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November 2018

November 2018

HomeBlog — November 2018

5 Myths About CBD: Fact or Fiction?

Cannabidiol or the term CBD is becoming more ubiquitous and we realize the necessity to educate our users and any curiosities that are out there about the real truth of CBD. While CBD is an incredibly safe and therapeutic component of cannabis, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding its uses.

Myth #1: CBD is used for medicinal purposes to treat serious medical issues.

CBD offers many beneficial uses and one thing that people generally think is that CBD is only needed when treating a serious medical condition. Unlike it’s counterpart THC which has been labeled as a psychoactive drug, CBD has been classified as a “non-psychoactive” substance. Though both each have amazing medicinal benefits, the separation from THC and the classification of CBD have had many people question its impact on our psyche if it’s considered a non-psychoactive.

When we refer to non-psychoactive versus psychoactive we first need to look at the definition of psychoactive. The term psychoactive is used when a chemical substance has the ability to alter a person’s mental state by affective ones brain and nervous system workings. Studies have shown the health benefits in patients that have Autism, Epilepsy, Depression, Sleep Disorders and so forth that can be associated with both CBD and THC. The main separating difference between CBD and THC is that CBD is not impairing or intoxicating even in high doses. If anything CBD will more likely have you more relaxed and focused so one does not necessarily need CBD for only serious medical purposes.

Myth #2: CBD is a sedative.

In some earlier studies CBD was thought to have some sort of sedative quality to it but in fact CBD has more of an alerting quality to it. So why would there be this sort of assumption? It may be due to the fact there are a varieties of cannabis strains and some may have significant higher amounts of myrcene which is a terpene. Terpenes are fragrant essential oils that are found alongside of the various cannabinoids like CBD and THC. Also, the dosage will influence the effects of CBD on your body. The higher the dosage, the higher potential effect to your mind and body.

Myth #3: All CBD is created equally.

Another misconception is that CBD is CBD no matter who the manufacture is. While it’s true that the structure of CBD is the same, the beginnings and end result of manufacturing the final product varies greatly so being educated on the differences will help you make a more informative decision in purchasing CBD.

CBD can be derived from either a Full Spectrum whole-plant cannabis or a hemp. A hemp-derived process requires more starting material since CBD is found in lower levels than that which is derived from a Full Spectrum whole-plant cannabis. So both methods depending on what other ingredients are added to it will cause varying effects and strengths. According to a study by Penn Medicine and published by the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), nearly 70 percent of CBD products sold online are mislabeled in which most products over or understate CBD content.

Myth #4: THC is more effective than CBD because it’s more potent.

Some users believe that the more potent the cannabis is the more efficient the results will be. When we talk about the therapeutic uses not recreational the most effective dosage is really determined by a number of variables such as a person’s situation and the physiology of that individual.

 

Myth #5: Higher doses are more effective.

Higher doses don’t necessarily equate to better results. Higher doses might actually cause a negative effect as with anything that we add to our body’s system. The key is to find the right dose that works for any individual.

Generally when we speak with individual who are interested in using CBD we determine the best course of action based on their needs and their lifestyle. For those that are hesitant, we advise our customers to start out using our topical remedies at lower doses to better understand what course of action should follow. Once you a better understanding of how CBD reacts with your body’s system then move forward in using other delivery methods of CBD.

 

In closing, we hope that the more education surrounding both CBD and THC the more we debunk the stigmas surrounding both. It is very important to understand that the case studies and research of CBD and THC is forever evolving as well as the innovation of delivery methods and uses are expanding.

 

We are living in exciting times and because CBD is becoming more ubiquitous it is our responsibility that we ensure our customers are making educated decisions. When it comes to health and wellness let us not fall in line with what is trending; we as a company look the science and the potential benefits that both CBD and THC can offer.

What are the Side Effects of CBD?

There has been a huge buzz lately around CBD. One of the main concerns when we speak to potential customer is what are the side effects of CBD and how does it fit in with my current lifestyle.

As with anything whether it be food or topical everything has side effects. Whether it be ingested or topical each body is unique and how you body reacts varies from person to person.

To better understand the effects or side effects of CBD, you first need to understand what CBD is.

CBD is a cannabinoid, a substance that exists within the Cannabis sativa plant and is a cousin of THC. When consumed, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a health system discovered in the 1970s and named after the plant that helped researchers find it in the first place.

This health system, which exists within all mammals, is activated through cannabinoids, both those which our own body creates and those that we ingest from cannabis. When we add cannabinoids into our system our primary receptors CB1 and CB2 in the endocannabinoid system (ECS) are triggered. The different effects are primarily based on where the receptors are located.

For an example, CB1 receptors are mostly located in the brain and nervous system, so when triggered, these receptors can help diminish the feeling of pain as well as encourage the release of helpful brain neurochemicals like serotonin and melatonin. CB2 receptors, which are spread throughout the body deal things like cell regeneration or the bodies inflammation response.

So, when we absorb CBD into our system we are encouraging our bodies to heal themselves naturally using the same pathways and methods that we normally use to recover. How each body triggers into action may vary and how your body reacts there may be unintended side effect as that is with anything that we introduce into our system.

What do we mean by side effects?

There are side effects for anything that we ingest or put on our bodies. The human body is a complex system so when you change anything in your system it is very likely that it will affect other things in your system unintentionally. These unintentional changes are what we call side effects.

For example, a side effect of taking allergy medication that aims to block histamines that causes inflammation to your cells but as a result you might find yourself tired and having less energy. This happens as a result of the medicine’s effects, but is still unintended.

So what are the possible side effects of CBD?

The side effects of CBD changes and depending on your usage of it and what other medications or activities are incorporated into your lifestyle will vary. For an example some people use CBD to help lower their blood pressure, one of CBD’s benefits is that it helps relax the vascular walls of your circulatory system letting blood flow through your system more easily. While this may aid in lowering ones blood pressure but for someone else who may be using CBD for another reason and has abnormally low blood pressure may be potentially harmful to their system so their dosage may require some adjustments.

CBD is, like any other supplement or medication and is not entirely insular. The benefits of CBD and when used properly has seen to yield very little side effects. And it is always advised that if you are taking medications prescribed by your doctor or have any underlying pre-conditions/illnesses that you consult with your doctor.

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