CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the most prevalent chemicals found in the Cannabis sativa plant. It can be extracted from the plant separately from TCH, so it doesn’t cause any psychoactive effects associated with the use of cannabis. This means you can consume CBD without the feeling of a high, as long as the product contains little or no THC.
CBD interacts with neuroreceptors in the body, specifically in the endocannabinoid system which is found in all of our bodies. This system is still being researched, but studies have shown that it aids in the regulation of homeostasis, which is the internal balance of the body.
Generally, CBD will produce calming effects in both the body and mind. Many people like to take a CBD product before bed, to promote relaxation and a sense of calm. Research suggests that supplementing with CBD may be useful for a variety of issues. These include but are not limited to:
Alleviating anxiety and depression symptoms
Dealing with high stress situations
Pain and inflammation reduction
Improving sleep quality
CBD is available in different forms, including:
Topical - CBD can be applied directly to the skin, where it will be absorbed into the surrounding tissues for pain relief in that area. It is used topically for a variety of concerns, including joint pain, muscle soreness, and skin conditions.
Oils/tinctures - With this form, you would hold the oil under the tongue for 30 or longer as it absorbs through the mucous membranes of the mouth. Relief from pain or anxiety can typically be felt within 30 minutes of ingestion.
Other ingestibles - Also called edibles, ingestibles are any food product containing CBD. Some of the most popular forms of ingestibles (besides oils and tinctures) are CBD infused gummies, chocolates, or drinks. Another way to ingest CBD is also by capsule form. These forms would take a little longer to feel the effects due to needing to be processed by the digestive system.
CBD can also be used by vaping or smoking, however these methods are not ideal due to the stress that it can cause to the respiratory system.
When taking a CBD product for the first time, it is recommended to start with the smallest dose possible. Observe your body for effects, and increase the dose as needed. CBD is generally safe to take daily, however if you are on any medications, make sure to inform your doctor for any possible interactions. Contact us at EpitomeFit for more information or if you have any questions on taking CBD!