Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. This is solely based on my experience and extensive research – if you’re suffering with anxiety, sleep, or pain of any sort it’s always best to consult with your doctor first.
With the popularization of CBD researchers are devoting more time to studying its effects. Tons of studies have already been published, and countless more are on their way. In this blog post I want to help break down what CBD is, the health benefits of it backed by research, and how you can incorporate it into your life.
CBD is everywhere these days and seems to be especially popular here in the wellness world! It’s known to have benefits like pain relief, diminished anxiety, reduced inflammation and better sleep. I’ve also heard in extreme cases it helps with chemo/radiation symptoms – my mother just so happens to be one of those patients who swears by it. So I became intrigued with CBD and decided to put some time aside the past few months (7 to be exact) to research and test different products on myself.
First things first – here’s a few definitions of key words I’ll be using throughout my blog post to help anyone who isn’t familiar: Cannabis: The marijuana plant CBD: Cannabidiol, the major nonpsychoactive component of cannabis (marijuana plant) Canniboid: Any group of closely related compounds which include cannabinol and the active constituents of cannabis THC: Tetrahydrocannabinol, the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis that gets users “high”
What is CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the compounds found in cannabis. Another well-known compound is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the euphoric feeling one typically experiences when high. It’s important to understand that CBD alone will NOT get you high.
CBD has actually been around for thousands of years! It started off in most countries by being applied (the leaf) to injuries or any areas of pain. This helped to reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain. Aside from the few benefits I’ve already listed, CBD can help the human body in a variety of ways:
Limiting epileptic seizures
Reducing chronic pain
Helps with bowels
Helps with insomnia
Lowering the risk of diabetes
There are so many to choose.. from how do I know which one will work for me? There are many ways to answer this question – first off ask yourself “why do I need CBD” if you’re not sure ‘why’ then you probably don’t need it. If you experience anxiety, pain, insomnia or all three then you can begin to research different brands based on pure ingredients, potency, and reviews.
Does CBD give you any of the same feelings as marijuana? This is one of the most frequently asked questions. It makes complete sense too, given the close association with marijuana. Put simply the answer is NO. To me CBD has therapeutic benefits such as I would say a low grade pain pill (again, depending on strength).
Any effects on your appetite? There has been studies conducted that show CBD can increase appetite but it does not cause the same increase in hunger as THC.
Does this show up on a drug test? According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration “If the product contains only CBD and has had the THC removed, then an individual being tested would not be expected to test positive for marijuana.” You can buy CBD with small amounts of THC in it so keep that in mind when looking.
How do I know how much to take? Again, depending on why you’re using it. In general, you’ll want to start your doses out small, and move up from there. There are also measurements and instructions provided on most oil tinctures.
What ingredients should I look for to know if it’s legit or not? Awareness and education. The CBD market is saturated right now, it is increasingly important for us consumers to understand what to look for in a good CBD product. With the knowledge I’ve gained over the past months I’ve compiled a few things you should know before purchasing: Has it been tested by a 3rd party lab? Does the product contain .3% THC or less? What ingredients are in the product? What is the amount of CBD in each dosage?
Where can I find CBD? My best advice is to buy local and from a trusted, authorized source! There are many small businesses that sell CBD products online and in stores!
How much do you take daily? I personally take more then the average because I am diagnosed with PTSD. But, It is shown that the majority of frequent CBD users find that a dose between 10 and 20 mg is enough to provide effective relief from a variety of ailments.
My Experience with CBD
I tried as many products as I could get my hands on to get you guys some good feedback. One thing I noticed right away is that there are SO many different CBD products on the market right now – some are extremely expensive, some have way more CBD than others, and some I feel like do absolutely nothing. The products I tested (my favorite brands are shown below) helped me in different ways. I don’t suffer from chronic physical pain but I do suffer from PTSD which is extremely unpredictable and unpleasant. It was hard for me to figure out when I should consume the CBD capsule or oil tinctures bc the episodes are so unpredictable. Over time I found taking one capsule in the morning and a full tincture in my tea at night is best for ME. This helped alleviate my flashbacks and night terrors. Once I began to get into a rhythm I immediately noticed relief after being consistent and timely with the CBD.
My 2 favorite CBD products
Santa Cruz medicinals: this was one of the only CBD products that I felt something from immediately. It helps calm me, reduces my period cramping, and makes me feel super clear-minded.
Charlottes Web : The capsules make me feel clear-minded, energized, positive and calm. A real mood helper!