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A Guide To CBD

Unless you've been living underneath a rock, you should know that CBD products are hugely popular in Canada. This Guide to CBD contains information that will help you make educated decisions about why and how to use CBD oil. It is not intended to provide medical advice.

WHAT IS CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, and it is just one of many different molecules called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids are active compounds produced by all cannabis plants and account for most of the benefits of cannabis. Cannabinoids found in plants are technically called phytocannabinoids, and they mimic compounds produced naturally by all mammals, called endocannabinoids. Unlike THC, the most prominent and well-known cannabinoid found in cannabis, CBD can be non-psychoactive—meaning it will not give you a "high" or "buzz." CBD is non-psychoactive when derived from hemp due to the negligible THC content in hemp plants. As a result, CBD can is used for a multitude of health and wellness purposes. For instance, it has been shown to reduce anxiety, promote muscle recovery, and improve sleep, among other benefits. CBD works by being absorbed in the bloodstream and then binding with receptors in the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS keeps the entire body running smoothly like a well-oiled machine. It's made up of three things: endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes.


All cannabinoids, including CBD, produce effects in the body by 'communicating' with specific receptors. The human body produces certain cannabinoids on its own. It also has two receptors for cannabinoids, called the CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors.CB1 receptors are present throughout the body, but many are in the brain. The CB1 receptors in the brain deal with coordination, movement, pain, emotions, mood, thinking, appetite, memories and other functions. THC attaches to these receptors. CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. They affect inflammation and pain. The importance of endocannabinoids is evident. Unfortunately, increased stress, an on-set illness, or a genetic deficiency can call for necessary reinforcements—this is when CBD is most beneficial. When introduced into the ECS, CBD acts as a defensive force against the breakdown of naturally produced endocannabinoids. CBD is a phytocannabinoid, which essentially works to mimic endocannabinoids, can be sacrificed to maintain the endocannabinoid balance your system produces of its own accord.

Since CBD is a phytocannabinoid, it has an abundance of beauty and skincare benefits. For example, cannabidiol has potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which are incredibly important for maintaining healthy skin. Homeostasis isn't just about your physical and mental health; it's also about your body's ability to interact with the outside environment. If your ECS is not receiving enough support, this may show up on your skin in the form of blemishes, irritation, and acne.


CBD oil is the term used to describe a sublingual tincture of CBD. Not all CBD sources are equal. To understand the different qualities of CBD available in the market, it is essential first to understand the cannabis plant itself and the use it is grown for. CBD comes in three categories, giving you more options: full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate. Each of these different products has effects that you should understand. (link to About the Cannabis Plant Blog) Will CBD Get Me High? The most important thing to know is that our Premium Full Spectrum CBD does not contain any THC and will therefore never get you 'high.' THC acts upon particular receptors in the brain, which changes brain chemistry and therefore alters consciousness. CBD does not trigger these receptors. Instead, it may prevent them from reacting to THC and thus minimize its effects. Will CBD Make Me Drowsy? CBD doesn't make you "sleepy"; however, it can help alleviate symptoms that get in the way of good sleep. Therefore, the relaxing effects of CBD may be soothing and thus helpful in treating insomnia. Determining The Ideal Serving Size The ideal serving size of CBD will vary from user to user as it depends on various factors, including the concentration of CBD in the product used, which can vary significantly from product to product. The type of product used - tincture, capsules, edibles, topicals etc. The genetic makeup, sex and weight of the user and, most importantly, why it is being used. A person using it for a general wellness regimen will use a different serving size than someone using it to help maintain a good night's sleep or manage pain.

Can My Pet Take CBD? Yes. Pets can benefit from CBD for many of the same conditions as humans: pain, seizures, inflammation, and anxiety. CBD is safe to use for pets, but their dosage will likely be much smaller than yours. Dogs have a higher concentration of cannabinoid receptors in their brains; this means they are susceptible to THC. We recommend you speak with a veterinarian before you start giving your pet CBD. Continue Your CBD Education As CBD grows in popularity as a natural alternative to medication, research and knowledge in this field also continue to gather steam. When it comes to CBD, the more you know, the better you understand how it can work for you and what CBD products will help you the most. In addition, CBD and related terminology are more than just buzzwords; knowing the vocabulary will help inform you of the health benefits and various functions.