CBD and Your Body
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of over a hundred cannabinoids found in hemp plants. These are naturally occurring compounds that hold many benefits for people and their pets, thanks to something called the endocannabinoid system, which exists in all living creatures. We’ll be calling it the ECS for short because that’s just easier. The benefits of cannabinoids like CBD have been studied since the 1940s, but the ECS was only discovered in the 1990s. So, if you’re not familiar with it or don’t recall it from science class back in high school, don’t worry.
The important thing to know about your ECS is that it contains special receptors called CB1 and CB2 receptors. Think of these as little telephones that cannabinoids like CBD use to talk to your body and produce different effects. CB1 receptors are mainly present in your central nervous system but can be found in lower concentrations throughout your body. CB2 receptors are associated with immune cells, linking them to the processes that keep your body healthy.
What does the research say about the effects of CBD on the body and how it makes people feel? For one, CBD has been linked to alleviating pain and discomfort, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is a natural process that your body engages in to repair itself when injured or sick or even after strenuous workouts. However, these days, our bodies experience an overload of inflammation due to lifestyle situations, pollution and even emotional and mental health.
Reducing the amount of inflammation your body is exposed to may improve symptoms associated with autoimmune disorders like arthritis, lupus and inflammatory bowel syndrome. In fact, CBD has been researched explicitly for how it can help people living with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)! Lowered inflammation has also been linked to a decrease in the risk of several illnesses like heart disease, cancer, obesity, depression and more.
Last, when lowering the amount of inflammation your body is exposed to, you may see better blood sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. This is in addition to improving your energy and general mood. Improved sleep cycles and relief from stress and anxiety have also been connected to CBD, according to a large case study published in 2019. For example, 79 percent of participants who took CBD for stress reported their anxiety levels decreased. Meanwhile, 66 percent who took CBD for sleep reported better sleep scores. This coincides with reports from our own customers. They say regular use of CBD has left them feeling calmer and improved their sleep patterns greatly.
Your Personal Experience
Various factors will affect how CBD works for you. They include what type of CBD products you take, how you take CBD, when you take CBD and some different physiological differences. Let’s take a closer look at those now:
First Things First
When it comes to CBD, you’ll find it in three forms. They are full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate. Full spectrum CBD includes many of the other compounds found in hemp plants, including THC. Legally, CBD products can only contain up to 0.3% THC. However, it’s definitely a consideration for anyone who wants to avoid this psychoactive cannabinoid altogether.
Broad spectrum CBD is basically a THC-free version of full spectrum. So, again, other cannabinoids and terpenes will be present, but the THC should be absent. CBD isolate is nothing but pure CBD, and it’s our personal favorite. This way, there’s no worry about anything else making its way into your products, and you get all the benefits that CBD has to offer. To ensure you’re getting high-quality CBD and that it doesn’t contain THC, consult the company’s third-party testing and read their certificates of analysis. Do it for each product you’re buying … before you buy them!
How You Take It
CBD can be taken in a variety of forms. This will impact how long it takes your CBD to work and also how it makes you feel.
CBD drops can be taken very easily sublingually, meaning under the tongue, for quick absorption into your system. Ingestible forms of CBD like CBD gummies and CBD capsules offer a portable and convenient way to take your CBD with you on the go. But since they have to travel through your digestive system, they will take a little longer to have an effect.
Both these methods introduce CBD into your system efficiently. They’re great for producing that calming, stress-relief feeling we mentioned earlier. Like rapid relief CBD cream, topical options are great for dealing with muscle and joint aches or pains. While they won’t put the CBD into your system in the same way drops, gummies or capsules will, topicals allow for targeted action. This means you get quick relief exactly where you’ve applied the cream and can do so repeatedly as needed.
When You Take It
Different people use CBD for various reasons. According to data collected by Gallup, the top three reasons Americans are using CBD products are to help with pain, deal with anxiety and find relief from insomnia or other sleep-related issues. Given that CBD has varying effects on different people, you’ll want to monitor how it makes you feel and perhaps even try it at other times of the day.
Some people find CBD sets them up for a more relaxed day and might even give them a bit of a boost or added pep to their step. It might also help with soreness from the previous day’s workout! In these cases, the morning is a great time. Take your daily serving of CBD drops sublingually or add it to your coffee! If you’re dealing with a stressful workplace or home life, perhaps the afternoon is a good time to take those CBD capsules or gummies. It may help you even out your mood and relax a little so you can get through your day.
And if you’re looking to CBD for help with sleep, consider taking it in the evening up to 30 minutes before going to bed. Again, monitor how it makes you feel and even keep a journal if you want. This will help you know when to take your CBD.
How Much You Take
The CBD serving size needed will vary from person to person. However, there are some basic guidelines on how to choose the right CBD serving size for you. In general, if you’re new to CBD, you’ll want to start lower and slowly increase use to a point where you feel its effects. Continuously monitor the amount of CBD you’re taking. If you’re using various products, keep track of that as well. Consistent daily use is always recommended for best results. Lastly, some individual variables like your body weight, physical fitness and metabolism will also affect how much CBD you need to take.
Some Final Words
CBD is a great supplement to add to your life. When taken correctly, you’ll probably feel some of the benefits and changes in a short period. Others may take longer to settle in. Our best advice is not to give up too quickly if you don’t feel anything right away. Patience is king (or queen!) and, in time, we’re positive you’ll feel the difference CBD can make in your own life because we’ve felt it in ours.