What is CBD?

The Definition of CBD

Cannabidiol, which is also known as ‘CBD’ is a chemical compound that is found in hemp. JustHempCo produces all of their Organic CBD Products using Non-GMO, Organic Hemp. We believe this is an extremely important aspect when using and choosing a CBD product. This non-psychoactive chemical is thought to have many health benefits, and some studies have also shown that CBD can play an important role in a variety of the bodies functions.

Some research centers in the United States and around the world are studying how CBD can affect different illnesses. Some studies have shown that this chemical compound is an:

  • anticonvulsant
  • anti-depressant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-tumoral
  • antioxidant

Studies have also shown that CBD has neuroprotective properties.

CBD and Alzheimer’s Disease

The medical world is constantly looking for medication that can slow down or halt Alzheimer’s disease, however, research has shown that cannabidiol has the ability to remove beta-amyloid plaque and change gene expression which are thought to be the hallmarks of these life-changing condition.

How is CBD Produced?

CBD oil is taken from the mature stalks of help plants and is used as a dietary supplement. While there are concerns that CBD may be addictive, the oil is very low in THC, which is known to be the additive part of cannabidiol. Therefore, CBD oil will not make users high, neither will they become addicted.

Many medical practitioners, scientists, and health professionals along with patients are happy to use CBD as it is believed to help treat and manage the symptoms associated with a wide range of conditions including:

  • Anxiety
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Chronic pain
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • PTSD
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • and more!

How Should I take CBD?

CBD oil can be taken orally, placed under the tongue, or topically. Many patients prefer not to inhale CBD, however, it can be inhaled via a vape pen as is thought to be ideal if immediate relief is needed. Upon inhalation, the effects of CBD can be felt in one or two minutes, and they can last for a few hours. However, if you do not wish to inhale, CBD oil that has been administered orally, but it may take 30 minutes to 1 ½ hours to work, with the effects lasting approximately 4 hours.

What is the Optimum Dose of CBD?

The optimum dose will depend on how much experience you have with taking CBD. If you have no prior experience you should start with a small dose, rather than taking one large dose at once. Take a small dose over a period of 4-6 hours, for at least 2-3 days so you can see how your body reacts to CBD.

Starting off with a small dose, and steadily increasing it is the best way to go. If you overdo it, you may become aware of CBD’s biphasic properties. This means that small doses can stimulate the body, whereas large doses can sedate the body. Start off with a small dose, and see how your body reacts to it, and remember when it comes to taking CBD, the ‘Less is more’ attitude is ideal when using it as a therapeutic drug.

How does CBD Affect the Body?

In your body, you have an endocannabinoid system which contains two receptors that bind to cannabinoids: CB1 and CB2. CBD does not bind to either receptor unlike THC, instead, it stimulates the receptor’s activity which changes the cells that contain CB1 and CB2.

The Benefits of CBD on the Body

CBD stimulates the endocannabinoid system that helps to reduce pain and inflammation, and some studies have shown that it has an effect on ID-1 genes, meaning it could be an effective treatment for some types of cancer.

How to use CBD Oil

There are 4 ways to administer CBD oil:

  • Orally
  • Under the tongue
  • Through inhalation
  • or topically

Administering the oil under the tongue (Sublingually) is one of the fastest ways to absorb it. Place a drop of the oil under your tongue, and hold it there as long as you can. If you would prefer to use another relatively quick method, you may wish to inhale the CBD oil using a vape pen.

Your dose may wear off after 3-5 hours, so you should consider taking another dose once the effects have started to wear off. If your first dose was not sufficient to kill the pain/reduce anxiety etc, you may want to think about adding another drop to your dose, and seeing how that works. Remember, if you need to increase your dose you should do it slowly and steadily.

Hemp oils typically come with varying concentrations of CBD. Oils that have a higher concentration tend to be a lot more expensive than those with a low concentration, but they may be slightly more effective at treating a variety of conditions.