CBD: A Beginners Guide

Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is one of the most widely covered and talked about cannabis products on the market today. If you have ever researched cannabis products online, you have probably read about CBD. More specifically, you have probably read about the associated health benefits of CBD.

With so many opinions and information floating around the Internet about CBD, we thought we would put together our own brief guide to tell you about the product and why it might be right for you.

What is CBD?

CBD as mentioned stands for cannabidiol and is second most prevalent of the active ingredients in cannabis. It is obtained from the hemp plant, which contains only very small amounts of THC. This means that there are no psychoactive effects associated with it and CBD itself does not cause a high. Due to this, CBD is commonly used for its therapeutic benefits because users do not have to deal with the ‘stoned’ feeling that comes with using products high in THC content.

How can you take CBD?

CBD comes in a variety of forms and dosages, making it a convenient option for a wide range of situations. One of the most common CBD products on the market are CBD oils. These oils are infused with CBD and placed under the tongue with a dropper. The oral mucosa, which is a membrane lining the inside of your mouth, is full of tiny capillaries that absorb the compounds quickly. Other ways to take CBD include creams and lotions, capsules and pills, vaping, and edibles. Edibles in particular should be approached with caution, especially for new users of cannabis products. Edibles take up to 2 hours before the effects are fully felt by the body. If you take CBD through edibles, ensure you don’t continue to consume more within the first couple of hours just because you do not yet feel the effects.

Benefits of CBD

In an earlier post, we covered some of the health benefits of cannabis, but in today’s post we wanted to outline some of the benefits that are specific to CBD. Below are 5 of the commonly associated benefits of CBD products:

1) CBD Combats Anxiety

CBD is widely known as a substance that calms down your mind. It can be particularly useful for people who suffer from severe anxiety or even PTSD. Studies have shown that CBD has an impact on CB1 receptors found in your peripheral and central nervous systems. CBD affects your serotonin levels, which play a huge role in mood disorders. That’s why CBD oil can be used to treat anxiety, stress or depression.

2) CBD increases appetite

CBD studies have reported that CBD can increase the levels of hunger that your body experiences in a natural way. Some suggest that it has to do with having a more relaxed state of mind.

3) CBD relieves pain

A lot of research has been done on CBD with regards to pain relief and the general conclusion is that CBD has a direct impact on pain relief. It can help reduce inflammation, help with arthritis and many types of chronic pain. Such claims are supported by the Journal of Experimental Medicine. Researchers believe that CBD interacts with pain receptors in your brain and immune system.

4) CBD helps cancer patients

CBD products are commonly recommended for cancer patients. CBD emphasizes natural wellness and recovery. It can be a great supplementary product alongside your prescribed medications. Some studies go far as to claim that CBD directly combats cancer cells, or that it helps prevent the formation of tumours. CBD is also known to help patients going through chemotherapy with symptoms such as vomiting and nausea – both of which are very common. However, studies have been controversial and we can not legally advise you to seek CBD products as form of treatment for cancer. 

5) CBD helps with epileptic seizures

Studies suggest that consuming CBD oil can also help people with Epilepsy. Epilepsy is a condition that affects the central nervous system and causes it to behave abnormally, causing seizures and other unusual behaviour, ultimately leading to a loss of awareness. One study in particular carried out in 2017 provided evidence that CBD oil had an incredible effect on children experiencing seizures. In some cases, children suffering from severe disabilities would suffer over one hundred seizures a day. After consuming CBD the number of seizures would go down to 2-3 a day.

The Future of CBD

In Canada, recreational cannabis use is legal across the country. This means that we are all able to enjoy the benefits that CBD products have to offer, whether they be medical or otherwise. In some countries however, cannabis use remains a serious offence. As research continues to be conducted in the cannabis industry, it is our hope that cannabis will become legalized across the globe. The market for legal cannabis is still very new and that means that we are only beginning to scratch the surface on what products like CBD can do. Only time will tell the true limits of cannabis products and the benefits they can provide. 

Until that time, we at Queen of Bud are happy to offer a number of high CBD strains and products with known benefits. Stop in today and pick up some for yourself!