treats seizures that arise from two types of epilepsy.
Essentially, it’s important to recognize that CBD can be a great option and addition to your life while also recognizing that there are (as of yet) no scientific guarantees for how it will help you or impact your life.
The best approach is to consult a CBD expert, like the CBD and hemp oil experts we have at Cannagaea, and slowly experiment with different CBD products and dosages to acquaint yourself with the compound so you can develop your own personal, healthy relationship with it.
How Does CBD Interact With The Body?
Within every human, we have an endocannabinoid system that works to regulate pain, mood, memory, and appetite, to just name a few things. The endocannabinoid system has what are called CB1 receptors, and when there is no CBD interacting with the system, it is affected by something called anandamide, which is a compound associated with what some call ‘a natural high.’
Anandamide binds with CB1 receptors, communicating changes or responses to memory, pain, and appetite. Now, when CBD is introduced to the endocannabinoid system, it inhibits other connections from being made with the affected receptor.
So, when CBD binds to a CB1 receptor, it’s doing what is called allosteric inhibition, which is essentially blocking or shutting off a receptor from making other connections. This can explain why CBD has been attributed with pain management, as it’s working to lessen the communication of pain through the endocannabinoid system. It’s thought that this works the same with anxiety, as the CB1 receptor is inhibited from communicating feelings of anxiety or panic when CBD is present in the endocannabinoid system.
Getting Started With CBD
Now that we know a little bit about what CBD is and how it interacts with our bodies, let’s discuss how someone who’s never used CBD before can begin experiencing its medicinal properties. For the sake of convenience, we’re going to talk about topicals versus consumables, what they are, and what factors could make them the better option for you.
Topicals are simply products that you apply on the outside of your body. This includes lotions, salves, body butters, and deodorants to name a few things. When using a topical, you apply it to the desired or recommended area, and over time the CBD absorbs into your bloodstream and begins binding with CB1 receptors.
Topicals can be great for those who are looking for a targeted application of CBD. For instance, you could use a CBD salve or lotion and apply it to your back if you’re interested in alleviating back pain. In this case, you’re applying CBD to the area you want it to affect directly, and an added bonus is that it might result in a back rub, further helping your situation.
Another reason why topicals are a great way to get into using CBD is that you can implement them into your daily routines by simply changing around the products you use. Instead of your usual body lotion, try using a CBD lotion instead and see how you feel! Or if you’re having a self care day, substitute a CBD salve or muscle rub with what you usually utilize, and reap the benefits!
Additionally, topicals can be great for people who are beginning their CBD journeys in the sense that CBD dosage is lower, and you can gradually increase the amount of topicals that you are using until you’ve reached a point where you’re comfortable with using CBD and you understand how much CBD is optimal for you.
One of the wonderful things about CBD consumables is that there is no limit to the options you can capitalize on. From tinctures or drops to edible candies and foods to smokeables, there is a CBD consumable option for any type of person.
Beyond the method of consumption, consumables are wonderful for those who want to experience the general benefits of CBD. These are great methods for relaxation, and on the opposite end of the spectrum from topicals, offer consistent and more potent doses. Any time you eat a CBD gummy or consume a dropper of CBD tincture, you can be certain that you are consuming a consistent dosage. And if you’re already familiar with how CBD affects you, you can have a better idea of how much CBD you need to consume.
Additionally, because consumables have standardized, potent doses, there is a higher likelihood that you will directly feel the relaxing effects induced by the product.
The first step to understanding and familiarizing yourself with anything is to learn the foundational knowledge of the subject. Once you have an idea of what the basics are, you can begin asking more specific questions and building the optimal personal relationship with the subject.
We hope that through this blog, we’ve answered some of your basic questions surrounding CBD so you can begin building your relationship with this incredible chemical. We’ve talked a little bit about what it is, how it works, and how you can get started, but we’re almost certain that we haven’t covered everything you’re looking to know.
If that’s the case, we encourage you to contact us, as we’d be ecstatic to answer any questions you might have about CBD, products that include it, and how you can begin implementing it in your life.
However, if after reading this, you’re ready and excited to begin experimenting with CBD, visit our amazing CBD product store in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado, or visit our online store to shop our incredible selection of hemp oil products.
We look forward to hearing from you!