All About CBD
I’m excited to finally write about the topic of CBD. I always avoided it in the past, or didn’t really think much about it, because I hadn’t taken the time to understand the differences between CBD and THC. I didn’t want to feel “high” so I didn’t think it was for me. Well let’s just say I’m glad I learned more about it (and that it started popping up in just about every product available at Erewhon), because CBD is awesome!
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has recently surged in popularity, and for good reason. Cannabidiol is extracted from the flowers and buds of hemp plants, and does not contain the chemical THC which is responsible for the “high” someone gets from marijuana. So what does it do then?
CBD interacts with receptors in your brain and immune system. What’s even more interesting is the impacts of CBD on the endocannibinoid system, which was discovered through researching the effects of cannabis on the body. Endocannibinoid receptors are found everywhere in the body from the brain and other organs to glands and immune cells. The endocannabinoid system works differently in different parts of the body, but the end goal is homeostasis (aka keeping the body in balance).
This creates anti-inflammatory and painkilling effects that help with pain management. This means that CBD oil may benefit people with chronic pain. Certain studies have also shown CBD to be beneficial in reducing anxiety & depression, reducing inflammation, improving skin conditions, and more. I have been using it to support in improving shoulder pain and muscle soreness.
So how do you use it?
CBD oil is most often used internally, though you can also find topical CBD products as well. Because CBD oil is a relatively new supplement, exact dosing isn’t well established. When trying to find the right dosage for you, consider these things:
Start by purchasing a higher quality oil from a reputable company, which will be more bioavailable, so a lower dose can be enough.
Begin with the recommended dosage on the bottle (especially if using preventatively rather than therapeutically). If after several weeks there is still no change, increase the dosage.
CBD oil takes a while to take noticeable effect for most people, as it needs to build up in the system. Many experts would recommend taking it for at least a month before making any judgment on whether it’s “working” or not. I personally took it consistently for over a month before I really noticed any difference.
Many people also like using CBD “vape pens” to inhale the oil. Vaporization allows for higher bioavailability than oral ingestion (aka your body actually receives and uses more of the compound), so you can achieve the same effect with a much lower level of CBD. I was recently sent a CBD pen from Kured, and have been loving it, especially in the evening to unwind before bed.
Important note: Though CBD oil on its own is very safe, it may interact with medications, particularly opioids. Speak with your doctor if you’re concerned about interactions or are unsure about using hemp oil for your conditions.
I personally don’t love the taste of hemp, so I have been experimenting with lots of different ways to enjoy my CBD oil. I tried a ginger one at one point that was great for supporting digestion and reducing nausea. But I was so excited when Crafted sent me this orange-flavored oil, because I immediately wanted to use it to make CBD-creamsicles! Duh. Pain management + delicious desserts = winning combo.
Heres how I made them….
Blend the following ingredients together in a high speed blender until slightly frothy:
3/4 fresh squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup coconut cream (from a can)
30 drops Crafted CBD oil, orange flavor
Pour into popsicle molds. I didn’t have any on hand, so I pour them into ice cube trays and had delicious little CBD creamsicle bites :)
Freeze at least 2-3 hours, or overnight
Thank me later ;)