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CBD is becoming more ubiquitous these days thanks to the mounting evidence supporting its benefits. And for us at CBD Products it’s exciting to see more and more people learning about CBD and what it can do for them.
New Year’s resolutions are also pretty ubiquitous, but sometimes it can be hard to create resolutions that are truly helpful—and ones we can truly stick with. Well, adding CBD into your life could be one resolution that satisfies both.
If you’re one of those newer to CBD, or you’ve dabbled and are curious about making it a routine part of your life, we encourage you to try it out. With so many forms and uses, there are plenty of different ways to add it to your daily regimen. But before we dive into those, let’s refresh—what is CBD and how might it benefit you?
The CBD basics
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid compound found within hemp and cannabis plants. Unlike its cousin THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD does not have a psychoactive effect, therefore it doesn’t produce a high from its use. Once harvested and processed, the compound comes in various forms, including tinctures, oils, capsules, gummies, and topical creams, among others, and can be made with varying levels of other cannabinoid compounds and terpenes working together to provide potential additional benefits—what’s known as the “entourage effect.” The THC compound can be present in CBD products up to 0.3%, according to the FDA, and within that limit still does not produce a high.
There are three different classifications for CBD extract, each indicating the degree to which other cannabinoid compounds are present: full spectrum, which includes a range of terpenes and other cannabinoids (including up to 0.3% THC); broad-spectrum, which also includes some terpenes and other cannabinoids but is free of THC entirely; and isolate, which is pure CBD with no other cannabinoids or terpenes.
How CBD works in our bodies
Our bodies have a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which functions as a link between our brain and our organs, hormone glands, tissues, and immune system through the use of endocannabinoid compounds, receptors, and enzymes. The signals sent by the ECS help regulate everything from sleep and memory to mood and appetite. As a phytocannabinoid—in other words, a cannabinoid coming from plants—CBD, and other cannabinoids, can interact with the ECS’s CB1 and CB2 receptors to help influence and further stabilize regulation. It’s been found to have a positive effect on symptoms arising from stress and anxiety, pain and inflammation, epilepsy, insomnia, Alzheimer’s, and addiction, to name a few.
How to use CBD in everyday life
Because of the many symptoms, CBD can help with, along with its regulating effect in general, many people now take CBD as a regular part of their daily routine. And because it now comes in so many different forms, this is easier than ever to do.
Easiest of all is taking a CBD capsule or gummy—simply take one with your morning vitamins or your breakfast and coffee and voilà—you’ve got your daily dose of CBD covered.
If your primary reason for taking CBD is to help reduce pain and inflammation, the best way to incorporate it into your day-to-day is to use a topical cream or ointment. With topical application, the CBD passes through your skin barrier and into the inflamed cells directly, without needing to be digested or absorbed in the rest of your body, providing more immediate, direct relief.
Outside of capsules, gummies, and creams, of course, are the most common forms of CBD: tinctures and oils. You can consume tinctures and oils alone, through sublingual administration with an oil dropper. Alternatively, you can add the oils to foods and beverages, such as the dressing for your salad, your coffee or tea, and breakfast smoothies (or smoothies anytime), for example. (For the cooking curious, here are some recipes to get you started.)
Even beyond these measures, you can find CBD cropping up in all sorts of products, whether skincare and beauty products, sprays, transdermal patches, crystals, or even suppositories—which could all make their way into your daily life. The list goes on, but take note that there are many products on the market that have yet to be proven as beneficial in any capacity, so we recommend sticking to the tried and true (and scientifically tested and reviewed) methods. More specifically, make sure to stick to reputable CBD brands with transparent processes, third-party lab testing, and certificates of approval for every product.
Our Cannabinoid Balance CBD products are THC-free, made from 100% organic hemp grown on U.S. farms, developed in an FDA-approved facility by a team of top scientists and researchers, and completely third-party lab-tested. Between our original oil, our sleep tincture, our gummies, and topical cream, we’ve got entirely safe products ready for your daily consumption.
Talk to your doc
While you can certainly add CBD into your regimen in the same way you do vitamins, know that CBD is not approved as a dietary supplement and cannot be marketed as such. Furthermore, how your body and any medications you might currently be taking will react with CBD can be best predicted by your doctor. So, when planning to implement a daily CBD routine, be sure to consult with your physician to help determine the best dosage, application, and schedule. If you’re uncertain how to approach that conversation, check out our guide for how to talk to your doctor about taking CBD.