You’ve heard it about on the news; your relatives have sent you clippings from the newspaper. Your local high street health food shop may even have a whole aisle dedicated to the stuff. Thinking about dipping your toes into the latest supplement sensation? Let’s find out where to start and what you need to know with this beginner's guide to CBD.
What is CBD?
What is CBD? Short for Cannabidiol, CBD is one of over a hundred molecules called cannabinoids that are found commonly in the cannabis plants and its close relation to the industrialised hemp plant. Another cannabinoid you may have also heard about is THC which is known to for its psychoactive properties, as well as producing the high so synonymous with the infamous cannabis plant.
Fear not and feel rest assured because CBD is safe, legal, will not get you high, and will have no effect on your mind. On the contrary, you’re in fact more likely to experience a peaceful and pleasant time as the wave-like, calming effects of CBD interacts with you and your body.
The Endocannabinoid System
Like anything we consume, CBD interacts with your body and does so by communicating with our very own endocannabinoid system. Found in all mammals, birds, fish and reptiles, the endocannabinoid system is involved in various physiological processes and are made up of two primary cannabinoid receptors which are located throughout our body. These processes can include anything from sleep and appetite to mood and immunity functions.
CB1 receptors are thought to be concentrated on the brain and central nervous system, while CB2 receptors tend to be found in the peripheral organs associated with our immune system.
Where studies suggest that some cannabinoids like THC interact with our body by bonding themselves to our CB receptors, recent studies suggest that CBD instead indirectly stimulates the CB1 and CB2 receptors.
Will my health benefit from taking CBD?
Early stages of research and scientific study of how cannabinoids work together with our endocannabinoid systems suggest a myriad of potential health benefits associated with the properties of the cannabinoid CBD. Whilst no remedial or medical benefits are yet to be recognized in the UK or the EU, the future of CBD is certainly a fascinating one to keep a watchful eye on.
Just some of the studies regarding CBD that are currently taking place show promise for a variety of conditions such as:
This is simply a snapshot of what's taking place behind the scenes within the scientific community. We're not saying that using CBD oil is wonder-like-cure or that will alleviate any symptoms you may suffer, however, a huge amount of positive anecdotal evidence submitted by CBD users suggest that it can help a multitude of individuals in many ways.
Erica L commented;
“I have used VSAVI pure CBD oil 1000mg before with very good results, mainly back and shoulder pain. Am trying the full spectrum and so far so good!”
While R Lee said;
“After fairly regular use for my anxiety, the oil's dependable calming effect has become a reliable tool to handle tough days and situations. Highly recommend.”
The fact is - we're all different and more or less anything we consume will have some kind of underlying effect that will differ from person to person depending on their physiological make-up and situation.
How do you take CBD?
The most common and effective ways to consume CBD is by using CBD sublingual oil extracted from high-grade hemp, or by vaping CBD vape oil in a vaporizer or e-cigarette device.
2 – 3 drops of CBD sublingual oil should be placed directly underneath the tongue and held there for up to 90 seconds. By doing this you’ll allow your mucous glands to absorb as much of the CBD into your bloodstream directly and efficiently. After 90 seconds, simply swallow any remaining oil, which will then travel through your digestive system and into your bloodstream via your stomach lining. Depending on how long you hold the oil underneath your tongue, effects can be felt anywhere between 2 – 30 minutes and will last for up to 6 hours.
Using CBD Vape Oil will require an e-cigarette or vaporizer with a refillable e-liquid chamber. We would recommend taking anywhere between 4 - 6 puffs depending on your personal preference. Vaping delivers an almost instant hit of CBD to your bloodstream via your lungs and mouth, but while the effects may be felt more immediately compared to the sublingual drops, the effects won't last as long which will require more in the way of vaping in order to maintain the experience.
If it's your first time using CBD, we would always recommend starting low and working your way up in strengths depending on whether you find you need to or not. As we've mentioned, CBD is safe to use, with no known cases of overdose. In fact, the only real side effect of using CBD is potential drowsiness.
Consume; morning, noon and night or whenever you feel the time is right.
Key things to consider when you use CBD
The surge in popularity of CBD means that CBD products are quite literally everywhere. However, there are a few things to watch out for and consider before you go blowing your hard earned cash on the wrong thing.
To start with, make sure you purchase the appropriate CBD product. While CBD may be sourced from the hemp plant, this should not be confused for hemp seed oil, which is more likely to provide you with some great vitamins and minerals, but little to no CBD.
If you’re intending to vape your CBD, ensure you buy VSAVI’s CBD Vape Oil. This should not be orally ingested and instead used within the appropriate vaporizer device that includes a refillable e-liquid chamber. Make sure the chamber is clean and not contaminated with any previous e-liquid residue that may contain nicotine.
If you’re thinking of using sublingual drops, VSAVI’s Organic CBD Oil Tongue Drops are a great place to start. As is true with the aforementioned warning of swallowing CBD vape oil, don’t try and vape CBD sublingual oil.
Choosing the right strength of CBD will be key to your experience. As mentioned, we would recommend starting with a lower strength, for example, 100mg per 10ml bottle. VSAVI sells varying strengths of up to 1500mg per 10ml bottle which means that CBD builds up in your system and you can gradually up your dosage. If it's your first time using CBD, we would say avoid thinking that stronger is necessarily better. Let logic and your body do the talking, as it'll intuitively let you know if you need a higher or lower strength.
The key difference between vaping CBD and using sublingual drops is the time that the CBD takes to get to your bloodstream and take effect. Vaping provides the more immediate effects, though may leave you needing more sooner to abate your desires, whereas sublingual drops may take longer to absorb into your bloodstream, but will essentially provide a higher concentration of CBD meaning use may be less frequent.