Is CBD Right For ME?
Are you ready to jump on the bandwagon to using CBD to treat your health issues? Is CBD the quintessential magic bullet for your pain, stress and hormonal imbalances? Is CBD all hype, fad or is there real validity to using CBD?
Well, you are among the curious consumer who could use CBD effectively to manage pain, anxiety, sclerosis and other issues. Ifyou are a beginner and are confused about where to begin, we’ve put together a quick tutorial just for you!
Firstly, What is CBD or Cannabidiol?
CBD or cannabidiol is one of the many active compounds in Cannabis. However, unlike its sibling tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not get you high. It is non-psychoactive, which gives you all the benefits minus the stoned feeling that smoking weed does.
Although the current legislative status is still unsure on whether to legalize CBD or not, it is freely available in the US, if it is derived from industrial hemp. This means that it contains less than 0.3 percent THC and is safe to use. Do check your state laws before using it.
And a little more on what it is used for.
CBD oil is obtained by distillation and it is promising in treating a wide range of conditions. It can provide relief from pain that is caused by arthritis, sclerosis and other physical conditions.
It can also help manage seizures from epilepsy, anxiety issues, PTSD and addiction. In some cases, it can also help in managing symptoms of schizophrenia and side-effects of cancer treatments.
There are various application methods for CBD.
The fact that CBD is available in many forms allows people to choose their form of treatment. The most common forms of CBD are:
- Oils and tinctures
In its purest form, CBD is available as oil which can be consumed sublingually, orally or applied topically. It is absorbed into the body very quickly and spreads through the circulatory system.
- Creams and lotions
Creams with CBD infusions are used to treat joint and muscle pain, and for some skin conditions. They can be directly applied to the skin.
- Capsules and pills
Typically, patients with seizures and epilepsy use capsules and pills to treat their disorders and digestive issues. These are also USFDA approved and safe to use. A potential problem with these is that they take longer to show effect.
People love edibles. Yes, you know the exact amount of dose you’re taking. But the best reason to eat gummies is that they are affordable, discreet and delicious.
Vaping or inhaling CBD infusions is the fastest way to absorb it. You can directly add it from the lungs into the bloodstream. However, it can damage lung tissue and you must be cautious if you choose to vape.
What’s the best method then?
The most common ways to use CBD are sublingually, orally and topical application. While these methods are useful, they have their own pros and cons.
If you ask me clinically speaking, sublingual application is one of my favorite methods of effectively using CBD. Now, there are a lot of factors that go into choosing the right CBD product from a safe, reputable and clean brand. My personal and professional favorite is Octagon Biolabs – its organic, broad spectrum and has been cleanly processed to preserve a lot of the botanical compounds that can maximize the CBD benefits.
The true benefit of sublingual dosing is via it’s near instant impact on the body is the highly beneficial use of this type of method. Sublingual application via your mouth’s mucous membrane guarantees a speedy entry into your bloodstream and immediately interacts with your endocannabinoid system.
Sublingual application is a perfect application for acute and chronic pain, anxiety and even sleep challenges in the middle of the night.
If you choose to apply CBD topically, you will choose between a variety of rubs and balms. These can be directly rubbed on to sore muscles and joints, and help ease inflammation and pain. They are typically a mixture of CBD and some carrier like peppermint oil or coconut oil that make application easy and absorption fast.
However, they aren’t absorbed into the blood system, which means that they don’t spread across the body.
The catch is that these products are not as potent as a sublingual, however the immediate impact on a specified are of the body is highly beneficial for sore muscles, achy joints and nervy pain. Certain brands, like CBD Clinic combine other healing oils to enhance the net impact of their CBD in their cream. My fav is the level 4 cream.
Another note to point out in the topical space, is the growing clean botanical skin care products that harness full spectrum CBD that can have a big impact on lowering inflammation from eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. The topical skincare CBD serum I use is by Beauty in the Raw. And it even works on bug bites and sun burn!!! If you want to learn more about this brand ( I interviewed the founder Rachel on my YouTube channel – let’s link to the CBD video I’m uploading to Wista)
As mentioned earlier, gummies are very popular. But CBD can also be incorporated in cocktails and coffees or cookies and brownies. Cooking CBD makes the flavor undetectable.
The pros are that it is easy to find in many places and in different kinds of foods. You could buy candies, butters and drinks with CBD. The problem is that they are often inefficient as the concentration of CBD is far too little to have any effect. When it does, it takes a long time to show up.
What CBD dosage should you use?
CBD oil is available in various concentrations and forms, depending on the manufacturer and the intended use. It is best to start low and then gradually raise the dosage. You should also check the method of application to determine the correct dosage. This is based on the condition you are trying to treat.
If you are dealing with any particular health concern that has you interesting in trying out CBD I’d like to share with you a few resources that I’ve put together that might provide you with some assistance in accessing if CBD is something for you to consider adding to you healing routine.
I’ve created a FREE Endocannabinoid Quiz that is a great beginning point to accessing what type of dosing you can use for CBD. And also – you’ll get a score for you level of balance/imbalance and recommended dosing.
And if you need a helping hand to navigate the crazy wild wild west world of CBD, I’ve created a mini-course that will help guide you through every step of buying process and includes several impactful digital guides like the CBD Buyers Guide and Dosing Recommendations. The course goes in-depth about the importance of looking at a CBD brand’s 3rd party testing, sourcing methods, extraction methods, the difference between full spectrum vs broad spectrum and steps to identify safe brands.