What Does CBD Do?

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Cannabidiol (CBD) has gone mainstream and can be found in everything from beauty products and pet treats to cocktails and coffee. But what does CBD do? And what is CBD used for? This article breaks down the basics of the cannabis compound, its effects on the human mind and body, and methods of consumption, so you can decide if beginning a CBD regimen is right for you.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, often called CBD, is a naturally occurring chemical compound called a cannabinoid that is only found in cannabis plants (hemp and marijuana). There are at least 60 known cannabinoids including THC and CBD, however CBD does not produce mind altering effects like its more popular sibling. That means consuming CBD will still give you the therapeutic effects of cannabis without the high. CBD is found at higher levels in hemp plants, where THC levels are higher in marijuana. Marijuana plants typically only have trace amounts of CBD that are less than 0.3%. Since CBD is derived from hemp, which is federally legal in the United States, CBD is completely legal to sell and consume.

Does CBD really do anything?

Yes! CBD is highly regarded for its therapeutic properties and numerous health benefits, many of which are backed by scientific research. Cannabinoid is used for medicinal and recreational purposes and is a viable alternative for those who want to switch from using products containing nicotine or THC or those who are overcoming addiction and going through withdrawals. CBD is also naturally an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and analgesic. These are a few of the most common health issues treated or managed using CBD:

  • Epilepsy and seizures
  • Insomnia
  • Pain (chronic, neural, muscle pain, etc.)
  • Cancer symptoms (pain, nausea, etc.)
  • Arthritis
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • PTSD
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Spinal cord injury

Advocates of CBD also say it has helped them with less severe ailments such as menstrual cramps and acne. If you’re just beginning your CBD oil journey, you will need to experiment with it for some time before getting the right dosage for your needs. Many people who think that CBD doesn’t do anything have only tried the cannabis compound for a day or took too low a dose or only a single dose instead of spacing out doses throughout the day. Record your doses and how you feel for at least a month to really get a sense of how CBD is working for you before quitting completely. Give the process time. CBD is not a cure-all wonder drug.

CBD effects

Cannabinoids like CBD and THC affect the body’s endocannabinoid system, which controls many normal bodily functions like regulating sleep and affecting your mood, appetite, and memory. For the recreational user taking a single dose of CBD will have very minor effects that are often unnoticeable if you aren’t looking out for it. When smoked or taken orally, CBD will produce a sense of calmness and relaxation of both body and mind, but you will remain completely clear minded, making it perfect for a stressful event, job interview, or when having a tough day at work. It is a soothing effect that’s described by users as feeling like a warm cup of cocoa and a cozy blanket on a cold night. At very high doses, CBD can have a sedative effect that may make you feel drowsy.

Ways to consume CBD

While CBD is extracted from hemp plants, CBD itself can take many forms. The method of consumption you decide to use should be based on your needs and preferences.

  • CBD oil - This is the most versatile option since most CBD oils can be dropped directly into the mouth or added to food and drinks. Many people like the discrete nature of CBD oil, but calculating dosage and counting drops can be tiresome.
  • CBD tinctures - Instead of using a carrier oil, CBD tinctures are an alcohol-based solvent. They are taken orally or in food and drinks, though it is known for a bitter taste. This is a great option if you are sensitive to oils.
  • CBD topicals - Topicals are an umbrella term for anything absorbed through the skin such as gels, creams, lotions, roll-ons, salves, or certain oils. CBD topicals are best for athletes or those treating specific problem areas like a back ache or arthritis.
  • CBD capsules - With CBD capsules, you can be ultra discreet and you know the exact dose you’re getting each time.
  • CBD pre-rolls and vaping - If you prefer to smoke your medicine, there are CBD pre-rolls, high CBD low THC strains, disposable CBD vape pens, and CBD vape juice for refilling vaporizers.
  • CBD edibles - CBD gummies, mints, and chocolate are the most common edibles, but you can find all types or make your own CBD edibles at home.

Are you interested in experimenting with CBD and giving different methods of consumption a try? Visit our CBD store at our online smoke shop for a wide range of CBD products.

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