Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds present in the Cannabis sativa plant. Although there are about 480 of these compounds, one of the most abundant and researched of these is cannabidiol (CBD). Unlike the other abundant cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is non-psychoactive; rather than getting a person ‘high’, it possesses various health benefits.
Due to allopathic medicines’ side effects and complications, many people now understand the CBD lifestyle and include it in their daily routines. So today, we’ll shed light on some of the claimed benefits of CBD, its types, and what beginners should know before using CBD products.
The first proven and FDA-approved use of CBD came in 2018 for the treatment of certain forms of epilepsy (FDA-approved drug Epidiolex). From then on, advocates of CBD and its products, coupled with promising results of scientific research, claim that the compound can be effective in managing:
- chronic pain
- neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s
As for women, CBD is the main constituent in most beauty products today, especially anti-aging serums. This is because CBD is believed to strengthen hair follicles, reduce dark spots/circles, and improve the overall look and health of the skin. In addition, a 2014 study revealed that CBD minimized acne breakouts by modifying oil production by the sebaceous glands and reducing skin inflammation.
And that’s not all. CBD affects and stabilizes mood, may alleviate sleep disturbances commonly associated with menopause, and also reduces the rate of bone density loss that accelerates during menopause.
More recently, women have tried CBD-based oils, sprays, and lubricants to boost sexual activity, reduce dryness, and minimize sexual pain. It is claimed that these products may help enhance sexual pleasure, improve libido, relax muscles, and minimize performance anxiety in the bedroom.
Studies have also shown that CBD can help reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) by soothing bloating and cramping and reducing the discomfort from tender or swollen breasts.
CBD products are of three types, characterized by the type of compounds present in them and their concentrations:
- Full-spectrum CBD products consist of the whole cannabis plant and its compounds. These products contain less than <0.3% THC.
- Broad-spectrum CBD products contain most of the cannabis plant compounds. In addition, these products contain trace amounts of THC.
- Isolates contain purely CBD and no other cannabinoids. Likewise, these products contain no THC.
What Form of CBD Is Most Effective?
- Dried hemp flower
- Pre-rolled CBD joints
- Oils to vape, smoke, or place under the tongue
- Edibles and beverages
- Topicals (ointments, creams, and balms)
The form of CBD that is most effective for you will depend on what you’re taking it for, your specific preferences, and how your body will process it according to your age, BMI, metabolism, tolerance to the compound, etc. Also, how you consume CBD significantly impacts how rapidly its effects begin to kick in and how long they last; smoking /vaping is the fastest, followed by oils, and the slowest is edibles.
According to research, both full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD show promising clinical responses. However, these results cannot be solely attributed to CBD due to a phenomenon known as the entourage effect, which occurs when various compounds combine and manifest a clinical effect. Since CBD isolates are not considered clinically effective, it might be possible that full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD products only work because of the combination of different compounds.
What is the Best CBD for Beginners?
Based on the amount of CBD you consume, the form in which you take it, and your tolerance to the compound, its effects can last for two to six hours. With this information in mind, beginners can experiment with CBD products and dosages to establish whether investing in a certain product is worth the time and money. The best policy is to start with the lowest potency, observe the effects, and maintain or increase the dosage accordingly.
Another important aspect to consider is smart shopping. Beginners must avoid irresistible and fancy offers. Instead, compare different products and prices and always buy from licensed and trustworthy stores.
If you’re still apprehensive, talk to a credible sales representative or, better yet, your doctor. The latter will recommend the best CBD for beginners and can help develop an effective treatment by factoring in any medication you are already taking.
Research shows that CBD, mainly full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD products, can be used as an effective medical and therapeutic product to manage various health problems such as chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and skin problems. However, beginners need to determine the best dosage and intake method to benefit them the most.
How Does CBD Work?
There are two different cannabinoid receptors present in the human body. These receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system that helps the body’s internal mechanisms run smoothly. CBD interacts with these receptors to produce significant health effects and manage processes regulating emotions, pain, focus, memory, appetite, and immune function.
How Much CBD Should I Take?
The effects of CBD are different for everyone based on age, metabolism, and tolerance. The rule of thumb is to always start with the lowest dose/serving size suggested on the product and consume it once or twice a day. Then, monitor the effects and increase the potency or frequency if required.
When Should I Take CBD?
You can take CBD anytime. However, most people prefer to take CBD in the morning to remain pain-free, centered, and calm throughout the day. If you’re struggling with sleep issues, it is better to take CBD before bedtime for restful sleep and rejuvenation of the body and mind.