CBD for Beginners: The ABC’s of CBD

CBD For Beginners: the ABCs of CBD

Maybe you’ve heard it from your aunt who swears it’s cured her knee problems. Or perhaps that cute, tattooed barista claims it helps her dog’s anxiety. If you heard these clues a few years ago, you’d probably feel baffled. But now it’s everywhere: millions of Americans have tried it at least once in the past two years and researchers are raving about its health benefits. What is it?

The answer should be obvious: CBD. Less commonly known as cannabidiol, CBD is a major organic compound found in both marijuana and hemp. Despite its association with the illicit plant, CBD is much more benign than it sounds. Contrary to popular misconception, CBD is completely non-addictive and non-psychoactive – in fact, studies show that CBD counteracts the “high” feeling from many different substances.

If you’ve stumbled upon this article, you’re probably curious why everyone seems to be crazy about CBD and are looking to experiment with the treatment yourself. Thankfully, seasoned users have provided some of the best tips and tricks for getting the most out of a CBD treatment regiment.

How Does CBD Work?

First, it’s important that we discuss how CBD functions and may be beneficial for users’ mental, physical, and emotional health.

CBD works by binding to the body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS). Through this process, CBD interacts with receptor sites in both the brain and the autoimmune systems of sites dubbed CB-1 and CB-2.

CB-1 receptors, located in the brain, are primarily responsible for cognition, mood, appetite, and memory. CBD can disrupt the normal neural pathways, resulting in a more stable mood and higher tolerance for depression, anxiety, and PTSD symptoms.

On the other hand, CB-2 receptors live everywhere else in the body along the immune system. Here, CBD potentially works to inhibit the body’s harmful autoimmune responsive that causes the inflammation behind conditions such as arthritis, joint pain, skin conditions, and nausea.

According to recent studies, CBD could positively affect nearly every aspect of the users’ health and wellness. The World Health Organization has released a statement that there are no known health complications associated with CBD use and, around the world, prescription drugs laced with CBD are now being marketed.

CBD Tips and Tricks

No matter what your preference is, CBD comes in nearly every variety of edible or applicable products. Foods, drinks, baked goods, tinctures, oils, body creams, and even dog treats are legally available in most Western nations.

Long time users recommend that curious consumers seek out only the most reputable, well established vendors to purchase CBD from. In some countries, there aren’t established labeling, product testing, and crop materials testing requirements. Most of the best vendors are actually online, since internet sellers adhere to more strict international import and export regulations. Most users suggest that consumers only purchase from vendors who’ve published the results of third-party, unaffiliated product tests.

In addition to coming in a variety of forms, there are different types of CBD: full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate. Full spectrum CBD is derived from cannabis and can contain many different cannabinoids in addition to THC. Broad spectrum contains several distinct cannabinoids but only trace amounts of THC. As you can likely guess, Isolate contains only cannabidiol and absolutely no THC.

As always, the best way for consumers to find the product that suits their needs is by conducting their own research. There are thousands of different products to try and now is a better time than ever to dip your toes into the world of CBD.