What is CBD?
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol or “CBD” is a chemical compound in the cannabis/hemp plant. It is believed to have a very wide therapeutic potential and anecdotally it has been used for thousands of years to treat many conditions.
Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol or THC also occurring in the cannabis/hemp plant, CBD does not have psychoactive effect.
A quick google search on CBD reveals millions of individuals worldwide experiencing relief from nausea, seizures, migraines, anxiety, chronic itch, muscle pain, joint pain, depression, and much more, but how does CBD do this?
What is the science?
CBD products fall into 3 different categories:
- Crystalline Isolates: 0% THC: Crystalline isolates look like little salt crystals
- Full Spectrum : Less than 0.2%: Crystalline isolates look like little salt crystals
Unrefined Full Spectrum – Less than 0.2% but includes CBN, CBG, CBN: Full spectrum oil looks golden and see through
All CBD products fall into one of these 3 categories:
- Crystalline isolate have zero taste and zero chance of failing a drug test since there is zero THC, only CBD. Downside is that since they are so stripped of all the plants nutrients, the products are weak and take a lot of product to feel the CBD effects.
- Full spectrum products are good because they are less refined than crystalline isolate products and have some THC. THC amplifies the effects of CBD and makes the product much more effective. This is called the “entourage effect.” There is however the risk of failing a drugs test.
- Unrefined full spectrum products contain THC to amplify the effects of the CBD, and they contain many other cannabinoids and plant nutrients like CBN, CBG, CBN, CBDV, terpenes, plant sterols, omegas 3,6,9, etc. This type of CBD has become know as Rick Simpson CBD because it’s so raw and dark and full of nutrients and named after the man who popularised it. Again there is a small risk of drug test failing just like all CBD full spectrum products and the taste can be earthy.
What is the dose?
It is important to know how much CBD you are taking in order to judge your own personal preferences.
We use the following weight chart to recommend dose.
Find your weight on the horizontal chart, then judge the severity of the condition you have on the vertical chart. You can use this for your pets too!
You may want to increase or decrease the amount of CBD you take based on how you feel.
There is no exact way to dose CBD for every person nor are we legally allowed to give exact dosing. Dosing remains experimental and subjective. One dose at night before bed may help an individual with sleep issues whereas an individual with chronic pain may take 5 doses a day whenever the pain arises.
It is a natural plant and everyone processes things differently. This is simply a good place to start your experimenting. Listen to your body!