If you'd like to try CBD but don't know where to start, this short article will attempt to walk you through the basics of using CBD products correctly, as well as ensuring you get all the benefits possible from a proper use and some non-technical information about CBD.
The basics of CBD and the CBD'UP approach
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound found in cannabis that does not cause a psychoactive effect, unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is not high or habit-forming. Recent studies show that CBD can potentially help relieve anxiety, depression, sleep quality (improved effects associated with CBN*) and pain (improved effects associated with CBG*). Cannabidiol is therefore one of the many cannabinoids (about a hundred) present in cannabis plants. The amount of cannabidiol present in these plant varieties varies greatly depending on the strain and growing conditions. Still, the product ends up, whatever it is, must contain less than 0.3% THC according to the legislation in force in Europe.
We have of course ourselves tested (and approved) these molecules for our old bones. Let's be clear, it's not because it works on us that it will work on you, although in our entourage we are at almost 100% reduction in pain, or nights found, two people were not so lucky (for pain). To allow you to quantify, there are 5 of us and we had exactly 52 people tested for 2 months. Of course, nothing scientific in these tests, just the desire to confirm and let our loved ones know what worked for us, which is what gave birth to CBD'UP!
How does cannabidiol (CBD) work?
All mammals exhibit what is known as an endocannabinoid system that regulates various functions such as mood, appetite, pain perception and inflammation through receptors located throughout the body (CB1 receptors and CB2)." These receptors act a bit like a lock and key - when they interact with cannabinoids from outside sources (like CBD), they can bring about beneficial changes to our body.
The benefits and potential risks of taking CBD
CBD has become increasingly popular due to its potential health benefits. These potential benefits include reduced inflammation, pain relief, improved quality of sleep, etc etc...
But, since it takes a but, taking CBD also has potential side effects such as dry mouth, drop in blood pressure, drowsiness, dizziness, liver damage, we must also be careful about interactions with other drugs.
The goal is obviously not to scare you but to prevent, a bit like when you look at the side effects of paracetamol. Obviously the seriousness of the potential adverse effects would be much less with CBD, but it is good to remember this reality! On paracetamol we have the necessary perspective to know the prevalence of these side effects but this is not yet the case for CBD.
To avoid any potential risks associated with taking CBD, it is important to use it correctly. If you are considering using CBD, you should talk to your doctor, who can tell you whether or not this product is right for you based on your medical history and other medications you are taking. If your doctor gives you the go-ahead, slowly try to approach a low dose, then gradually increase it until you find the one that works best for you. Only buy high quality CBD products from safe and reputable sources and do not exceed the recommended dosage. By following these simple steps, you can enjoy all the safety of CBD's potentially beneficial effects without exposing yourself to unnecessary risk.
Determine the right dosage for your needs
When it comes to using CBD it is essential to find the right dosage according to what you need, although there is no single model, some general guidelines can help you determine the amount of CBD to take.
-First of all, it is important to start slowly and gradually increase your dose if necessary. This will allow you to see how your body reacts to CBD and make any necessary adjustments.
-Second, pay attention to the quality of the product you use. Look for products that are third party tested and made with high quality ingredients, it's not uncommon to find heavy metals, pesticides and other junk in oils for example. The production method is also an important factor to consider,
-Finally, feel free to experiment until you find what works best for you!
Exploring the main ways to use CBD
There are many ways to use CBD, and each method has its own advantages and disadvantages. In addition to the right dosage, it is important to find the method that works best for you, as some methods may be more effective than others depending on your personal situation. Here are some common methods of using CBD:
Oils are one of the most popular ways to use CBD. They are easy to take and allow for high bioavailability (meaning more CBD will be absorbed by your system). Oils can be taken sublingually (under the tongue) or added to food or drink. It is recommended to leave them under the tongue for one minute when taken sublingually. It takes between 2 days and 2 months depending on the ailments to benefit from the expected effects.
-Topical products: Topical CBD products include creams
, lotions, balms, and oils that can be applied directly to the skin. They are great for targeting specific areas of pain or inflammation
and provide localized release. It's quite radical and works very quickly if not instantly.
: CBD-based edible products, the most common of which are chewing gum, candies, chocolates, cookies, drinks such as herbal teas, coffee and tea. They are an easy way to get your daily dose of CBD without having to smoke or vape anything. However, edibles can take longer to work than other methods (since they have to go through your digestive system first), so give them plenty of time before you expect to see results. A herbal tea for sleep should be taken a good half hour before going to sleep, for example.
Smoking/Vaping: Smoking/vaping hemp resin
is one of the fastest ways to get results, however we can only recommend this use to THC users for the purpose of a " weaning" simpler to THC, for others we obviously do not recommend. For weaning, the flowers and resins of CBD currently produced have really improved since the rise of CBD, they are so successful that you will not see the difference ..... except in your head which will remain (finally ) on your shoulders
-The correct use of CBD can be a great way to improve your overall well-being.
-Always check with your doctor before taking any new supplement or medication to monitor for potential side effects or interactions between medications you are already taking.
-The method of absorption chosen will be based on expectations, it is important to choose the right one or them.
-It is also important to remember that everyone's body reacts differently to different doses of CBD. It is therefore preferable to start with the lowest possible dose and if necessary to increase it gradually according to the needs.
With proper use and guidance from a healthcare professional, CBD can provide many benefits without the risk of serious adverse effects.
You have noticed that we have deliberately used the adverb "potentially", indeed, only several long-term independent studies published in at least one "peer review" journal will allow us to write in the affirmative when this happens! As we said above, it is not because it works on us and those around us that it will work on you, but for us this molecule has really worked miracles!
In the meantime, treat yourself with us and take care of yourself!