THE ABC'S OF CBD
WHAT IS CBD
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound found in Hemp and Cannabis. It influences the release and uptake of neurotransmitters leading to many potential therapeutic uses. Scientific evidence suggests that it can help with inflammation and pain management.
Most of the Cannabidiol used medicinally is found in the least processed form of the cannabis plant, known as hemp. Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant, Cannabis Sativa, but they are very different.
Hemp, like marijuana, contains measurable amounts of a number of terpenes and cannabinoids, including CBD and THC. However, the levels of THC in hemp oil are low enough not to be psychoactive, making hemp a legal, more viable alternative for many to high-THC medical marijuana.
HOW DOES IT WORK
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a network of receptors spread throughout the body that control many vital life functions; immune system, inflammation, anxiety/depression, sleep pattern, moods and pain sensation.
Our body makes cannabinoids called endocannabinoids, that interact with the receptors, much like a lock and key. But most of us are deficient, a condition called Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency. This means the ECS is compromised because of poor nutrition and/or prolonged exposure to psychological and/or physical stress or disease.
Endocannabinoids, respond great to Phyto cannabinoids (Cannabis.) Together they can reignite a beaten down system, help keep receptors working at optimal capacity and help regain homeostasis.
We are wired for this plant, it’s like turning a key in a lock.
Might reduce Inflammation and Autoimmunity
May help with Epileptic Seizures
May help reduce Anxiety/Depression
Might help to relieve Pain
Beneficial in Rheumatoid Arthritis
May relieve Nausea, Increase Appetite
May help lower Incidence of Diabetes
Possibly promotes Bone Growth
Might help to relieves MS Symptoms
Has Therapeutic Potential for Schizophrenia
May help fight Against Cancer
Possibly helps promote Heart Health
Might help with IBS Disease
May help with relief from Insomnia
Might be effective for Treating Substance Use and Quitting Smoking
Might provide Treatment for Acne and Psoriasis
What dose do I start with?
This is just a suggestion based on others experience. Start with 5 – 10mg and add more depending on how it affects you and what level of pain you are in. Try this for a few days, then add more if needed until you find your sweet spot.
How do I use CBD?
There are typically four to get cannabinoids into your system. Choose how to take CBD oil based on your health goals and your lifestyle. The four basic ways you will use CBD are: Inhalation, Topical Application, Sublingual, Ingestion. Inhalation (vaping) and Sublingual (oil tinctures) will have the fastest absoprtion time.
How is Hemp different than Marijuana?
Unlike Marijuana, hemp contains extremely low (less than 0.3%) THC. THC is the compound in Marijuana that is psychoactive. Both Hemp and Marijuana are of the Cannabis Sativa family of plants and both have cannabinoids with the main ones being THC and CBD. But marijuana has the higher concentration of the THC whereas Hemp has the higher concentration of the CBD. Comfortably Numb only deals with CBD from Hemp and other sources.
Is CBD addictive?
Because CBD oil is made from high-CBD, low-THC hemp, it is non-addictive. CBD does not stimulate the brain’s dopamine-based reward system.
A report last year by the World Health Organization a United Nations agency that focuses on public health, declared that CBD is non-addictive, writing, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.” According to WebMD, CBD is well-tolerated and safe for human consumption.
Is CBD legal?
CBD from the Hemp plant is legal in 47 states with the exception of South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas. However, hemp is legal to import and ship across state lines and process into various products, including the fabled CBD oils, so long as they contain less than 0.3% delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. The FDA and DEA still consider Hemp a schedule 1 drug (though do not enforce it) but the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would remove hemp from the DEA’s Controlled Substances Act (CSA). A vote is slated for this fall. It is a confusing landscape that changes regularly BUT “the train has left the station and there is no turning back!”
How Long Does CBD Stay In Your System?
CBD stays in your system for about 3-5 days, but the effects will only last about 3-4 hours.g.
Can I take CBD with medicine?
It is advisable that you take CBD at least an hour 1/2 before or after any prescription medicine. There are no known adverse reactions to CBD but high concentrations of CBD isolate (up to 600-1,000mg daily) can affect certain meds. For this high of a concentration, you should be under a doctor’s care.
Full Spectrum vs CBD Isolate?
Full spectrum or whole plant extract is oil extracted from the hemp plant which contains all the cannabinoids found in the plant. In addition to these compounds, full spectrum hemp oil also contains essential vitamins, minerals, Omega fatty acids, flavonoids, chlorophyll and terpenes.
CBD isolate is cannabidiol in its purest form – it is extracted from the plant and processed to remove all of the oils, plant material, waxes, chlorophyll, and more, leaving behind the pure Cannabidiol.
With Full Spectrum CBD oil products, you have the advantage of something called the “Entourage Effect.” This is where all the cannabinoids and terpenes are working together in synergy, something that Isolate products will lack.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are just the chemicals in the marijuana family of plants that give the material its aroma or smell. These terpenes can by themselves be therapeutic and effective. Only full spectrum have terpenes unless added.
Can you fail a drug test taking Hemp based CBD?
If you are taking a full spectrum product every day, it is possible for even that tiny amount of THC to build up in your fat cells and you can test positive. This is particularly true with women.
It is best to use a CBD isolate product if you are subject to drug testing.
Do drug tests check for CBD?
Most tests do not detect the presence of CBD (cannabidiol). CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that doesn’t cause a high. Fortunately, the urine drug test for THC and its metabolites is known to have very little cross-reactivity to cannabinoids that are not psychoactive, such as CBD..
Can you fly with CBD?
Flying with hemp-derived CBD oil (with less than .3 THC) is legally permitted under federal law, provided the product meets the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules around container sizes of liquids and gels.
Is CBD Safe to Use During Pregnancy?
You should always consult your doctor before taking any new substance during pregnancy.