CBD 101 Basic Information
Two kinds of CBD
Pure CBD – Made from CBD Isolate, these products contain the one single cannabinoid all by itself, and nothing more. These products have no smell or taste to them and contain no THC.
Full Spectrum CBD – Made from full plant material, these products contain more of the cannabinoids, compounds, and terpenes found in the hemp plant. This causes these products to have a green earthy smell and taste to them. Full Spectrum may contain trace amounts of THC, below the legal limits of 0.3%, and will not produce any kind of mind altering high but may show up on a drug screen.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD works by activating naturally occurring receptors found within our endocannabinoid system. The more cannabinoids, the more receptors that are activated allowing for a broader symptom relief.
The human body naturally produces certain cannabinoids on its own, but it also has two receptors for cannabinoids, these receptors are called the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Full Spectrum CBD helps to activate these receptors in a process known as “The Entourage Effect”.
CB1 receptors are found throughout the body, but mainly in the brain. These receptors deal with coordination and movement, pain, emotions, and mood, thinking, appetite, and memories, as well as other functions. When THC is present in CBD (Full Spectrum), it attaches to these receptors, helping to aid in greater and a broader pain and symptom relief.
CB2 receptors are more commonly found in the immune system. They affect inflammation and pain. It was thought that CBD attached to these CB2 receptors, but it now appears that CBD does not attach directly to either receptor. Instead, it seems to direct the body to use more of its own cannabinoids.
Pure or Full Spectrum – Which to Use?
When trying to decipher which is better, that eventually boils down to the relief that is looking to be achieved. It is thought that when using Pure CBD, one will find it works better for arthritic pain, inflammation, joint discomfort, mood stabilizer, etc. Full Spectrum CBD has been found to work better for a broader pain relief. Since Full Spectrum activates CB1 and CB2 receptors, people have found that because of this, it can help with chronic pain, migraines, etc.
Dosage and Strength
The amount of CBD that each person is going to require to find relief, is different. However, most people tend to find relief anywhere between 10 and 50 milligrams of CBD. We always suggest starting low and working your way up. All of our tinctures come in 1oz (30ml) bottles. This number will never change. The strength of the tincture, or the amount of CBD going into the tincture, is what is going to change to accommodate the strength (500, 1000, 1500, 2500). A full dropper of 500mg is going to be equal to ½ a dropper of a 1000mg. The higher you go in strength, the less you have to take of the actual liquid.
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