Before I write one more thing about CBD, please:
Know where you get your CBD from and no, CBD will not get you high. That would be THC – CBD’s best friend.
It is so freaking important to know what you’re putting in/on your body and that you are obtaining it from a trust-worthy source. Our bodies are indeed our temples, so we have to make sure we tend to them best we can and treat them magically.
I am a firm believer in the healing powers of both CBD and THC and couldn’t be more excited to talk about them, specifically CBD, which I use to manage both period pain and moderate anxiety. I also use CBD topicals for muscle aches and pains. My husband uses it regularly to help his body relax before sleep as he has major snooze issues. I would not bother using CBD or spending money on it if it didn’t do the job. After having worked in the industry, I have seen individuals thrive while using CBD to treat an assortment of ailments, some bringing tears to my eyes due to their enhanced quality of life.
I’m excited to share with you what I know!
Ok, let’s answer some questions about what CBD is, how it can be used, and what it can potentially treat.
CBD is short for cannabidiol which is a compound found in cannabis plants. Next to THC, CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant.
Now, unless you are a medical marijuana cardholder or you live in a state where marijuana is legal, more than likely you will only be able to get your hands on hemp-based CBD. And I repeat, know where you’re getting your CBD. (And if it’s THC you’re into, know where you’re getting that too, especially when it comes to vape pens and cartridges.)
Are cannabis, marijuana, and hemp all the same thing?
Not necessarily. Cannabis is an umbrella term for both marijuana and hemp. In other words, cannabis is the family of plants that both marijuana and hemp belong to. Marijuana (cannabis Sativa plants) are high in THC with moderate levels of CBD. Hemp plants are high in CBD and low in THC containing less than 0.3 percent.
Hemp is legal in the United States and is easier to grow. Marijuana is federally illegal but medicinally and recreationally legal state by state. Come January 1, Illinois will be a legal state both medically and recreationally. Yay!
How does CBD work in the human body?
We literally have a system in our body, the endocannabinoid system (ECS), that has receptors that react to cannabis. Crazy, right?! But, true. Animals also have an ECS, hence why CBD is often used to treat pets. More on the ECS, here.
Note that THC and CBD react differently within the ECS which is why THC induces a high and CBD does not, but why humans use both for different reasons whether it’d be recreationally, therapeutically, and/or medicinally.
Fun fact: Did you know that before cannabis and hemp were prohibited, they were used for thousands of years to treat a number of ailments in the human body?
What is CBD often used for and can possibly help treat?
- sleep management
- menstrual cramps
- symptoms of menopause
- curb side effects of chemotherapy
- minor aches and pains
Interesting. I used to use Xanax and wine to curb my anxiety. Not anymore.
Why are people choosing CBD over other medications?
Folks are investigating CBD as an alternative method to treat their ailments because CBD does not have side effects and is not addictive like some medications used to treat sleep and anxiety.
How can CBD be taken?
Great question! There are a number of ways CBD can be administered based on your preference, experience, and tolerance.
- Sublingual – Tinctures, Oils, Sprays
- Oral Ingestion – Edibles, Beverages, Capsules, Tablets
- Topicals – Lotions, Serums, Creams, Salves, Oils, Ointments
- Transdermal – Patches
- Vape – Pens, Cartridges
For more information on CBD delivery formats, visit this impressive guide by Fleur Marché.
Beginner CBD quick tip: when it comes to dosing, always start low and slow to determine the best dosage for you, your mind, and body.
Can you fly with hemp-based CBD?
Yes, you can fly with hemp-based CBD as it is legal. Here is more on that.
We hope we’ve answered some of your curiosities regarding CBD. Please reach out or comment with any thoughts or inquiries, we’d love to hear from you!