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A Beginner’s Guide to CBD.

While CBD has been growing in popularity in recent years, there is a lot of confusion and it may be overwhelming to someone who has never tried it before. That’s why we’ve created this CBD guide which breaks down the key points and the facts.

While CBD has been growing in popularity in recent years, there is a lot of confusion and it may be overwhelming to someone who has never tried it before. That’s why we’ve created this CBD guide which breaks down the key points and the facts.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD as it’s more commonly known, is one of many compounds derived from the hemp plant, which is part of the cannabis family, and known for its multitude of health benefits. However, unlike traditional cannabis, it contains less than 0.2% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which provides you the “high” which is why it is growing in popularity.

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CBD Capsules

How Does CBD Work?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex cell-signalling network which plays a vital role in regulating a range of functions and processes in the body such as sleep, mood, appetite, memory and reproduction.

Although research is required into the endocannabinoid system experts believe that the primary role is to maintain the stability of your body’s internal environment.

The endocannabinoid system is made up of three parts:

  1. Endocannabinoids
  2. The receptors that endocannabinoids and cannabinoids bond with
  3. Enzymes that break down endocannabinoids and cannabinoids
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What are the Cannabinoid Receptors?

The endocannabinoid system consists of a vast network of chemical signals and cellular receptors throughout our bodies. Cannabinoid receptors are embedded in cell membranes and are believed to be greater than any other receptor system.

There are currently two known kinds of cannabinoid receptors. CB1 receptors are mainly found in the brain, but also present in the lungs, liver and kidneys. The abundance of CB1 receptors in several regions of the brain could potentially explain why cannabinoids influence functions such as memory processing, motor control and pain regulation.

The second is known as CB2 receptors which consist mainly in our immune tissues. These are vital in helping control how our immune system functions.

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The Endocannabinoid System and CBD

Recent medical research is being guided by a theory of the supposed link between chronic conditions and a lack of endocannabinoids. While there is still a lack of full understanding, experts believe that CBD either attached itself to our body’s endocannabinoid receptors or prevents them from breaking down, allowing them to be more effective. Again, more research is currently being conducted, however experts are confident that CBD does not bind to the CB1 or CB2 receptors the way THC, the psychoactive competent found in cannabis does, which is why products like CBD oil do not give you a “high” but rather provides a gentle calming effect on the mind and body.

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3 Types of CBD Oil Extracts

DISCOVER THE RIGHT ONE FOR YOU

Full Spectrum CBD

Refers to the whole hemp plant extract, including up to 0.3% of THC.

Broad Spectrum CBD

Starts as full spectrum CBD that undergoes an additional process to remove trace amounts of THC. It offers the effects of full-spectrum CBD without any chances of THC being ingested into the body.

CBD Isolate

This contains pure CBD only, and none of the other cannabinoids, terpenes or other natural compounds found in the hemp plant.

Ways of consuming CBD

As the popularity of CBD is growing, there are many different methods for taking CBD, such as tinctures, capsules, topicals, vapes and edibles. While there is no “best” way to take CBD, you will find the pros and cons of each method and ultimately it is down to your preference based on your individual goals, convenience and lifestyle. 

CBD Dosage

Drops/Sprays

Advantages

  • Fast absorption and high bioavailability when
    taken sublingually as the capillaries under the
    tongue lead directly to the bloodstream,
    bypassing the digestive system.
  • Versatility – can be consumed sublingually or
    added to food and beverages.
  • Flexible dosing – fill the dropper to the desired
    dose and can also be split into multiple doses
    throughout the day.
  • Easy to use.

Disadvantages

  • Some people don’t like the taste of hemp;
    however, we do offer a variety of flavoured
    oils.
  • Some people feel that the process of holding
    the oil under the tongue for 60-90 seconds is
    inconvenient compares to taking a CBD
    capsule.
CBD Tinctures

Disadvantages

  • Some people don’t like the taste of hemp;
    however, we do offer a variety of flavoured
    oils.
  • Some people feel that the process of holding
    the oil under the tongue for 60-90 seconds is
    inconvenient compares to taking a CBD
    capsule.

Edibles

Advantages

  • Fun and convenient way to consume CBD while snacking.
  • Can be a tasty treat.

Disadvantages

  • Can be moreish so try not to eat them all in one go.
CBD Edibles

Disadvantages

  • Can be moreish so try not to eat them all in one go.

Topicals

Disadvantages

  • Arguably the most convenient way to
    consume CBD.
  • Tastless and odourless.
  • Exact dosage every time.
  • Taking a CBD capsule doesn’t feel different or
    intimidating if you’re used to taking vitamins,
    supplements or medications.

Advantages

  • Effects may take 1-2 hours to work as the CD
    needs to go through the digestive system first.
  • Ingesting CBD may be less effective as the
    CBD must pass through the liver which
    reduces its concentration before
    sending it to the bloodstream.
CBD Capsules

Advantages

  • Effects may take 1-2 hours to work as the CD
    needs to go through the digestive system first.
  • Ingesting CBD may be less effective as the
    CBD must pass through the liver which
    reduces its concentration before
    sending it to the bloodstream.

Patches

Disadvantages

  • Patches need to be applied to relatively hair free area, not everyone is familiar with how suppositories are used..

Advantages

  • High bioavailability
  • Faster absorption
  • Direct targeting
CBD Patches

Advantages

  • High bioavailability
  • Faster absorption
  • Direct targeting

Suppositories

Advantages

  • Faster absorption
  • Ease to use

Advantages

  • High bioavailability
  • Direct targeting
CBD Suppositories

Advantages

  • High bioavailability
  • Direct targeting

Vaping/Smoking

Disadvantages

  • Highest absorption rate and bioavailability.
  • Effects can be felt almost immediately, usually within minutes.
  • Easy to carry around and use on the go.

Disadvantages

  • Effects will last a shorter time vs ingesting CBD orally.
  • Additional vaping apparatus is required.
  • Stigma around vaping/smoking.
 CBD Vapes & E-liquid

Disadvantages

  • Effects will last a shorter time vs ingesting CBD orally.
  • Additional vaping apparatus is required.
  • Stigma around vaping/smoking.

How Much CBD Oil Should I Take?

Finding the optimal dose is an individual process as each person is different, as well as the method of ingestions, so it may take a bit of trail and error to find the right dose of CBD for you.

Several factors influence each person’s optimal dose of CBD including weight, diet, metabolism, sleep patterns, stress levels and genetics. In any case, it is always best to start with a low dose, starting from 5mg to 20mg of CBD, and see how you react. You can slowly increase the dose over the next few days to find the most effective for you and your goals.

Where Can I Buy CBD? 

That’s easy…you can find all our premium products here.

CBD OILS

CAPSULES

PATCHES

EDIBLES

Where Can I Buy CBD?

That's easy…you can find all our premium products here.

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