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Understanding Cannabidiol (CBD)

In the recent past, there's been a surge in the number of CBD-based products. As popularity continues to grow, not many people have a full grasp of what CBD is and its benefits. Here's a breakdown of what CBD is all about.

What is CBD?

The abbreviation CBD stands for Cannabidiol, an extract from cannabis plants that has emerged as a game-changer in healing therapies. CBD products contain specific concentrations of Cannabidiol and produce effects on the body by attaching to specific receptors. The body has two cannabidiol receptors, namely CB1 and CB2. The CB1 receptors are located in different parts but primarily the central nervous system and are involved in movement and coordination. The CB2 receptors are located within the immune system and affect pain and inflammation.

What Makes CBD Different?

CBD is simply a component of hemp and marijuana plants, both of which are classified under the Cannabis genus. Cannabis plants contain two compounds known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). THC produces the characteristic "high" associated with marijuana use. On its own, CBD cannot cause the typical "high" sensation since it's classified as a non-psychoactive compound.

How long does CBD last in your body?

There is no definitive answer to how long CBD can last in your body. Factors such as the dosage's potency or the amount of dosage determine how long CBD will last. On average, however, most conventional CBD doses last two to four hours after consumption. The substance itself continues to linger in the body even after the effects wear off.

Over time, the amount of CBD in the system slowly reduces as it is removed from the body. After about 72 to 96 hours, CBD gets completely cleared. Other factors that play a role in how long CBD lasts include your body's biochemistry (that is the metabolic rate), your overall shape ( CBD lasts longer in the bodies of people with a higher Body Mass Index), the method of intake (vaping or lung ingestion lasts far shorter than oral intake), and the frequency of use.

Why do people use CBD?

Cannabidiol is commonly used for various reasons, including pain relief, helping digestion, alleviating depression or anxiety, or even better skincare. Regular use of CBD alongside other essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, or sandalwood oil can help users achieve a better quality of life.

How long does CBD take to work?

The effects of CBD begin to manifest about five minutes to twenty minutes after consumption. However, it's all down to the individual taking the CBD. Some people report immediate relief upon first use and continue to feel much better in the first few days. In rare cases, however, CBD might take up to a fortnight to kick in.

When ingested in edibles such as gummy bears or capsules, the effects could take up to two hours to kick in. If placed underneath the tongue, the results are felt faster, with relief taking about twenty minutes to manifest. When taken via vaping, the effects are felt within minutes, giving a more potent effect, although it doesn't last too long. Different delivery formats offer varying results, and it all depends on whether you want short-term or long-term effects.

What dilemmas are facing CBD?

Given the rapid increase in the use of Cannabidiol, government scrutiny has come down on manufacturers of CBD products. Since CBD is a cannabis derivative, government agencies are having a hard time determining which components are pharmacologically active, and it therefore becomes difficult to identify appropriate and effective doses. CBD is listed as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning it's viewed as having little to no therapeutic advantage while carrying a considerable potential for abuse, and as such, researching CBD incurs a substantial administrative burden. Even with the increased use in CBD-based products, safety, purity, and consistency need to be addressed. The lack of sufficient human-based trials means that CBD treatment should be approached with caution.

In a Nutshell

CBD is quickly cementing its place as a useful alternative therapy in treating several conditions. While the cannabis-based extract gains popularity, there's still a need for further testing. In the meantime, users should understand that CBD isn't a panacea for all conditions, but is simply a way of managing specific health issues. CBD users should get prescriptions from experts who know the appropriate levels of dosage to achieve optimal results. In the end, responsible use goes a long way in ensuring user safety and CBD efficacy.


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