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CBD Low Down: Does this stuff really work?!

CBD Low Down: Does this stuff really work?!

Hey all you cool cats and kittens! (Sorry, had to) But seriously, lets talk something a little more current than Tiger King and a LOT better for you; the latest in CBD efficacy research and why we at iCBD feel you will experience a wide range of benefits when using our products.

Let’s start with a quick refresher by answering two common questions; What exactly is CBD and will it get me high? CBD is the second most prevalent ingredient amongst all active ingredients in cannabis. But that’s not where the CBD oils you see on our site or on shelves nationwide typically stem from. Nearly all CBD in the marketplace is derived from a cousin of the cannabis plant, known as “hemp”. Hemp has been used for hundreds of years for a variety of day-to-day things and has been grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products, such as paper. It is one of the fastest growing plants and was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber 50,000 years ago. Hemp parallels cannabis in a myriad of ways, but in order for us to utilize hemp for CBD use, the extracted oil must contain less than 0.3% THC to be considered legal for sale. THC as many of you know, is the most prevalent and psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. The cool part is, this trace amount in legal hemp will NOT get you high! So hemp remains our safest and most abundant source of CBD oil extraction.

Has all of this “science” been tested? According to a 2017 report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits NO effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

However, since we are not doctors or scientists, we’ll take this a step further and lean on the publishings of a Medical Doctor named Peter Grinspoon of the Massachusetts Medical Center and teacher at Harvard Med School, to elaborate. Here’s an excerpt from his April 2018, Harvard Medical Blog post, in which Dr. Grinspoon wrote, “CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep. CBD may also offer an option for treating different types of chronic pain.”

Dr. Grinspoon goes on to suggest that science still lacks a true measure of the most effective dose, suggesting that it falls back on each individual’s tolerance, what their ailment is, etc. This is exactly why we at ICBD offer a baseline dosing approach to safely work your way up to an effective treatment level. It is also unknown how CBD responds when mixed with other medicines, so it is strongly encouraged that users consult their physician prior to use. 

As all of the positive evidence surrounding the inflammatory reduction capabilities of CBD continues to mount; we want to keep the momentum going by strongly encouraging every Don’t Be Sad user to share your experience with our products. We highly value customer feedback and aim to ensure we do our part in helping support data and research around this amazing, all-natural supplement.

What is CBD?

What is CBD?

All iCBD tinctures contain CBD, or “cannabidiol”, which is a special compound that interacts with your body’s unique Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This system, which was only recently discovered in the 1990’s, is made up of a series of native receptors that promote homeostasis within humans and animals. According to UCLA Health, “We now know the endocannabinoid system is involved in a wide variety of processes, including pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune function, and reproductive function. Endocannabinoids, such as CBD, are arguably one of the most widespread and versatile signaling molecules known to man.” CBD is primarily found in the flowers and leaves of hemp plants, and we at iCBD ensure our CBD is extracted from the highest-quality sourced hemp available.

Although cannabinoids may sound like a complicated new term and concept; similar compounds can be found in everyday food and ingredients such as chocolate, rosemary, black pepper, and other herbs. These plant-derived compounds include antioxidants and provide incredible benefits, just like CBD. 


How Much Don’t Be Sad CBD Should You Take?

How Much Don’t Be Sad CBD Should You Take?

Well, that depends on how sad you are! JK. So typically, the amount of CBD you will be taking daily depends on a handful of things. First, let us be clear that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to CBD oil. Our own trials and clinical research have shown that what effect someone else has may not be the same as yours. This ties back to our Endocannabinoid (EC) System and the way in which our body interacts with these cannabinoids such as CBD, THC, etc. There are several factors at play that will determine how our CBD interacts with your body, but the beauty of this product is there aren’t any side effects! That means there isn’t much downside and a whole lot of potential upside. 

Below is a typical dosage table for CBD-

  • 'Low' CBD use: 2.5 – 15 mg CBD per day
  • 'Moderate' CBD use: 15 – 60 mg CBD per day
  • 'High' CBD use: 60+ mg CBD per day

We recommend you start out with a moderate dose of one dropper under your tongue. Hold that there for 20 to 30 seconds, and then swallow whatever residual you have left. I personally do this 3 times a day and I’ve felt a massive difference with anxiety relief, inflammation recovery, and a much better sleep cycle. Again, everyone is different! Some take longer than others to notice the effects and it could take up to 4 or 5 dosing before you really notice a change. Keep in mind, this isn't cannabis so you won't feel the major physiological/psychoactive "high" effect; but you should feel an overall sense of wellness and clarity. This has been my personal experience and its why CBD is now a regular part of my daily routine!"

"How Much Don’t Be Sad CBD Should You Take?" (Final Thoughts)

When it comes to how much  CBD to take, there is no one solution. However, it’s not as intimidating as it first seems. Instead of taking a complete gamble, you can use the information in this article to help find a rough estimate of a CBD amount that may work for you. If the first product you try isn’t working out, don’t feel discouraged; simply switch your dose and try again. CBD isn’t for everyone, but it is worth giving it a try as a means of potentially improving your day-to-day wellness.

Of course, you can use as many drops as you need in order to experience positive effects. Start slow and work yourself up to it.