We are hopeful that you have heard at least something about CBD (cannabidiol). We also hope that what you have heard is positive and truthful rather than negative and a misconception. The entire health and wellness market is made up of products that claim to be right for you or to be made just for you! Well, we know that both of these cannot always be true. Some products may work for you, but not your partner, or it works for your entire family and doesn’t work out for you. CBD products are made for the general public, but that doesn’t mean it works for everyone the same way.
In this post we will explain what CBD is, what products are out there, and even the different ways that you can use these products. And, like always, we will debunk the misconceptions surrounding CBD and what it does and does not do. So, let’s begin.
CBD: the nitty gritty
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty of CBD. What is even CBD?
CBD is one of the 113 cannabinoids that are found in the Cannabis sativa plant. The Cannabis sativa plant is a large plant that is found out in nature. Nowadays it is found in farms across the U.S. This plant is found in different forms. Two of those forms are likely something you have heard of. The hemp plant and the marijuana plant are their names. Let’s begin with the marijuana plant.
The marijuana plant is more well-known as it has inebriating effects. These effects are caused by another well-known cannabinoid called THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). This plant contains high amounts of THC. The marijuana plant and the use of THC is not federally legal. However, there are a handful of states that have legalized the use of marijuana and THC for recreation as well as medical purposes. It’s important to know the laws in the states that you live and travel in.
Hemp is the variation that many have heard of but don’t likely truly understand. The hemp plant is a type of Cannabis sativa. Hemp contains both THC and CBD, like all Cannabis sativa plants, but the percentage of THC is at or lower than 0.3%. This percentage is not enough to give users the inebriating effect we talked about earlier. This being said, the hemp plant may benefit those who use it in different ways. Because of the high amounts of CBD in the hemp plant it is officially federally legal. Back in 2018, the Farm Bill was passed. This bill allows farmers across the states to grow and sell the hemp plant legally, with exceptions in certain states. And this is the reason that CBD is federally legal.
So, now that you know the nitty gritty of CBD. What products are available? Let’s dive in.
Products for you, and everyone else
There are so many products that are made just for you. Well, sometimes they may work for you, other times? Not so much. Most CBD products that you’ll find are made for the general public because, well, there is no reason to make a gender or age-based CBD product. The only truly specific CBD product is that of pet CBD products. Pets have different systems than us, so it makes sense to ensure their products match with them. On that note: make sure that any CBD products that you give your pets are THC free as THC can be harmful to them, even at the legal 0.3%.
Okay, enough about your pets. Let’s talk about you. What products can you choose from? Here is a list of some popular types of CBD products:
Vapes – While we here at Panacea Life Sciences do not advocate the use of vapes, as they are potentially harmful to their users, it is a form that you can find CBD products in. Vaping CBD is one of the quickest ways to get CBD into your system. This way of using CBD has a high rate of absorption as it directly enters the bloodstream via inhalation. Because the CBD gets right into your bloodstream, you feel the effects the quickest. This option of using CBD can only be done by those who are old enough to purchase vapes. And like most inhaling products may cause lung damage.
Softgels – A softgel is a capsule that contains CBD oil and looks similar to a pill or vitamin supplement. Once the capsule is swallowed it enters the digestive tract where there the CBD is absorbed as the capsule is broken down. and the CBD and enters the bloodstream. This is an easy way to get CBD into your system daily and is easy to take along with other pills you may take.
Edibles – Edibles come in all sorts of different types. Gummies, cookies and even chocolate any treat that you can think of, there is probably one full of CBD. These are fun and yummy ways to get CBD into your daily routine. Edibles are absorbed the same way a softgel capsule is. After being absorbed by the digestive tract, the CBD enters the blood stream.
Topicals – CBD topicals are a bit different than the others as they usually do not reach the bloodstream. With that being said, you may be able to reap benefits from the pores on the surface of the skin like other skincare products. These are best used frequently and in the same area as the face or a patch of skin. They come in lotions, creams, salves and even hand sanitizer for antibacterial purposes.
Tinctures – This type of CBD gets into the bloodstream quickly similar to vapes but without the inhalation. When the dropper full of CBD is placed in the mouth it’s absorbed into the bloodstream from the pores there. A tincture is a substance that is added to carrier oil like coconut or avocado oil. Some tinctures come flavored to mask the earthy Hemp taste that some don’t particularly enjoy. People often add tinctures to their morning coffee or tea!
CBD Products: are they really for you?
There are so many products that are geared toward one type of person. CBD? Well, that’s generally for all. When beginning to take CBD it is important to start slow and then increase until you are satisfied with the results. Speak to a veterinarian before giving CBD to your pet. It’s important to understand that not all CBD products will be best for you. Try out a few and see if they feel right for you. Perhaps you’re more of a Softgel person than an Edibles person. There is only one way to find out!