Cannabidiol or CBD has been covered a lot in the past year. The benefits of CBD oil and other products have shown great results in helping people relieve a variety of ailments. There will continue to be more discoveries and findings that show the efficacy of this great gift from mother nature.
Scientists are continuously innovating new ways to deliver the product and show their studies while personal use and anecdotal stories continue to be shared. And there are still so many commonly asked questions: What is CBD? Or Does CBD really work? In this post, we want to take a deeper dive into the common misconceptions or myths surrounding this magical ingredient.
CBD science is constantly getting better. With the advancement in the technology and our understanding of how the body reacts to using cannabinoids there remains some paradox and opposing views to how best to dose yourself and what CBD does to your endocannabinoid system. There are some common questions that constantly blow up our inbox at TerraGoldPlus that are based on confusion and misconceptions. The myths we will be tackling are:
- Is CBD psychoactive?
- I don’t have any injuries or illnesses and therefore do not need CBD
- Is CBD from hemp better than CBD from cannabis?
Let’s start at the first myth.
Myth #1: IS CBD PSYCHOACTIVE?
Fact or Myth?
You may see CBD companies saying CBD is NOT psychoactive. What they are really saying is that CBD will not get you high. CBD does not alter your mind and should be considered non-intoxicating. It won’t impair your ability to function at a normal rate. However, although CBD products are non-impairing, they do affect your overall psyche.
CBD has been shown to help relieve symptoms caused by anxiety, stress, and neurological disorders. CBD is being used to help treat anxiety in both humans and pets daily. The goal of using CBD in this way is to alter your mood or help the neurotransmitters release dopamine to the brain. This process can be considered psychoactive in itself.
Most people understand that CBD differs from its THC sibling, and that THC is the cannabinoid found in the marijuana plant that alters your consciousness and makes you feel “high”. CBD does not contain the same properties as THC and therefore does not affect you the same way. But it is incorrect to say that CBD does not affect your mental state. CBD does alter your mental function by relieving stressors and balancing your system. But it won’t make you feel high or impair any ability to function throughout your day.
Myth #2: I don’t have any injuries or illnesses and therefore do not need CBD
True or False?
Even if you aren’t currently suffering from injury or illness, CBD can still be really beneficial. The real understanding is how much you may need. We continue to learn more about how much CBD you should take. Understanding the dosing guidelines is key to better using CBD.
People suffering from acute issues or illnesses may benefit from using higher doses of CBD throughout the day. Other studies have shown that using low doses for anxiety is a better way to manage those stressors in your life. The same can be said for people who do not suffer from anything.
We strongly believe that you should not start to eat healthy after you have gained too much weight or shouldn’t start with supplements or vitamins after you get sick. To truly maintain health it is important to stay in front of any potential issues. One key to optimal health is to stay balanced in your life. Combining the proper amount of exercise, a diet that works for you and the supplements your body’s needs will help keep your body strong.
All our bodies contain an endocannabinoid system (ECS). This function helps control your nervous, immune and gastrointestinal systems. Your body has cell receptors, called CB1 and CB2) that binds itself to cannabinoids. When you intake CBD, it binds itself to these receptors and when combined it “wakes” the receptors to allow the ECS to function better.
Now let’s say you feel that you feel great. You work out, eat right, and have plenty of energy. Here at TGP we would say that’s amazing! Keep it up! And recognize that there is always the potential inflammation and no one is immune to an injury all the time. Even peak performance athletes experience something once in a while. Whether you are working in the yard or going for a run, your body is being used. Inflammation is a leading cause of many illnesses and can build up in your body. This is why so many top athletes ice themselves regularly. The ice helps to reduce inflammation.
Introducing low levels of CBD in the form of a supplement is similar to taking a multivitamin. The addition of a multivitamin helps your immune system fight off viruses and keep you healthy. CBD is similar to that for the fact that small, consistent doses of CBD will help keep your endocannabinoid system strong and further reduce the chance of inflammation building up. We recommend using the CBD soft gels on a daily basis along with your other supplements. This routine will help maintain a healthy balance in your overall health.
Myth #3: Is CBD from hemp better than CBD from cannabis?
True or False:
Answer: It is the same.
Before hemp-based CBD products were available, people in the medical cannabis industry were seeking for high amounts of CBD in their plants. Hemp started to show that it contained high levels of CBD and the industry made a drastic shift. However, plenty of people are still asking: Which CBD is better?
Here’s the answer our Doctors told us: “CBD is CBD.”
The molecular makeup of CBD is the exact same whether it comes from the hemp plant or the cannabis plant. The real difference is whether you take CBD alone in its purest form as an isolated crystalline or if it is combined with other cannabinoids. CBD crystalline provides many benefits that still help your ECS, but combining CBD with other cannabinoids from a full spectrum hemp extract allows your body’s cell receptors to bind and further provide balance to your body. It doesn’t matter where the cannabinoids come from as long as you are getting them. Different body ailments require different levels of each cannabinoid.
It’s true that “CBD is CBD” regardless of the plant it comes from. But how the plant is processed and the quality of the product is very important to its overall efficacy. TerraGold Plus takes great care in the oil we use for our products and all batches are tested for potency and purity before they are used in any product line. We take great care in using product that is full spectrum and combines as many terpenes and cannabinoids as possible.
The Bottom line about CBD
CBD continues to garner attention with ages old and young. More and more people are looking at CBD as a holistic option for many of their medical ailments. There is still a lot to learn about CBD. Scientific research continues to study the many benefits of CBD while learning how the body interacts with cannabinoids. Buying CBD can be a confusing process for many people as there are so many companies promoting their products.
Trying to decipher all the facts can be burdensome and our goal at TerraGold Plus is to make the buying process easier and less confusing. That’s why we’ve created a CBD Buying Guide that you can use to help decide which product is best for you.
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