So, what are the 5 Things to Know Before Adding CBD to Your Wellness Routine?
Check Your CBD Brand
CBD is an explosive market. There’s no getting around it. Almost everyone is talking about it, and it’s permeating the marketplace. It can found in many convenience stores across the US.
This can’t be stressed enough: If your brand of CBD doesn’t offer easily accessible, recent certificates of analysis that indicate there is CBD in the products – you’re probably not purchasing CBD. It’s as simple as that.
CBD or Cannabidiol is a chemical compound found most commonly in the cannabis sativa plant. Far too many brands sell products labeled as containing CBD, simply on the basis they contain a hemp seed oil, a hemp extract, or hemp essential oil. To clarify, all of these may have their individual benefits, and can be useful in a wellness routine. Without certificates of analysis indicating a lab has examined the raw materials for their CBD content, there’s simply no guarantee that these products contain CBD.
Full spectrum? THC free? Distillate? Isolate?
These terms and more are some examples of consumer-facing descriptors that most would have no way of knowing the differences.
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Broad–spectrum CBD contains cannabidiol and all the other compounds within the plant, save for THC, which is completely removed after the initial extraction. Because broad–spectrum extracts contain multiple cannabinoids, they also produce the “entourage effect,” but without the THC.
The entourage effect is when the many components within the plant interact with the human bodies Endocannabinoid System (ECS) to produce a stronger and more complete influence than any one of those components alone – it’s a synergistic effect.
CBD isolate is a form of CBD, or cannabidiol, that is typically 99% pure CBD only. No other cannabinoids including THC are present in CBD isolate, and it’s the most common raw material for consumer CBD products.
CBD distillate is a heavily refined liquid form of CBD that has a honey-like consistency. Most often this CBD is extracted from the hemp plant, but it could also be taken from cannabis. It’s a common raw material for CBD products.
This is the thing we tell our customers the most: start small! The best practice when introducing CBD as a specific remedy, or for overall health and wellness is always to start small.
Customers who use CBD as an addition to a daily wellness routine often find that a smaller dosage with more frequency may be far more noticeable than massive doses in terms of overall well-being. Conversely, many people with intense pain and anxiety find larger doses to be absolutely necessary when managing chronic discomforts.
As always, Eables recommends consulting your physician, and discussing your dose.
Take it Daily
More and more studies suggest that a deficiency in the body’s ECS (Endocannabinoid System) can in fact be a clinical deficiency known as CED, or Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency. This has been particularly noticeable in studying Fibromyalgia, and other intense discomforts from chronic pain.
There are two types of receptors that CBD interacts with in the Endocannabinoid System: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily in the central nervous system and are responsible for governing coordination, movement, pain, appetite, memory, mood, and other functions. The CB2 receptors are in the peripheral nervous system, influencing pain, and inflammation.
Beware the Dreaded Placebo
Most importantly, as with any newly introduced dietary change, many consumers find that after taking CBD for a day or two they feel nothing at all. This is most often but not always due to a lower dose than might finally be required.
The importance of taking CBD daily, and carefully monitoring your desired outcome cannot be overstated. Every human body has different chemistry, weight, etc, and one size CBD does not fit all.