How Does CBD Work?
What Is CBD?
It is the cousin of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which can give the sensation of a ‘high’, thus, it is illegal to buy and take. CBD, on the other hand, is legal due to the lack of psychoactive effects.
Hemp has a low concentration of THC, whereas Marijuana has higher concentrations.
The Endocannabinoid System
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is home to a set of receptors found in every human being.
There are two main receptors in the ECS, these are deemed CB1 and CB2.
CB1 receptors are located in the brain and nervous system, as well as the lungs, liver and kidney.
The CB2 receptors are mainly found in the immune system.
There has been research into a third CB receptor but no conclusive data has been found.
So, How Does CBD Work?
Due to a variety of products, you can take CBD sublingually (under the tongue) or topically (massaged into the skin). It is also possible to digest capsules or inhale CBD infused vape liquids. When you take any form of CBD, whether it be an Oil, Vape Liquid, Balm, Edible or Isolate and Terpenes, it enters the body at varying speeds of digestion, depending on how it was consumed.
From here, you can begin to explore your different options in terms of how you prefer to take it, and how much you like to take too, depending on the effects you may feel from it.
Full Spectrum CBD vs. CBD Isolate
When you hear the term ‘Full Spectrum CBD’, it is referring to Hemp Extract containing all other cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant - but with a very low concentration of THC. CBD Isolate however, is purified CBD that has been extracted and isolated from all other cannabinoids.
It was commonly believed that CBD Isolate was much more potent than CBD Full Spectrum, but this was debunked in favour of the belief that CBD Full Spectrum was more potent than Isolate.
Despite generally not being found as effective as Full Spectrum, CBD Isolates can often be found much more preferable as you may want specific results.
The Correct Dosage
With CBD products, there is no such thing as a ‘correct dosage’. As every substance affects everyone in different ways, you will need to tailor what and how much you take to you!