It’s now 2021 and CBD is basically the best thing since sliced bread. CBD is formally referred to as cannabidiol and is sourced from hemp plants and marijuana. Since the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which legalized hemp-derived products in the United States, there has been a huge spread in those curious to find out the mysteries and wonders of how CBD works.
How CBD Works
CBD offers its users a therapeutic effect of calmness, without getting high as one would with THC, and is a common misconception. Oftentimes, one will see “CBD infused” on a package or label of a special product. When CBD is present in the said product “an infusion will involve lacing the product with CBD in order to ensure that the customer is able to enjoy the beneficial properties of the substance.”
- Pain relief
- Anxiety and depression reduction
- Heart health
- Alleviate cancer-related symptoms
- Acne reduction
CBD’s Effects on Receptor Systems
CBD indirectly affects signaling through CB1 and CB2 receptors- which are the two classical cannabinoid receptors one has. This is why CBD is non-intoxicating as compared to THC. When CBD enters the system, it inhibits the enzymes that break down the naturally-produced cannabinoids in the body, which in turn increases the levels of said cannabinoids. CBD can also influence other non-cannabinoid receptors in the brain, even those that are sensitive to a variety of drugs and neurotransmitters. Some of these are opioid receptors, which regulate pain and are important targets of pharmaceutical pain killers and addictive drugs like morphine and fentanyl. There needs to be more research done, but CBD might have the potential to lessen drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms in addicts.
How CBD works also extends its power to the serotonin system in our brains. When consumed, it activates multiple serotonin receptors in the brain, which have the possibility to reduce drug-seeking behavior, and can also account for its anti-anxiety properties. Endocannabinoid receptors that CBD interacts with lead to a reduction in inflammation, and therefore less chronic pain. As complicated as that can all be to understand, what’s good to know is that CBD is a great therapeutic agent with many positive properties and effects.
Variations of CBD
There are a variety of different ways to consume CBD and benefit from its properties. The simplest, and most highly used product is CBD oil. This oil is extracted from the cannabis plant and then diluted with a coconut or hemp seed-like oil. With this oil, one would put it under their tongue and let it sit for a minute so the capillary rich area quickly absorbs the oil for faster results.
Many people will also add the oil to coffee or a morning drink as part of their daily routine. This helps mask the flavor of the oil- as it can be unpleasant to some. Some choose to bake the oil into food, but it will take longer for the effects of the CBD to kick in. Many people claim that there is a slower release of the therapeutic feelings with the edible version.
There are some CBD oils that are good for use on the skin also and can help relieve sore muscles or joint pain. One can find oils themselves for the skin, or even products with a roller-ball to roll the ointment onto the skin to penetrate the muscles.
CBD premade edibles are an option also. Instead of baking the treats yourself, many companies have edibles for sale for those wanting to consume the oil tastefully.
An option for some people also might be to put the oil into an energy drink for an alert feeling with lessened anxiety.
One more option that some people may gravitate towards is vaping CBD oil. The key to this is to use the correct vaping oil, and not oral oil. There are also certain vaping devices meant for CBD, and it’s important to purchase the correct products so as to not endanger yourself.
CBD in gummy form is probably the best-selling type of CBD on the market.
They’re more convenient to travel with and discrete. The flavor that a lot of people don’t like about CBD oil is masked very well with the gummies, being why they’re so popular. Gummies also make serving sizes and measuring a lot simpler. There's no worry about the proper dosage because all you have to do is pop a couple gummies and you're good to go. They are good for reducing inflammation, aiding in sleep and relaxation, and are a great alternative for people who are averse to the "medicinal" look of a dropper (like kids).
There’s a method of consumption and type of CBD product for everyone out there! It’s just a matter of time of doing some research and trying something new.