The internet contains copious amounts of information about CBD, so much so that it can be confusing. Some of the scientific language is hardly accessible to the regular human. That’s why we have created the Ultimate CBD Guide. This is your single-stop for all the basics about CBD. For those who want all of the information but don’t want to sift through tens of thousands of articles just to find a single piece of information. We’ve basically summarised everything for you, right here.
CBD is quickly becoming more popular than THC, loaded with all of the health benefits and without the side effects. It is a health supplement that just about anybody can use and benefit from and there’s virtually no danger with short or long term CBD use. So welcome to the beautiful world of CBD and everything that it has to offer.
What is CBD?
Most cannabis enthusiasts are well acquainted with THC and its effect, but less so with CBD. So let’s start with a short crash course on CBD.
Cannabidiol, aka CBD, is the second most prevalent cannabinoid in marijuana and the most prevalent cannabinoid in hemp. Different kinds of cannabis contain varying levels of CBD. The volume by weight of this cannabinoid is also affected by the conditions under which it is grown. The more we learn about CBD, the more it is becoming recognized as a valid and effective medicine for a wide range of medical complaints.
CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors that are located all over the body. The complex system of cannabinoid receptors and the body’s very own cannabinoids are collectively called the endocannabinoid system. Cells of the nervous system, immune system, digestive system and the brain all contain cannabinoid receptors, and therefore affected by the endocannabinoid system.
To put it simply, CBD enters the body and communicates with the endocannabinoid system. The effects of this are
Unlike THC, CBD does not make you high. In fact, it works in the body in a kind of peripheral way. It excites the endocannabinoid system to work better, improving the overall performance of the human body. It does not mimic the functions of the body in the same way that other medicines do.
Rather, it encourages and optimizes the natural functions of the body and returns everything to balance. This is why it can treat such a wide variety of symptoms.
CBD is safe to use for just about anybody. There is absolutely no risk of overdosing on CBD and it has shown no short or long term side effects. Non-psychoactivity makes CBD appropriate for all age groups and even for pets.
Why Should You Use CBD?
There are many different reasons that someone might want to use CBD. Some of the most common reasons include chronic pain, inflammation and even mood related disorders.
As we mentioned, the endocannabinoid system affects many different parts of the body, from the immune system to our sleep patterns. For this reason, CBD can be used to treat a variety of different ailments affecting different parts of the body.
The anti-inflammatory effects of CBD make it a potent medicine for any inflammation-related disorder, including arthritis, muscle and joint pain. On the other hand, the antioxidant effects of CBD make it a great nutritional supplement for those simply aiming for better health. CBD is even said to have effects on cell proliferation, making it a potential treatment for those who suffer from cancer.
One of the most common applications of CBD is in the treatment of epilepsy. It continues to prove itself as a powerful anti-spasmodic, giving people relief from seizures within minutes. Because it is safe for children, it can also be applied in cases of child epilepsy. The anti-spasmodic quality also makes it effective for those with Parkinson’s and other muscle related disorders.
Here are some of the medical ailments that can be improved by using CBD:
- Chronic pain
- Joint or muscle pain
- Depression & anxiety
- Sleep disorders & Insomnia
- Skin irritations such as eczema and dermatitis
- Wounds and sores
- Oxidative stress
- Digestive complaints such as Crohn’s disease
Many different areas of the body are affected by the ingestion of this cannabinoid in an extremely positive way. Scientists are baffled at how a single compound can affect so many different parts of the human body. The secret seems to lie in the endocannabinoid system, arguably the body’s most crucial system for maintaining balance.
Finally, CBD doesn’t need to be used simply to treat medical complaints. There’s almost no need for multivitamins and other nutritional supplements in the presence of CBD. For overall well being, CBD can be used everyday to promote good health.
Different ways to use CBD
The most common way to use CBD is in its liquid, oily form. An extract is created from industrial hemp or marijuana and is then consolidated into an oil that can be taken sublingually. This oil can also be used as the basis of creating other CBD products at home. However, oil is not the only way to use CBD.
CBD can be formulated into edibles so that it can be eaten. In this way, it travels through the digestive tract (rather than directly into the blood). This allows it an opportunity to work in the gastrointestinal tract, which would be particularly useful for people with gut issues.
CBD can also be used as a topical treatment. Massage oils, lotions and creams that contain CBD are powerful anti-inflammatories and even antimicrobials. Those who have muscle soreness or skin complaints can rub a CBD infused salve onto the affected area and expect relief. This form of treatment provides localized relief.
A less conventional way to use CBD is in the form of suppositories. These suppositories are specially formulated for rectal or vaginal administration. They are usually made of a mix of coconut oil and CBD oils, and are also designed for localized relief. Menstrual pain or stomach cramps can be treated quickly with suppositories.
Vaporizing is one of the more common ways to use CBD. Special CBD infused vaping liquid needs to be purchased for this, as not all oils are appropriate for vaporizing. This is a healthier alternative to smoking CBD flowers and the effects are basically instant.
Finally, CBD is available in the form of CBD isolate. This is a relatively new product on the CBD market and is essentially purce CBD. This means that one gram of CBD isolate is literally one gram of CBD. There are a range of different ways this can be used. It can be taken directly, vaporized, sprinkled on food or diluted into a tincture to be taken orally.
Depending on the reason you are using CBD, you might prefer one product over another. While the “staple” CBD product seems to be oil, some people prefer lotions or vaping. How you choose to use CBD will rest most heavily in what you are trying to achieve by using it.
How To Properly Dose CBD
Dosage is a very real question, and while there’s no danger in overdosing, finding the ideal dose will optimize the effects. The only real danger in using too much CBD is that you might find it expensive after a while. Of course, there’s no need to be using more than what’s necessary and damaging your pocket. Plus, it will work the best when you have found your ideal dosage for what you are trying to achieve.
Here are some things that you should factor in when you are working out a dose:
- The CBD concentration of what you’re using
- The severity of the ailment you are treating
- Your own personal tolerance when it comes to medicines
- How much you weigh
With all of those things in mind, you can use the following as a guide for dosing:
- Between none and mild discomfort: 5mg – 25mg depending on weight
- Between mild and medium discomfort: 6mg – 30mg depending on weight
- Between medium and severe discomfort: 9mg – 45 mg depending on weight
If you are a lighter, you can take a dosage towards the bottom of the scale. If you are heavier set, then consider the higher end of the dose.
If you are taking CBD for a certain medical condition, here are some recommendations based on the condition you are treating:
- For pain, take 2mg – 20mg depending on the severity of the pain. If it is severe you can use more
- For epilepsy, the dose can be between 200mg and 300mg. It can be used everyday or simply as needed
- For sleep disorders, 50mg – 150mg
- For glaucoma, 20mg – 50mg
Use this as a general guide only
Remember, this is only a general guide about dosing CBD. It may take some time to find the perfect dose for your own body size and body chemistry. You may find that you need more or less than the recommended dosage. And if you have any doubt, you can always ask a cannabis friendly doctor.
Where to buy CBD and tips for buying
If you live in a cannabis friendly state, you should have virtually no difficulty getting your hands on some CBD oil. Even in states where cannabis is not yet legal medically, you can sometimes get your hands on CBD oil, so long as it contains no THC. In any case, you can expect to find CBD products in the following stores:
- CBD dispensaries
- Boutique pharmacies
- Health food/organic stores
- Smoke shops
- Vape Stores
- CBD Spas
If you’re new to buying CBD, it might be a little bit confusing deciding which product is a good one to buy. So we’re going to load you up with some tips for shopping for the right product.
- If you’re in a dispensary, ask the budtender. They know lots of stuff about products so make use of this valuable resource. They often know what products and CBD concentrations are good for different ailments.
- If you want a more balanced cannabinoid profile, go for a CBD oil that also contains a little bit of THC. This ensures the synergy between the two cannabinoids. If you’re too THC sensitive, you can opt for a product that contains only CBD.
- Check out the company. See where they grow their cannabis and what kinds of extraction methods they use. This will give you an idea into whether or not there might be any contaminants in the product.
- Buy local. Supporting local businesses is good for the cannabis community. It keeps huge players out of the game and focuses more on quality grown cannabis and clean extraction methods.
CBD for pets
You can also give CBD to your pets. It is safe for your cats and dogs. Make sure that if you want to treat your pets with CBD, you choose an oil that contains no THC. THC can be toxic for animals and can even cause fatalities, but there’s no danger in presenting them with CBD. If you notice any adverse side effects, such as sedation or a stomach upset, you can discontinue using the oil or opt for a smaller dosage. To dose your pets, aim for .25mg for each pound that they weigh. If your cat weighs 7 pounds, you can give them a 1.75mg dose.
CBD can be used to encourage overall health in your pets or to treat specific ailments. Some pets get anxious during stressful events such as parties or moving home. These are the kinds of scenarios where it might be appropriate to give your pets CBD.
We hope that now, you have all the information you need about using, buying and dosing CBD. For more detailed information, have a look at our blog. And of course, if you think someone else would benefit from this article, don’t forget to share it with them. Enjoy all of the benefits that CBD products can bring to your life!