CBD is everywhere these days. From gas stations to hair salons to CBD-only super stores, it’s nearly impossible to miss. After the Farm Bill passed, which legalized hemp production, CBD products became legal to sell, and the “CBD boom” began. The hype, in part, is well-deserved — there is evidence that CBD can offer health benefits. Plus, it’s natural, which appeals to many of us who look for natural solutions to our ailments. However, it’s important to educate yourself before going out and grabbing the first bottle of CBD oil you find. You should know exactly what you’re getting into first. That’s why we’ve put together a mini CBD guide to help you learn the ins and outs of this popular, sometimes misunderstood substance.
What Is CBD?
As you may already know, CBD (Cannabidiol) is a compound derived from the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, which is also found in cannabis, CBD is not psychoactive. That means you can reap its benefits without having to worry about any of the negative possible side effects that may result from THC consumption.
You’ve probably seen claims that CBD can cure everything from depression to cancer. The truth is, there’s still a lot of research to be done about the positive effects of CBD. However, there is proof that it can help with a variety of ailments, including pain relief, anxiety relief and inflammation. It’s also been shown to provide symptom relief from multiple sclerosis, arthritis, ADHD and more. Additionally, there’s research that shows it can help with those who have epilepsy.
How Do You Take CBD?
CBD is most commonly found as an oil, but you can also buy it in pill form or as vapor juice. Additionally, it can be found in lotions and creams that are applied topically. The type of CBD you buy and how you ingest or use it will largely depend on the reason you’re taking it. For example, a topical salve would be a good option for those struggling with sore joints, while a pill would be a better choice for someone looking for anxiety relief.
How Does CBD Work?
Research tells us that CBD works by attaching to receptors in the body’s biological system known as the endocannabinoid system. This system responds to cannabinoids that occur naturally in the body, as well as external cannabinoids, including CBD. The system is involved in maintaining homeostasis in the body — in other words, it keeps everything balanced and functioning properly. Therefore, CBD may be able to contribute to keeping these functions healthy.
Where Should I Buy CBD?
As we mentioned previously, you can buy CBD pretty much anywhere nowadays. But that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to purchase it without some prior research. Unfortunately, a lot of the CBD currently on shelves lacks in quality. According to this study, around 70% of CBD products sold online are mislabeled. Some products may contain unwanted additives, while others may not actually contain much CBD at all.
There’s a big risk that you could be buying a product that doesn’t contain what the packaging claims it has inside. That’s why it’s important to do some research and purchase from trusted sources. Your best bet is to find a trusted source that provides testing documentation. That way, you’ll know exactly how much CBD the product contains, along with whatever else is found in the bottle.
Most importantly, you should talk to your doctor before trying out CBD. He or she will be able to answer your questions and guide you in the right direction.
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