A Guide to CBD: What is CBD and How to Take It?
A complete guide to CBD for beginners.
(CÜR is not making any medical or health claims in this blog: *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.)
There has been a noticeable lifestyle shift in recent years. More people are turning from chemical drugs to natural remedies for their health…and CBD is at center stage.
Since the 2018 Farm Bill legalized the extraction of hemp products, CBD seems to be everywhere. From oils and tinctures to capsules and gummies. From full-spectrum to broad-spectrum and isolates. Claiming to reduce pain, stop seizure, help insomnia, and so many other things that sound too good to be true to a lot of people.
And you might ask yourself,
Wait…isn’t this the same as cannabis? Doesn’t that get you high? No, thank you.
But stop for a second! We know there is a lot of information out there and it can get overwhelming pretty quickly.
We don’t want you to miss out on all the good things that CBD has to offer, so we’ve prepared this quick guide to CBD. We’ll tell you all there is to know, so you can enjoy its benefits and see the results for yourself.
Without any further ado, let's start our CBD guide with the basics.
What is CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are two of the most notable natural substances found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. This plant has more than 100 other identified compounds that are collectively called cannabinoids.
The Cannabis Sativa plant has two main species: Marijuana and Hemp.
Marijuana is high in THC, while hemp is high in CBD and contains as low as 0.03% THC.
THC is a psychoactive agent and responsible for the euphoric effect of marijuana, while CBD is not psychoactive on its own. So don’t worry. Since all of our products made using pure CBD, extracted from hemp, they won’t get you high.
How Does CBD Work?
Your body has a regulatory system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS) which was identified while studying the effects of THC and so it was named after Cannabis. This system consists of cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, endocannabinoids that bind to these receptors and enzymes that regulate the activity of endocannabinoids.
The role of this system is to maintain stability throughout your body by playing an important role in many functions like sleep, memory, mood, appetite, and immunity. When these functions are out of balance, the body produces endocannabinoids that will bind to the receptors, signal your brain, and bring back homeostasis.
When your body doesn’t produce enough endocannabinoids or there are too many enzymes that break them down, ECS won’t function correctly and you will face a condition called ‘Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency’.
The cannabinoids like CBD and THC can bind to CB1 and CB2 receptors and act as supplements to your natural system. By interacting with these receptors, they can stimulate and support ECS and fight the deficiency, restoring balance to your body.
What are the benefits of CBD?
Epidiolex is the first-ever FDA approved drug that is derived from Cannabis. Its effectiveness has been proven in children with the ruthless Dravet syndrome that doesn’t respond to any other anti-seizure medication.
The research on the health benefits of CBD is going strong. The significant findings of some studies along with user testimonials indicate that CBD can help with a variety of ailments such as:
- Chronic and inflammatory pain
- Sleep disorders
- Anxiety and depression
- Metabolic disorders
Although there is much more research to be done in this area, and it’s always best to consult your doctor first before using CBD for these purposes.
How to Take CBD?
As the last part of our CBD guide, we’re going to take a look at the different ways you can take CBD.
There are various methods. Some take seconds to work, while others might take hours. Some affect the entire body, while others target a specific area. Some last in your body for a few hours, while others clear up quicker. So you have a wide range of options and you can choose based on your preference and need.
With that said, let’s look at some of the most common ways to take CBD.
Vaping Your CBD
Vaping is the fastest delivery method. Once you inhale the CBD, your lungs will immediately absorb it. After that, it will enter your bloodstream and distribute throughout your whole body.
Based on your vaping style and the potency of your CBD oil cartridge, all you need might be a few puffs. 10 minutes later, you’ll absorb 30-60% of the CBD that will last around 3 hours in your body.
The quick effect of vaping makes it a good choice for targeting acute pain and nausea. Although vaping is not for everyone and the debate about its effects on the lungs is still on. If you do decide to try vaping, you should steer clear of cartridges with thinning agents and additives such as vitamin E acetate and vegetable glycerin, as studies have found that these compounds can damage your lungs.
Gummies and Capsules
Edible forms of CBD like gummies and capsules are a great option for beginners. They come in pre-measured dosages and different flavors that cover the earthy taste.
Orally ingested CBD goes through a process called the “first pass effect” in which the liver and digestive system break down the CBD and a significant amount is lost before reaching the blood circulation.
So it will take up to 2 hours for you to feel the effects and absorb 20-30% of the CBD, but it will last anywhere from 6 to 12 hours. This turns edibles into a better option for chronic conditions.
Tinctures and CBD Oils
Tinctures and oils are taken sublingually, meaning you hold the product for 60-90 seconds under your tongue before swallowing it and it’s absorbed directly into your bloodstream through your tongue’s capillaries, without having to go through the first pass effect.
15 minutes to an hour later, you will feel the effects that will last for 6-8 hours afterward.
There is a slight difference between CBD oils and tinctures that you should keep in mind. CBD oil is pulled from the Cannabis plant through CO2 extraction and diffused into a natural carrier oil such as coconut oil, while tincture is an alcohol-based product with a few more additives. Yet the properties are the same and you can choose based on your preference. Also note: some people may refer to CBD oil as a tincture, so we recommend you look at the ingredients to determine.
Topicals such as creams and roll-ons are applied directly to the skin. Unlike the other methods which distribute throughout the entire body, topicals only target one area and act quickly because their only barrier is the skin. However, they can’t permeate too deep and enter the bloodstream,
Topicals are famous among athletes for relieving muscle pain and a study has suggested that applying topical CBD has the potential to alleviate arthritis pain and inflammation.
Does CBD Interfere With Other Medications?
Firstly, we are not doctors and do not make any medical claims. Always consult with your doctor before using any of our products.
When you take a medication, your body has to metabolize it, aka break it down, to use its benefits. A group of enzymes called cytochrome P450, or CYP450, do this task. These enzymes are also responsible for breaking down CBD.
A good question to ask or to look for is if there is a disclaimer about taking Grapefruit with your prescriptions.
The recommended doses of CBD are usually low enough to not interfere with these processes, but when you take higher amounts, you might cause a problem.
CYP3A4 will get busy with CBD and forget about the other medications, or even vice versa, CYP3A4 will be busy with the medications already in your body, and the CBD won’t work as effectively.
This is why it’s better to talk to your doctor before you start using CBD. Your goal is to improve your help, not hinder it.
We should note that since topicals don’t enter your bloodstream, they won’t interfere with other drugs and are safe to use.
There you have it. Your own guide to CBD. What now?
We’ve told you all you needed to know about CBD. You can ignore it...or you can jump on the CBD train and see how it can benefit you. And we are here to guide you on this journey with our wide range of CBD products.
Share this CBD guide with your friends and let us know what you think about CBD. Are you going to try it?
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
CÜR cannot make any medical claims or offer medical advice, please consult with your doctor before using our products.