• Christina Ehrlich

All About CBD

First of all what does CBD stand for and what is it? CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the cannabis plant. It's a naturally occurring substance that's used in products like oils, to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm. Unlike its cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it's not psychoactive. Ohhhh, ya mean like Marijuana?? Yeah it's not like that.

CBD is not the same as marijuana, which is a common misconception. While CBD is taken from the same cannabis plant as your THC-filled, college-experimental days, it lacks the psychoactive and mind altering effects. AKA NO, you don’t get high. While some call CBD oil Marijuana’s close cousin- fear not, as researchers have been spending the last several years proving that while Marijuana has amazing medicinal properties…what if we could take out the part “that makes people high?” The cannabis plant is made up of two main players: CBD and THC. And while THC is 20 times more potent than aspirin and twice as potent as hydrocortisone for reducing inflammation. It’s also likely to have a more powerful medicinal effect for certain conditions, CBD has therapeutic properties on its own. And no, as long as you are buying CBD with NO THC (ie: NATURE’S ULTRA) CBD will NOT show up on a drug test.

How does CBD work with our bodies? All cannabinoids, including CBD, produce effects in the body by attaching to certain receptors. The human body produces certain cannabinoids on its own. It also has two receptors for cannabinoids, called the CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are present throughout the body, but many are in the brain. The CB1 receptors in the brain deal with coordination and movement, pain, emotions, and mood, thinking, appetite, and memories, and other functions. THC attaches to these receptors. CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. They affect inflammation and pain.

Researchers once believed that CBD attached to these CB2 receptors, but it now appears that CBD does not attach directly to either receptor. Instead, it seems to direct the body to use more of its own cannabinoids.

CBD primarily interacts with your body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) regulates processes in the body such as appetite, pain, mood, memory, peripheral nervous system, and more. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis.

So just to clarify… Scientists discovered that there are systems in our bodies that are solely dependent on their interaction with cannabinoids, and these systems are part of vital functions in our bodies. Basically, our bodies were designed to work with cannabinoids, and they can even be considered as essential to our overall health and wellness.

Is CBD legal? It sure is! Thanks to the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, zero THC CBD is not illegal in any state in the USA. That's right; according to federal law, it is legal in all 50 states. Although some states have tighter laws, I urge you to check. No fret- you can travel with it within the US, and it is becoming easier to find. That being said- make sure you are using a trustworthy brand with evidence based research. Especially one that stands behind sourcing and science...Nature's Ultra and Young Living.

Here are some of the benefits... -Cannabidiol displays anti-seizure properties -Regulation of nausea and vomiting by cannabinoids -CBD suppresses pain -CBD improves brain function -Improves sleep -Cannabidiol protects from inflammation

Everyone is unique, like all things it is best to start low and go slow. You should plan to use consistently before gauging how much more you may need. Because everyone is different, you may need to step up your dosage and/or strength after 30 days until you’ve reached your desired goals. From our experience, starting lower gives room to add a higher dosage as needed. If you start with a high dose at first, you may not give yourself much room to add more if needed. If a person has been taking CBD for an extended period of time and not getting the results they are looking for, chances are they are not taking a high enough dose. The general recommendation for dosing, is to start low (MILD) and go slow – gradually working up the dose every five to seven days. For somebody that isn’t struggling with major inflammation, or mental health issues, a dropper at night should be enough for most people to sleep better, but occasionally more might be needed. It’s important to experiment to find out the right dosage needed, which is also why it’s important to be patient and give it time.

Young Living and Natures Ultra has three products that we use religiously..CBD Calm roller, CBD Muscle Rub and the CBD drops.

CBD Muscle Rub

CBD Drops (available in citrus, mint and cinnamon

CBD Calm Roller

Like everything with Young Living it pays to get the starter kit if you're interested in the CBD products. It is a really good deal and all three products are simply amazing.

Get started with your CBD starter kit here!

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