Cannabis has been recognized for its numerous health benefits for as far back as 2737 BC when the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung referenced it in writing. However, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is psychoactive, has been the more well-known product of the cannabis plant in the market for most of history. Cannabidiol (CBD), also an extract of the cannabis plant, is now turning the situation around because it does not contain the psychoactive components of THC.
CBD oil is a wellness supplement formed through CBD and carrier oils like coconut or hemp seed oil. It offers many therapeutic benefits against health problems like anxiety, body aches and pain, epilepsy, depression, and acne.
CBD oil is a popular form of CBD. Most CBD oil comes from industrial hemp and is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant. CBD oil may be taken orally (placed under the tongue with a stopper), or it can be added to moisturizers and applied topically.
Hemp-derived CBD oil isn’t the same as hemp oil. Hemp oil comes from the seeds of the cannabis plant and does not contain any cannabinoids.
How Do You Use CBD Oil?
CBD-infused products fall into four basic categories
Ingested CBD Swallowing CBD oil allows it to pass through the digestive system and be metabolized by the liver, sending its active compounds throughout the body over several hours. CBD oil is usually ingested in drops, tinctures, and capsules or added to foods and beverages, such as gummy candies and coffee. CBD can also be ingested as a powder made by removing all plant matter to reveal a crystalline powder that has no taste or odor.
Sublingual CBD Another popular way to take CBD is to place a few drops of the oil or tincture, or a small bit of the powder, under the tongue and hold it there for several seconds. This allows the active ingredients to be rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream through mucus membranes in the mouth.
Topical CBD CBD-infused products are applied to the skin to relieve pain and reduce inflammation directly where needed. Topical products include creams, salves, patches, shampoos, suppositories, lip balms, bath salts, and personal lubricants.
Inhaled CBD CBD can be inhaled by vaporizing the oil or by adding the oil or powder to e-cigarettes or tobacco and smoking them. Inhaled CBD enters the bloodstream rapidly through the lungs, avoiding the digestive system. For this reason, “vaping” has been a popular way of using CBD.
Can You Get Stoned (or High) on CBD?
No, you can’t get buzzed out on CBD alone. Its chemical cousin, THC, is the only cannabinoid that causes the high associated with marijuana use. For this reason, it’s important to know exactly what type of CBD you’re buying:
Marijuana-derived CBD oil is extracted from high-THC cannabis plants, which can contain varying amounts of THC. (The ratio of CBD to THC is typically listed on the product label.) Any product with more than 0.3 percent THC is considered a controlled substance and can only be bought in a state where medical or recreational marijuana is legal.
Hemp-derived CBD oil is extracted from low-THC cannabis plants. This is the type of CBD sold over the counter in nutrition stores and supermarkets, added to lattes in cool coffee shops, and infused into luxe beauty products.
Because it’s not intoxicating, hemp-derived CBD is what’s fueling the CBD craze. What once was called “hippie’s disappointment” is now being embraced precisely because it can induce the relaxing effects of marijuana without any worry that it will impact your consciousness.
What Does CBD Do in the Body?
In a nutshell, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, a large messaging network in your body that plays a key role in regulating many physiological functions. In fact, cannabinoids are so essential to good health that your brain actually produces its own cannabinoids.
Colorado CBD was founded by Colorado natives searching for a solution to various health issues. With years of experience in the marijuana industry, they quickly realized that CBD is the solution that they’ve been searching for. This led to the creation of a wide variety of CBD products formulated to bring pain relief to everyone. And we do mean everyone, including children, the elderly, and even pets.
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