Can CBD help me cope?
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You probably already know this...
CBD is a chemical extracted from the Hemp plant. Unlike marijuana, it doesn't make you "high" because it only has trace amounts of THC. (less than 0.3%, as mandated by the FDA.)
It is legal in all 50 states, you can't overdose on it, it won't make you dependent.
Ok... back to our question:
Can CBD help me cope?
We can't say. Seriously - We're not allowed. This is not a "tested" product by FDA standards. So until it is, we can't claim any benefits from CBD. (There's a disclaimer on the bottom of every page)
But for now, what we can do is to gently point you in the right direction, to what researchers around the world are finding out, and personal experiences of people using CBD... Millions of them. (and quickly growing)
Due to the multitude of research papers, anecdotal accounts and public interest, the FDA will eventually (and hopefully soon) create strict standards for the industry. We applaud their oversight.
Tell me about the science
In scientific terms, CBD affects the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is a network of receptors that maintain homeostasis in the body. (Homeostasis affects pain, mood, and appetite among other factors).
CBD interacts with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system, predominantly the CB1 and CB2 receptors (found mainly in the brain and immune cells). Although the body produces its own cannabinoids, introducing CBD to the body enhances the efficacy of the endocannabinoid system.
Cannabinoids aren't only found outside of the body. They are naturally produced in the human body. As such, cannabinoids shouldn't really be looked at as a foreign substance at all.
But what does this mean?
Independent research has uncovered a myriad of benefits in using CBD including:
It is also linked with mental clarity, heart health, muscle recovery, regulated blood pressure and helping to decrease the risk of developing cancer.
Will it reduce my anxiety?
If you google "scholarly papers on CBD anxiety relief", you'll get around 6 million results. This is more-or-less what most of them look like:
In plain English... they claim CBD reduces anxiety.
If you click on the "Video" of the same search you'll get around 80 thousand hits. Check a few out. Learn from other people who have gone through the same experience you are embarking on.
Here's a video that we made, with my trainer - A tank of a man with the heart of a lamb. And he claims it's because of CBD. Watch Here.
Which CDB should I buy?
This is how you should choose and use CBD:
Start with a lower strength CBD oil. We suggest a 750mg (strength) dropper bottle with 30ml (volume). This will last for approximately 30 days, using a dropper-full (30 drops, aprox. 1ml) per day. That will give you 25mg a day of pure CBD.
Does it taste bad? For best results, we suggest using natural, unflavored products. It tastes a little like grass, so it's not particularly delicious, but you'll rapidly adapt to the taste. If you just can't take the taste, you can also choose CBD in pills (powder or liquid) or even flavored gummies.
You'll get the best absorption rate if you use CBD oil under your tongue, and keep it there for at least 90 seconds. (Absorption is even greater with vaping, but vaping is not a healthy alternative)
Other ways to use CBD
Every day there new studies on CBD and how it can be used. It is being added to coffee, beer, bath bombs, even tampons...
How do I choose CBD?
Here are a few pointers:
Check if it is "third party tested". This means that a certified lab (that does not belong to the manufacturer), has tested the product and issued a C.A. (Certificate of Analysis).
CBD should be tested for:
- THC content (must be below 0.3%)
How can you view the C.A.? Some manufacturers have a lot number printed on the containers which you can access online. Do it. Know what you're putting inside your body.
Don't choose cheap CBD, even if the containers are lovely. There are a lot of scams out there. CBD has an average market price - If it's too cheap, maybe it's not exactly what they claim it to be.
Choose "Made in the USA". You'll help to create jobs, get better quality control and will soon have the FDA to protect you.
Choose "Organically Grown". Keep the nasty chemicals out.
Choose "No Animal Cruelty". Keep the rabbits happy, and alive.
Are negative drug interactions possible?
Yes. CBD is metabolized by a group of enzymes called the CYP450. These enzymes are responsible for metabolizing many commonly used drugs. CBD can inhibit the activity of the CYP450 enzymes. Consult your physician when using CBD alongside life preserving medications for serious conditions (i.e. epilepsy medications).
The only way you will really find out if CBD helps you to cope, is trying it. So, please do it, see what it does for you, then come back and write a comment that will help other people like you to decide.