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Published 01 Aug 2018

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the most abundant of the cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. It is also the most therapeutic, with the highest medicinal value. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and does not make users “high.” In fact, it does the total opposite. Studies show CBD the most effective way to counteract the often-nasty effects of consuming too much THC.

Scientists already discovered that CBD effectively reduces nausea, migraines, seizures, chronic itch, anxiety, joint pain, muscle pain, depression, chronic pain, chemotherapy side effects, addiction withdrawal, and so much more. How does it do this, and why? A CBD product is simpler than it may initially seem. They all fall into one of three different categories:

  • Unrefined full spectrum products are very dark, cloudy and thick. Known as Rick Simpson oil, they contain THC, however, to amplify the medical effects of CBD and the many other cannabinoids and nutrients present, such as CBN, CBG, CBDV, plant sterols, terpenes, omega fatty acids, and more.
  • Full spectrum products are less refined than crystalline isolates, but they also contain some THC. THC maximizes the effects of CBD and other compounds present, making the product notably more effective. Science calls this the “entourage effect.”
  • Crystalline isolate products contain no THC. They look like salt crystals. They are tasteless and rich only in CBD. The process of extracting crystalline isolates strips it of all other cannabinoids and nutrients. For this reason, they are typically weaker and you need more of it to feel effects.

How CBD Works

The human body produces its own cannabinoids. Called endocannabinoids, they form part of the endocannabinoid system, which has the job of regulating homeostasis and maintaining balance in the body. It regulates almost all functions, including motor control, pain perception, memory, mood, appetite, even sleep. Plant cannabinoids mirror endocannabinoids almost exactly.

As with all things in the human body, the endocannabinoids system wears as we age and has difficulty executing its duties. Disease and injury throw the body even more out of balance. We start running low on endocannabinoids and even become cannabinoid deficient. Phytocannabinoids, those from cannabis, replenish our endocannabinoid supply and get the system, and ultimately the body, efficient again.

How Much CBD to Take

You can never overdose on CBD. Your body cannot get enough cannabidiol. It is much the same as eating your fruits and veggies or drinking your herbal teas. Problems only arise when you are not getting enough of them, and the same is true of CBD. Too much is good, too little is bad. However, it does take getting used to, which is why you should always start CBD therapy at the lowest dose.

The best way to know how much CBD to dose yourself with is to experiment a little. Decrease or increase your dose based on how you feel. As with the veggies that you should be eating thrice a day, try taking CBD after each meal. After all, cannabis is a leafy green. There is no exact dosage for anybody, and it is illegal for anybody to give dosing instructions out.

Dosing CBD oil remains subjective and experimental. A drop or two at night before climbing into bed may help you get some sleep, whereas someone with severe pain may need five doses a day or whenever the pain becomes unbearable. Since cannabis is a natural plant and everyone processes it differently, you should listen to your body more than any “experts” you find online.

Final Thoughts

Before you run out and buy CBD, sit down first and do some homework to ensure you get the best price for the best quality. Check the quantity of CBD vs. the bottle size. Avoid diluted CBD products. Do the math! Find products with laboratory results printed on their labels. A verifiable laboratory will document batch numbered results telling you exactly what is in the CBD oil that you buy. Potency is important.

Always request laboratory results before buying any CBD products. Call the laboratory yourself to ensure no falsification of paperwork. Reputable CBD companies do not have anything to hide and will always have their laboratory work both available and ready to share with you. If you cannot see it on request, then consider that a warning. Laboratory analysis is inexpensive and required by law.

There is no excuse for any company to hide laboratory test results from you, or not to have them at all. If you cannot see exactly how much CBD, THC, or other cannabinoids and essential nutrients are in the product, then please rather do yourself the favor of not buying it. Rather look for a trusted CBD supplier to provide you with pure, high-quality CBD oil that you know is safe for your consumption.

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