The many uses for the cannabis plant are still being discovered by researchers today. Cannabinoids are found in plants and are responsible for effects so popular with people from all walks of life. These cannabinoids come in a variety of forms. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the chemical on our minds today. 

What is CBD?

Unlike its cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is non-intoxicating, which means it will not make you “high.” The effects are often recommended for medical purposes for that exact reason; people can get through their day without being in an altered or possibly unsafe condition. 

Research in CBD is progressing more and more each day, but it is still in its early stages. The Food and Medicine Administration does not currently regulate it. The only use that has been approved is for the treatment of epilepsy in the form of the drug Epidiolex.

How Does CBD Affect the Body?

CBD has been demonstrated to protect nerves from damage and be a potent anti-inflammatory. CBD works by activating the Endocannabinoid System (or ECS) indirectly by using several receptors within the nervous system located in our brain, spinal cord, organs, and immune system. All of this combines to assist the body in relaxing and supporting the body in things like exercise-related muscle recovery and can also be used to treat things such as anxiety and other forms of pain.

CBD’s even being investigated as a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

Modern medical cannabis cultivators are actively developing and growing various strains in the Indica and Sativa categories to ensure that the right medicine is available for each patient’s unique combination of illness, preference, and lifestyle.

While CBD has a wide range of applications, it’s important to note that some CBD forms are easier for the body to absorb than others.

How Should I Take CBD?

 With all of the subtleties of CBD, it can be difficult to decide precisely how you should use it. This quick guide will walk you through each way of CBD consumption and help you decide which is best for you.

Tinctures are popular for multiple reasons. They have a long shelf life, making them a practical way to consume cannabis, especially for people who don’t want to smoke it. Like edibles, tinctures are also taken orally, making it simpler for people to take on the go.

Microdosing is when you take small amounts of a product to achieve favorable results without disrupting your daily routine. The goal of microdosing is to deliver everyday relief without interfering with your regular routine. Chronic pain and overall physical relief are frequently treated by microdosing cannabis, which is also utilized to alleviate anxiety and depression symptoms.

There are a few things to check for while buying CBD, regardless of how you use it.

Broad-spectrum or full-spectrum

To gain the full range of health benefits, search for products prepared with full or broad-spectrum oil rather than distillate or isolate. Full-spectrum oils include both CBD and THC, as well as all of the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Most cannabinoids are present in broad-spectrum oils, while THC is usually absent.

THC and CBD may work better together than they do separately. The “entourage effect” is the term for this.

Both of these types of products are also less processed, which helps with some of the volatile chemical compounds found in cannabis, such as terpenes. Terpenes alter the product’s taste and scent and provide medical benefits.

How to Find Products

Look for cannabis that has been grown organically in the United States. Cannabis grown in the United States is governed by agricultural rules and cannot exceed 0.3 percent THC. Pesticides and other chemicals are less likely to be consumed when using organic foods.

If you have a specific goal for your CBD experience, consult with the budtenders at Green Kong! We are more than happy to help you find the right option for you.

Edibles

A convenient and discreet way to experiment with CBD is edibles! CBD edibles such as gummies, truffles, and even mints are available and do a great job of covering any “weedy” taste. Not to mention, who doesn’t like to treat themselves?

There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to edibles. CBD can be subjected to a phenomenon known as the “first-pass effect” when consumed. CBD is partially broken down by the liver and digestive tract during the first pass effect. This implies that CBD can take up to two hours to take effect, and you’ll only absorb roughly 20 to 30% of it.

Conclusion

Smoking a bud, vaping from your pen, or snacking on a gummy, there are plenty of options when looking into getting a little CBD into your day-to-day life. The effects on the body can be beneficial as long as you know what to expect, so why don’t you browse around through our inventory to see if anything fits your needs!