what is cbd

What is CBD?

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CBD is a popular compound that is found in hemp plants that consumers purchase to help them meet their wellness goals. Brands extract the oil using a safe C02 extraction process that starts by separating the plant matter from the beneficial compound and then infusing it into a carrier oil for either stand-alone sales or further processing for edibles, capsules, and creams.

Hemp-Derived CBD is Safe & Legal

On December 20, 2018, the president signed the 2018 Farm Bill, thus legalizing cultivation of hemp across the U.S. This upgrade in the law also legalized all the natural compounds in hemp. There is only 3% THC in hemp, which is the compound that causes the “high” in cannabis. This small amount won’t lead to any psychoactive effects and is entirely safe.

The hemp plant contains CBD, which is one of the 575 known compounds in hemp that has wellness properties. While the FDA doesn’t have any detailed guidelines for CBD, they have acknowledged that topical applications and oils are legal to buy and sell in the U.S. They are currently working on more details that will help guide consumers, brands, and sellers purchasing and using CBD.

Why Use Medical-Grade CBD

Also known as cannabidiol, CBD has many potential wellness benefits. The main reasons people use CBD is to reduce anxiety and stress. There are dozens of studies that show hemp extract can help relieve anxiety, and many consumers attest to using CBD in social and similar settings to stay calm.

Another reason people are purchasing CBD is to relieve muscle and joint soreness that’s a result of intense workouts or related to natural aging, which reduces joint flexibility and can lead to severe discomfort without medical intervention. Consumers often choose CBD over prescription medications, which can be dangerous and cause many people to develop dependence.

Users also report that CBD helps them fall asleep faster at night and, overall get a better night’s rest. Experts don’t fully understand how this hemp compound helps users sleep. But they suspect that it reduces nighttime worries with its stress-relieving properties, letting them fall asleep easier. Additionally, patients not experiencing pain, also sleep better.

How Does CBD Works?

CBD works naturally with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The complex cell-signaling system is found in all mammals, and it works with all other systems to maintain symmetry or balance. Scientists discovered the system in the early 1990s, and it contains endocannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors, and enzymes. The cannabinoid receptors are found throughout the body, from the central nervous system to the digestive system, and even the epidermis. Research shows it plays a roll in regulating mood, sleep, pain and even reproduction.

Ways to Use Hemp CBD

A confusing part of hemp-derived CBD is the many ways you can consume it. The options almost seem endless. Choose from simple CBD tinctures that absorb through the membranes under your tongue,then passing directly into your bloodstream. This method is often preferred by consumers because it’s fast-acting. CBD oil works sublingually in less than 15 minutes and lasts for about four to six hours. Another option is edibles.These are delicious candies, such as gummies and honey sticks that are infused with CBD. Because you must eat them, they take longer to work. They work in about 45 minutes to 90 minutes and last about four to six hours.

Other ways to consume CBD include drinks, vaporization, topicals, transdermal patches, suppositories, capsules, sprays, and smoking flowers.

The research on CBD is increasing daily. The FDA is working on approving CBD as a supplement, which will improve access and medical information to help consumers decide between the different methods, strains, and strengths provided for the modern consumer.

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