With so many millennials and baby boomers looking for healthier and natural forms of treatment for common health conditions, many are wanting to try CBD. However, many people are not sure what CBD is and whether or not it will work for them. This blog is intended to give you a basic understanding of what CBD is, how much you should take, and where you can find quality CBD products.
WHAT IS CBD?
To understand what CBD is, you must first understand the basic chemistry of the hemp plant. CBD is short for cannabidiol, a compound extracted from the hemp plant. Hemp is in the same family as marijuana (the cannabis family), but the chemical makeup of the two plants is very different. Hemp has considerably more CBD than marijuana and only negligible traces of THC (must be <0.3% by law), the chemical that gives marijuana its psychoactive effects (gets you high). Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis plants, but have a different chemical make-up. That means a reputable brand of CBD oil cannot make you feel “high.” But it can unlock your body’s natural ability to heal itself.
WHAT DOES IT DO? AND WHY SHOULD I TAKE IT?
According to Harvard Health, CBD became a very popular option for those seeking a natural alternative to treat conditions such as chronic pain, sleep, epilepsy, and other disorders. At first, many were skeptical, thinking that a natural compound, let alone a Cannabis-compound, could effectively treat such a wide range of conditions. But as medical researchers are learning more, and the stories from tens of thousands of people began to stack up, the truth was undeniable, CBD works. So, how exactly does CBD work?
For starters, CBD inherits many of the medicinal properties of Cannabis such as being anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiolytic. This allows it to provide natural stress, anxiety and pain relief. But this alone isn’t what allows CBD to benefit so many conditions. What allows it to effectively treat so many conditions, and maintain health and wellness in the body, is how the cannabinoids found in CBD interact with receptors throughout our body.
Let’s talk about the Endocannabinoid System.
Scientists discovered that there are systems in our bodies that are solely dependent on their interaction with cannabinoids, and these systems are part of vital functions in our bodies. Per Healthline.com, our bodies were designed to work with cannabinoids, and they can even be considered as essential to our overall health and wellness. Thanks to advancements in technology and knowledge and tons of clinical trials, researchers were able to reverse engineer what they’d discovered, trace back through the metabolic pathways of various cannabinoids, and uncover an entirely unknown signaling system between the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our bodies and receptors found in Cannabis compounds, which they called “endocannabinoids.” Due to the role of endocannabinoids in this system, the system was officially named the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). When certain endocannabinoids, like CBD, are introduced into the body, it not only helps provide stress relief, it helps manage our perception of stress so that we can look at the situation with a clear mind, and make the best decision.
HOW MUCH CBD OIL SHOULD YOU TAKE?
The dosage of CBD that you use, and the time you take it, will depend on a number of factors. Your weight, personal body chemistry, and the nature of your sleeping troubles will affect how the CBD oil works. What works for some people might not work for others. Most clinical trials on CBD and sleep have involved giving the subjects anywhere between 25 mg to 1,500 mg of CBD per day. It’s best to start with a low dosage and gradually increase it until you find something that works for you. Much of the research on CBD, anxiety, and sleep has noted that many patients don’t notice an immediate difference. The 2019 study mentioned above noted that it took about a month for the subjects to notice a difference. Be patient, and remember that you’re unlikely to get immediate results.
WHERE CAN I FIND A QUALITY AND RELIABLE CBD PRODUCT?
With literally hundreds of CBD companies now on the market, how do you know who to pick to get the best products? My first recommendation would be to start local. Instead of ordering your CBD products from a company thousands of miles away you should look towards your hometown manufacturers as a good place to start. In California and more specifically the Central Valley, consumers have an advantage. They have one of the top CBD oil manufacturers and consumer-facing product companies right in their own backyard. Element Rx CBD Oil is a local company, with local roots, started by individuals born and raised in Clovis, CA.
Hemp has created a new agricultural revolution across America and is also finding a home in California’s Central Valley. Our products are mixed and processed locally in a state-of-the-art ISO 7 (Class 10,000) Certified cleanroom facility, utilizing automatic filling, labeling, and packaging equipment; see video of bottles being filled at our California facility. Our purpose-built cleanroom is an unsurpassed model of technology, designed to keep the outside environment from getting in. This approach enables our cleanroom to maintain a contaminant-free environment at all times, assuring delivery of a safe and ultra clean product.
Every batch of CBD that is created at our lab is tested on the premises before it is even bottled, these tests include purity, cannabinoid profile, metals, terpenes, residual solvents and pesticides. ISO Certification (International Organization for Standardization) is a seal of endorsement proving the validity of a business. Strict sanitation protocols and bottling processes ensure the safe production of CBD products to the highest industry standards.