If you’ve been curious about trying cannabis products but want to ease into them, or are intrigued by the health benefits of CBD without any psychoactive effects, non-THC cannabis products could be a great option for you.
THC is the compound found in cannabis that is responsible for the “high” that some people experience when using cannabis. CBD, on the other hand, is the main compound found in most non-THC cannabis products.
CBD will not cause you to feel any sort of high, so you can feel comfortable using it to help boost and balance your overall health and wellness. This might help explain why a recent survey of 2000 adults found that 33% of Americans have used CBD products, and nearly half of these respondents had increased their use during the pandemic.
In this introductory guide, we’ll explain what CBD is, how it works to help naturally improve your health and wellness, the main kinds of CBD blends, and the different types of CBD products you can choose from.
What is CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) is a compound found in cannabis known as a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are signaling agents that have been shown to mimic and enhance the natural ‘endocannabinoids’ found in the human body. Endocannabinoids are part of your Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which also includes receptors in your brain and body known as CB1 and CB2.
CBD helps with the positive uptake, breakdown, activation, and deactivation of these endocannabinoids, and can also elevate the number of endocannabinoids in some cases.
Why is this so important? The endocannabinoids and receptors that are part of your ECS are like the command center for many mind-body health processes, such as sleep-wake cycles, digestion, neural functioning, metabolic health, immune responses, and memory. When they stop functioning properly, CBD can “step in” to help rebalance you back to an optimal state of wellness.
CBD’s Top Uses
Because of its work in balancing your body’s health, CBD has been shown to help with the following:
- Reduce the inflammation that’s a key underlying risk factor for many chronicconditions
- Relieve pain
- Reduce the growth of certain types of cancer tumors
- Boost immunity
- Improve sleep
- Protect against Alzheimer’s Disease
- Improve motor skills
- Reduce symptoms of anxiety
- Relieve autoimmune disease symptoms
- Improve skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne, and eczema
Because it works to balance your body back to an optimal state of health, CBD is considered safe and effective, with few side effects.
Before starting a CBD wellness routine, it’s important to check with your healthcare practitioner to find out the best dosing for your particular condition, and to ensure that you’re not taking any medications that may interact with the cannabinoid.
Types of CBD Blends
Non-THC CBD products are made from the hemp variety of the cannabis plant, in accordance with the Hemp Farming Act of 2018. The hemp used to make these products must contain no more than 0.3% THC.
There are three main ways that CBD is blended into these products, and you can check the label on each CBD product to find the blend you’re looking for.
Full Spectrum Blends
Full-spectrum CBD includes healthy terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids (like CBG) from the hemp plant, along with trace amounts of THC. When these compounds work together, they’ve been shown to boost each other’s positive wellness benefits, a phenomenon known as the entourage effect.
Broad Spectrum Blends
Broad-spectrum CBD contains all the healthy components found in full-spectrum blends, without the trace amounts of THC.
Isolates are pure CBD without any additional healthy hemp compounds. People (or pets) with sensitivities to terpenes and flavonoids may choose CBD isolate, such as Select’s Unflavored Tincture 1000mg.
Both broad and full-spectrum CBD blends contain differing levels of healthy hemp compounds, depending on what they’re formulated to help manage. For instance, some products contain specific aromatic terpenes found in the hemp plant that are good for relaxation, while others use cannabinoids and terpenes shown to help you better manage your pain. The limonene terpene found in Select’s Lemon Ginger CBD Drops Awake Formula has been shown to help keep you calm and boost your mood.
Types of CBD Products
Whether you’re using it to ease muscle and joint soreness, baking it into edibles, or just need a convenient work and on-the-go option, there’s a CBD product made just for you. When choosing your CBD product, consider its absorption rates, how long before it starts to take effect, how long its effects last, any symptoms you may be treating, and its ease of use for your lifestyle. Planet M CBD is a quality CBD brand with an array of products from tinctures, totopicals and more.
CBD tinctures are CBD oil blended with alcohol or a healthy carrier oil like MCT to help with absorption rates. They have low-to-medium bioavailability (absorption) when taken orally. You can improve the amount of CBD absorbed into your body by placing tincture drops under your tongue (sublingually) and holding them there for a few moments so they’ll absorb directly into your bloodstream.
Some CBD tinctures are blended for specific benefits, such as to improve sleep, while others are created to help balance overall wellness. CBD tinctures can even be added to your favorite baked goods to create your own CBD edibles!
CBD tinctures come with a premeasured dropper, which allows for easy dosing. The effects typically take about two hours to set in when taken sublingually.
CBD Capsules and Tablets
CBD tablets and capsules are a convenient and discreet way to take CBD, especially when on the go or in a professional environment. They come with a pre-measured amount of oil to help you maintain a regular dosing schedule.
Just like with any CBD product that’s taken orally, the absorption rates of CBD tablets and capsules tend to be lower, and using extra-strength formulations like Level’s CBD ProTab can help you get the CBD that you need to positively balance your health. On the flip side, CBD products that are ingested orally can have longer-lasting effects than sublingual drops, usually between 6-8 hours.
As is true with all CBD products, some tablets and capsules use blends that include other healthy cannabinoids like CBG, including Level’s CBG ProTab. Although rarer than CBD, studies have now shown that CBG works directly on both CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout the brain and body, making it one of the most powerful cannabinoids for your health and wellness.
CBD-infused edibles are a mouthwatering way to manage your health while enjoying a tasty treat, snack, or beverage. They include cookies, candies, gummies, tea, coffee, water, brownies, shakes, and just about any item you can think of to add CBD to!
Like other CBD products ingested orally, CBD edibles must go through “first-pass metabolism” so they tend to have lower absorption rates, but the effects can last longer than vaping or sublingual delivery methods. Because of this, some people use them for chronic pain or to help with relaxation.
You can learn more about edibles in Shopping for CBD Edibles: This is Your Guide to Getting Started.
A recent Project CBD Wellness Survey revealed that most people prefer topicals (alongside tinctures) when using CBD. This isn’t surprising, since many topicals like CBD muscle gels, roll-ons, and salves are created with two of CBD’s most beneficial properties in mind: pain relief and reduced inflammation.
CBD topicals don’t spread throughout your body like other types of CBD products do because your skin is a barrier that protects against entry. Rather, the CBD interacts with local receptors to help replenish and nourish your largest organ: your skin. The effects of topicals typically last about 6-8 hours. Besides helping with pain and inflammation, CBD is an antibacterial and antifungal agent, which is why CBD topicals are used to help keep your skin healthy and glowing.
CBD Vape Oil
CBD vape oils are CBD liquid blends that are “thinned out” so they’re easier to inhale. They come in a wide variety of delectable scents and flavors, and the cartridge is attached to a vape pen or other device to be heated electronically.
With vape oil, it’s especially important to look for high-quality ingredients and consider the potential health risks.
Vaping CBD through the lungs is one of the fastest delivery methods, and it can reach the bloodstream in as little as 5-10 minutes. For this reason, people with anxiety, stress, or pain may use CBD vape oil. It has better bioavailability than oral ingestion and has been shown to have fewer respiratory side effects than smoking. This delivery method is also one of the most potent, and it’s typically recommended to start with CBD tinctures, capsules, or edibles if you’ve never tried CBD before.
Planet 13 Dispensaries
CBD products are the perfect way to help balance your health and wellness using the natural benefits of the powerful hemp plant. Contact us or come in today to Planet 13 Orange County to talk to our compassionate and knowledgeable experts about the best CBD products for all your wellness goals. Our Santa Ana dispensary even offers high-quality, innovative CBD products delivered right to your doorstep!