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Everything You Need To Know About CBD Edibles


Everything You Need To Know About CBD Edibles

With the growing popularity of CBD, you are now able to find it in almost any form, CBD has been showing up in gummies, soft drinks, baked goods, oral spray and body lotion.  The most common way to ingest CBD is in the form of an edible, edibles being anything you can eat, most commonly gummies and chocolate.  Edibles are made by extracting the CBD out of the hemp flower using some form of pressure or chemical medium of extraction, the resulting product is then turned into an oil or budder that can be cooked into the end product.  CBD has a long list of health claims including anxiety reduction and sleep aid, but because CBD is so new on the market there have not been enough studies done to definitively proof the efficacy of these claims.  Let's talk first about what CBD is and then dive into the benefits of being able to eat it.

 So, CBD is a cannabinoid much like THC, cannabinoids are the chemical compounds that are found in marijuana products that react in your brain. The only difference is that THC causes you to feel high while CBD doesn't.  CBD is actually found in buds that contain THC they are both present in the marijuana plant but the way that the plant is grown and the certain strain that it happens to be depends whether you get a higher percentage of THC or CBD.  Plants that are grown with low to no THC content are called hemp plants these contain high levels of CBD and are mostly what is used for creating CBD products.  It is important to read the label and find out whether the product you are using contains THC and CBD or just CBD by itself, if you happen to take a THC and CBD product by mistake you could end up getting high by accident which may not be a good thing depending on what you're doing that day.  

CBD has become incredibly popular over the last little while because of its purported benefits regarding anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia and even seizures. While there aren't really enough studies that have been done to conclude 100% that these findings are true, there have been countless reports from people that I've actually taken CBD consistently who swear by the effects being helpful to them. The benefits of CBD might seem promising, it is also important to remain realistic when considering taking a CBD supplement because it is not necessarily a cure-all, it is also a good idea to consult your family physician before starting any supplemental health product to make sure that it is not going to interfere with any medications you could currently be on and so that your progress can be tracked.

CBD flower much like THC flour can both be smoked to receive the benefits but not everyone likes smoking or wants to take on the health risk that comes along with inhalation. This is where edibles are very beneficial, by consuming your CBD orally you avoid the risks of smoking and the negative health side effects that come along with it. One thing to keep in mind is when taking CBD orally it is actually entering your body in a different manner than it would if you have smoked it. By taking it orally you are actually ingesting it through the digestive system and it is entering your system through the liver. By ingesting it this way it actually takes longer for the effects to hit you than it does by inhaling but the effects seem to last longer as well.  A good way to get around this is by taking your CBD edible well before you feel like you're going to need it so by the time you get to the point in the day or the point in the activity you're doing that you feel you need relief with CBD from it will already be starting to kick in. The thing about dosing CBD is that you need to maintain a certain level in your system in order for it to continue to work. It is different from THC in this way because with THC you can take at any one time and you'll feel the effects but with CBD you need to over time maintain the percentage of it in your system to continually feel the effects. 

Did you know that the effects of CBD have it even been known to help animals? CBD products have been used on animals for a while now with very positive results. The CBD that is used with animals is nearly identical to the CBD used for humans, again dosing can be a little difficult so it is important to consult your veterinarian before starting a supplemental regime with your pet. It is also important to make sure you're using a pure CBD strain as THC can be toxic to your animal. Once you find a good quality CBD edible, they can very easily be added to your animal's food and have been known to help with anything from joint pain, arthritis, anxiety, and even seizures.  Much like CBD in human consumption, there are not a lot of studies that have been completed on the efficacy of CBD usage in animals so it is hard to say with 100% certainty that it is beneficial but from what has been seen anecdotally from people who use it results have been generally positive.  

So, if CBDs seems like a thing that you want to try you definitely have a lot of options to choose from whether it's gummies or chocolate baked goods, whether you purchase it from your local store or if you decide to make it yourself. Just make sure you do your research and understand what is in your product and that you are getting your product from a reputable source so you know that you are only ingesting quality products. Remember to start with a low-dose and work your way up to make sure that you're not going to have any adverse effects to your new CBD product.

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