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The ABC’s of CBD
What is CBD
How it works Internally and Externally
Overall Health Benefits/ Preventive Benefits
What to look for in products and types of products
Dosing suggestions and recognizing its effectiveness
What is CBD?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol, the non-intoxicating compound and one of many cannabinoids, found in Marijuana and Hemp: Cannabis Sativa plant family.
The main ones being THC and CBD. Marijuana plant = THC, whereas the Hemp plant = CBD. The THC is what gets one stoned or high.
Hemp based CBD, is Federally legal all 50 states if it is tested to have LESS than .3% THC. (A few states have own laws)
Full Spectrum/Whole Plant contains all the cannabinoids including THC, and terpenes (flavors & scents.) All the compounds work together better, creating Entourage Effect.
Broad Spectrum eliminates the THC only,
CBD Isolate is an extract of only the CBD. FDA approved new drug, Epidiolex is made from isolate.
CBD from Hemp is concentrated in the stems, leaves and flowering tops of the plant, NOT in seeds. Hemp seed oil by itself is NOT CBD, it is used in cooking & lotions.
HOW does CBD Work……Internally
The Endocannabinoid system (ECS) discovered in the 1960’s by Israeli Scientist, started being researched in the US in 1990’s.
A network of receptors controlling vital life functions including: pain sensation, anxiety/depression, sleep pattern, immune system, inflammation, seizures. THC works with CB1 receptor, CBD works with CB2 receptor (mostly responsible for the above.)
While CB1 (THC's receptor) is more highly expressed in the brain and spinal cord, CB2 (CBD's receptor) is located in the periphery, including the tonsils, spleen, thymus, pancreas, and other immune-oriented organs.
Our body makes cannabinoids called endocannabinoids, we get some from food, HOWEVER, most of us are deficient, usually because of poor nutrition and/or prolonged exposure to psychological and/or physical stress or disease.
Internally produced cannabinoids, respond significantly to plant-based cannabinoids (Cannabis) to reignite a beaten down system. They can help keep receptors working at optimal capacity to help balance the body’s central regulatory system and help regain homeostasis.
The cannabinoids interact with the receptors, much like a lock and key. We are wired for this plant, it’s like turning a key in a lock.
HOW does CBD Work……Externally
Skin has largest number of CB2 receptors. When CBD infused topicals are applied to the skin, it uses its anti-inflammatory properties to provide pain relief to a specific area.
CBD creams/lotions/oils/patches don’t act transdermally, don’t pass through skin and into bloodstream. (Needs an added emulsifier/chemical compound) Topically applied CBD is only absorbed into the top 3 layers of the skin.
CBD powerfully protects skin and neutralizes free radicals due to its numerous vitamins and fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6) and their roles as antioxidants.
Studies show CBD has a high potential for treating skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne by encouraging abnormal cell death.
Carol suffered from non-responsive, total body psoriasis for over 35 years and has been just treating the symptoms. I watched as she applied a CBD topical to her arm's and leg's scabby patches, and immediately felt a decrease in the horrible itching that is constant with this condition. With other natural healing therapies & using the topical, she has put her disease in remission. “The CBD products are probably what is keeping me out of the “rubber room” or worse.”
What Works Best For What
For pain management, both topical and oral CBD work well, typically proving the most effective relief when utilized together.
Ingested CBD assists in the diminishing of symptoms from pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia. AND it fights inflammation. Taken everyday like a vitamin is best.
Topicals work great at reducing inflammation, managing arthritis, helping headaches, cramping and migraines.
What to Look for in Products
CBD is the component, measured by milligrams in different types of products, used internally & externally. Look for Hemp (or Marijuana products) that are preferably full spectrum, organically & sustainably grown in the US and 3rd party tested.
If source is not stated, it could be from China with high lead/contaminants in soil. Dispensaries in (legal states) have excellent products but be wary of online gimmicks (Amazon) that are cheap or offer free trial.
All products need to have the amount of milligrams that are of CBD, not % or amount of the Hemp oil.
Possible Overall Health Benefits of CBD
Promotes Healthy Immune Function
Tranquilizing & Promotes Better Sleep
Reduces Vomiting and Nausea
Promotes Healthy Skin
Reduces Seizures & Convulsions
Suppresses Muscle Spasms
Reduces Small Intestine Contractions
Non-psychoactive & Non-addictive
Reduces Withdrawal Symptoms
Sublingual/Oral delivery: Oil Tinctures or vaping allows CBD absorption directly into bloodstream through veins & capillaries in mouth. 10-15 minutes activation lasts 4-6 hours. Bioavailability approx. 40%
Edibles: Between 40-60 minutes to see effects. For greater efficiency, eat with some fat. It lasts 4 to 6 hours. Bioavailability approx. 5-8%.
CBD as Preventative Medicine
Reduce Risk of Diabetes & Obesity
Improve Cholesterol Profiles & Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Reduce Risk of Cancer
Improve Brain Health & Resilience to Trauma and Degeneration
Protects Against Bone Disease & Helps Heal Bone Disease
Protects and Heals the Skin
Project CBD: Seven ways CBD can prevent disease.
Start Small – 5-12mg, in late afternoon, early evening. Measure how you feel. It affects everyone differently, most feel relaxed. Try small dose for a few days, take more if needed. Gradually increase dose and monitor how you feel. Trick is to find sweet spot where you can feel improvement. Good to take with a healthy fat.
CBD doesn’t cure anything but can help improve your health and skin gradually, offering reduced pain/anxiety, more energy, less fatigue and good sleep.
Most people with bad pain/anxiety, a daily dose of approx. 10–50mg (full spectrum) can work. Or take a smaller amount for daily maintenance and more on the days of bad pain or other conditions.
CBD should be taken hour + before/after taking medications, especially that say No Grapefruit.
Don’t take with supplements.
Put it where it hurts and REPEAT! Use sparingly on first day on the painful spots until relief is felt, after use when needed. Pain Patches: Use on DRY skin on area that is painful, can last 3 -4 days. Patches use energy fields so they cover a larger area.
Types of Products and How to Use Them
INTERNAL: Oil tinctures - Everyday dosing or when needed. Best overall for beginners to learn dosage & to use instead of pain or anxiety meds. Comes in 500mg or 1,000mg full spectrum. Taken under tongue.
INTERNAL: Capsules - For use everyday as a supplement. Part of a CBD lifestyle & great for microdosing. Comes in a Sleep, Digestion, Immunity & Super C, paired with 10mg full spectrum.
INTERNAL: Infused Teas - Used when needed or desired. Part of a CBD lifestyle & great for microdosing. Chamomile or Hibiscus paired with 70mg full spectrum per tea bag.
TOPICAL: Face/Skin cream. Great everyday for skin problems due to aging or medical issues. Helps plumps skin, reduce age/sun spots & heavily moisturize skin. Includes 500mg full spectrum.
TOPICAL: Pain Cream - Use on painful areas sparingly at first then when needed. Great for arthritis, neuropathy & skin healing. Comes in a 500mg & a 1,000mg, broad spectrum along with arnica & other natural ingredients.
TOPICAL: Infused Pain Patches - Great for on-spot treatment of pain or neuropathy. Can last 3-4 days, used energy along with arnica, developed by Olympic doctor, 10mg full spectrum in each patch.