Jan 3 2021 A Brief Introduction To Cannabidiol (CBD)Category: General     10:20PM   0

CBD 101

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a phytocannabinoid found in the Cannabis Sativa plant (also known as hemp and marijuana).

Cannabidiol interacts with your Endocannabinoid System, or ECS.  Your ECS regulates your mental and physical well-being through bodily functions such as sleep, memory, appetite, pain sensation, immunity, reproduction, and several other key cellular-level functions.

CBD interacts with your ECS by binding to the CB1 receptors (mainly found in our brains) and CB2 receptors (present throughout the body though most directly affecting our immune, digestive, inflammatory, and reproductive functions.) 

CBD can also increase blood flow, tissue oxygenation and muscular relaxation (thus enhancing arousal and a sense of internal well-being).  As an adaptogen, CBD can soothe tension and ease bodily discomfort, including cramps.


Types of CBD

There are four types of CBD that can be found in CBD-infused products.  These include:

1) CBD Isolate
This is when all plant matter and phytocannabinoids have been removed, leaving only pure CBD

2) Nano CBD
These occur when isolated CBD particles have been turned into smaller pieces (nanoparticles) for easier absorption.

3) Broad Spectrum CBD
In this formulation, only THC is removed, leaving the remaining cannabinoideas to products therapeutic effects.

4) Full-Spectrum CBD
Full spectrum CBD means that none of the phytochemicals found in Cannabis sativa; have been removed this includes cannabidiol along with terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids, including THC. However, the THC content can still be under 0.3 percent (extreeeeeemely minimal and, for most people, causing NO psychoactive effects).


Every person is unique!

Your biochemistry and physiology can and will influence your experience with CBD.  In addition, set (emotional and mental state) and setting (what environment you're in, how much food you've eaten that day, how hydrated you are, etc) are important influences on your experience as well.  A standard mid-range dosage for adults is typically 10-100mg.  You may want to start with a smaller, "micro" dose at first to see how your body responds before increasing the amount.  Do your own research to determine what would be best for you.  I recommend CBD: A Patient's Guide To Medicinal Cannabis by Leonard Leinow and Juliana Birnbaum.

Some guidelines:

• Start with a small amount (ie. half a dropper, or half of a cookie)

• Take CBD in the morning as well as at night (before bed)

• Adjust the amount as needed, once you notice how different amounts work for you

• Add daily portions, or increase strength, as needed


Learn More

Check out these books and resources:

1) CBD: A Patient's Guide To Medicinal Cannabis by Leonard Leinow and Juliana Birnbaum

2) The CBD Solution: How Cannabis, CBD, and Other Plant Allies Can Change Your Everyday Life by Merry Jane (and Ashley Manta)

3) http://www.ashleymanta.com/

4) https://www.projectcbd.org/guidance/get-started

5) https://www.thecbdistillery.com/ultimate-cbd-user-guide/

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