Attitudes towards cannabis are changing as people discover the benefits of using CBD products. Relief of pain is one of the many reasons people are choosing to use these products.
When looking for such products, there are sellers using misleading advertising. Many misconceptions exist and it’s important for you to know more if you want to be more discerning about what to buy.
Some states in the U.S. have CBD-only laws whereas others have legalized cannabis for medicinal and recreational use. According to federal legislation, cannabis is still illegal. The states that have CBD-only laws ostensibly allow the use of CBD products derived from hemp or cannabis that contain less than 0.3 percent of THC.
What is found in CBD products?
CBD (cannabidiol) is a compound found in the cannabis plant. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is another compound of the cannabis plant and this is the psychoactive part of the plant that makes people “high.”
Products may contain only CBD or a ratio of CBD to THC. The ones that contain CBD are a great option for people who want to experience the benefits without getting ‘high’ as this could hinder productivity when working and more.
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How do these products work?
The body has cannabinoid receptors all over, from the central nervous system to the digestive tract. This network of receptors is referred to as the endocannabinoid system.
The body’s endocannabinoid system plays a crucial role when it comes to inflammation, emotion, memory, sleep, pain and metabolic function. When cannabinoids are introduced to the body, they unlock the endocannabinoid receptors.
Cannabis has been illegal for so long that any scientific studies of its therapeutic benefits have been limited till not long ago. More scientific studies are now taking place and are likely to corroborate the abundance of anecdotal evidence as to its therapeutic benefits.
How to choose the best CBD product for pain
You may have to experiment a little before deciding you’ve found the best CBD product. When choosing a product, you should take the following into consideration.
Where does the CBD come from?
CBD can be consumed in many different forms, and CBD oil is one of the most popular forms. The cannabis plant is an umbrella term for both the marijuana plant and the industrial hemp plant. Reputable companies ensure that their products made from these plants are free from pesticides, microbiological contaminants, and heavy metals. They use accredited laboratories to determine this and provide reports.
How is it extracted?
Some companies use toxic solvents such as butane and propane because they provide a cheap way to make extracts. Complex equipment and expertise is needed to maintain purity and the extraction process uses carbon dioxide under high pressure and at low temperatures. The end result is more expensive but of a high quality.
How strong is it?
Third-party lab test results are necessary to show that what is being marketed is what is in the product. Strength of a product is measured by the concentration of CBD oil and the percentage volume of cannabidiol in the product.
The percentage volume is usually stated on the label and will indicate how much active CBD you are getting. Many products consist of four or more parts of CBD to one part of THC. Recommended dosage should appear on the label.
What has been added to it?
You want to know what other ingredients have been added to a product. Some of them contain preservatives, sweeteners, artificial coloring or solvents.
Choosing the right product type
There are so many different CBD products available with varying advantages and disadvantages. Trying out different options is probably the only way to determine what works best for you.
CBD capsules make it easy to keep track of your intake as your dosage does not have to be measured out each time and they are convenient to use. Adults use one capsule daily with a bottle usually containing 30 capsules.
Another advantage of capsules is that the rather unpleasant taste of CBD oil is contained until the pill reaches the stomach. The slow release of the active substance into the body allows for more efficient absorption over time.
CBD tinctures come in a variety of strengths, and the advantage for users is that they can easily increase or decrease usage. They are readily absorbed because they are taken sublingually (under the tongue).
A CBD spray is convenient, portable and discreet.
Topical CBD comes in the form of creams, lotions and balms and takes much longer to act because it is absorbed through the skin.
Everyone reacts differently to products. Some of the side effects that may be experienced are changes in appetite, a dry mouth, drowsiness, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue and dizziness. If you start feeling a number of these effects, you should stop using the product and seek medical advice.
If you are already taking medication, be aware that CBD products can interact with your drugs. You should get your physician’s advice before making any changes.
Where can I find CBD products?
There are many ways of buying CBD products. You can purchase them online or from dispensaries. If purchasing from an online source, you have many products to choose from and you are able to compare prices. You can also read reviews to find out more about a specific company’s reliability and the quality of their products.
You always want to obtain your products from the most reliable and reputable suppliers. CBD products are also found in many dispensaries today that operate under the health and safety standards of the state.
When choosing the best CBD products for pain, you are likely to need to experiment to find out what product or combination of products works best for you. If you’re buying your products online, you need to be informed to get your money’s worth and know what to look out for. A reputable company will offer transparency about products and reliability of service.
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