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What is CBD?
CBD or Cannabidiol is derived from the Cannabis (Marijuana) plants as it is one of its most prevalent ingredients. It is known to have properties that help with medical purposes and is thus used in various products for relief. Unlike the assumption about cannabis, CBD does not cause the sensation of "high", which makes it a safe component for human consumption.
How Much CBD Should You Consume?
The amount of CBD a person can take depends upon biological factors such as underlying health conditions, current medication, weight, changes in lifestyle, etc. It also depends upon the body's reaction to CBD. For those just beginning with CBD, it is recommended to start with smaller doses, see how your body reacts, and then gradually increase it. For example, you can start with a dosage of 10mg a day, and after a week if you feel there is a need to increase the amount, you can intake an additional 5 mg of CBD. Also, consult with a doctor before starting any dose to understand the effects and how it works. CBD products can be consumed by ways of gummies, thc vape cartridge, dry herb vaporizers, or CBD vape mouthpieces.
Types of CBD products
1. Full-spectrum CBD: Full-spectrum CBD products refer to the ones that comprise of all phytochemicals that are present in the cannabis plant. They also contain small amounts of THC which is the chemical composition responsible for a "high" feeling.
2. Broad-spectrum CBD: These CBD products are completely devoid of the THC component, but contain all other natural phytochemicals present in the cannabis plant.
3. CBD isolate: These products contain the purest form of CBD.
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7 Therapeutic Effects/Uses of CBD
1. Used for stress relieving: The chemical properties of CBD can help you feel calmer and more relaxed in stressful situations. Taking a small dosage of CBD before you sleep, before heading out for work will help you get through the day ahead as you will end up feeling rested and refreshed.
2. Reduce post-workout inflammation: Exercising, especially if you're just starting out, can feel painful and leave your muscles sore. The soreness is often the most common reason why some people might hesitate to stay consistent with working out. CBD has healing properties that help in reducing muscle inflammation after a heavy workout. Taking a dosage of CBD at the end of the day will help you relieve soreness and feel well rested, thus allowing you to feel more energetic for the upcoming workout.
3. For improving sleep cycles: No one likes disturbed or highly interrupted sleep. It leaves you feeling tired, restless, and unable to go about your daytime work actively. The relaxing properties of CBD, it helps you achieve a better sleep cycle. Taking a recommended dosage before bed will allow you to feel more relaxed and get a healthy, good night's sleep.
4. To manage PTSD symptoms: A 2018 study by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, showed that a consistent and monitored dose of CBD showed a reduction in PTSD symptoms amongst patients. The healing properties of CBD can help improve how you feel mentally along with the needed therapy sessions. However, it is advised that you consult a health professional before taking up any form of CBD intake.
5. For pain relief: Experiencing any form of severe pain is definitely an unpleasant experience. When it feels unbearable, we all look towards a source of comfort, be it from a heating pad, painkillers, etc. Using CBD oils or oral products can help in providing local pain relief when applied to the affected area. Make sure to monitor how you use CBD on your body and understand its components before making any use.
6. To manage diabetic symptoms: Diabetic patients may have a difficult time navigating through their day-to-day lives if they are unable to get a source of insulin. Fluctuating sugar levels can make them feel weak, faint, and even affect the body in unfortunate ways. CBD helps regulate blood sugar levels in the body by decreasing the levels of resistance. It improves insulin regulation in the body, thus managing any diabetic symptoms.
7. For managing arthritis symptoms: Arthritis is a medical issue that weakens joint tissues and prevents them from working as they should. It can lead to mobility issues in the long run and can also be painful to deal with. Studies have shown that the use of botanical CBD products can significantly improve mobility pain, pain during rest, and sleep cycles in Arthritis patients. It helps improve the living conditions of people who may otherwise find it challenging to go through their day-to-day routines.