CBD 101

 

All you need to know about how CBD works.

 

Posted By: Alive Market Crew

CBD products can help optimize your health, daily activities and lives. CBD is a great way to experience the healing benefits of cannabis without feeling overwhelmed by THC’s intoxicating effects. 

 

With the rise of CBD oil and its many benefits, more people are taking interest. But how does CBD work in the body? How can it be taken correctly in order to get the full health-benefits that have been touted about for centuries now?

We explain below what exactly CBD is and how CBD works.

CBD oil and how cbd works

What is CBD ?

CBD is 1 of over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant that can interact with mammals through their endocannabinoid system. These cannabinoids interact with the body by binding to receptors located on cells throughout your body, which leads to regulating hormones, sending signals to your brain to get out of fight or flight and overall homeostasis.

 

Cannabinoids are naturally produced by the endocannabinoid system in the body. These compounds are an essential part of our being. When you extract cannabinoids from a plant, they are called phytocannabinoids. Since your body has been creating cannabinoids forever, the phytocannabinoids (from plants) bind to the receptors without being rejected. This is why CBD works for everyone and helps people in many different ways. 


You are probably familiar with marijauna, a term used for “high THC cannabis”. Some people find amazing benefits from the cannabinoid THC, while others have an opposite effect. THC can cause unwanted feelings like paranoia. This is because THC is the only cannabinoid that interacts directly to receptors found in the brain. If you have ever experienced or heard of a friend who experienced a negative effect from high THC cannabis, you might be afraid to try a product that is from the same plant. CBD products, legally, have to be under 0.3% THC which is just a small trace amount, and not enough to have a psychoactive effect. The low levels of THC and high levels of CBD is what we call hemp based CBD. At Alive Market, we guarantee the THC levels are below 0.3% in all of our products by sending them to a third-party accredited lab.

Heres how CBD works in the body

CBD, a main cannabinoid, has a direct connection to the endocannabinoid system which is a natural biological system within the body. Cannabinoids are naturally produced by the endocannabinoid system. These compounds are an essential part of our being. When you extract cannabinoids from a plant, they are called phytocannabinoids. Since your body has been naturally creating cannabinoids forever, the phytocannabinoids (from plants) bind to these same receptors without being rejected. This is why CBD works for everyone and helps people in many different ways. 

 

The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating and creating homeostasis within the body. CBD interacts with certain receptors such as CB1, which helps regulate coordination and movement, and CB2 receptors, which can help ease pain, inflammation, appetite and mood disorders. Researchers believe that CBD does not directly attach itself to the receptor but influences it in some way. It is by no mistake your body has an endocannabinoid system, so whether you prefer to use a CBD infused topical, CBD Oil  or smokable hemp flower your body will enjoy the plethora of benefits CBD products have to offer.

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How to use CBD

There are multiple ways to experience the many great benefits of CBD products. Finding which product works best for you can be very subjective. No two people are exactly alike, and important factors such as lifestyle and the reason you are taking CBD can have a huge impact on what product you prefer. 

 

  • CBD Topicals: CBD is easily absorbed through your skin and is binded to the closest receptor! Consumers can apply CBD Topicals to wherever there is a bruising, aches, pains and inflammation on the body. CBD body butters act as a spot treatment and will help the area of discomfort that it is directly applied to. 

 

  • CBD Oil: Taking CBD under your tongue is one of the fastest ways to take CBD. CBD Oil is absorbed through your sublingual gland and eners your blood stream quickly. To use CBD Oil, simply apply a full dropper full under the tongue, hold for 3-5 seconds and then swallow.  The CBD and cannabinoids will act almost immediately once digested and is great for digestion, heart health and many mental illnesses.

 

  • CBD Capsules and Edibles : another way of consuming CBD orally but is different than CBD oil is through CBD capsules or edibles. Because CBD capsules and edibles need to travel through the whole digestive system before they are absorbed, this method takes more time to start working. However, because CBD is being absorbed through your digestive system, CBD and other cannabinoids are being slowly released and the effects will last longer!

 

  • CBD Flower : the fastest acting and most potent way to absorb CBD is by consumption via smoking. CBD flower products can be ground up and broken down in small pieces and smoked in a bowl, bong , joint, etc. CBD will enters the bloodstream through the lungs making it the quickest and most bioavailable method of consumption. This method is great for people who enjoy the fast acting effects of smoking and want to experience the many benefits of cannabis without feeling intoxicated.