CBD 101: WHAT IS IT?
When we started SILVARA our grandmothers thought we were selling drugs, and we can’t blame them, CBD was CONFUSING. Terpenes, cannabinoids, extraction methods – we learned an entirely new vocabulary just to understand what was legit. That’s why we started SILVARA – to bring you the good stuff, and only the good stuff, all the while answering any questions you may have along the way.
CBD is a fancy acronym for cannabidiol, a compound found in both hemp and marijuana plants. Here are the basics:
- CBD is not psychoactive. In other words, it won’t get you high (boring to some of you, we know).
- CBD is non-addictive. According to the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential… To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
- There are a wide range of benefits.Because CBD interacts with a variety of receptor systems in the brain and body that regulate things including appetite, pain, digestion, reproduction, stress, and depression, the uses are vast.
- The FDA has approved the use of CBD in a pharmaceutical drug. Epidiolex to treat children who suffer from one of two specific epileptic conditions (Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome)
CBD VS. THC
While both THC and CBD are said to have many of the same medical benefits, the two chemical compounds are different. Unlike THC, CBD is not a psychoactive compound and it won’t get you high.
HOW TO TAKE
So you’re ready to take the next steps? Perfecto, lets go. You’re likely wondering how much CBD to take? How should you take it? When to take it? Have no fear, SILVARA is here. (We promise that’s the last terrible joke we’ll use in this post.)
Each method of CBD delivery has it’s different benefits, which will affect what it can be used for and how often you’ll want to take it. In the same way that IcyHot doesn’t help with a headache, topical CBD creams won’t help with anxiety. We’ve put together a guide to help you determine your own cannabinoid treatment plan that fits your needs and goals – whether this is your first CBD experience or you’re an experienced/seasoned veteran.
CLARIFY YOUR NEED
With more than 65 different targets throughout your body, CBD has an incredible variety of therapeutic properties. Finding which one you want to target will help ensure that you get the product for your needs.
Ask yourself what you need. Are you looking for muscle pain relief? Do you need emotional support?
Many people benefit from tracking their progress. A journal noting daily dosage and symptom improvement can help you better understand and judge the effectiveness of your CBD experience.
GETTING IT TO THE RIGHT PLACE
Getting the CBD where it needs to go is crucial. This should be pretty straightforward. If you’re looking for joint or muscle relief, topicals are best, otherwise the CBD needs to go through your bloodstream to reach its target. So, if you’re looking for brain, immune system, or support in other places, oral products are best (tinctures, edibles).
FINDING WHAT WORKS FOR YOU
Different methods work better for different people and are influenced by a variety of factors, so how you take your CBD and how much you take can vary greatly from person to person. We recommended starting slow and working your way up. Try a small dosage first, usually the lowest recommended dosage, and wait for the CBD to leave your system before trying a higher dose. This usually takes 6+ hours for oral formulas or tinctures. You could take a higher dosage sooner, but you’ll be feeling the effects of both doses.
The amount on each serving for CBD is the maximum amount that could be entering your body – most of that CBD will never enter your bloodstream. To ensure you’re getting your money’s worth, there are a few tricks you can try to ensure you get the full benefits.
- For oral tinctures, hold it under your tongue or swish for 30 seconds before swallowing.
- If you’re vaping, try experimenting with different inhalation techniques and make sure to hold before exhaling immediately.
WHAT TYPE OF CBD IS BEST?
This is the golden question. With hundreds of brands competing for your attention with flashy labels and life changing claims, the science actually shows that broad-spectrum CBD extracts (from cannabis or hemp plants) are much more effective than so-called “pure” CBD isolates. Researchers think broad-spectrum extracts work better because they contain a variety of molecules that are similar in size and shape to CBD — that all work synergistically together.
CAN YOU TAKE TOO MUCH?
Not really. Clinical trials have prescribed patients up to 1,200 mg daily for months without observing serious side effects. That’s more than an entire bottle of CBD per day, for perspective.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Although hemp oil and CBD oil are both derived from hemp, they are not the same. Many brands will try to confuse the two, but hemp oil is pressed from the seeds of the plant and CBD oil is extracted from the whole plant. Hemp oil does not contain CBD.
At SILVARA, we aim to keep you moving through the finest offering of CBD products and educational materials. Our goal is goal is to inspire, educate, and curate the finest selection of CBD available anywhere.