Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 identified cannabinoids. It is a naturally occurring compound found in the Cannabis plant. CBD is currently being tested around the world for its therapeutic capabilities and offers much relief for thousands of users. Every mammal produces endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) which work to keep all systems of the body in state of balance known as homeostasis. Consuming cannabinoids like CBD work by interacting with one of two types of endocannabinoid receptors. CB-1 receptors, commonly found in brain cells and the central nervous system and CB-2 receptors found within the body and immune system.
Different cannabinoids create different effects depending on the location of the endocannabinoid receptor it interacts with.
CBD is produced in one of there ways. As an Isolate meaning the CBD cannabinoid has been isolated and only contains that particular cannabinoid. As Broad Spectrum distillate meaning all cannabinoids in the plant matter are present with the exception of the cannabinoid delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), this is the cannabinoid responsible for intoxication. Or as Full Spectrum Distillate meaning all plant compounds are present including trace amounts (less than 0.3%) of THC. Only recreational Cannabis stores may sell products containing more that the 0.3% threshold.
Full Spectrum Distillate is most effective as long as consumption of non-intoxicating amounts of THC is not a concern. It is desirable to create what is known as the Entourage Effect -each cannabinoid, terpene, flavonoid, and phytonutrient interacting with the endocannabinoid system and each other in a synergetic fashion.
If you're new to CBD we recommend you start with a microdose and work your way up. Start with a low dose and gradually increase until ideal effects are achieved.
Ingesting oil or edibles send CBD through the digestive tract and eventually on to the liver, where it is broken down before finally reaching the bloodstream. Digestion of cannabinoids means a longer onset (up to two hours) and possibly weaker effects. Begin with half a dose and wait several hours before taking another dose.