What is CBD? What are its benefits? The following is an honest attempt to make the benefits of hemp CBD easily understood without the need of a doctorate degree. Let’s face it, if CBD came from dandelions we wouldn’t be having this discussion, but it comes from the hemp plant, which is drowning in misconceptions.
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What is CBD Oil
CBD is the acronym for cannabidiol, which is one of many benefits to come from the hemp plant. It is important to note that the whole “CBD Movement” isn’t merely the next diet craze or snake oil to hit the market. Positive research is reported virtually daily concerning its benefits, with many of these studies coming from the U.S. Government’s own National Institutes of Health (NIH.gov).
Let’s start by clarifying the common misunderstanding that the hemp and marijuana plant are basically the same thing- they are not. Though they come from the same family, their differences lie in their composition
- Marijuana is a plant with high concentrations of THC (psychoactive, the “high” side)
- The hemp plant is high in CBD content and is non-psychoactive (the healthy side)
Hemp CBD oil is a safe and obviously less scrutinized alternative that works hand-in-hand with our body’s internal regulatory system and carries significant health benefits. Studies have shown CBD to be capable of providing relief from inflammation, spasms, anxiety, pain, seizures, and the list goes on.
Hemp Seed Oil is not the same thing…
Don’t confuse hemp CBD oil with hemp seed oil commonly found in your local grocery and health food stores or large retail chains. Hemp seed oil may be a great nutritional supplement, but it does not possess any CBD properties whatsoever- not even a trace.
Benefits of CBD
With the well-documented side effects which many prescribed medicines possess that are being used to address today’s health issues and ailments, consumers are constantly looking for a safer alternative. CBD is it. No known side effects, non-toxic, non-addictive, no risk of overdosing, and multiple benefits from a single source.
A 2013 study published by the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, along with research performed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) revealed the following findings on studies surrounding CBD-
- Anti-Inflammatory and Pain Relief- Reduces inflammation throughout the body and defends against inflammatory diseases, including pain from arthritis (1) (2)
- Anxiolytic/Anti-Depressant/Antipsychotic- Used to reduce anxiety, stress and symptoms of depression (3) (4)
- Anti-emetic- Reduces nausea, motion sickness and vomiting (5)
- Anti-convulsant- Both suppresses and reduces risk of seizures (6) (7)
- Anti-oxidant- Reduces your risk of degenerative brain conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia (neurodegenerative disorders) (8) (9)
- Anti-tumoral/Anti-cancer- CBD has been shown to reduce the growth of cancer cells and fight back against tumors (10) (11) (12)
- Promotes cardiovascular health (13)
The ECS System
Are you aware that all living mammals produce their own cannabinoids? That’s right, like CBD. Hemp CBD oil supplies what is called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the largest self-regulatory system in the human body. It is what balances numerous internal functions, including our mood, appetite, sleep, pain, hormones and the immune system.
Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each of these it performs a different task, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, a biological process which maintains balance in the body by providing a stable internal environment.
Your body already produces cannabinoids, but often it doesn’t produce enough, especially as you get older. Since most people’s diets don’t include Hemp CBD or other cannabinoids, a deficiency of these can upset the body’s balance and throw our self-regulatory system out of harmony.
To keep this from turning into a thesis, simply put there are two primary receptors associated with the ECS System; CB1 and CB2 receptors.
- CB1 receptors are found throughout the brain and central nervous system
- CB2 receptors regulate and maintain the immune system
- CBD interacts with CB1 and CB2 receptors
CBD increases the amount of endocannabinoids in your system, allowing these receptors to function at full capacity, an essential element in keeping the body in balance.
CBD Side Effects
We’ve gone over the positive aspects of CBD, but what are the negative elements associated with it? In truth, to date hemp CBD oil has not been linked to any major side effects or negative health conditions, even in studies that involve taking high doses, making it a safe alternative to pharmaceutical medicines.
The only drawback to adding hemp CBD oil to your daily diet is the fact that, and I confess, most of it tastes like old lawnmower clippings. This being said, through hemp processing advancements, Botanic Balance now provides a hemp CBD oil that is essentially an odorless, tasteless, pure CBD concentrate that contains 0.0% THC- as in no THC whatsoever.
You should always consult a physician before use on children, pregnant or nursing women, if you have a medical condition or are taking medication, and before starting any new supplement progrram.
EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT…
Just like any medicine, everybody reacts differently to it….Aspirin doesn’t make everyone’s headache go away, and antacids don’t cure everyone’s heartburn. With this, it’s important to become familiar with how your body responds to CBD. While our suggested serving size is on every product label, it’s recommended to start small and gradually work your way up to a dose that works for you.
You will find articles recommending a wide range of CBD daily dosages, and while we are firm believers in 50mg of CBD a day (25mg twice a day), keep in mind this is a guideline and not a prescription. The FDA has not yet established dosage guidelines for CBD products, which is why we can only suggest dosage based on experience and anecdotal results.
Botanic Balance is one of the few companies that includes a graduated dropper with every hemp CBD oil product to help you easily regulate every dose. As with any new supplement, it is recommended you consult your doctor or health advisor first.
Two Times a Day
Administering your CBD oil dosage routinely twice a day, once in the morning and again an hour before bedtime, will yield the most desirable results as it allows the level of CBD in your system to stay consistent throughout the day.
CBD is available in a variety of forms, which includes oil tinctures (drops), capsules, vapes and an assortment of edibles, even gum and candy.
CBD OIL IS MOST COMMONLY TAKEN ORALLY…
CBD Oil tinctures (bottles) are by far the most popular method for administering hemp CBD. The CBD oil is placed directly under the tongue until absorbed, about 30-45 seconds. This promotes maximum absorption quickly and effectively into the body without being broken down by your digestive system, thus increasing its longevity. All our tinctures include a graduated dropper for easy dosage control.
CBD Capsules are a convenient method to administer CBD, are easy to travel with and provide a consistent dose. They take longer to release into the system than administering oil drops under the tongue, but they provide the same long lasting relief.
CBD Topical creams and balms have a fast absorption rate and can be applied directly to a “problem” area, providing quick relief. Keep in mind, often topicals possess reduced amounts of CBD that are too low to be effective, which is why our Muscle & Joint Cream boasts 500mg of pure CBD.
Vaporizers allow CBD to enter your system quickly, but it tends to dissipate quickly as well, normally within 2-4 hours, compared to 6-10 hours when taken orally. We will not be providing CBD vape products until more testing is done to verify it is safe to use.
CBD gum and candy are available as of recent, but the amount of CBD in these types of products is normally too low to be effective.