By now, you have probably heard someone mention CBD, read advertisements online, and possibly even seen tinctures lining store counters. However, despite CBD’s visibility and popularity, there are still many people who are unsure of what CBD is and how it can help them.

There is so much to know about CBD, especially since it is ever-evolving. New information is constantly being discovered about its properties and how CBD can provide therapeutic relief. But, for now, let’s start with the basics.

What is CBD? Where does it come from?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the many cannabinoids found inside the Cannabis sativa plant. Cannabinoids are the naturally occurring compounds found inside the plant. CBD happens to be the most abundant cannabinoid inside the hemp or cannabis plant, making up 40% of the plant resin extract. However, you are more likely to have heard of THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid that produces the high sensation associated with marijuana.

Though CBD and THC can both be extracted from the same type of plant, they have different molecular structures and chemical properties. As a result, a person who uses a CBD product does not get high. In fact, when CBD and THC combine together in the body, CBD actually works to combat the psychoactive effects of THC.

CBD is typically extracted from a hemp plant, which is bred to contain minimal amounts of THC. Hemp-derived CBD offers the properties of the entire hemp plant without the presence of THC, so people can enjoy all the therapeutic benefits without the stoned feeling or mind-altering effects.

Is CBD safe?

Yes, CBD is a safe, non-toxic, and naturally-derived alternative to traditional medicine. It is impossible to overdose on CBD, and no fatalities have ever been reported as a result of CBD usage. In 2015, the FDA even approved a CBD oil solution for the treatment of seizures associated with two different forms of epilepsy in people two years and older. CBD is even safe for pets to use!

Is CBD legal?

Yes, hemp-derived CBD products are federally legal, but their legal status can vary state from state. Hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3% of THC are federally legal but illegal under some states laws. Oppositely, cannabis-derived CBD products are illegal federally but legal under some states laws. It’s best to check your state’s legislature and other states legislatures when you are traveling with CBD products.

How does CBD interact with the body?

Cannabinoids like CBD exert their effects by interacting with specific receptors present on the surface of our cells. These cannabinoid receptors are found in different parts of our central nervous system, which come together to create our endocannabinoid system. CBD stimulates the endocannabinoid system, promoting homeostasis, reducing pain, and decreasing inflammation which leads us to the discussion of CBD’s many benefits!

What is CBD used for? What are the benefits?

Part of the reason CBD is so popular is because it has been shown to alleviate a vast variety of common ailments and conditions. As a result, people from all walks of life can use CBD. People use CBD to help with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, inflammation, sleeplessness, seizures, nausea and vomiting, arthritis and joint pain, migraines, acne, and more.

New research is even coming forward about CBD’s heart and brain benefits. Since CBD has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it is now widely recognized as a natural way to encourage brain health and overall wellness. CBD is even being studied as a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. In addition, new research also indicates that CBD may be an effective treatment to lower blood pressure naturally and support overall heart health.

How can you take CBD?

CBD is available in many different forms. As a result, people can modify their method of use to fit their specific needs. You get to choose what works best for you. CBD can be taken orally, topically, and even vaped. Here is how the most common forms work:

Tinctures: CBD tinctures are made with a water and alcohol base, which makes it easy to take the CBD orally with a few drops under the tongue or even mixed with a drink like water, tea, or coffee. A carrier oil can be added to enhance the flavor of the tincture and the bioavailability of the CBD. The alcohol base makes the CBD more absorbable by the body and extends the shelf-life of the tincture since it acts as a preservative.

Oils: CBD oils are made with an oil base, which is why it is usually applied topically on the skin. Direct topical use has been found to help with inflammation and pain.

Creams and lotions: CBD topicals, such as body creams, lotions, and salves, provide targeted relief through the layers of the skin. People use topical CBD creams and lotions to provide pain relief from joint pain like arthritis or to keep their skin healthy, clear, and supple.

Capsules, pills, or soft gels: CBD capsules are designed to quickly deliver a dose of CBD to the body through the digestive system. The capsule form is great for those looking for a more targeted CBD product with maximum absorption and bioavailability.

Gummies: Another convenient (and fun) way to take CBD is as a gummy. CBD gummies are easy to transport, are discreet, and tasty. CBD gummies are a good choice for those looking to try CBD out for the first time since they are so easy to dose.

Parting Thoughts

The CBD industry is incredibly vast and complex, but it’s obviously worth looking into because of the many benefits CBD reaps naturally. We know it can be overwhelming to a newcomer but it doesn’t have to be! We hope you enjoyed our CBD Beginner’s Guide check back with us regularly for more articles to jumpstart your CBD education!


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