CBD and It's Benefits
Let's start with the big picture and work down to what CBD is. First, there is the cannabis family of plants. The 2 main lines are marijuana and hemp. As many of us know, marijuana is generally regulated quite heavily and varies state to state as to whether it's legal. Hemp is also quite regulated, but in a different way.
Manufacturers have begun to extract all the organic plant compounds from these plants for various uses. This extract is referred to as marijuana extract or marijuana oil extract when it comes from the marijuana plant and is referred to hemp extract or hemp oil extract when it comes from the hemp plant.
Within this extract are many naturally occurring plant compounds. The larger classes of which are phytonutrients, amino acids, terpenes and cannabinoids.
Of the cannabinoids present in the extract, the main ones getting attention these days are THC and CBD. THC is the cannabinoid that makes people feel high and CBD is the cannabinoid that most people are taking for well-being. The extract that comes from marijuana is typically higher in THC and lower in CBD. The extract that comes from hemp is typically lower in THC and higher in CBD.
Any extract that is higher than .3% THC falls under the marijuana laws. Any extract from hemp has to be below .3% THC for it to fall under the hemp laws. This hemp oil extract that is below .3% THC is legal in all 50 states and many countries around the world.
It's important to note: At these low levels, the THC that is present in hemp extracts is so low that no one feels any high.
CBD is short for cannabidiol, and again is one of the cannabinoids found in the extracts. Confusing, I know. And, this is why we generally just refer to it as CBD and forget about all the rest of the labels.
The hemp oil extract is quite gooey and doesn't taste very well. So, manufacturers have begun using the extract in various other products to make it so people can take it easily. The gooey extract is available from many companies in syringes and people will either ingest it orally or smoke or vape it. Depending on how processed it is or isn't, it may taste rather harsh and icky or may taste rather plant like and be enjoyable.
Taste, of course, is subjective. It is important to remember, though, that most people are taking CBD for the well-being and not whether it tastes good. It's kind of like medicine: how many medicines taste good? Not many. But, you take it because you want to increase your well-being. Herbal tinctures: most taste bitter and downright nasty. But, we take them because we want the well-being they offer. Hemp Oil extract is no different.
But, because CBD is being desired more and more by the masses, it is being infused into carrier oils (to be taken orally as drops), into vape oils (to be vaporized), into foods (as edibles), and so on. But, even with all this going on, keep in mind that at the root of all this is a product that is being taken for well-being. Not all of these products taste like lollipops! But, they certainly taste better than the straight extract. Get over it and take your CBD (FDA won't let us say medicine). Which form you use, drops, vape oil, etc, generally does not matter as they all have the hemp oil extract in them and that's what you're wanting. The form you decide on is merely a matter of preference and convenience.
There are other ways that CBD is being used that I'll touch on briefly. But, since they are not recommended ways, I won't spend much time on them here. One way is through synthetic CBD. The CBD molecule can be made in the laboratory. And, like most synthetic things, they are not as good as their naturally occurring counterparts. We cannot recommend them. The other is CBD isolates. And, this brings up our next point.
CBD Isolates are where someone takes the hemp oil extract and extracts ONLY the cannabidiol or CBD out of it, leaving all the other organic plant compounds to be thrown away. This is usually done for cost. Companies can buy CBD Isolate very inexpensively and add it to carrier oils to make inexpensive drops or add it to vape oils and sell you something that has a high quantity of CBD, but is lacking all of the other plant compounds. And, while these products may be cheap, they are not as good.
All those other plant compounds have been found to work together with CBD to greatly enhance the effect of the CBD. In the extract, there is also CBC, CBG, CBN, phytonutrients, terpenes (similar to essential oils), amino acids, B Vitamins and so much more. When all these compounds get to work with the CBD, you get what is called a Synergistic or Entourage effect. We refer to this as a Full Spectrum CBD Extract. When all these compounds get to work together, they amplify the effect of each other. So, they make the CBD more effective.
Taking only CBD Isolate loses much of the effectiveness of the CBD molecule, and as such, is not recommended. Many of your less expensive CBD products, especially vape oils, use CBD isolates.
Why Do People Use CBD?
The FDA won't let us make any claims as to what CBD can do or will do for someone. And, quite honestly, it is not a miracle cure and it doesn't help everyone. But, for those who do find in CBD what they're seeking, it can be quite life changing. Now, back to the FDA, they make us treat CBD and the extract as a food supplement. We are not allowed to call it a medicine or refer to doses. This is why you will see many mention serving sizes instead of doses when referring to CBD. Quite honestly, it is our opinion that they are doing this at the request (read: strongarm) of the Pharmaceutical Industry. Continuing our opinion, we believe Big Pharma does not want people to have access to CBD at all because they know what all it can and will do for people. And, since it's all from a naturally occurring plant that is incredibly easy to grow, they know their industry could be massively reduced.
Now, again, we cannot say that CBD will work for any particular condition. But, many people purchase CBD repeatedly for health conditions such as: arthritis, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, cancer, lupus, migraines and chronic pain, and even things like insomnia and the anxiety and nervousness associated with quitting smoking.
We have review after review of people (and pets) who have experienced CBD changing their lives. They have lived for years with various health conditions, some days unable to move and on so many prescriptions they have a hard time remembering how many of what they take. But, after days or weeks of using CBD, they have been able to reduce or completely eliminate their prescriptions.
In summary, CBD, when extracted from hemp is legal in all 50 States and is being used by many people to relieve various health conditions. This is a pretty plain and simple summary, because that's pretty much all that needs to be said.
How Much CBD To Take
There is no definitive number that applies to everyone. But, the info below is a good summary of anecdotal information from many people who have taken CBD. The amount below is recommended to be taken twice per day for the first 3-4 days, then adjust from there as you see fit.
You can find the chart here: HOW MUCH CBD SHOULD I TAKE?