CBD Capsules

Definitive Guide to CBD Capsules

Over the last couple of years, we have seen CBD oil and other cannabis derived products hitting the mainstream, and with good reason. As laws and attitudes change people are beginning to be able to take advantage of the health benefits of CBD completely legally and without feeling like they are doing anything wrong.

Thanks to the recent legalisation of some parts of the cannabis plant, we are seeing more and more research being carried out on its impact on the human body and a change of people seeing cannabis not as an illicit drug for stoners, but being accepted as something which has the potential to help people with an array of health issues (as some cultures from around the world have been doing for thousands of years).

 

What is CBD?

CBD is a great way to give your general well-being a lift as well as being able to help with some more specific issues which can arise from certain imbalances in the body.

In our body, we have a system known as the endocannabinoid system. This is a system which helps to regulate many of the other systems and function of the body. These include:

  • The immune system
  • The central nervous system
  • Mood and chemical levels in the brain
  • Body temperature
  • Pain
  • Sleep and appetite
  • Nausea

The endocannabinoid system works though the interaction between endocannabinoids (which are produced naturally in the body) and cannabinoid receptors (generally known as CB1 and CB2 receptors).

Scientists believe that when the levels of endocannabinoids are low, it can affect the endocannabinoid system, and this is when certain health issues occur.

And this is where CBD comes in handy.

CBD is a natural cannabinoid which is found (amongst others) in the cannabis plant. These are called Phyto cannabinoids as they are made in a plant, but the important thing is that they can interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in a similar way to the endocannabinoids which are made in the human body. So, when there is a deficiency in endocannabinoids, these Phyto cannabinoids can step in and help to get the endocannabinoid system working properly.

It is for this reason that there are so many different biological factors that CBD can help. In its present form, it doesn’t ‘cure’, it just gets the body working at an optimal level, so it can effectively ‘cure itself’.

There are a number of methods that people use for taking their CBD, including vaping, CBD oil drops under the tongue, CBD infused food, and, one which is growing in popularity, is CBD capsules.

CBD capsules look like any other supplement that you take for your general good health and are taken in the same way. It is a quick, easy and discreet way to get your daily dose and this is why it is proving to be so popular.

So, if you are thinking about CBD capsules, you probably have a wealth of questions. So here is your definitive guide to CBD capsules.

 

CBD Capsules are easy to dose

One of the best things about taking your CBD in capsule form is that you know the exact dose that you are taking. It can be tricky to know exactly how much you are consuming with other methods, whereas with CBD capsules you will always know exactly how much you are getting.

Whether you are vaping your CBD or taking drops under the tongue, it can be difficult to know exactly what dosage of CBD you are getting. You might miss-calculate your dosage of CBD vape juice, not vape it all, or mis-judge your drops, for example.

With CBD capsules, you don’t have any of these problems. As the doses are already measured out into each capsule, there is no chance of your getting your dosage wrong. Just pop it in and wait for it to take effect.

 

CBD Capsules can be integrated into a routine

It can sometimes be difficult to remember to take food supplements – especially if it is for your general well-being and not to treat something specific. By taking CBD in a capsule form, you can lump it in will any other vitamins or minerals that you take daily, ensuring that it doesn’t get forgotten.

Unless we are in pain or can tell that we are having some sort of health issue, it can be easy to forget to take something. So, if you are taking CBD to help to keep your body in tip top shape, it can be useful to be able to take it in capsule form, as part of your daily vitamin and mineral routine.

 

CBD Capsules are discreet and portable

CBD capsules are ideal for carrying around and can be taken anywhere. By just popping a pill, no-one can see what you’re taking or question why you’re taking it. Your little bottle of CBD capsules can be kept in your handbag, pocket or gym bag, isn’t bulky and people are less likely to ask questions.

You might not want people asking about what you’re doing, what you’re taking and for what, or just generally commenting. CBD capsules are a very discrete way of taking CBD, with only a few mouthfuls of your favourite drink needed.

Vaping can attract attention from others when you’re out and about – and is sometimes not allowed in public places, there is less of a stigma attached to taking a capsule, so it means that you can take your CBD wherever you are, whenever you want.

 

CBD Capsules taste better

Well, not exactly taste better. You just don’t taste them. Many people don’t enjoy the ‘grassy’ or ‘earthy’ taste of CBD. When it is taken in the form of CBD oil, and kept under the tongue for a while a lot of people find the taste of it unpleasant.

Due to the fact that CBD taken in capsules, it is kept within an outer shell, so you won’t taste the flavour of the CBD at all. This means that you bypass the less-than-delicious taste of the CBD itself and get all of the benefits. CBD capsules have no flavour and no odour, so you can take them just as you would any vitamin or mineral.

 

CBD oil or CBD capsules?

CBD oils is another very common method of taking CBD. Deciding whether to take it in oil for or in capsule form – other than personal preference with regard to the actual method, really comes down to the reason why you are taking it.

The main difference to your body between CBD oil and CBD capsules is in the time that it takes to come into effect, and the length of time that it stays in your system. In short, CBD oil offers a quick, fast acting ‘hit’ of CBD. It is absorbed quickly into the bloodstream, starts its work, and then fades relatively quickly. This is great for people who are taking it for specific reasons – such as pain relief.

CBD capsules, however, can take up to a couple of hours to come into effect as they enter the bloodstream through the digestive system. It will also stay in your system for longer and are therefore more effective for people who are taking CBD for their general good health.

If you are taking your CBD out and about, you might find that capsules are a better option as there’s no chance of leakage occurring – unlike liquid oils.

 

CBD capsules for pain relief

One of the health benefits that CBD can help with is for pain relief. For people who suffer long term chronic pain, CBD capsules can be a good way of keeping their CBD levels consistent for long periods. Although CBD oil or vaping can give you faster relief, capsules can give a ‘slower release’.

CBD can help with pain in two ways. Firstly, it can help the endocannabinoid system to regulate the central nervous system, and secondly it can help to reduce inflammation – which is often the cause of pain in the human body.

If you know that you are going to suffering from pain and are looking to take the edge off it for a few hours, then CBD capsules will be able to help you. If you are still feeling pain, you can also top up your CBD with sub-lingual drops or sprays, and if your pain is in the joint or muscles or a headache, topical CBD products can be rubbed into them for a more localised pain relief.

 

Personalised CBD doses

As we said before, one of the best things about taking CBD capsules is that you know exactly what dose you are taking. However, does that mean that you are limited to the dosages that you can buy? Well, the answer’s no! You can mix and match different dosages, or even make your own capsules.

When you buy CBD capsules, they can be found in varying strengths. This means that you can take a combination of different strengths so that you get the right dose of CBD for you. Or alternatively, you can ‘make your own’.

To make your own capsules, you can buy capsules online inexpensively in large quantities. You then buy the CBD oil which is right for you (full or broad spectrum CBD oil is best, unless you have a reason not to use this). You then measure out the dosage that is required and put this into the capsule.

Most CBD oil come with a dropper which can help you to measure your exact dosage and easily be put into a capsule and then hey presto! You’re just one gulp away from getting your own, personalised, optimum CBD dose.

 

CBD oil has CBD in it, Hemp oil doesn’t

One of the reasons that CBD oil is legal in many places is because it is made from the hemp plant. CBD oil, however, isn’t the same as hemp oil. In fact, hemp oil contains no CBD whatsoever.

The hemp plant is a specific variety of cannabis which has very low levels of THC present – the compound which gives you the ‘high’ that is associated commonly with the plant. This means that when CBD products are taken, they won’t make you high, and this is why in many places you are allowed to take CBD.

You can find out more about the difference between CBD and THC in this video here.

Hemp seed oil is made using the cold compress method (just like olive oil) of the hemp seed. The hemp seed doesn’t not have any CBD in it yet, and therefore you can’t get any dosage of CBD from your hemp oil – although it does taste nice and does have other properties which are beneficial to your health.

 

Hemp seed oil – good for your health

Although hemp seed oil won’t give you CBD, it will give you a whole host of other goodness for your body. It is packed full of essential fatty acids and vitamins that are crucial to a healthy body and is also an excellent way to help your body to absorb CBD.

Hemp seed oil contains no CBD or other cannabinoids but can still be very useful to your body. It has high amounts of omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, and Linoleic acid (LA) and linolenic acid (LNA) are found in hemp seed oil at the ideal ratio (3:1) according to nutritionists.

It is also rich in Vitamin E – the vitamin which is very useful as an antioxidant.

CBD itself if not soluble in water. This means that its bioavailability (ability to become absorbed into the body ) is very low. This is why when CBD products are made, they are often mixed with ‘carrier oils`. When it is mixed with a fat, it can be absorbed much better, and hemp oil is the ideal oil for this.

 

Making CBD capsules and CBD oil types

If you are going to make your own CBD capsules, it is important that you fill them with the correct CBD oil for you. There are usually three kinds of CBD oil available – full spectrum oil, broad spectrum oil and CBD distillate.

Choosing the right CBD oil for you is important to making sure that you get the best effects for what you need.

  • Full spectrum CBD oil is also known as whole plant CBD, and this means that the oil contains the ‘full spectrum’ of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids from the plant – including low levels of THC. This is the most effective CBD oil as all of these compounds together enhance the efficacy of the product.
  • Broad spectrum CBD oil is similar to full-spectrum, except that although it has a broad range of the compounds, it doesn’t contain all of them. Typically, the THC is not extracted, meaning that there are only traces in the oil. This is also a very effective way of taking CBD, but it is not as enhanced as it would be if it were full spectrum oil.
  • CBD distillate is made by only extracting the CBD. This means that it can be up to 99% pure CBD. It should have no other compounds present but is less effective as it doesn’t include the other compounds which give the CBD a leg up.

 

Getting the right CBD Capsules

If you are not making your own CBD capsules, it is still important to check that you are getting good quality CBD. Unfortunately, the laws are unable to keep up with the rapidly changing CBD industry and this means that there are some CBD cowboys out there. Fortunately, there are some things that you can to do to ensure that you are getting the best CBD capsules for you.

Capsule producers should be able to tell you what kind of CBD product you are getting in them. If they are filled with oil, they should tell you what kind of oil it is. Some CBD capsules have a powder inside. This could be for a number of reasons – CBD oil can be sprayed onto a powder and then encapsulated, CBD isolate has been refined down to a powder form, or they have been made to be water soluble and converted into a powder.

All reputable CBD producers will be able to give you the results of independent lab tests. These will be able to give you an exact breakdown of all of the compounds – cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids – included in the product, as well indicate the presence of other substances such as solvents and pesticides which might have been used during the cultivation and extraction processes.

Getting the right dose

Everybody is different and this certainly applies to finding the right CBD dose for you. There are a number of factors which can affect how much CBD you need – from your weight, to what you are using CBD for. The best way to get the right does for you is to start low and gradually increase how much you are taking.

CBD can have a different effect on you depending on how much you take. As everybody is different, 20mg of CBD for one person might be too little, for another it might be too much and for another it might be just right.

To find out what the best dose for you is, it is recommended that you start off with a low dose – usually about 10mg and then gradually increase it (about every three days) until you notice that you are getting the results that you need. You cannot overdose on CBD, so when you start taking more than you need, you will just find that it becomes less effective for you.

Although CBD capsules lend themselves well to be taken at the same time as other food supplement or medications, it is important that if you are taking medication you speak to your doctor before trying CBD.

This is because it can affect how some medications are metabolised, changing the balance in the bloodstream, and meaning that some medications can become more, or less effective. Just because you are taking medications doesn’t mean that you can’t benefit from CBD, just that it is important to talk it through with your doctor first.

Likewise, if you are taking CBD and your doctor is going to prescribe you new medication, you should tell them before you start taking it to ensure that they don’t interfere with each other.

CBD capsules are an easy and discrete way to get your daily dose of CBD, especially if you are taking it for general good health or to have an underlying base of CBD in your system. Capsules can give you exact control over your dosage and can also leave you space to vape or take drops under the tongue for fast acting effects if you need to. Topicals can also be rubbed into the skin to provide more localised effects.

In addition to your dosage, the factor that has the biggest impact on how effective your CBD is, is the quality of the product. With little regulation in the world of CBD, doing your own research is vital. Try reading reviews online, speaking to other people who you know take CBD, researching the producers and checking those all important lab test results to make sure that you are getting a legitimate product.

Although CBD is a great thing for our health, some companies make unbelievable claims. In fact, legally, there are very few companies who are allowed to make medicinal claims about CBD, and in its current, legal form, CBD most producers can only talk about it being about to support general wellness and good health.

If there is a company which is making outlandish claims about CBD, they obviously are not staying within the law here, and consequently, you might find it difficult to trust them on other levels as well.

CBD capsules are an excellent way to start taking CBD as they are easy to administer, can be taken with you if you are out and about and can be taken as part of a routine. So, if you are thinking about trying CBD – or want to try a new method of taking it – CBD capsules could be the best way for you.

 

CBD Oil Dosage

CBD Dosage Calculator Guide – How Much CBD Should I Take?

CBD Dosage Calculator Guide – How Much CBD Should I Take?

 

As the world is starting to be aware of the benefits of CBD, we are seeing more and more people who are taking advantage of its health enhancing properties. For some people it is about giving their general health a boost, and for others, it could be that they are looking for CBD to help them with more specific issues like pain relief, to help with their anxiety or to help them sleep.

At the moment, CBD products are generally classified as a food supplement. This means that they are regulated by food regulatory bodies and not medicinal regulatory bodies, and therefore not giving many guidelines about how to take it.

With this, we are seeing a lack of accurate information out there about important aspects like dosing – in fact, there are very few guidelines into what dosages of CBD you should be taking.

Another reason for this is that to get the effects that they want, dosages vary from person to person. This makes it very difficult to give ‘one size fits all’ dosage guidelines. Not only will your CBD dosage according to who you are, but also according to what effect you are looking for.

 

What is CBD and why would I want to take it?

In the human body, we have a system called the endocannabinoid system. Just like the other systems – such as the digestive system, immune system or central nervous system – the endocannabinoid system is fundamental to the proper functioning of the body.

It is responsible for making sure that the body is kept in a perfect state of balance called homeostasis. The endocannabinoid keeps the body in the Goldilocks zone which means that levels are not too little and not too much for it to work at an optimal level.

The endocannabinoid system can affect many functions that keep you alive such as:

  • Body temperature
  • The immune system
  • The nervous system including pain relief
  • Inflammation
  • Mood
  • Appetite

It works through the interaction of CB1 and CB2 receptors with endocannabinoids which are produced naturally in the body. Often deficiencies in endocannabinoids can affect our health and this is how CBD can help.

CBD – or cannabidiol – is a cannabinoid which is found naturally in the cannabis plant. Due to the fact that there are so many different strains of the plant, there are a varying number of cannabinoids present in the plant, but there are usually over 100 of them – with a lot of them being only at trace levels.

Two of the most significant cannabinoids which are present in the cannabis plant are CBD and THC. They both interact with the endocannabinoid system in different ways, which can be beneficial to your health, and they can have different effects.

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol is the compound in cannabis that (amongst other things) makes you feel ‘high’. When it is taken it sends a message to the brain which gives you the feeling of being stoned, that is most commonly associated with cannabis.

CBD, on the other hand interacts with the endocannabinoid system, giving it a lift but not making you stoned.

By taking CBD you can help your endocannabinoid system to work properly, keeping everything properly balanced and helping you to feel great. You can learn more about the endocannabinoid system and cannabinoids here.

It is no surprise that people are looking to see how CBD can benefit them. But with such little information about how much to take, it can be difficult to know how to go about it.

 

Why is CBD Difficult to Dose?

It is difficult to know how much CBD to take. Unlike some medications, the amount that will be effective for you is not necessarily the same as for someone else, so dosage instructions are generally very limited. There are a number of factors which affect how much CBD to take to get the best results for you.

The amount of CBD that will give similar results, changes from person to person. Some of the factors which have an impact on the dose that you require include your weight and height, genetic disposition, personal tolerance levels and specific metabolism.

It is also important to remember that you will want to change your dosage according to what you are trying to achieve with your CBD. For example, the amount that you take for pain relief might be different to what you would take for nausea.

 

CBD is Biphasic

CBD is what’s known as ‘Biphasic’. This means that its effects can change according to how much you take and is why you should consider your reason for taking CBD when finding the dosage. Because of this, just taking more doesn’t mean it will be more effective.

Depending on how much CBD you take, it can have different effects on you. This is called being ‘biphasic’ and is an important concept when it comes to dosing. It means that some effects can be more prominent with a lower dosage and others more prominent with a higher dosage.

For some people, very low doses of CBD can be more effective than higher ones, and this is why it is advised that you start off with low doses of CBD, gradually raising them until you get the best outcome for you.

 

Start Low

When it comes to finding the best CBD dosage for you, the advice to is start off with very low levels. Gradually raise the amount that you are taking slowly over time and stop when you feel that you are getting the most effective dose. Some people find it helpful to write down their dosages to make it easier.

Some of the CBD products that you buy will give you guidelines on where to start with your CBD dosage, however, if you are unsure, the best advice is to start off very low – try 5-10 mg at the beginning, increasing by 5mg each time. It usually takes a few days for the CBD to properly take effect, so stick to the same dose for three days before upping it – you can reduce it straight away if you feel like you need to.

The best way to be able to experiment with your dosage is by having a book where you can note down your dosage and its effects. This makes it clearer to see how long you have been taking it for and how your body is reacting to it.

 

Side Effects and Over-Dosing

Although some people notice some side effects from CBD, they are not long-term and not serious. There has also never been any known incident of a fatal overdose on CBD. This means that it is safe to experiment with, as the most serious effect of an ‘overdose’ is that the CBD won’t work so well.

The most common side effects from CBD are a dry mouth, fatigue, a change in appetite and upset stomach. If you compare that with the long-term effects of taking some over-the-counter drugs such as opioids and NSAIDs, it is a lot safer. CBD has no long-term side effects, and no-one has ever died from over-dosing.

This means that you can keep upping your dose until you feel that you have found the right one for you without risk of overdose. Once you feel that the CBD is becoming less effective for you, stop and go back to the last dosage to find your optimal level.

 

If you are taking medication

Although CBD has no serious side effects, it can affect medication that you are taking. It is important therefore to talk to your doctor if you are already taking medication and want to try CBD products. Likewise, if you are already taking CBD products, make sure that you tell your doctor if they are going to prescribe you a new medication.

CBD can affect the way that some enzymes metabolise medication. This means that sometimes it can take longer for certain medications to break down in the bloodstream. As a consequence, some medications can be more effective or last for longer, which can be dangerous, and this is why it is very important to discuss it with your doctor if you are planning on having CBD in conjunction with medications which have been prescribed by them.

 

Taking your CBD

There are a number of different ways that you can take CBD, with each method having different implications on your dosage. It is important to be able to understand these differences to be able to calculate the best dosages for you. When it comes to finding the right dosage through experimentation the most important thing is to be consistent.

Everybody has their preferred method of taking CBD. From vaping to edibles to drops under the tongue. The way that you consume CBD (and that they body processes it) can affect the dosage that you take.

Once you are established with your CBD, you can chop and change how you take it – although you might need to change your dosage according to how you take it – when you are trying to find the best dose for you, it is easier to stick to the same delivery method.

 

Vaping CBD – Quick and Effective

The quickest way to take your CBD is through inhaling through a vaporiser or e-pen. This method ensures that all the CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream through the lungs, ensuring that there is little wastage and it gets to work almost straight away. Vaping is safe, easy and enjoyable for many people.

By using a vaporiser or e-pen to take CBD, users find that this is a particularly effective method of consumption. Due to the fact that the CBD isn’t burnt or heated to extremely high temperatures, vaping means that it is safe and very effective.

To calculate your CBD dosage when vaping, you first need to estimate how much CBD is in one drop (or tincture if you have one).

For example, if you buy a 30ml bottle with 200mg of CBD, then 1ml = 6.67mg of CBD

So, to get 10mg of CBD you will need 10/6.67 = about 1.5 ml of liquid

You can then add the quantity (in ml) of vape juice that you need. Or work out how much CBD is in a full ‘tank’ on your e-pen and vape that each day. It is not easy to make very accurate calculations about the CBD when it is being vaped, so it is important to be as consistent as possible.

 

Sublingual Drops or CBD Spray

Spray or drops under the tongue are another quick and easy way to take CBD. The CBD is absorbed through the lining of the mouth and directly into the bloodstream. CBD oil drops are relatively easy to calculate the dosage for and easy to take.

The recommended method for taking CBD as a tincture or spray is by taking it under the tongue and holding it there for about a minute so that it can be absorbed into the lining of the mouth.

You should be aware of whether you are taking full spectrum, broad spectrum CBD oil, or CBD distillate as this can affect how effective the CBD is.

To calculate the dosage if you are taking in a drop or spray form, the best thing to do is to calculate the amount of CBD per dropper or spray.

A dropper will usually hold 1ml of liquid.

For example, if you buy a 30ml bottle with 500mg of CBD, then 1ml = 16.67 mg of CBD

So, to get 10 mg of CBD, you will need 10/16.67 = about 0.6ml of liquid – or just over half a dropper.

Sublingual drops or sprays are not the most accurate method for ensure your exact dosage. But by being consistent about the number of drops and how long you keep it under the tongue, you can get a fairly accurate dose.

 

CBD Edibles for easy dosing

CBD edibles come in many forms, from capsules to chocolates to gummies to butter to use in your cooking. It does take longer to absorb into the bloodstream than other methods, as it goes through the digestive system. This also means that not all of the CBD is absorbed directly, but its effect can last for longer.

Unless you are cooking your own CBD edibles, these are the best way to ensure that you are getting exactly the same dosage every time. By swallowing a capsule or eating a gummy with the exact dosage given to you, you know how much you are taking.

Although you can lose some of the dosage as it goes through the digestive system, as long as you are consistent with when you take it (i.e. the time of day and before or after food, for example) it is all relative.

CBD edibles can be discreet and easy to calculate the dosage, making it a popular choice for many people.

 

CBD Topicals – through the skin

CBD topicals are a different way to get your CBD. The CBD gels, oils, creams, balms and ointments can be rubbed onto the skin and are particularly effective for skin complaints and joint and muscle pain. As the topical is not going into the bloodstream, there is no dosing required.

CBD topicals which are rubbed into the skin instead of taken internally are a great option for people who are looking to use it for skin problems like acne, dry skin and psoriasis, as well as aching muscles and sore joints. Due to the fact that it is rubbed straight into the skin it can work well on a particular, localised area. It also means that you don’t need to worry about getting the dosage right.

CBD topicals can be rubbed in as many times as you need it, when you need it.

 

Check out our best hemp topicals for pain relief here:

 

CBD Dosage for Children

Although there is not much research specifically about CBD and how it affects children in particular, there is nothing to say that it is not a good idea. In fact, there are many parents who risk a lot to bring in CBD products with higher levels of THC than is legal because they believe that it is extremely beneficial to their children with specific medical problems.

Just as with adults, there are no specific guidelines as to what the best CBD dose for children is. However, it is strongly recommended that you speak to your child’s doctor before giving it to them and starting off on the absolute smallest dose that is possible if you do decide to go ahead.

 

CBD Dosage for Animals

Giving CBD to pets is also growing in popularity. Almost all animals with a backbone have an endocannabinoid system and can therefore benefit from CBD. Just as with adults, the recommended dosage varies, and should be adjusted slowly over time.

Most of the guidelines for CBD doses for animals are calculated according to the animal’s weight and what effect that you are hoping to achieve with it. CBD companies usually say to give animals between 1 and 5mg for every 10lbs. Of course, it is more difficult with pets to tell how they are feeling so you should closely monitor them at first and whilst you are getting the dosage right.

As with people, it is important to speak to your vet before trying CBD with your pet.

 

CBD oil Types

When you are looking to buy CBD, you are often given the choice of full spectrum or broad spectrum CBD oil or CBD distillate oil. These can impact on how effective it is for you, so once that you have decided which one you want to use, try to stick to it whilst you are adjusting your dose. You should also be aware that if you switch to another type, the dosage that you need will be different.

The difference between full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD oil, and CBD distillate is about the purity of the CBD.

Full spectrum CBD oil not only includes CBD, but also all of the other cannabinoids that are found in the plant. Research shows that the other compounds make the CBD more effective and so this is the optimal way to take CBD.

CBD distillate is the purest form of CBD oil, which is made by extracting only CBD. Although less effective, CBD distillate is ideal for people who want CBD but cannot have any traces of the other cannabinoids in their system (like THC).

Broad spectrum CBD oil is somewhere between the two. It includes many of the compounds from the plant, but not all of them. This makes it very effective but not quite as good as full spectrum CBD oil.

It is easy to see why people are keen to try CBD products, but it is important that, to get the best effects for you, you get the dosage right. By starting off very low, and gradually increasing the dosage, you can work your way through the range until you get to the perfect dose.

There are a number of factors which can affect how much you take and how effective the CBD is, so it is absolutely essential that whilst you are finding your optimal level, you keep these things consistent, changing only one variable – the dose.

Try to use the same product, the same delivery method, the same measuring method, and take it at the same time of day. By making notes about all of these factors and keeping record of it all you can easily see your adjustments and ensure that you will find the right dose for you. It is only this way that you will be able to compare the effects and get to your Goldilocks dose as quickly as possible.

If you are thinking about trying CBD and are unsure about what dosage is best for you, remember that everyone’s body is different. Just because someone you know – even if they are similar to you – uses a particular dose, that doesn’t mean that that will be the best dose for you.

The only way to really find your best dose is by starting low and increasing it slowly. So if you’re ready to start, have a small dose now and keep increasing it until you get the effect that you want.

CBD For Parkinson's

CBD & Hemp Oil For Parkinson’s Disease Guide

The condition we know today as Parkinson’s disease (PD) was first written about in 1817 in a work entitled, An Essay on the Shaking Palsy by Dr. James Parkinson. He called the condition “paralysis agitans.” It is a disorder of the nervous system, and its symptoms worsen over time.

 

In this article, we will explore the use of cannabidiol (CBD) as a treatment for this condition. Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive chemical that is extracted from cannabis. The term non-psychoactive means that it doesn’t get you high.

 

First, we need to examine the nature of PD, so we can fully understand the situation.

 

We know that Parkinson’s disease is caused by losing nerve cells in the substantia nigra, which is located in the midbrain. When this critical area of your brain is not functioning properly, you do not create enough dopamine.

 

I Feel Good

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that makes you feel good. With this reward mechanism, we are able to reinforce behaviors and focus on specific things. Patients with Parkinson’s disease do not create enough dopamine in their brains.

 

In addition, you should know that dopamine works because it is a messenger between brain cells. It helps with movement, speech, and emotions.

 

The Problem is That the Old Solution has Problems

We use a medication for Parkinson’s disease called levodopa. According to the National Center of Biotechnology Information, it is a precursor to dopamine and is used an agent of replacement in the treatment of PD. However, it produces nausea and will suddenly start or stop working.

 

Because of these problems, we have been searching for new methods of treatment. Fortunately, a new solution has been found, and now there is greater hope for individuals suffering from PD.

 

This new solution is cannabidiol (CBD).

 

A Better Way to Get Better

First, however, you should be aware that the endocannabinoid system is an important system in the brain. It contains receptors (CB1 and CB2) that respond pharmacologically to the phytocannabinoids (CBD and THC) that are found in cannabis.

 

To manage the symptoms of PD, this system must perform well. Because of the antioxidant abilities CBD has, along with its ability to serve as a neuroprotective agent, CBD helps improve this system’s receptors that increase the overall functionality of your endocannabinoid system.

 

CBD stimulates the endocannabinoid system and promotes homeostasis in your body. This lets you reduce inflammation and pain caused by PD.

 

Why Are Your Hands Shaking When You Shake my Hand?

Symptoms of PD begin gradually. Common symptoms include tremors in your hands, your limbs getting stiff, and your movements becoming difficult to control. You may also have impaired speech and difficulty walking.

 

Here are some other symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease (PD):

 

  • Balance problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Memory loss
  • Decreased facial expression
  • Dementia
  • Constipation
  • Urinary problems
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disorders
  • Movement disorders
  • Problems with posture
  • Psychosis
  • Writing difficulties
  • Hallucinations

 

CBD for Parkinson’s Disease

In the upcoming sections of this article, we will take a closer look at the many positive effects that CBD has when you use it to treat the various symptoms of PD. Products containing cannabidiol are now legal in all 50 states.

 

You may also find CBD for PD listed as hemp oil for Parkinson’s disease.

 

It’s Official: the FDA has Approved CBD

In addition, the FDA has approved a purified form of CBD to be used in two of the more severe forms of epilepsy in patients over two years old. With this approval, the unfavorable judgments of medications derived from cannabis are gradually disappearing from public opinion.

 

What this means is that now we can examine the good things that CBD can do for me and you and our children. Oh, and don’t forget about our grandchildren and their children.

 

They are counting on us to give them a better world, so let’s begin our journey together…

 

A Better Quality of Life Means More Equality in Life

One of the first things we will look at is the quality of life in patients with PD when treated with CBD. According to a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, patients who received treatment for PD with cannabidiol experienced a much improved quality of life.

 

With a better life, you can be on a level that is equal to your friends and family. They don’t have to make special exceptions for you anymore. This may be one of the greatest things we have discovered when using CBD for the treatment of PD.

Are You Going Psychotic Trying to Treat Psychosis

Psychosis is an unpleasant symptom of PD. However, in an interesting article found in the European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, CBD produced “significant therapeutic effects” with symptoms of psychosis in patients with PD.

 

Depending on its severity, psychosis can be an extremely serious threat to the health and well being of an individual. Because of these dangers, treatment of PD patients with symptoms of psychosis should seriously consider the use of CBD as a highly effective medication.

 

I’m Depressed Because of my Anxiety

In addition, the article from the European Archives of Psychiatry and Neuroscience that was referenced two paragraphs ago, also states that PD patients with symptoms of anxiety and depression also experienced improvement.

 

According to the Postgraduate Medical Journal, up to 40% of individuals with PD experience “clinically significant anxiety.” This is a substantial percentage, making CBD even more important because so many people are suffering from this aspect of PD.

 

Even Sleeping Beauty Would be Jealous

There are many PD patients who experience various forms of sleep disorders. One of the more common of these disorders is REM sleep behaviour disorder (RBD). It is a parasomnia where the patient loses muscle atonia during REM sleep, and it is associated with nightmares.

 

Fortunately, there is good news for those suffering with this condition. An article in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics states that that treatment with CBD provides relief from RBD-related events.

 

Counting the Sheep

Another sleep disorder that is common among individuals who are suffering from PD is insomnia. Not getting enough sleep can lead to multiple types of complications, so it is imperative that we find a way to deal with this problem.

 

According to Healthspan Medical Director, Dr. Sarah Brewer, Cannabidiol is the solution for insomnia and other sleep-related disorders. She states, “CBD is proven to be particularly helpful for sleep disorders in people with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.”

 

Tell Inflammation to Chill Out

Inflammation is a painful symptom of Parkinson’s disease. It causes suffering in a large number of patients all over the world. That is the bad news.

 

The good news is that CBD can help with this problem. This article in the European Journal of Pain explains that the treatment of arthritis with CBD is effective. A life without quite so much pain is a wonderful thing, and CBD makes this possible for those who are suffering needlessly.

 

Get Your Motor Running

Most motor inhibition problems involve slowness of movement and stiffness of the limbs. Can you imagine having to deal with these sorts of problems in your life? It’s hard to be an easy rider when your motor keeps breaking down.

 

There are many PD patients who have these problems with their motor skills. However, CBD is an effective treatment for these problems, according to an article published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Help is on the way, and it’s not riding a motorcycle.

 

I Thought I Saw the Ghost of Elvis

According to an article in Civilized, CBD oil can manage many of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including hallucinations. It is important that these particular symptoms be controlled because they directly affect your mental stability.

 

If you think you see or hear something that isn’t there, then your mind will have more difficulty when it has to deal with real-life issues. Life without hallucinations is difficult enough; you don’t need to add other things that will make it worse.

 

I Got Your Protection Right Here, Buddy

Not only does CBD help you get rid of hallucinations, but it also helps with paranoia and delusion. According the Journal of Psychopharmacology, CBD functions as an antioxidant that provides neuroprotection against the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons that occurs in PD.

 

Basically, that means it keeps the neurons that produce dopamine from degenerating and becoming worthless. As you can plainly see, this type of protection is necessary in order to keep you from seeing ghosts and monsters that aren’t really there.

 

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On

Since tremors seem to be one of the most apparent and obvious symptoms of PD, we have saved it for last. This is a symptom that most everybody knows and is often the focus of many jokes even though it may be hurtful at times to certain people.

 

In numerous studies, including an article published by Sperling Neurosurgery Associates, we are told that CBD is an effective medication for controlling tremors. However, it is vitally important that you inform your doctor or healthcare specialist if you decide to use CBD.

 

Can I Get a Witness?

In this video on Youtube, you will see a patient with PD consuming CBD oil for the first time. Before he takes the medication, his speech is impaired, and he cannot control his movements. He takes the CBD oil and lies down. A few moments later, he sits up…

 

 

…and he is normal!

 

He says, “So quickly!” and then he starts singing. He asks the other people in the room if they want to get something to eat. WARNING! When I first watched this video, I cried. You might want to get some tissues before you click on the link.

 

 

Slows Progression of Disease

We have examined many of the symptoms of PD that are treatable with CBD. Now it’s time that we examine one of the best things that CBD does for the those suffering with PD.

 

It slows down the progression of the disease.

 

The  British Journal of Pharmacology states that because of its pharmacological profile, CBD delays the progression of Parkinson’s Disease. This may be the best news of all, so let us celebrate the miracle of CBD oil and sing like the man in the video!

 

How to Take CBD For Parkinson’s Disease

In this next section, we will look at the basic things you will need to know if you want to start using CBD for Parkinson’s Disease or any other condition. You should consult your physician before you start treatment.

 

Oral Usage of CBD Oil for Parkinson’s Disease

You can use CBD oil in your food. You can add it to beverages, butter, and other oils. You can also make a cannabidiol smoothie by adding a few drops of CBD oil. You can be really creative if you wish.

 

However, you should be aware that it will take a while to feel the oil’s effects. This because it will be absorbed by your digestive tract, which is system that is rather slow. It will probably take a few hours for the medicine to kick in, but it does take effect, it will last for quite a while.

 

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Sublingual Usage of CBD Oil

If you want to experience the effects of CBD faster, you can take it sublingually. Place the oil under your tongue and hold it there for 60 to 90 seconds before you swallow. Since this type of usage bypasses your digestive tract, you will feel it more quickly.

 

In a few minutes, you will feel the effects of a sublingual dosage, and they will last for several hours. You can use pastes, sprays, drops, or tinctures to take CBD sublingually.

 

Vapor Inhalation of Hemp Oil for Parkinson’s Disease

You can inhale CBD oil by using a vaporizer. However, you need to make sure you use the correct vaporizer because not all of them are able to use an oil of this consistency.

 

After you have purchased the right vaporizer, you can then buy CBD oil as e-juice. All you need to do is place the cartridge into the vaporizer and turn it on. This is probably the most efficient way to consume CBD oil because it allows higher concentrations to enter your bloodstream.

 

Topical Application of CBD Creams and Oils

If you are using CBD oil to treat pain, you can rub it onto your skin. This is great if you want to treat pain or soreness. Just keep applying it gradually until you have relief from your symptoms, but try not to go overboard.

 

CBD products like lotions and creams are made for topical application. However, if you want a full body treatment, you can purchase shampoo and soaps made with CBD oil. Whenever you use a cream, make sure you let it absorb into your skin before you wash it off.

 

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Time of Day to Take CBD oil for Parkinson’s Disease

Many people like to take CBD in the morning, and some take it in the evening. It depends on what time is the most beneficial for you.

 

If you want to take it when you are alert, then take it in the morning. However, you might want to take it after your afternoon exhaustion begins. You might also want to use it to relax, so that would mean you should take it at night. It depends on what is best for you and your situation.

 

You may also want to consider taking it before or after your workout. There are many people who do this and are quite satisfied with the results.

 

How Often to Take CBD Oil for Parkinson’s Disease

Since there is no perfect time to take CBD, there is no schedule that will work for everybody. You may want to take it every day in order to perpetuate regular levels of CBD. You may also prefer to take it whenever it is needed so that it stays effective when you treat certain conditions.

 

Similar to other substances, CBD will accumulate in your body over time. The length of time that CBD stays in the system depends on many things, including the amount you take, your weight, and the amount of fat in your body.

 

Recommended Dosages

Dosage depends on your body and its condition. Doses are usually measured in milligrams and range from 5mg up to 500mg a day. You also need to consider your method of delivery as a determining factor when you calculate your dosage amounts.

 

The best way for you to figure out what dose works the best for you is to start with a low dose and increase it gradually. If you have never used it before, you should start with a low dose of 5mg. If you use it regularly, you may not feel anything until you take a dose of 50mg or more.

 

Conclusion

So to sum it all up, cannabidiol is a highly effective medication that has been proven to work as an effective treatment for Parkinson’s Disease. It has been proven to improve the quality of life in patients who are suffering from this condition.

 

One of the most beneficial qualities of this new medical solution is that it slows down the progression of this disease. This is great news for those suffering from this condition.

 

Most importantly, however, CBD does not get you high.

 

But Wait There’s More!

CBD is effective against many of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. You should also realize that this effectiveness has been proven over and over again in numerous studies performed all over the world.

 

It has been proven to be effective against the more common symptoms like shaking, loss of muscle control, and impaired speech. It has also been proven to be effective with a wide array of other symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

 

These symptoms include depression, anxiety, insomnia, dementia, sleeping problems, movement disorders, psychosis, hallucinations, paranoia, and delusions.

 

Just a Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down

There are many ways to take CBD oil and hemp oil for Parkinson’s. You can put it in your food, or you can take it sublingually (under your tongue). You can apply it topically as an oil or skin cream and inhale it as a vapor.

 

Know When to Say When

There are no set times of the day when it is best for everyone to take it. It all depends on the unique situation of each individual. You may want to take it in the morning, afternoon, or evening. You may also want to take it before or after you workout.

 

You should also be aware that there is no set number of times per day you should take CBD. How often you use CBD depends on your personal preferences.

 

How Much is Too Much?

Once again, exact amounts are going to vary with each individual. As a general rule of thumb, you should start with smaller amounts before considering moving to larger dosages.

 

You need to be careful that you do not take too much and consult with your doctor if you are uncertain about any aspect of CBD and its correct dosage amounts.

 

It’s Up to You to Take Action

A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step. One small step for you could mean a brand new life filled with relief from the suffering and pain caused by Parkinson’s. However, you must be the one to take this step.

 

You also need to remember that you do not need to jump into the pool and do a giant belly flop in order to introduce yourself to the miracles of CBD. Just dip your toe in the water and let everything occur gradually.

 

You don’t need to make a giant leap for mankind, just take baby steps.

 

That’s all you need to do.

 

CBD For ADHD

Definitive Guide To CBD For ADHD

Definitive Guide To CBD For ADHD

 

All the topics related to the medicinal use of cannabis have a wealth of anecdotal evidence highlighting the positive effects CBD can offer. And, with ADHD and ADD, this is also the case.

 

In fact, many CBD start-ups we see today have been inspired by real-life stories. But the question is, how much of the hype is backed by science, and what it merely media hype?

 

While reading through the anecdotal reports can be inspiring, they offer no real scientific or clinical substance. Yes, personal stories are an excellent motivator. But, it is essential to begin with a solid foundation of scientific research on how CBD works with regards to ADD and ADHD.

 

Why is it so important for people to have access to the science and clinical research? Because CBD is still emerging out from the shadows of misunderstandings and misperceptions. And for the CBD industry to become a healthy staple in society, its reputation and acceptance need to be built on science and clinical research.

 

So, let’s take a look at some of the latest research and scientific reviews, and see why CBD is being used for ADD and ADHD. And if you are considering using CBD for yourself or for your children, you may have some vital questions that need answers before you begin.

 

Let’s Refresh: What is CBD?

 

CBD is cannabidiol, a cannabinoid found within the cannabis plant family. It does not contain any psychoactive properties so often associated with the cannabis plant and is therefore legal for usage and sale in several countries.

 

One of the most important aspects of CBD is that it does not contain any psychoactive properties. In the US, CBD derived from hemp is legal. Hemp is part of the cannabis sativa variety and contains only trace amounts of THC if any.

 

The legal limit for THC in hemp is 0.3%. Before we embark on learning about ADD/ADHD and CBD, it is important to address one fear that may be lingering in your mind; can CBD make me high? The answer is no. CBD does not contain any psychoactive properties, and will not be able to cause any psychoactive response.

 

This is the predominant reason for the surge in popularity for CBD products, as well as its impressive safety profile.

 

 

First, Let’s Look at ADHD and ADD

 

To understand how using cannabidiol can assist neurological disorders like ADD and ADHD, let’s take a brief overview of ADD and ADHD.

 

These disorders are distinguished by symptoms such as hyperactivity, poor memory, inability to focus, impulsiveness, inattentiveness, and restlessness. ADD is a subtype of ADHD, being a type that is limited to failure to pay attention or focus, while ADHD is a combination of inattentive as well as hyperactive.

 

These conditions are believed to manifest due to structural and chemical differences in the brain, all related to the neurological system.

 

Do only Children Have ADHD?

 

No, adults can be affected with ADHD and ADD as well.

 

How Using CBD can Help with ADD and ADHD

 

One of the linking keys between cannabidiol and ADHD/ADD is dopamine. Dopamine is the regulator for the majority of the brains cognitive abilities (such as paying attention and mood) and is therefore regarded as a characterizing aspect of ADD/ADHD.

 

What does Dopamine have to do with CBD?

 

Well, we are already aware that CBD (among other cannabinoids) are able to improve the release of dopamine. Therefore, we see how CBD can be effectively used to increase the ability to concentrate and also reduce anxiety which can go a long way in reducing hyperactivity.

 

Several studies have shown how cannabinoids improve the release of dopamine. This, in turn, improves the cognitive processes of the brain. Therefore, some researchers have concluded that, while more in-depth study is needed, CBD enables those with ADD and ADHD to experienced increased levels of dopamine.

 

CBD improves cognitive processes, and it is therefore used to treat a variety of neurological disorders, including ADD and ADHD.

 

Take a look at CBD School’s video detailing how CBD can help with these neurological disorders and the resulting symptoms.

 

What is the Research Showing Us?

 

To begin on a clear note, large scale clinical trials have yet to be performed to discover the exact effects of CBD on ADHD and ADD. Many of the people using CBD for these conditions have done so because of real-life stories of others’ experiences (anecdotal evidence) and the small scale studies and research that has yielded some promising results. The bulk of which have been performed using animals or cells in a lab.

 

However, it is important to note that research is limited because up until recently, cannabis in all its forms was heavily restricted. Therefore, scientists and researchers have previously been unable to study the cannabinoids in detail and on a large scale.

 

In 2008, a case report was released detailing the success of CBD usage for an adult patient. The 28-year old had a previous history of drug abuse as well as being diagnosed with ADHD. The case study was carried out by a team of researchers from the University of Heidelberg’s Medical Centre.

 

The team administered high THC doses of cannabis to the patient and released the following results:

–    The patient benefited from the cannabis treatment (the study did not specify benefit from particular cannabinoids).

–    The cannabis treatment seemed to “regulate activation to a level which [was] considered optimum for performance …”

–    -The patient’s driving ability was enhanced. Due to the patient’s record of traffic violations attributed to ADHD, this result was used as an indication of the effectiveness of cannabis to assist those with ADHD.

 

In 2012, the Journal of Psychopharmacology published a study concluding CBD is able to reduce hyperactivity. This study used rodents that had been administered a substance to induce ADHD symptoms as a test subject. The results indicated that CBD decreased the hyperactivity in the rats, as well as “reduced social investigative behavior.”

 

According to Dr. David Bearman, a forerunner of the medical marijuana community, “cannabis appears to treat ADD and ADHD by increasing the availability of dopamine, [having] the same effect but is a different mechanism of action [to] stimulants like Ritalin.”

 

These studies, in combination with hundreds of others, lead to the speculation that high-quality CBD, when administered correctly and consistently, can help to balance the dopamine deficiency in patients with ADD/ADHD.

 

While the studies mentioned above are only a handful, you will be able to find several links at the bottom of this article leading you to more studies and case reports.

 

Does CBD Improve Concentration?

 

CBD can stimulate, and regulate, essential cognitive function in the brain. This basically means that the brain is balanced, and is able to function better. Poor concentration is a result of reduced cognitive function. Due to CBD’s neuroprotective properties and ability to stimulate neurogenesis, the brain’s neurotransmitters can be strengthened.

 

Does CBD Help you Focus?

 

CBD helps to increase the flow of serotonin to the brain, in the same way that as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Because the lack of focus is often caused by anxiety, increased serotonin can assist in increasing focus levels by reducing stress due to the increased serotonin.

 

When CBD is ingested, it helps to activate the adenosine receptors, which actually work to reduce anxiety levels. And when the distraction of anxiety is removed, the focus can be improved.

 

How long does CBD Last for ADHD?

 

This largely depends on the method of ingestion.

The way that you ingest CBD will determine the duration of the lasting effects. This goes for pain relief, anxiety relief and just about everything. For ADHD, it will be no different.

 

What is the Best Way to Take CBD for ADHD?

 

In general, the most popular methods of intake is edibles and tinctures. Edibles are favorite because while they will take a longer time to work, the effects remain longer. Other intake methods, such as tinctures beneath the tongue, provide almost instantaneous results although they will not last as long as edibles.

 

How Long will Edibles Last?

Effects from edibles can last up to 7 hours. However, the average length of time is approximately 5 hours.

 

How Long do CBD Edibles Take to Work?

The effects of edibles will be felt after 45 minutes or even after one hour.

This is because the edible will first need to pass through the digestion and liver enzymes before being released into the bloodstream. Once in the blood, the cannabinoids will travel to the relevant cannabinoid receptors.

 

How Long will Tinctures Last?

Effects from tinctures can last anything between 1 – 3 hours.

 

Are the Effects from CBD Oil Tinctures Instantaneous?

If you place the drops under your tongue and hold them there for at least 45 seconds, then yes, the effects will be almost immediate. This is because there are blood vessels located beneath the tongue and these act as sponges, absorbing the tincture directly into the bloodstream. The entire oil and all the cannabinoids are therefore available for use. And this is what is known as a high level of bioavailability.

 

Is CBD Safe for Kids?

This question is often asked due to the association of ‘getting high’ from cannabis. Once you understand that THC and CBD are two different compounds, then you can understand why CBD is considered safe for children.

 

CBD does not have any mind-altering, psychoactive properties and even binds to different receptors than THC. The effects of CBD are often so subtle that they are not felt from the beginning.

 

Due to the stigma that has surrounded CBD and cannabis in general over the past several decades, minimal studies have been done to assess the use of CBD for children. The initial research reports were based on anecdotal reports from parents who, exasperated with the ineffectiveness of pharmaceutical drugs, turned to the natural option of using CBD.

 

One of the most important references to make in answer to this question is to indicate the report prepared by the World Health Organization. In the investigative report, it is stated that CBD has an excellent safety profile and has no risk for public-health-related issues.

 

Always speak with your healthcare professional if you want to administer CBD to your child. Even if your doctor is not open to this option, he or she will be able to enlighten you to the possible side effects involved, especially if your child is already on pharmaceutical medication.

 

Safety is More than Just THC-related

 

However, when you are looking for a CBD oil to administer to your child with ADHD, then you may want to follow up and ensure that the contents hold the specific compounds that the label says. In fact, this is true for everyone looking for a CBD oil. Always verify the contents of the CBD oil by reviewing the third party lab reports.

 

Are there Any Side Effects TO CBD?

 

In 2018, the WHO released a statement on CBD. In this statement, the organization made it clear that no severe health risks are stemming from CBD. However, in some cases some mild form of the following side effects could be experienced:

–    Nausea

–    Diarrhea

–    Dry mouth

–    Drowsiness

 

When looked at in comparison to conventional pharmaceutical drugs given to treat ADD and ADHD, these potential side effects pale in comparison.

 

Before we move on, we will address one question that is probably lingering in your mind…

 

Does CBD oil get you high?

 

It is important to address this fear that may be lingering in your mind; can CBD make me high? The answer is no.

 

CBD does not contain any psychoactive properties, and will not be able to cause any psychoactive response. This is the predominant reason for the surge in popularity for CBD products, as well as its impressive safety profile.

 

Yes, cannabidiol is derived from cannabis. But does that make it simultaneous with getting high? No, it does not.

CBD is one of many cannabinoids that can be derived from the cannabis plant. It does not contain the properties, and therefore the ability, to cause a psychoactive response. If your CBD contains THC, then you could experience a high.

 

However, the majority of CBD oils on the market do not contain THC at all, and this information can be easily located on the label, the website, and even on third-party lab testing reports that most reputable companies make easily accessible.

 

The Last Word on Using CBD to Treat ADD/ADHD Effectively

While there have been no large-scale clinical trials to add fuel to the fire that CBD is an excellent treatment option for ADD/ADHD, there is a wealth of small scale studies and anecdotal reports. These are all indicative of a highly promising, natural treatment option for children and adults suffering from neurological disorders, including attention deficit disorders.

 

Despite the overwhelmingly positive evidence, due to the lack of large-scale studies, no ‘official’ claim can be made regarding the effectiveness of using CBD to treat these disorders.

 

Yes, there is still a long road ahead in terms of research and investigate studies, but the correlation between the powerhouse cannabinoid, CBD, and the brain’s internal communication systems (neurological systems) associated with ADD/ADHD is a clear indication that this is a promising treatment option.

 

If you are considering using CBD to treat ADD/ADHD, the most critical thing for you to do lies in selecting the right oil. While you may not be able to control every single aspect of the CBD product you want to purchase, it is critical that you select a high-quality CBD oil from a supplier you can trust. In this way, you will be able to safely determine the outcomes of using cannabidiol for ADD/ADHD, whether for yourself or for a loved one.

 

 

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CBD Benefits

Top CBD And Hemp Benefits & Side Effects

The Definitive Guide To CBD Benefits & Side Effects

The CBD oil craze is here to stay. It’s no wonder then that you’ve become curious about its implication in health. While medical marijuana remains a controversial issue, the benefits of CBD vary from pain and weight management to seizure and cancer treatment.

 

Cannabis oil has been used in medicine long before the 21st century. Yet once the war on drugs took marijuana out of the running, CBD faded into darkness. As hemp oil benefits are distinct from strains of marijuana that produce a high, extracted CBD is a different story. Fortunately, science is catching back up with research on its therapeutic value.

 

What are the benefits of CBD? How does it differ from marijuana? Find out all about the top 15 CBD benefits and how you can start taking it today.

 

What is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, a compound found in the cannabis plant. When extracted from hemp, it comes from a strain of cannabis sativa that legally has to contain less than 0.3% THC. Although marijuana and hemp are the same species of plant, they’re not the same thing. Marijuana does have health benefits as well, but still remains illegal and controversial in many states and around the world.

 

CBD oil can come from marijuana or hemp, but those derived from hemp are typically stronger in concentration of cannabidiol. Hemp oil benefits

 

What is CBD good for?

Similar to other holistic medical treatments, CBD is a plant-derived compound used to treat anxiety, gut health, epilepsy, and more. It’s basically a non-pharmaceutical medication. While the medical community is hesitant to prescribe it in lots of cases, research has confirmed its usage in the treatment of these top fifteen conditions

 

  1. Pain management
  2. Anxiety
  3. Seizure treatment
  4. Pet medication
  5. Stress management
  6. Exercise recovery
  7. Sleep quality
  8. Nervous system health
  9. Alzheimer’s treatment
  10. Weight management
  11. Counteracting inflammation
  12. Skin and hair health
  13. Acne treatment
  14. Improve mood
  15. Cancer treatment

 

If you’re interested in a lengthy explanation on how CBD works, what exactly it acts on in the brain, and more of the science, check out this YouTube video. Otherwise, read on as we’ll break down how CBD benefits each of these conditions below.

 

Pain Management

CBD oil acts on receptors in the brain responsible for perception of pain, temperature, and inflammation. No wonder marijuana has been used to treat pain since ancient times. Modern science has helped illuminate why. It turns out the human body’s natural endocannabinoid system transmits pain-relieving effects, and adding external cannabidiol enhances that response.

 

Oral administration of cannabidiol to rats after surgical incision reduced their perception of pain intensity. Sufferers of chronic pain condition can benefit from CBD’s anti inflammatory properties. Humans with rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis got relief with a combination of CBD and THC through reduced pain and decrease in flare ups.

 

Anxiety

Research has shown CBD oil acts on CB1 receptors to control neurotransmitter release. These are a part of that endocannabinoid system that naturally exists in the body to regulate function. When humans experience anxiety, those neurotransmitters get released en masse. In theory, this is a good thing signalling danger when it exists. However, in the absence of real danger, chronic anxiety leaves us paralyzed.

 

A study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology looked at anxiety levels during public speaking. When CBD was administered prior to speaking, anxiety was significantly reduced. The effects were shown to be better than placebo and just as good as traditional pharmaceutical intervention for anxiety. In a time where addiction to pills is real, CBD might be a good alternative for some to treat anxiety.

 

 

Seizure Treatment

Epileptic seizures result from errant firing of nerves in the brain, creating unpredictable electrical activity, erratic physical contractions, and impaired mental states. CBD oil has been shown to reduce overall seizure frequency in those with epilepsy. Especially in certain conditions, such as Dravet or Lennox-Gastaut syndromes, the anticonvulsant properties of CBD have incredible promise.

 

Research suggests that the same interaction with CB1 and CB2 receptors relieve the pain and convulsions associated with seizure. These neuroprotective qualities of CBD oil with the endocannabinoid system work as an antioxidant and neuron protector to keep things in the brain running smoothly. The protective measure of CBD administration induces antioxidants to decrease both intensity and frequency of of treatment in clinical trials.

 

Pet Medication

When animals experience pain, they can’t exactly take the same pain medication as humans. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs can actually be toxic to animals, causing internal bleeding, vomiting, or in extreme cases, kidney failure. CBD, on the other hand, targets the same vanilloid receptor as NSAIDs without any of the negative side effects.

 

Hemp oil promotes homeostasis in animals, which can help mitigate growth of dangerous cancer cells, relieve pain, and help with nausea. Some of the best benefits of CBD for your pets, however, are its role in mood stabilization for anxiety and depression. If your fur baby suffers from separation anxiety or seems lower than normal, giving them CBD regularly can raise their happiness levels and calm anxiety.

 

As with any medical treatment for pets, consult with a medical professional before treatment. Ask your local vet about specific timing and dosage of CBD for any concerns.

 

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Stress Management

Cannabis has long been a trope for relaxation. Images of the lazy stoner fill popular culture, but now research has shown it’s not just getting high that manages stress. Hemp oil’s role in neurotransmitter regulation help modulate chronic cortisol release. Even if you lead a stressful life, you need to be able to relax from time to time. Adding CBD to your health routine can help you relax at the end of  long day and keep your lifestyle healthy.

 

Exercise Recovery

The endocannabinoid system also works to regulate energy, inflammation, and appetite. Cannabidiol supplementation through CBD oil may therefore improve workout recovery. Exercise itself adds stress and inflammation that can be problematic with chronic.If you train multiple days in a row, ingesting CBD after a workout might help you repeat efforts.

 

With better exercise intensity and recovery, adaptations come quicker. Athletes are starting to recognize the benefits of CBD, and the World Anti-Doping Administration has even gone so far as to remove it from the banned substance list. More research is necessary to form definitive conclusions, but there’s definitely a lot of anecdotal and clinical evidence for CBD and exercise recovery.

 

Sleep Quality

In high enough doses, CBD helps sleep quality. By acting on the same receptors as caffeine, it produces the opposite effect to coffee. Instead of keeping you awake, it contributes to quicker sleep onset. Research has also shown promise with CBD oil’s benefits for REM sleep. Deeper REM sleep helps you feel refreshed and recovered the next day.

 

Struggle with sleep due to stress or anxiety? As we’ve discussed, CBD mitigates those issues to help calm you down at night. We spend ⅓ of our lives sleeping, so take CBD to maximize the benefits of a good night’s rest.

 

Nervous system health

Hemp oil benefits aren’t just limited to sleep and mood. CBD’s reaction with the endocannabinoid system helps maintain health in the entire nervous system. Much like a multivitamin, supplemental CBD facilitates natural regulatory processes. By maintaining homeostasis in electrical firing and limiting inflammation on nervous cells, your cognition improves with CBD oil. Long-term nerve health as we age keeps our brains healthy and can even prevent Alzheimer’s.

 

 

Alzheimer’s prevention

Alzheimer’s is associated with oxidative stress. CBD and other antioxidants counteract free radical production by neutralizing them before they become problematic. When research studied the neuroprotective benefits of hemp oil, the results showed attenuated neuroinflammatory processes that tend to lead to Alzheimer’s disease. As studies of CBD are new, and Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease that takes time, more research is necessary over time to discover just how effective it is.

 

 

Weight management

When people think cannabis, they don’t typically think weight loss. In fact, the snacking that stereotypically comes from marijuana use might invoke the opposite thought. CBD from hemp oil can actually help quell your appetite. Hunger is often the most common issue for those interested in losing weight. Therefore, CBD supplementation can help you stick to your goals and manage your weight effectively.

 

Moreover, CBD has been linked to higher insulin sensitivity. Insulin sensitivity is correlated with good health, as insulin is used to shuttle glucose from the bloodstream to your liver and muscles. Insulin resistance, on the other hand, leads to high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and diabetes. If you’re concerned with weight management, CBD can help increase muscle mass and lower body fat by managing insulin response.

 

Counteracts inflammation

Part of weight management and health is counteracting inflammation, but those benefits extend beyond lean body mass. Cannabinoids partially control immune cell function and cytokine production to reduce skin inflammation. Mice studies found that inhibiting those CB1/2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system induced dermatitis and allergic reactions.

 

CBD oil avoids that by adding exogenous cannabinoids and stimulate the receptors. Therefore, hemp oil benefits can become a major part of your skin care.

 

Skin and hair health

Within your skin lie cannabinoid lipids that regulate temperature, pain, and epidermal homeostasis. Exogenous CBD, especially in cream and oil forms, adds to the total efficacy these lipids to keep your skin healthy. CBD treatment connects with compounds known as TRP processes to treat skin issues by synthesizing keratinocytes.

 

This way, hemp oil benefits extend to controlling growth, death, and regeneration of skin cells. As an extension of the integumentary system, your hair health reflects your skin quality. Keep your skin and hair shining with CBD creams for acne, scars, dry skin, or itchy spots.

 

Acne treatment

In that same vein, CBD oil can control inflammation of acne scars while they heal. The anti-inflammatory processes triggered by CBD oil reduces oxidative stress on skin tissue as well. A study out of the journal Experimental Cell Research tested cannabidiol interaction with specific cells that increase wound healing. When a wound occurs, inflammatory pathways are signalled to bring blood and fluids to the area in an effort to stimulate recovery. This is great in the short term, but in the long term, prolonged inflammation brings ineffective healing. CBD oil on location can inhibit these dangerous, scarring effects of acne wounds.

 

Improved mood

Anyone who has had a bad night’s sleep can attest to the grumpiness that comes the next day. Mood issues can be alleviated with the benefits of CBD, as the endocannabinoid system partially regulates mood and sleep.

 

CBD’s action on the brain controls release of neurotransmitters. Overactive norepinephrine and epinephrine keep your mind in a stressed state, which could cause reactive behavior. These chemical messengers can affect your mood by balancing the former with GABA and serotonin release. Hemp oil stimulates relaxation, better mood, and quality sleep for a happier you.

 

 

Potential implications in cancer treatment

CBD clearly plays a vital role in homeostasis. When things are out of whack, mutated cells can grow cancerous. CBD has been shown to promote cancerous cell death in mice, which was then built on for reducing breast cancer cells in humans. Therefore, if cancer starts to rear its ugly head, the benefits of CBD oil can slow is growth.

 

For those who need chemotherapy, CBD’s pain-relieving qualities have made cancer treatment easier. While chemo is often a necessary part of treatment, it often comes with nausea and global pain. As the research on CBD continues, medicinal benefits for cancer treatment and improving quality of life become more promising.

 

 

CBD Oil: Frequently asked questions

Now that you know what CBD is and understand the health benefits, you may be convinced it’s time to try it. That’s great! But just in case you have some lingering questions, we’ll go over a few of the more common concerns people have before purchasing CBD.

 

How much CBD should I take?

If you’re considering using CBD oil for any of the above benefits, consult with a medical professional first. While yes, it’s a fantastic compound, there may be different or complementary medical interventions as well.

 

Specific dosage of CBD oil depends on the purity of the oil (concentration of CBD), extraction method, and method of administration. For most adults, a low dosage of 25 mg per day is a good starting point. Children and animals obviously need to start much lower, such as 0.5 mg/kg of body weight every day.

 

Individual needs will always vary, but it’s safer to start on the lower end and go from there. While side effects of CBD are rare, it’s still a fairly new product for medical treatment and should be treated with caution.

 

 

Can you feel the effects of CBD?

Some CBD products are made from hemp oil, while others are made from the cannabis plant containing THC. Hemp oil is extracted from the hemp plant via CO2 to provide the benefits of CBD mentioned at length above. Hemp is usually grown for industrial purposes such as manufacturing of clothing, carpets, construction material, and more.

 

Cannabis oil does contain the THC compound, producing the high you can “feel”. Cannabis oil comes from the leaves and buds of the marijuana plant. While it does contain CBD, it also contains the hundreds of other cannabinoids found in cannabis. It’s not the best source of pure CBD as the ratio is likely much lower. Moreover, it’s not legal in many parts of the world.

 

You cannot “feel” the effects of pure cannabidiol in the traditional sense. CBD oils derived from marijuana, however, probably contain THC, which does produce a high. CBD might make you feel calmer or tired, similar to drinking a cup of chamomile tea, but it doesn’t produce a high.

 

How long does CBD last in your system?

The real answer depends on your method of administration. For example, a topical CBD cream is obviously not going to have the same effect as eating a CBD gummy. Each product differs in its absorption rate, time to action, and length of action. The fastest way to get effects of CBD is through vaping, as it goes directly to your bloodstream through your lungs. For those looking for longer health benefits might consider oral administration, such as a CBD pill.

 

Consult with a medical professional on the best method for you and your specific condition. In general, however, chronic health conditions require sublingual or oral administration, while acute health problems (such as trouble falling asleep at night) prefer vaping.

 

Ways to take CBD oil:

  • Sublingually – preferred way of treatment for conditions like epilepsy. Comes in drops, concentrates or tinctures. Fast absorption, but only a moderate duration of action.
  • Capsules/pills and edibles – As these go through the digestive tract before acting, the time to action is longer. However, the effects also last the longest.
  • Topical – creams or oils to be applied to the skin. These aren’t typically for full body issues, but specific ailments like muscle soreness or skin condition. Best acting on those specific areas, but not great for total body health.
  • Vaping – absorption through the lungs similar to smoking, but healthier. It’s the fastest way to get CBD in to the system, but also has the shortest duration of action.

 

 

Can you get addicted to CBD?

Anything can be habit-forming in excess, even if not chemically addicting. Look no further than cell phone use and gambling for examples. So far, no research has shown people can get addicted to CBD. But, as with anything, it’s probably unhealthy to consume all day, every day.

 

Research does show that CBD oil can actually benefit those with other addictions. A study from the journal Substance Abuse determined that CBD can be therapeutic for people with cocaine, opioid, tobacco, or psychostimulant addictions. What’s even more interesting, is that CBD itself can be beneficial to treat cannabis addiction itself. It might seem counterintuitive, but there’s some evidence that the CBD compound can reduce the effects of THC, and therefore help with overuse of marijuana.

 

 

What are the side effects of CBD oil?

While uncommon, CBD oil derived from hemp can come with mild side effects. Although you can’t really overdose or get addicted to CBD, medical concerns should be discussed with a doctor as they arise. Some common side effects include:

  • Dry Mouth
  • Stomach discomfort
  • Lightheadedness
  • Blood-coagulation concerns in those with blood clotting disorders
  • THC response in those with high-THC sensitivity (although it’s less than 0.3%, there’s still some THC hanging out in there)

 

Conclusion

CBD is not the same as marijuana. It does come from a strain of cannabis sativa, but one that’s grown to have negligible amounts of THC. It won’t get you any higher than your morning cup of coffee. Depending on how you react to caffeine, you might actually feel CBD less.

 

You can find CBD products in various forms, such as creams, tinctures, edibles, and vaping oils. Whatever your selection, CBD has a health benefit to match. Research chose hemp oil benefits feature treatments for pain, inflammation, oxidative stress, insulin sensitivity, anxiety, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and more. CBD can even be a great solution for your pet’s health.

 

As CBD is legal in places where marijuana isn’t, it’s emerging as a natural health solution for those who take their daily vitamins. Similar to other supplements, however, it’s not regulated by the FDA. Therefore, do your research and be selective about which products you purchase. Look for CO2 extracted CBD oils from hemp for a general guideline, but triple check the quality of the company. There are lots of people out there misleading consumers to make a quick buck.

 

Finally, if you’re considering CBD to treat a serious health problem, always talk to your doctor first. While CBD does have endless benefits, it might not be the best solution for you. When it is, you’ll want to get specific guidance on dosage, method of administration, and timing. By taking your health and purchasing power seriously, you’re sure to come out on top of CBD oils for any condition.