Need to know about CBD
It seems CBD has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue (or under it) lately. CBD started with rumors, blogs and social media posts, which has now become a medical phenomenon with scientific research, consistent positive media reports, and even became a baby shower topic for the Kardashians. It really is hard to keep up with.
This means that the majority of the general public has become increasingly aware of CBD and its potential to improve the quality of life for so many people. This near-universal acceptance is one of the driving forces behind the radical changes in laws around the world, from across Europe, to the UK, the US and many other countries.
CBD has become one of the fastest growing industries of recent times, but even with the increased acceptance and popularity of this new buzzword, unfortunately, there are still some misconceptions and misinformation floating around.
So we’ve gone ahead and answered some of the questions many people have about CBD, explaining everything from where it comes from, to how it interacts with the body, to why it doesn’t get you high.
What is CBD? Where does CBD come from?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol, a compound that is naturally produced by flowers of all hemp plants. The Cannabidiol used in most cbd products on the market today comes entirely from hemp, including our entire CannaUnion range. Hemp is a strain of the hemp sativa plant grown specifically for use in the industrial refinement of rope, textiles, paper, paint, insulation, and much more.
How does CBD work?
Humans have an endocannabinoid system responsible for regulating a balanced state of homeostasis at the molecular level in the body. CBD interacts by increasing the number of cannabinoids that can bind with different receptors and ultimately affects moods, sleep, appetite, metabolism, and more.
Will CBD get you high?
Most hemp flowers also naturally contain up to 33 Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the psychoactive compound commonly associated with hemp plants and well known for creating an altered perception of the “stoned” feeling. While both are very similar hemp compounds, CBD is not psychoactive like THC because it interacts differently with receptors, so you won’t feel “high” no matter how much you consume.
What Full Spectrum and Isolate CBD?
Full Spectrum CBD contains all or almost all cannabinoid compounds naturally found in hemp plants. So apart from CBD, Full-Spectrum also has terpenes, flavonoids and other cannabinoids such as CBN, CBC, CBG, with less than 0.3 THC.
Isolate CBD contains only CBD, which is achieved by either isolating CBD from hemp extract, hence the name, or artificially manufacturing it in a lab.
According to the most recent studies, it appears that THC and CBD may actually work better when used together rather than separately. This is an example of what is known as the Entourage effect. The effects are not caused by the individual compounds, but rather how these compounds interact together.
Full-Spectrum products are also less processed, which helps preserve some of the organic compounds in hemp plants such as Terpenes. Terpenes affect both the taste and smell of the product and also have medical benefits as well.
Research has shown that Full Spectrum CBD consistently provides a far more effective treatment for the symptoms of pain and inflammation than compared to Isolate CBD.
How is CBD used?
CBD Oils and Tinctures are a CBD concentrate which can either be added as an ingredient with food or applied sublingually using a liquid dropper beneath the tongue. The effects of CBD oils and tinctures take longer to kick in than other CBD products, but the effects can last much longer.
Inhaling the smoke from burning CBD flowers or vaping CBD vapor provides almost instant effects that usually last about an hour or so. The duration of these effects generally depends on the amount inhaled, and the duration of the smoke or vapor is maintained before exhaling.
CBD Edibles, CBD Pills and Capsules, CBD Gummies, and CBD infused foods or treats are taken orally like any other food. They have a prolonged onset time because they need to be digested before reaching the bloodstream, but again the effects have a longer duration.
CBD Topicals such as lotions, balms, and oils are applied directly to the skin causing a soothing sensation in the area of application. Many CBD Topicals also contain moisturizers, antioxidants and other additives which can restore or replenish the skin. Cbd Topicals are most often used to relieve body aches or muscle pain, or to relieve minor discomfort caused by stings, burns, or other complaints.
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