If CBD is legalized in your state or country, then there is no question that you’ve heard the word ‘CBD’ at a wellness café, on a beauty product or even in a vitamin gummy bear. What is interesting, is that this magical substance is marketed for multiple different problems, from anxiety to migraines to even your sore, bloated stomach.
And while we’re busy introducing this substance to every corner of our lives, a lot of us are still trying to work out what CBD really is, and how it could benefit us individually. Especially during times like this where life is a little on the fragile side. So let’s get you educated…
What is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol is a chemical compound derived from the cannabis Sativa plant, which is also known as the marijuana plant. Yes, we said ‘marijuana’, don’t freak out.
CBD is a naturally occurring substance that is vaped, smoked and ingested and rubbed on the body to eliminate some kind of inflammation. It can create a sense of calm, or relaxation. On some occasions, mental clarity and alertness.
So CBD is marijuana, will it get me high?
No, it won’t. Although both CBD and THC come from the marijuana plant, they’re just two of more than 100 chemical compounds that are found in it. THC is psychoactive (makes you high) and CBD is known to “not make you high”. Both were originally used in Central Asia for medicinal purposes.
Although it’s important to note that there has been a small percentage of people who feel altering effects from taking CBD, these people are generally also effected by Advil. When you do take CBD for the first time, be with someone you’re comfortable with.
Also, it’s important to note that when you buy CBD, make sure it’s third-party tested for quality purposes.
So how can CBD benefit my time in isolation?
- It Alleviates Depression and Anxiety
A fair few of us humans suffer from depression, and during isolation, we can imagine that this number has climbed. A huge number of these people, also suffer from anxiety too. These two debilitating disorders can really impact everyday life. Research suggests that CBD can reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety in people. It also helps with public speaking anxiety too (we can vouch for this one).
- Reduces Pain
CBD can be unbelievably helpful, especially those with inflammatory bowel disease. It alleviates symptoms immediately if smoked. So while you’re cooped up inside, dealing with digestive symptoms from the pressures of life, consider this as an option.
- Fights Insomnia
Are you having troubling sleep lately, because of what is happening? If so, CBD may help send you into la-la land. This is linked to CBDs ability to reduce anxiety and worries that cause you to stay awake.
- Eliminates acne
Now that we don’t have access to the outdoors for fresh air, our beauty therapist, or good quality food (consistently), our faces may experience the side effects. CBD can help lower the sebum oil produced in the skin. Excessive amounts can cause acne. If you consume CBD, it decreases production.
- Reduces Stress
Stress is an emotion that has probably heightened some way or another at the moment. A recent study has referred to CBD as a ‘stress reducer’, in fact, CBD alleviates the cardiovascular response to stress. Experts believe that it influences the survival and death of white blood cells.
Okay, so what’s the best way to ‘ingest’ CBD then?
Oral – Swallowed
Types: CBD oil, tinctures, edibles, powder, capsules
Pathway to targets: It passes through the digestive tract and absorbs into the bloodstream.
Time frame: This is the slowest route, as it can take up to 6 hours to absorb. It’s best for long-term use.
Uses: Long-term anxiety, stress or depression. Also acne. This won’t give you immediate results, but long-term will alleviate the problem
Types: Vape pens, dabs, high-CBD cannabis
Pathways to targets: When CBD is inhaled, it goes into the lungs where it rapidly passes into the bloodstream. It avoids the first-pass metabolism.
Time-frame: This is the fastest route to get immediate results, but also only short-term effects. This will hit you within 10 minutes.
Uses: Immediate relief of digestive pain, migraines/tension, stress and insomnia (smoke it before bed).
We just want to say that during covid19 to proceed with caution if you choose to smoke it. There have been reports suggesting that people who smoke or vape could increase chances of infection.
Types: Creams, lotions
Pathways to targets: Topical CBD diffuses into your skin and reaches local targets like muscles and other inflammation. Very little enters bloodstream.
Time-frame: Depends on target.
Uses: Head tension, from stress or anxiety. Digestive pain.
So whether you’re dealing with bouts of anxiety, depression or symptoms of pain that are hard to manage, then we recommend a very good quality CBD as an option for you to integrate into your everyday life.