The CBD has found its place in the well-being trends of a very wide public. But there are many things about it that consumers don’t know. Before you decide to incorporate CBD into your well-being routine, here is everything you need to know about this product.
What is CBD?
CBD is an abbreviation that refers to cannabidiol, one of 113 cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis plant. It is a natural substance that is used in products such as oils and foods to give a feeling of relaxation and calm. Unlike its cousin, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main active ingredient in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive.
How does it work?
CBD binds to receptors, called CB1 and CB2, which are found in your brain, nervous system, muscle tissue, and even some organs. It has been shown that it stimulates the functioning of the immune and nervous systems, as well as better pain control. In other words, CBD tends to regulate and normalise these receptors in your muscles, in your immune system, in your spleen, your kidneys and your liver.
The 3 main types of CBD
You may have already seen the words “full spectrum“, “broad spectrum” and “isolate“. Generally speaking, these are the three types of concentrated CBD you might see on the market. And the one you choose makes a big difference.
CBD can't make you high
CBD is very different from THC, another compound found in cannabis, and its effects are also different. THC is the key active ingredient in marijuana and has the psychoactive properties of the drug. In other words, THC makes you feel “high”, but CBD does not have these psychoactive properties. However, if a CBD product also contains THC, the product may be psychoactive.
CBD could interact with medicines
Like some foods, CBD could interact with some medicines. CBD affects the liver and impacts the body’s ability to process and detoxify from chemicals, including many pharmaceutical medicines. This is particularly important for anyone taking medicines such as anticoagulants, anti-epileptic medicines and any medicines related to the transplantation of a new organ or tissue. According to studies, CBD can have a significant impact on the way many common medicines are treated by the body, including medicines such as antidepressants, hormone therapy medicines, anti-anxiety medicines and medicines against headaches. Some medicines are more dangerous to combine with CBD than others, so be sure to check the full list. You should also talk to your doctor about your consumption of CBD.
According to studies, certain side effects are reported when using a tincture under the tongue: dry mouth, low blood pressure, dizziness. The good news is that these side effects are rare and generally minor. Sometimes, adjusting your dose can help to lessen or completely eliminate the side effects. In addition, it will be important to check that the ingredients in the CBD oil you use are not harmful. Indeed, if the CBD product you are using contains something other than the natural substance, it will be preferable to look for another type of CBD product. Make sure the CBD you use is a quality product that does not contain added chemicals, diluents, heavy metals, pesticides or fertilisers.
CBD to treat epilepsy
In the United States, the FDA has approved CBD as a treatment against epilepsy. More than 500 patients have been involved in the studies. The Epidiolex medicine, which administers CBD as an oral solution, is the only medicine containing CBD approved by the FDA. It has been approved for children over 2 years of age for the treatment of convulsions associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, namely Lennox-Gastaut’s syndrome and Dravet’s syndrome.
What is the best way to consume CBD?
It really depends on your objective and the reason why you are taking CBD. Some people don’t want to ingest anything and therefore prefer an external cream or ointment containing CBD. You can apply it to muscles, joints and ligaments and still get a nice localised relief.
It will also be possible to inhale the CBD using an e-cigarette. The relief of smoking an e-cigarette is quicker, but also dissipates more quickly, i.e. usually within two hours. Edible products, on the other hand, take longer to work but last four to five hours.
Less common than other ways of taking CBD, Evielab pearls are nevertheless great to use and have many advantages. They don’t have that grassy taste or greasy texture of oils. CBD pearls are easy to use and allow precise dosing of the amount of CBD: with Evielab, 5 mg of CBD is carefully incorporated into each pearl. Moreover, it is important to know that their formulation allows a very high level of bioavailability: the liver and its enzymes will not degrade the molecule, which will allow you to achieve the relaxation you are looking for. The specific technology used by Evielab will allow the active ingredients to reach the receptors in your body directly. The calming effects of CBD will then be at their peak!