How to Use CBD Products Effectively

There is a lot of hype at the moment around cannabidiol (CBD), which is essentially cannabis but in non-psychoactive form. Therefore, when you take CBD, it won’t make you ‘stoned’, but it can be very therapeutic for several mental and physical conditions. The benefits of CBD revolve around how the cannabinoid positively effects the endocannabinoid system (ECS), one of the most important regulatory systems in the body.
However, there are a few different types of CBD, and each product offers a unique effect – this means that for some ailments, certain products are more effective than others. In this post, we’ll go over the various products available, and cover a few conditions that people are treating with CBD.

CBD-isolate and full-spectrum CBD

CBD is found in high quantities in hemp and cannabis, but the former is used to make most CBD products, as cannabis remains illegal in many countries because of the psychoactive THC. However, hemp has very little THC, so doesn’t face the same tight restrictions.
The hemp-based CBD industry is comprised of CBD-isolate products, and full-spectrum or whole-plant products. As the name indicates, the only active therapeutic agent in CBD-isolate products is the CBD and contain 0% THC. In contrast, full-spectrum CBD products are simply made with the whole extract of a hemp plant and contain other cannabinoids and terpenes. There is some evidence to suggest full-spectrum products are more powerful, because of a synergy known as the ‘entourage effect’. Full-spectrum CBD products may have a little THC in them, but always less than the legal US limit of 0.3%.

Using CBD to relieve anxiety

CBD is much better than cannabis for managing anxiety, because of its strong anxiolytic properties and lack of psychoactive effects. The specific science behind CBD’s anti-anxiety qualities remains uncertain, but the cannabinoid appears to elevate levels of the anxiolytic neurotransmitter gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain.
Treating anxiety is challenging, because many drugs do not kick in immediately. Since anxiety attacks tend to be sudden and often unforeseen, this renders a lot of medication ineffective. However, CBD is renowned for working from the first dose, and with the right product, you can experience relief in just minutes.
You could take either a CBD tincture oil or vape CBD e-liquid. Vaping is slightly faster acting than applying CBD oil under the tongue, but the possible health risks with this intake method does put some people off. For those with health concerns, CBD oil is still relatively quick, with effects noticeable after five to 10 minutes.
A full-spectrum e-liquid may enhance the effects, although much of the research on CBD and anxiety has been conducted on isolated CBD – so both should produce good results.

Using CBD to combat inflammation

Inflammation is at the root of many illnesses, and immune system response has a reputation for being volatile and difficult to control. However, cannabinoids seem to be one of the few sets of compounds that can significantly reduce inflammation, without causing severe side effects.
Anti-inflammatory messages are sent to the immune system from the ECS, via the CB2 receptor. CBD is an antagonist of the CB2 recepor, and therefore cannot bind to it. But CBD boosts tnumberunt of active endocannabinoids in the body, and chemicals like anandamide are able to bind to the CB2 receptor and exert immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects.
For sustained inflammation relief, take CBD edibles, such as those from Chill Plus CBD.  These are effective for many hours, and as the cannabinoids must be ingested, CBD can have a beneficial impact on the gut, too, interacting with receptors that are seemingly essential to lowering inflammation.

Using CBD to manage fibromyalgia symptoms

Fibromyalgia is a very unusual illness, that causes myriad of symptoms for no known reason, including chronic pain and lower mood. However, some researchers believe that the ECS links all of these symptoms together, and that fibromyalgia is the result of dysfunction in the system. The proposed name for this condition is Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD).

Case studies and surveys of cannabis users have shown that both whole-plant cannabis and CBD products can alleviate symptoms of fibromyalgia. The most suitable product will likely depend on the most pertinent symptoms. If you need a fast treatment, then vape or use a tincture oil. For longer-lasting and more gradual effects, take edibles or even capsules. Those suffering from painful tender points may find the localized pain relief of CBD topical products, such as creams, particularly helpful and soothing.

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