Did you know that the cannabis plant has been used as a healing plant for thousands of years?
As far back as 2900 B.C. in China, cannabis was a trusted elixir for soothing myriad conditions.1
In fact, it has only been in the past 70 years that cannabis and its most powerful agent - CBD - has come under large-scale scrutiny.
However, in the past 20 years, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has been researching CBD in earnest, and the scientific and clinical research seems to back up what many already know through their own experience: CBD may have a remarkable ability to soothe and heal.
The NIH research on CBD is so positive, that in 2003 it acquired U.S. Patent 6,630,507 2, which covers the use of cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.
Yes, the U.S. Government has patented the use of CBD oil in certain applications!
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring chemical molecule found in the cannabis plant. CBD, like its cousin THC, is one of the major cannabinoids present in the plant, but unlike THC, you won’t get high on CBD.
On the contrary, CBD has absolutely no psychoactive effects whatsoever.
In fact, research has even been done on the possibility that organic CBD oil can counteract the psychoactive properties of THC.2
There are many ways to consume CBD oil, and the method you use comes down to personal preference and the results you are seeking. Results will differ from person to person because how much CBD you need will depend on what your Endocannabinoid System’s needs.
The Endocannabinoid System is in the body and brain and is involved in regulating a variety of physiological and cognitive processes including fertility, pregnancy, appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory.
The Endocannabinoid System's job is to help the body reach homeostasis and it produces cannabinoids naturally in order to do so. CBD oil (itself a cannabinoid) can be used to supplement the body’s own cannabidiol production.
Start with a small dose, and slowly increase the dosage until you reach equilibrium. This can be a subtle process, and you might not even realize that the CBD oil is working until you wake up one day and realize the condition you have been suffering from is lessened or even eliminated altogether.
For that reason, we highly recommend journaling your CBD journey. The journaling will help you track how you feel each day, and give you a good indication if you need to increase or decrease your dose.
Regardless of the form in which you decide to take it, such as where you apply it or if you ingest it, the best CBD oil to buy will always be the one that meets your personal needs for taste, delivery method, and dosage.
Here's a list of all of the options available for you to try and see what works the best for you:
Pure CBD Oil is extracted directly from the stalks and seeds (and in some case, even the flowers) of the hemp plant, and comes in a variety of flavors. Choose a flavor that appeals to you and place a few drops under your tongue for best results.
Vaping can be an effective way of administering CBD oil. Inhaling the oil helps it to pass the blood-to-brain barrier fast, so its effects will be felt almost immediately.
Tasteless CBD oil can be added to recipes for cookies, cakes, sodas, water, candies…
You can find CBD cigarettes and smoke CBD oil. You can also use the oil concentrate for dabbing, which is a method whereby you put the CBD product on a hot surface and inhale. It comes in butter forms, wax, and crystals. (These are not methods we recommend, as the irritation caused to the throat and lungs, may counteract the beneficial effects of CBD oil.)
CBD Concentrates are fast-acting and effective, and so powerful they work almost immediately. CBD Concentrates are not for the uninitiated. If you’re new to using CBD oil, we recommend you start with edibles, tinctures or capsules and work your way into the more powerful administration methods, like CBD Concentrates.
Tinctures are taken orally and can come in the form of a spray or a drop. These are herbal liquid forms of CBD oil are mixed with different substances such as coconut oil and mint. Place a few drops under the tongue and hold in place for 30 seconds before swallowing. Start with the smallest dosage possible, and adjust up until you find what works for you. Tinctures administer near immediate results but are unpredictable. You may find it works wonders for you, but it may not. Since everyone’s body responds to CBD oil differently, it's worth giving it a try.
CBD oil shampoo, CBD salves and CBD conditioners are all ways to get your daily dose of CBD oil, and have quick absorption rates. Topicals are for the hair and the skin, and although they're not as strong as some of the other CBD products, they're ideal for those whose pain comes from skin problems.
Capsules are probably the easiest way to consume CBD oil. They're an easy addition to your morning vitamin routine and are tasteless and convenient.
1. Russo EB. History of cannabis and its preparations in saga, science, and sobriquet. Chem Biodivers. 2007 Aug;4(8):1614-48. PubMed PMID: 17712811. 1: Morgan CJ, Curran HV.
2. Effects of cannabidiol on schizophrenia-like symptoms in people who use cannabis. Br J Psychiatry. 2008 Apr;192(4):306-7. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.107.046649. PubMed PMID: 18378995.
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