CBD 101 GUIDE
What is CBD oil
Hemp vs Marijuana vs Cannabis
What are the health benefits
What are the side effect
How to take CBD oil
How much CBD oil should I take
What should you expect when taking Icaria’s oil
Bonus: How to make the bottle last?
What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that can either be produced naturally by our body, called endocannabinoids (endo- means within), found in cannabis and some other plants, called phytocannabinoids (phyto- means plant), or synthetic cannabinoids that are manufactured artificially.
We have an endocannabinoid system which consists of cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors located in our central nervous system, including the brain, and the peripheral nervous system. Cannabinoid receptors are like locks that can only be opened with a key called cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are chemical messengers in our body whose main goal is to keep our body in homeostasis.
Due to the fact that cannabinoid receptors are located all over our body, CBD has a very diverse effect on our system. CBD helps regulate a variety of physiological and cognitive processes such as pain, mood, appetite, memory, immune system, digestion and reproductive system.
Imbalances in the endocannabinoid system can lead to imbalances pretty much anywhere in our body. Cannabinoids like CBD simply match our natural internal cannabinoids and help bring our body back into BALANCE. As long as you are not taking a synthetic form and go for phytocannabinoids that come from cannabis, it’s natural, so our body knows exactly what to do with it.
2. Hemp vs Marijuana vs Cannabis
Cannabis is considered one of the oldest cultivated plants. Hemp and marijuana are the two types of cannabis. Hemp is especially high in CBD and low in psychoactive cannabinoid THC. Marijuana, the other type of cannabis, is high in THC and low in CBD.
CBD, or cannabidiol, and THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, are both major cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
THC and CBD both interact with the endocannabinoid system through its two receptors CB1 and CB2. CBD and THC have different effects on endocannabinoid system, THC activates the receptors while CBD blocks them and can indirectly activate them (confusing, I know). The point is, THC and CBD have very different, often opposite, effects on our system. But they also have similarities between them and often work in synergy together.
3. CBD myths
Before we talk about CBD further, let’s bust some myths about CBD Oil!
MYTH #1: CBD IS ADDICTIVE.
CBD is not only non-addictive, it actually is being studied for potentially being a treatment for addictions. CBD is thought to modulate various neuronal circuits involved in drug addiction. There are preclinical and clinical animal and human studies that suggest that CBD may help with opioid, cocaine, and psychostimulant addictions, as well as there is some preliminary data suggesting that it may be beneficial in cannabis and tobacco addictions. We need more studies before CBD can be used as an intervention for addictions, but one thing is for sure, CBD is definitely non-addictive.
MYTH #2: CBD IS PSYCHOACTIVE
CBD is non-psychoactive and it can potentially help counteract the THC effects of feeling “high”. CBD also can reduce psychotic episodes and can overall help with mental health.
Some CBD oil contains THC and that's when it is psychoactive. Make sure to get CBD oil make with CBD crystalline or isolate like Icaria’s oils which contain 0.00% THC.
MYTH #3: CBD MAKES YOU SLEEPY AND TIRED
CBD can make you sleep better and help you relax, but only when your body needs it. CBD brings your body into balance, so in the morning it will help boost your energy, manage anxiety and help focus, while in the evening it will help you rest after a busy day. CBD works with your natural processes and helps your body regulate them.
MYTH #4: CBD IMPAIRS YOUR COGNITIVE FUNCTIONS
There are numerous studies that show that CBD can help you focus and learn better, as well as it improves your memory, attention and brain function. So taking CBD before working or studying will definitely boost your productivity and learning capacity.
4. Health benefits of CBD
So what are the health benefits of CBD?
CBD is most commonly used to the following reasons:
CBD helps lower stress and anxiety
CBD is a powerful analgesic, so it reduces pain
CBD fights insomnia and helps you sleep through the night
CBD improved focus, memory and attention
CBD boosts your mood and helps with depression
CBD has anti-seizure properties
… to name a few.
CBD health benefits are really endless due to its ability to bring balance into our system. CBD can help us in so many different ways, such as:
CBD alleviated cancer-related symptoms
CBD is a strong anti-inflammatory so it helps with any inflammatory conditions such an psoriasis, arthritis, colitis, autoimmune conditions, asthma and many more.
CBD has neuroprotective properties which might help treat conditions like multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s.
CBD is an antioxidant which means it protects us from free radical damage.
CBD has antipsychotic properties which may help people with schizophrenia and other mental disorders.
There are more and more studies coming out with new finding of the amazing health benefits of CBD. So stay tuned for updates!
5. Side effects
CBD is considered to be a very safe substance to take. Our body has an endocannabinoid system that produces its own cannabinoids, thus making CBD, a phytocannabinoid, very easy for our bodies to absorb and utilize in bringing our system into balance.
There are many studies that show that long-time use and high doses of CBD are well tolerated by humans. There are studies that show that dosages as high as 1500 - 2500 mg a day are safe.
However, while there is no denying the amazing health benefits from taking CBD, there are a few thing one should be cautious and aware of when taking CBD.
First and foremost, make sure that you are getting your CBD from a reliable source and there is no THC in it. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid and even though it does have its own health benefits, it also can have many side effects if not taken with caution.
2. PREGNANCY AND BREASTFEEDING
There are relatively few studies and records of taking CBD while pregnant and breastfeeding. The more popular CBD becomes the more historical data we are going to have, which will give us a better understanding of how it affects the mother, the fetus, and the baby.
In a meantime, even though there are no documented side-effects, it’s best to be cautious about taking CBD during pregnancy or breastfeeding like you would be with any other new supplement.
3. LIVER METABOLISM
There are studies that have shown that CBD can inhibit the activity of some liver enzymes called cytochrome P450 which metabolize a lot of pharmaceutical drugs. It’s a similar effect to eating a portion of grapefruit which inhibits the same family of enzymes. If you are taking certain pharmaceutical drugs and want to take CBD oil, you should consult with your doctor and/or pharmacist.
6. How to take CBD?
I recommend taking CBD oil sublingually, which means under the tongue. This way of taking CBD supplement allows CBD molecules get absorbed effectively and quickly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system and resulting in its maximum absorption.
It’s important hold it under the tongue because it takes some time for CBD to get absorbed. Try holding it for at least 2-3 minutes.
Taking CBD in a tablet form forces CBD to go through the entire digestive process and only in small intestine it gets absorbed into your bloodstream. Due to foods that we eat and the environment that we live in, we often experience compromised digestion, and it gets even worse if we are stressed. So it takes some time to get absorbed and also not all CBD will be absorbed into your system.
There are many other forms of CBD you can use, the two most common after tablets or capsules and oils or tinctures are vaping pens and creams.
Vaping can be very effective when it comes to absorption of CBD, however the safety of vaping can be debatable due to the various quality of vaping pens and the oils they use.
Creams are quite safe to use on the other hand. However, the effectiveness of creams vary greatly depending on the cream and the condition. If you are struggling with a skin condition or a centralized pain, it might be worth trying, but at the end of the day the most effective way to heal our body is from the inside.
7. How much CBD to take?
There is no straightforward answer to this question because we are all so different and are taking it for different reasons. However, there are a few things you need to consider to help you figure out your perfect dosage.
1. YOUR DESIRED EFFECT
What results are you wanting to get from your CBD? Different goals will require different amounts. If you’re looking for pain management or a more of a severe condition like epilepsy, you’ll find that a higher dose of CBD will yield greater effects.
Conversely, if you’re looking to manage your anxiety, stay more focused at work and feel better-equipped to manage the typical day-to-day stressors of life, you won’t need as high a dose as those dealing with chronic ailments.
2. THE TYPE OF THE PRODUCT
Another thing you’ll want to consider is how you’re ingesting your CBD. Refer back to “How to take CBD” for more details.
3. THE CONCENTRATION OF THE PRODUCT
Various oils, pills, topicals have various concentrations of CBD, some of them substantially higher, and others substantially lower. Look at the overall concentration of CBD within the entire product and how much CBD you’re actually getting within each dose.
If you are taking CBD oil, an easy way to calculate the amount of CBD you have in each drop is to divide the total amount of CBD in mg by the number of drops. For example, in Aphrodite CBD Hemp oil there are 500 mg of CBD and 400 drops (20 drops per 10 droppers), so 500/400= 1.25 mg of CBD per drop. If you want to take 5 drops it equals to 6mg of CBD. Very easy to calculate! (The calculations are next to the product on the website)
4. THE QUALITY OF THE PRODUCT
The cannabis industry is still poorly regulated right now due to the legalization process. For that reason, there are a lot of products on the market that are bad quality and will bring you no results. Choose a source you trust.
HOW TO ANSWER “HOW MUCH CBD SHOULD I BE TAKING?” FOR YOURSELF
One of the best ways to figure out how much CBD you should be taking is to experiment. Start with a small dose; if you’re consuming Icaria’s CBD oils, begin with 5 or 10 drops. Hold the oil under your tongue for at least 2-3 minutes and then wait 20 mins to see if you feel the desired effect. If so then it’s a good dose for you, if not, take more by repeating the process for as many times as needed. You might need ten times the amount, don’t think it’s high, it’s very normal.
Figuring out how much CBD oil you should be taking can take some time, since some days or certain times of the day you might need higher or lower dose. Through this process however, you’re able to become much more conscious of how you’re feeling on a daily basis, both physically and mentally.
8. What should you expect when taking Icaria’s oil?
Most common question people ask is: “How do you feel taking CBD oil?”
And the answer is that you feel NORMAL.
There is no difference between how you feel on a good, calm, productive day and how you feel on CBD oil. CBD doesn’t alter your mind or your consciousness, there are no psychoactive effects and no change of your reality. CBD just makes you feel you.
The main function of CBD is to bring your body into homeostasis, which is a state of balance within the body. Your mood, your feelings, your appetite, your pain - wherever you are looking for more balance in your life, CBD can help you achieve it.
When it comes to stress and anxiety, CBD calms the monkey brain and makes you feel like you’ve just meditated - relaxed, focused, at peace and ready to take on the world.
A few other commonly asked questions…
1. HOW DOES IT TASTE?
Aphrodite oil has a pleasant hemp seed oil taste, which is often described as being nutty, earthy flavour. Theia has no taste at all.
2. HOW DOES IT LOOK?
Aphrodite has a light greenish-yellowish colour like hemp seed oil and Theia is clear with no colour.
3. WHAT IF I DON’T FEEL ANYTHING?
Just take more! If you are taking it for pain management, you can take it until the pain is gone. If you are taking it for stress, it’s quite often that a person feels calm and just assumes they calmed down and it has nothing to do with the oil (you don’t feel any different from when you feel relaxed and at ease). Only after a really stressful situation which is handled well do people realize that it is afterall CBD oil working.
4. DO I TAKE IT EVERY DAY?
It’s up to you! There are positive health effects from taking it every day, however you can take it only when needed.
So, what should you expect when taking CBD hemp oil?
CBD is a health supplement, not a drug. Don’t expect fireworks and skewed reality. But do expect to feel healthier mind, body and soul.
9. How to make a bottle last?
CBD oil is quite expensive to produce, so no matter how hard we try to keep the prices down, we do recognize that it can be costly especially when a person takes CBD regularly. So here are a few tips on how you can make your bottle last longer!
1. RECORD HOW MUCH YOU TAKE
It’s easy to just squirt the oil under the tongue without looking or counting how many drops you have taken. There are no worries about taking too much, so one might regularly take too many drops but get the same result as they would if they took less amount.
Count how many drops you are taking and record for the next time. If you are consistently taking double the amount you need, you can use up the bottle twice as fast.
2. TAKE CBD IN THE MORNING
In the morning we are more sensitive for supplements and foods. If you are taking CBD for sleep, this is obviously not an option, but if you are taking it for other condition you might need lesser dosage in the morning than mid day or in the evening.
3. TAKE CBD IN ANTICIPATION
If you are taking CBD oil for stress, anxiety or pain, it works better if taken in anticipation of stress, anxiety or pain. By taking CBD oil BEFORE, you are acting in preventative way which allows you to take smaller amounts and get the same result.
4. BE PATIENT
Sometimes it takes a bit longer to feel the full effect, so try waiting for 20-30 minutes before taking more oil. Also, for certain conditions it might take a few days of regular usage for CBD oil be become effective.
5. HOLD IT UNDER THE TONGUE
This one is very important, because you might need double the amount if you are swallowing it vs if you are holding it for a few minutes under the tongue. CBD works best if absorbed through the small capillaries under the tongue, so the longer you hold it the more chance you give it to get absorbed.
A FEW LAST WORDS FROM THE AUTHOR…
CBD oil is a health supplement, treat it like one! Don’t be afraid of it and be aware of its effects when taking it.
ICARIA brand was created with a goal of empowering women to make themselves a priority and taking care of themselves. CBD oil is just one of many ways to show yourself some love and care.
ICARIA’s CBD oil is high quality product that was made for a modern women. A woman who is ambitious, driven, cares about her health, who has big dream and … has a little too much on her plate.
ICARIA’s products are safe to use and with your concerns and preferences in mind, Icaria products:
Contains no THC, so you won’t get high or addicted, no matter how much or how often you take it;
Are made from organically grown hemp, so there are no pesticides, herbicides or chemicals and it is non-GMO;
Have no additives or preservatives other than the carrier oil it is diluted in, which is organic coconut oil, so the product is vegan and gluten-free;
Are packaged to fit into your lifestyle, so you don't have to worry about taking it in public.
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