CBD. Those 3 letters seem to be cropping up everywhere lately, and for good reason. As a food supplement CBD seems to have extremely powerful effects on almost all important bodily functions, ranging from our mood to our digestive system and almost everything in between. However, a lot of people still are not sold on CBD as a key facilitator towards a healthy mind and body. Today, Good Nature takes a deep dive into the science and sentiment that inspired us to use this wonderful plant extract in our product range. Keep reading for an unbiased view on everything you need to know about CBD.
CBD stands for Cannabidoil. If you were drawn to the ‘canna’ part of that word, and made the assumption that it’s related to cannabis in some way, then you are correct. CBD is a chemical compound that is extracted from the cannabis plant and usually combined with other ingredients to be ingested orally or applied topically to an area of the skin. Another, equally famous, compound of the cannabis plant is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). This is famous because it the psychoactive part of the cannabis plant – which essentially means it gets you ‘high’.
But would CBD get me ‘high’
Sorry, we don’t like to shout. But in this case, we have to because it is such a common misconception when it comes to CBD. Just to confirm – it will absolutely not get you high. THC content in UK CBD has to be at an absolute trace level, which means it will have no psychoactive effect on those who take CBD.
So what does it do then?
Good question. Although the benefits vary from person to person, most people take CBD for mental/physical issues of some kind. This ranges from mental issues such as anxiety, depression, stress and nerves to physical conditions including sleep, inflammation, chronic pain and skin conditions. For most of these conditions, CBD is too new as a treatment to have scientific evidence that absolutely confirms that it works. However, we know from the millions of people around the world using it everyday, and to great success, that the claims around it appear to hold up.
As for how it makes you feel? We would describe the feeling as very subtle and varies from person to person. Many people experience an immediate sense of calm, but for others it takes a while for it to work its magic. Which brings us to another commonly discussed area surrounding CBD..
How much should I take?
The truth is that no one really knows the answer to this question. It really varies from person to person and also depends on what you are taking it for. If you would like to know more read our complete guide to dosing CBD.
The basics are as follows. CBD is very much an experimental process when it comes to perfect dosing. Smaller people often need a lot less and bigger a little more, as would be expected. Most recommend that you should start low and slow with around 20-30mg per day and slowly increase until you get the desired effect/benefit you are looking to obtain. The FDA recommends that you do not exceed 70mg of CBD per day.
How do I take CBD?
This is an easy one that can sometimes appear confusing. We know it may seem a little strange but for CBD oil, you pick up the easy to use dropper and drop the desired amount underneath your tongue. Hold it there for around 60 seconds and then swallow. What this does, is allow the capillaries underneath your tongue to absorb a percentage of the CBD into your bloodstream. The rest is swallowed and a percentage can be absorbed into your system during the digestive process. We are aware that is a lot of science! But it is always good to understand the reasons why you are taking a supplement. It is key to a total wellness routine that is perfect for you.
So, how does it work?
Well, it is called a supplement for a reason. Your body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is responsible for a range of bodily functions. More on that in a minute. Basically, scientists agree that the reason CBD appears to help a number of conditions is that it supplements the ECS and allows it to function more effectively.
Now, we could take a deep dive in to the science and tell you about CB1 and CB2 receptors and how the ECS produces enzymes to break them down after they have targeted both of these, but we will try not to get too scientific. Let’s dive into how CBD can effortlessly slip into your routine.
Total wellness is a phrase we often use to describe the (almost) perfect routine that you can implement into your daily life. It involves waking up early and refreshed and going to bed early and relaxed. We believe that CBD has a pivotal role to play here.
A total wellness routine incorporates CBD in the morning, by using it as part of your skincare routine with our rejuvenating daily face cream. Following this, a healthy breakfast and possibly some light exercise and meditation. Add a few drops of our calming CBD oil around this time to set you up for the day, and go into your day calm, collected and ready to take on all the challenges. At night, millions of people are dosing CBD before bed to enjoy a restful and peaceful nights sleep. It really is as easy as that.
CBD made easy.