What is CBD and Where Does it Come From?
Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the 113 phytocannabinoids that the cannabis plant carries. It accounts for almost 40% of the plant extract.
CBD is a product of the cannabis plant. Most people when they hear of cannabis instantly think marijuana or hemp. The real difference between the two comes from the levels of THC available. As per the Farm Bill 2018, hemp plants must carry less than 0.3% THC for CBD products to avoid carrying psychoactive properties.
It’s the hemp plant that complies with the federal guidelines that can be used towards CBD and CBD-derived products. To that end, IHF LLC Hemp Flower is among the most trusted sources.
How CBD works to Manage Pain?
CBD, just like every other cannabinoid, does the job by attaching itself with certain receptors. The human body naturally has two active receptors that interact with cannabinoids – CB1 and CB2. They are a part of the Endocannabinoid System or ECS. While these receptors are present throughout the body, the concentration is higher in the brain.
CB1 receptors are responsible for the movement, coordination, pain perception, appetite, memory, mood, thinking, and many other important things. CB2 receptors have more to do with the body’s immunity and pain perception.
Up until now, researchers believed that THC attaches itself to these receptors while CBD goes on to interact with CB2.
However, some research suggests that it may be making the human body produce some of its own cannabinoids.
It could be either of these two mechanisms as to how CBD helps manage bodily pains and aches.
CBD’s Natural Anti-inflammatory Properties
The use of over-the-counter drugs for relieving chronic pain, stiffness, and inflammation is common. CBD offers a more natural and holistic route to achieve the same effects. If you look at the study which the Journal of Experimental Medicine published, it will tell you how CBD majorly helped reduce chronic pain and inflammation in rats and mice.
There is plenty of medical literature available that signals how this non-psychoactive compound could become a promising alternative to chronic pain.
Different Ways to Get CBD in Your System
Method #1 Oral Ingestion
- CBD pills and capsules – If this is your first-time diving into the world of CBD, then perhaps the safest bet would be to ingest it orally. You should have no trouble getting access to CBD pills and capsules. What makes them convenient is they come pre-measured for you. It’s easier to monitor the dosage and stick with a dose that works for you.
The consistent dosage makes it easier for you to find out which dose is ideal for you so you can hit that sweet spot every single time. Most customers would start with 25mg capsules before slowing upping the dose by another 25mg until they can find a dose that works for them. It can take around 45 minutes for effects to kick-in. Expect them to last for a couple of hours.
- CBD Tincture – If you don’t have access to capsules, you can get CBD oil too. It goes by the name ‘tincture’. So, you place the tincture using the dropper under your tongue and hold it there for a minute or so. Alternatively, you can add it to your foods and even smoothies and/or juices.
One of the upsides of using a tincture is that you can measure your dose based on the number of drops and you can adjust it accordingly without any fuss.
- CBD Chewables – The third option is to go for CBD in edible for such as chewable gummy tablets. You can find these gummy bears in a bunch of flavors that means you can find your favorite flavor for that tasty punch.
All the products meant for oral consumption; be it gels, gummy bears, or tincture tend to have a systemic effect. Meaning, they show an effect on the entire body. That makes it particularly good for people who use it for its anti-inflammatory properties to manage arthritis pain, sleep issues, and even anxiety as it tends to relax the entire body.
It is not, however, ideal if you want to manage localized pain such as a stiff back or a sore knee. For that, you may have to use CBD creams instead.
Method #2 Topical Application
As discussed earlier, the topical application of CBD is suited for those who want to manage local pains and aches. In this method, you’re applying the CBD cream directly to the affected area rather than ingesting it via the mouth.
One of the best things about topical application is it’s quick to target the area. CBD oils are popular among athletes as injury and pain are a part of their routine. It does the job for them without exposing them to harmful side-effects.
CBD Health Benefits
While not a ton of research is available on CBD’s therapeutic properties, whatever few studies are available, sound promising. Many journals and publications have highlighted CBD’s potency in managing pain and various mental health conditions such as –
- Epilepsy (via Epidiolex – the first-ever FDA-approved, CBD-based medicine)
- Pain Management (look at this study performed on rats on how CBD helps with arthritis pain).
- Anxiety (another promising research in this area)
- As an interventional tool for addictive behaviors (look at this study)
Some accounts talk about CBD’s role in managing seizures in kids and even, to some degree, fighting cancer. Since the research in these areas is limited, we need to have CBD studied in more detail.