The 4 Most Common CBD Questions, Answered by our Director of Nutrition
|Director of Nutrition – Boca Raton, Florida
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Over the past few years, there has been a growing interest regarding CBD use for the support of many health concerns. But there are also numerous misconceptions about the natural help extract. Here’s what you need to know.
1. What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural, non- psychotropic chemical derived from the hemp plant. It works by enhancing receptors found in the Endocannabinoid system (ECS), which plays a role in functions such as memory, appetite, immunity, sleep, metabolism, energy, reproduction and fertility. As with all systems in our body, if the ECS is not producing enough of its own endocannabinoids to bind onto the many receptors found in our bodies, you may begin to notice some issues.
You can think of the Endocannabinoid system as a house with many electrical outlets. You come home after work and attempt to turn on a lamp, but nothing happens. You realize there is no power. This is what happens when the Endocannabinoid system is not operating properly; if the receptor sites do not have enough cannabinoids, then it is like a house with plenty of outlets but no power. This is where natural hemp-derived CBD comes into play. The CBD oils can help to stimulate those receptor sites and allow for the body to balance itself again.
2. Is CBD the same as THC?
The answer is simply, no. THC is a psychoactive chemical compound found in the marijuana plant of the Cannabis sativa species. CBD is the non-psychoactive compound found in the hemp plant from the Cannabis sativa species. These are two different plants from the same family that produce very different chemical compounds.
This is where the misconception about CBD comes into play. CBD can actually limit the psychoactive properties of THC. Simply, CBD takes away the “buzz” or “high” from THC. Unfortunately, this confusion between the two plants often lead to individuals not fully understanding the effects of CBD. Cannabidiol will not get you “high” because it does not contain the chemical compound THC that causes that effect.
3. Which delivery method is best for me?
Offering different delivery methods – or ways to take or use CBD – allows you to choose which product suits your needs and lifestyle. Delivery methods provide various levels of bioavailability, or the degree and rate a substance gets absorbed into your bloodstream directly.
Drops are placed under the tongue, allowing for quick, direct absorption and delivery throughout the body. CBD taken in this way is held under the tongue for 90 seconds before swallowing and typically offers stronger concentrations than other products.
Taken the same way you take your vitamins, this method is one of the most common methods to consume CBD. This is a slower method of absorption, as the ingredients must be digested before they are absorbed into the bloodstream. Softgels are perfect for individuals who do not enjoy the taste of Cannabidiol.
If swallowing capsules or the taste of CBD is not in your interest, gummies are a great alternative, as they provide the benefit of CBD in a unique, tasty form. CBD Gummies are easy to chew and may be easier to include in an active lifestyle.
Because we have endocannabinoid receptors on our skin cells, topicals are beneficial as individuals apply Cannabidiol directly to the skin as necessary. Topical products use the latest technology to ensure the absorption through the different levels of skin for direct benefit.
4. Is CBD safe?
Yes – if you purchase your CBD products from a reputable, tested source. CBD should always be derived from premium quality industrial hemp, grown in the US. CBD should be farm-bill compliant and under the legal limit of THC. Other certifications, including a Seed-to-Shelf certification that tracks each milligram of CBD from seed to shelf, is extremely important. CBD products should not contain dyes or fragrances. An added benefit to a safe and effective Cannabidiol product comes from its extraction method, like the environmentally sustainable Co2 Extraction Method that ensures clean and pure CBD extraction and infusion.