The Ancient Roman writer Syrus once wrote that “Good health and good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings.” He was certainly onto something! Keeping your health optimal will help you live your best life. Recent research into cannabis products concludes that they are effective, safe, and natural methods for reaching this level of optimal health. This is especially true of cannabidiol (CBD), an extract of the cannabis plant that can help you in achieving this goal. Using CBD concentrate is just good sense!
What Is A CBD Concentrate?
People have been using the cannabis plant for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. On a chemical level, it is made up of a group of compounds known as cannabinoids. The cannabis plant has over 500 compounds (cannabinoids, terpenoids, flavonoids, and omega fatty acids) and over 100 of these compounds are cannabinoids, according to www.uclahealth.org. However, CBD concentrate has come to the forefront of medical research as one of the most useful of these compounds.
CBD Oil (Crude Oil Concentrate):
CBD oil is extracted from the flowers, leaves, and stalks of the cannabis plant. This process results in a raw oil concentrate that they use to develop a wide range of medicinal supplements. When this oil was first being manufactured, it consisted of about 4% CBD. However, various contemporary methods have resulted in oil that is comprised of 10% to 25% CBD, with an average of approximately 15% CBD. Crude CBD concentrate has an oily like viscosity which is normally dark green or dark brown in color.
There are several methods to refining the raw oil from the cannabis plant:
- Carrier oil extraction
- Carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction
- Solvent extraction
Solvent extraction is the most common and least expensive method to make CBD Concentrate. The method consists of taking the flowers, leaves, and stalks of a CBD-rich strain of the cannabis plant and soaking them in a solvent (usually grain alcohol). This solvent evaporates away, leaving you with crude CBD oil. It is the CO2 extraction process, however, which results in the cleanest, safest CBD Concentrate.
This is purer than CBD oil but less pure than CBD isolate. CBD distillate contains high levels of CBD (around 80% CBD) along with other beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. The distillate is after the CBD oil extraction process to further purify the CBD. This is where manufacturers perform another filtration process “Fractional Distillation” where more plant matter is filtered out. CBD Distillate is very dense at room temperature. It is can be clear or opaque and range in color from amber to a light yellow.
The CBD distillate can then be further refined to create a final product that is basically pure CBD. CBD isolate is the most potent form of CBD. After “fractional distillation”, to get pure CBD Isolate the last step is the process of “winterization”. This final step removes any remaining plant material, waxes, terpenes, and flavonoids. After winterization what remains CBD isolate, pure CBD (99% or more). Isolate is basically made by refining CBD distillate to pure CBD (CBD isolate). CBD Isolate is white in color. It normally comes in powder or crystal form.
Using CBD isolate will allow you or a company to have precise control over the milligram dosage of the final products. As the consumer, CBD isolate allows you to fine-tune how much CBD you are taking.
Does A CBD Concentrate Get You High?
CBD is the second most common cannabinoid in nature. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most common cannabinoid and the most widely known. Due to ongoing research and development, scientists have been able to create strains of the cannabis plant that have high percentages of CBD with virtually no THC content (and vice-versa). It is this form of the cannabis plant that they use in the oil extraction process.
The reason for creating these types of strains is to ensure that the final product will have only CBD. This is because even though CBD and THC are closely related, CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. This is just a fancy way of saying that CBD will not get you high – it does not cause intoxication in anyone who takes it.
For many patients who take cannabis supplements, this is the defining factor for why they prefer CBD. Unlike THC, a patient can take CBD products any time of the day or night and still function normally. They will not experience the distortion of time and perception that comes with ingesting THC. That means that you can enjoy all the life-changing benefits of medicinal cannabis with none of the drawbacks.
What Are The Benefits Of Using CBD?
CBD has a wide range of benefits for patients who take it. Its usefulness is so comprehensive that it is frequently referred to as a smart molecule. CBD is capable of being a:
- Regulator –CBD regulates the levels of other compounds (known as endocannabinoids) in the human body in order to achieve a healthy state of balance known as homeostasis.
- Adaptogen – CBD helps your body to adapt to varying conditions in order to achieve overall homeostasis and respond effectively to stress.
- Modulator –CBD controls your endocannabinoid system (ECS) so that endocannabinoid and hormone levels are kept at optimal amounts.
In other words, CBD allows your body to regulate, adapt, and modulate. This trifecta of functions will help you combat a long list of underlying conditions while also creating an optimal state of homeostasis.
In general terms, CBD helps your body by:
- Keeping your appetite at healthy levels
- Lowering “bad” cholesterol levels while increasing “good” cholesterol levels
- Keeping your immune system functioning at an optimal level
- Protecting neurons in your central nervous system
- Promoting brain health
- Strengthening your bones and skeletal system
- Protecting and strengthening your skin
- Reducing inflammation and/or swelling throughout the entire body
- Modulating pain response in our bodies
- Regulating healthy levels of neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and anandamide
- Maintaining healthy sleep cycles
Most of these benefits are achieved by CBD regulating, adapting, or modulating our endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a regulatory and control system in our bodies that govern a wide range of effects. CBD keeps this system running smoothly and effectively.
How Long Does CBD Take To Work?
There are a variety of factors that determine how quickly CBD will take effect in your body. This includes the method of ingestion, concentration, and dosage amounts. CBD absorption also depends upon your specific metabolism and whether or not you are taking the supplement on an empty stomach.
There are three primary methods of taking CBD:
- Sublingual application – This just means that the CBD is taken in oil form by dropping it under your tongue. You can administer CBD tinctures this way and they generally work the fastest. The trick to properly using a CBD tincture is to hold the drops of oil under your tongue for 30 to 60 seconds. This will allow the tiny blood vessels in your mucous membranes to soak up as much of the CBD oil as possible. This method can result in effects in as soon as five minutes.
- Ingestion – This just means that the CBD is swallowed, via edibles, capsules, or gummies. The CBD is then absorbed via the gastrointestinal system. This method of administration takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to work. It may take even longer depending on your weight, metabolism, and whether or not you have an empty stomach.
- Topical application – This is different than the other methods in that the CBD is applied directly to the skin. These CBD products come in the form of a lotion, salve, or balm and are useful for targeting localized pain or aches in one part of the body. If applied liberally to the area in question, then it is possible for CBD lotion to relieve muscle and joint pain within minutes.
How & When To Take CBD:
The first two methods are the most common, with the majority of available CBD products being tinctures, edibles, or capsules. They each have their pros and cons, depending on what your needs are.
For example, using a tincture is most effective if you are suffering from nausea and vomiting. The sublingual application allows you to bypass having to metabolize anything in your stomach or intestines. If your nausea is severe enough, it may not be possible for you to even keep anything down long enough for your body to absorb it.
On the other hand, ingestion allows for the medicinal effects to last longer. The absorption of the CBD into your bloodstream is much slower, but it remains at a higher concentration for a longer period of time. For patients who are seeking daily relief, CBD capsules or edibles are generally the preferred methods of administration.
CBD is always most effective when taken daily. It is the cornerstone of a health and wellness regimen to achieve optimal homeostasis. Once you start taking CBD on a daily basis, allow your body about 1 to 2 weeks to feel the maximum benefits. If after these 1 or 2 weeks you are still suffering from symptoms or discomfort, then increase your dosage.
Is CBD legal?
The legality of CBD products depends on the source plant that it comes from. Marijuana contains high levels of THC and THC is not yet legal in all 50 states, so any CBD products derived from marijuana (A controlled substance) is not legal. If the CBD is derived from legal hemp and contains less than 0.3% of THC, then it is absolutely legal.
Properly manufactured CBD products will come from hemp plants, resulting in a product that will not cause intoxication and is 100% legal. Some companies will sell products that only come from properly cultivated hemp plants, resulting in a safe, effective, and legal CBD Concentrate.
What Conditions Does CBD Help With?
Ongoing research has concluded that the CBD molecule has over 50 different mechanisms of action! CBD is highly adaptive, so its effectiveness is due to the fact that it has so many different ways of working with the human body.
In some parts of the scientific literature, they refer to CBD as a “multi-target therapy”. This is just a fancy way of saying that CBD can treat multiple symptoms and underlying conditions at the same time.
Symptoms CBD Can Aid:
- Anxiety and/or depression
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Tardive dyskinesia
- Sleep apnea
- Obesity and/or diabetes (including diabetic cardiomyopathy)
- Epilepsy and/or seizure disorders
- Various forms of cancer, including skin and bladder cancer
- Crohn’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Asthma and allergies
- Various pain and inflammatory disorders
- Stroke recovery
As you can see, CBD can combat a wide variety of medical conditions. If you or a loved one suffer from one of these conditions, then regularly taking a CBD product can help you not only survive, but thrive! Enjoy one of life’s greatest blessings by taking your health back today!