From fashion to music, trends are set by the people who are bold enough to step outside of the box. It is no different in the world of natural medicine. As time goes on, more people are beginning to use natural products in order to find cures for common illnesses. Some people have found using CBD and CBD flower as a good alternative and incorporated it into their daily supplements.
People tend to confuse CBD for other plant related products such as marijuana. Even though they both come from the same hemp plant, they produce different effects. Many people already use plant related substances such as aloe vera and ginseng so why is CBD viewed differently? What it comes down to be is fear by association. Because marijuana and CBD are so closely related, people believe they will get the same “high” effect but that is wrong. Allow me to explain.
What is CBD? CBD comes from a plant called hemp as mentioned before. Hemp is a plant that has been used to produce a variety of different commercial products that we use almost every day. From rope to clothing and even paper, hemp has always been around us and sometimes without us even knowing it was there.
CBD flower is the flower that the female hemp plant produces. When it reaches its full bloom and is ready to pick, the bud (or flower) has a chemical property within it called cannabinoids. Cannabidiol (CBD for short) is the part of the plant that offers a lot of health benefits. These benefits can range from helping relieve common body aches to lowering someone’s anxiety.
The hemp plant also produces THC, Tetrahydrocannabinol, which is one of the main components in marijuana. The difference between marijuana and CBD is the amount of THC extracted from the plant. According to the Farm Bill passed by President Trump in 2018, any hemp flower that contains less than 0.3% of THC is considered a CBD flower.
Considering CBD has less than 0.3% of THC, which means that the CBD flower will not get you the traditional “high” feeling weed smokers crave. Instead, the CBD will only focus on helping you as it interacts within your body. CBD can help with many pre-existing conditions such as an anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and helps people who are dealing with depression.
People who are constantly over thinking about every aspect of their lives, CBD is the calming product that they have needed. CBD is not addictive and does not need to be taken in huge quantities to start feeling its effects. Whether you are smoking it or eating it, CBD will take a couple seconds to minutes to activate within your body depending on your metabolism and lungs.
CBD flower has been the most effective in easing anti-inflammatory pains. The reason for this is because hemp is enriched with cannabinoids and terpenes that specifically aid in inflammation. On a cellular basis, CBD affects the immune cells and helps regulate the inflammatory response that occurs within the body. There is still much research to be done on this topic but it has shown promising results over the past few decades.
Sleep deprivation is a widespread issue that happens at every age. Millions of people suffer from lack of sleep which affects their jobs and families. CBD has proven to help people fall asleep faster. On top of that, the person feels more refreshed than they have ever felt because it allows the person to enter their deep sleep cycle. For many people, it will be the best night of sleep they have had in years.
CBD allows the person to have an alternative to taking sleeping pills or inflammation prescription drugs. With minimal risk to no risk, people are now beginning to realize the benefits of a once illegal plant. Currently, hemp is not legal everywhere in the United States so it is recommended to do some research and see if your state allows this type of medication.
What is the difference between CBD flower and CBD oils? The most effective way to take CBD is by smoking CBD flowers. Smoking CBD flower is felt almost immediately because it enters your body through your lungs. The lungs is one of the best organs in the body to help circulate blood and oxygen. By inhaling the CBD flower smoke, it guarantees the effect. Depending on the strain, the person will feel certain symptoms more than others.
What about CBD oil? CBD oil takes more time than CBD flower to take effect. Because it is oil and needs to be either ingested or rubbed on the skin, both go through different organs in our body. If it is ingested, it goes through the stomach and the digestive system takes more time to metabolize food and supplements. The time usually takes from 30 minutes up to even a couple of hours to feel an effect.
Compared to rubbing CBD oil on the skin, oil may take anything from 5 minutes to 30 minutes depending on the intensity of the rubbing. The benefit of having CBD oil is that it is directly applying the CBD to the affected area. Much like a muscle relaxant topical, this will numb the injury making it more tolerable to continue daily activities. This is still faster than eating food with CBD in it but may not be preferred to all users.
For people who don’t like getting their hands dirty with CBD oil or don’t like smoking CBD flower because it can cause harm to their lungs, eating CBD is the way to go. There are a lot of chefs and food enthusiasts who were generous enough to post their own creations on the internet.
There are a wide range of drinks, appetizers, and meals that contain CBD. Some are healthy and may contain other health benefits additional to the CBD. Some recipes such as CBD peppermint chocolate cups, CBD turmeric ginger sweets, and CBD oil golden milk recipe. If you are looking for more of a salty snack, you can try CBD infused honey lemon chicken and green beans or even hemp-crusted baked chicken tenders.
One of the most notable recipes that is around is CBD oil gummies. Not only are they a tasty little snack for your midnight cravings but these gummies are specifically made for sleep. With the right amount of CBD flower added into the mix, this will help you regulate your sleep cycle and you can add natural melatonin ingredients, such as tart cherries, to further compliment the gummies to your liking.
Some of the known side effects, even though the risk is almost non-existent, are sudden dizziness, dry mouth, feelings of anxiety, nausea or vomiting. These symptoms can occur due to a number of other factors that are dependent on the individual but research shows these have been the ones that consistently pop up. With any product, there is always risk and the risk must be considered before taking anything. CBD flower growers are abided by having their extraction of the hemp plant to be at or below 0.3% in THC and as long as it complies with those levels, we will be seeing more strains and different variations of CBD come out in the future. The more this industry grows, the more people will begin to catch on to the trend that is currently picking up this nation by storm