A beginner's guide to CBD

CBD by Frontier Jackson

#CBD. You've heard all about it from your friends, online, and in every social media platform that exists. But, the real question remains - WHAT IS IT?


If you're a newbie and are still trying to understand what the fuss is all about keep reading and hopefully with the help of Frontier Jackson (code CAMILA15 gets you 15% off entire website) you will leave here with a better understanding if CBD is for you or not.

WHAT IS CBD?

CBD, short for "cannabidiol", is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. Cannabinoids (including CBD, THC, and many others) are chemical compounds that act on the receptors in your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).


CBD is the most abundant cannabinoid in cannabis plants and is being researched for its ability to help those suffering from anxiety, arthritis, epilepsy, and various other conditions. CBD is legal in much of the United States and is being used by many to promote general wellness and to combat anxiety, stress, sleeplessness, inflammation, and more.


Where Does CBD Come From? Is it #Weed?

CBD comes from the cannabis plant, and that’s where the confusion begins for a lot of people.


Cannabis is a family of plants containing multiple species including marijuana and hemp. While similar, these plants have one major difference, and that’s the amount of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) present. THC is mostly known for its ability to cause psychoactive effects in users. Hemp contains less than or about 0.3% THC (i.e., the legal limit). Marijuana, however, contains much more.


For this reason, it’s common for CBD products to be derived from hemp, NOT marijuana.


CBD cannot get you high. THC is the chemical responsible for the "high" associated with marijuana. In fact, CBD actually makes THC less effective.

HOW DOES CBD WORK?

Without getting into the technical details, understanding the science behind CBD requires a brief overview of the endocannabinoid system (ECS).


Back in the 1990s, researchers found that there were receptors in animal brains that were extremely sensitive to #THC, which kick-started a massive biological breakthrough. It turned out that our bodies naturally produce similar chemicals, called endogenous cannabinoids (i.e., cannabinoids from outside the body) or “endocannabinoids,” which gives the system its name.


The #ECS regulates several essential processes in the body with its receptors, and the most important of these are called #CB1 and #CB2.


CB1 & CB2 Receptors

CB1 receptors are mostly found in the brain and are intensely compatible with THC. Tiredness, mood, appetite, and pain are all affected by the CB1 receptors. CB2 receptors, on the other hand, are spread throughout the body. These largely influence skin health and inflammation.


Effects of CBD in the body

Whereas most chemicals directly influence the body’s processes, CBD can make your body better at doing its job. CBD doesn’t bind to either CB1 or CB2, but it can maximize the effects of the endocannabinoids your body naturally produces. For example, CBD inhibits the enzyme that breaks down anandamide, which reduces pain and boosts happiness. Science still has a long way to go with CBD, but it’s promising. The FDA has approved two epilepsy medications derived from this chemical, so research around the benefits of CBD continues.


Frequently Asked Questions About CBD

Is CBD legal?

Check your state laws to see if CBD is legal where you live. In most cases, if the CBD oil has less than 0.3% THC in it, then it should be acceptable to use.


Can CBD get you high?

No, CBD can’t get you high. THC is the chemical responsible for the “high” associated with marijuana. In fact, CBD actually makes THC less effective.


Will CBD show up on a drug test?

No, CBD itself won’t cause you to fail a drug test. Full spectrum CBD oils do contain trace amounts of THC, but it shouldn’t be enough to test positively. That said, if taking high enough doses of CBD products containing THC, it is possible for THC to show up in a drug test. If you’re still concerned, use 100% THC-free products.


Is CBD addictive?

No, CBD is NOT chemically addictive. But like anything, it can become a habit.


What’s the proper CBD dosage?

That depends on a multitude of factors, such as your weight and the type of CBD product you’re using. It’s best to start with the recommended dose listed on the product you purchase, and adjust as you learn how CBD effects you.


I WOULD LIKE TO TRY CBD BUT NOT SURE WHERE TO BEGIN...

Now that you know a little bit more about CBD and have decided you want to give it a try, you might be asking yourself "where do I start?"... Well, there are so many different options to choose from. For me, I started in the place that seemed to make the most sense - with a starter pack that is specifically made for first timers. Click here to read about my journey with CBD.


I hope this helped to answer some questions about CBD. If you have any questions write them in the comments below and I will do my best to answer them or get someone that can!


xo,

Camila


Photos by: Aaron DaSilva

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