CBD is also known as a cannabinoid and it affects the endocannabinoid system. It is a substance that is extracted from a plant, known as the hemp plant, and turned into an extract which is then turned into an oil to be turned into other products. A lot of people have been using this supplement to help with all sorts of medical issues even though it is not approved by the FDA. The supplement does need to be tested further, which it has been approved by the FDA, but as of right now, it can be used as a nutritional supplement.
CBD can be found in what…then how does it differ from THC
CBD can be found in the hemp plant and the marijuana plant. THC and CBD are both cannabinoids, but they each do something different to the human and animal body. Both have different possible medical effects on the body but the THC has a psychoactive effect. CBD can help with anxiety, THC can make it worse. This is because each one has a different effect on the endocannabinoid receptors in the human body, THC activates them while CBD blocks them, or dulls them.
How is CBD extracted
CBD can be extracted in three different methods, but only one is a good way to do it; the CO2 method, the ethanol method, or the Rick Simpson method. The best way to extract CBD is through the use of CO2. CO2 is pressed into a liquid and passed through the hemp plant for the most part. You can learn more about CBD and it’s many benefits through the visual below. (source)
What can CBD help
CBD has been known to help with Fibromyalgia, arthritis, epilepsy, menstrual cramping, bloating, headaches, sore joints and muscles, relaxation, stomach issues, ulcers, anxiety, sleep issues, hunger issues, cancer, tumors, skin issues, fungal issues, and hair issues. While none of this has been proven through research, in a large number of people who have used CBD can give testimony to what CBD has done for them personally. CBD does not currently, according to the FDA, have medicinal value, so it is just a supplement. The joke is on them because as a supplement CBD is doing things that medicine has never even done before.
How is it used
CBD can be used in a large number of fashions. It can be used in oil form, cream, balm, vape oil, pills and in foods. You can use the oil on its own, normally placing it under the tongue. The oil can also be placed into capsules and taken that way if you do not feel like you are able to take it by mouth.
If either of those methods do not appeal to you, or offend you gentle senses, you can use a vaporizer and get it into your system that way. Some people do not like this method because it makes them feel like a ‘stoner’ and adds to the stigma of CBD being associated with marijuana, but some people do not want to take it like a medicine either. That is when putting it into your food comes in handy.
While CBD cannot be cooked at high temperatures it can be put into butter and used for baking. It can also be added to drinks, creams, cake icing and a number of other items to be eaten. A lot of people have been recently putting it onto their salads with their oil based dressings. This is probably one of the most preferred methods of taking the supplement. It also seems like the easiest.
CBD and where it comes from
It is very important to pay attention to where your CBD is not only drawn from but where it also comes from. Hemp grows better in certain places and it is also grown in different fashions. You always want to make sure that your CBD comes from hemp that is not treated with pesticides, non-GMO, all organic and not hurting the environment in any fashion.
The better it is grown, the better it will be for you and your family. You never want to put anything that has been covered in pesticides in your system. You should also be aware of where your CBD is coming from, like the location. You want to make sure that you are not getting some backwoods, hacked up version of CBD oil that was pulled from a marijuana plant with butane and grown in a basement. This, of course, is obviously not the safest way that you can obtain your CBD.
Should I start taking CBD?
No one can tell you whether or not you should be taking CBD, but consumer evidence shows that it can help you. It has been shown to promote general health overall, even if you do not have any kind of medical issues. No matter what you should always seek the advice of a medical professional or your doctor before you begin to use a CBD supplement, especially if you have a serious medical condition or are on another medication. You would be surprised at how many doctors are actually supportive of the use of CBD.
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