Adding CBD to your wellness routine is an easy way to boost your progress and reduce stress. Consumable CBD products are non-intoxicating, meaning they will not make you feel dizzy, “off,” or numb. However, research suggests that CBD may still exert some promising benefits. Today, we’ll discuss what CBD is, how it interacts with the body, and how to use this information when adding CBD to your wellness routine.
Adding CBD to Your Wellness Routine: Explaining CBD
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical that develops in the resinous glands of cannabis flowers. Notably, CBD comes from both marijuana-type cannabis and hemp-type cannabis, though only the latter non-intoxicating form is federally legal.
The most common CBD products include cannabidiol extractions, which may be infused into oils, lotions, or dietary capsules. CBD infusions make it easier – and more pleasurable – to consume these wellness products. Additionally, these products may help improve cannabinoid absorption into the body via the Endocannabinoid System.
About The Endocannabinoid System
The Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, includes an intricate network of endocannabinoids, receptors, and metabolites all working together to regulate and mitigate stressors within the body. Anandamide (AEA) and 2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) are the two most prevalent endocannabinoid our bodies produce. Notably, these endocannabinoid interact with both CB1 and CB2 receptors, which are located in the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system respectively.
When someone experiences stress, whether physical or mental, the ECS kicks into gear by signalling endocannabinoid production. These endo (or “internal”) cannabinoids then bind with cannabinoid receptors to regulate neurotransmission or the flow of information within the body. In doing, the ECS helps regulate things like pain, inflammation, hunger, fertility, sleep, and more.
Essentially, the ECS acts as the body’s hall monitor by controlling neurotransmission, thereby determining how swollen an injury might become or how intense hunger pangs feel. The body’s ability to produce and metabolize endocannabinoids is called “endocannabinoid tone” and largely varies from person to person.
Unfortunately, those with poor endocannabinoid tone may experience things like heightened pain levels or reoccurring sleeplessness. In fact, some experts suggest that a poor endocannabinoid tone, or “Endocannabinoid Deficiency” may be to blame for conditions like IBS, fibromyalgia, or migraines, though this theory is strictly speculation at this time.
CBD and the ECS
CBD, a plant-based cannabinoid, interacts with cannabinoid receptors much like endocannabinoids. However, unlike other cannabinoids, CBD does not directly activate CB receptors. Instead, it partially blocks receptors (i.e. it is a CB receptor antagonist) to help regulate cannabinoid production and absorption. Thus, adding CBD to your wellness routine may strengthen your endocannabinoid tone to help regulate stress. Varying endocannabinoid tones may also explain why ideal cannabinoid doses differ between subjects.
Though there is still much to verify, current CBD research suggests that the compound may improve sleep, stabilize mood, reduce pain, brighten skin, strengthen bones, and more. However, these statements are not FDA-approved, so businesses cannot make these claims. Instead, we simply share what we know then let consumers decide for themselves.
Best CBD Products to Promote Wellness
When adding CBD to your wellness routine, it’s important to consider exactly what you hope to accomplish from it. Notably, some CBD products work better than others to address specific concerns, so choosing the best CBD products for your wellness goals is crucial.
For example, topical CBD products, which interact with CB receptors within the skin, work well for local, targeted relief. On the other hand, digestible products are best for whole-body wellness. So, if your goal is to improve skin elasticity and reduce redness, CBD-infused lotion is an excellent choice. However, if your goal is an overall boost in health, then CBD capsules may be a better option. If you want to improve oral health or speed internal absorption, sublingual tinctures are an excellent choice.
Once you’ve determined the best CBD products for your specific wellness goals, it’s time to put them to work. Use these tips to help you succeed.
Tips for Adding CBD to Your Wellness Routine
The first thing to remember when adding CBD to your wellness routine is that there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to the substance. Application preferences and dosing requirements differ for everyone, so a little experimenting may be in order.
To begin, consider exactly how you hope to incorporate CBD into your daily routine. Will you consume it alongside your daily vitamins? If so, you might want to try CBD capsules, which slowly release cannabinoids into the bloodstream upon digestion for extended benefit. Perhaps you’d like to add CBD to your morning cup of coffee or evening nightcap – or even just drop a bit under your tongue after brushing your teeth. If this is the case, then our tasty tinctures make an excellent option. Notably, allowing CBD to absorb sublingually under the tongue generally results in a quicker, more powerful onset, though the benefits tend to taper off quicker, as well. Consider differing bioavailability between these two modes of consumption when adding CBD to your wellness routine.
Now that you’ve determined the products you wish to try and incorporated them into your schedule, grab a notebook and get to recording. Track your pain and mood levels daily, along with CBD dose size and frequency. As mentioned, everyone’s endocannabinoid tone is different, so it’s up to you to determine which products, doses, and frequencies work for you. Remember, it’s okay to experiment with different products, as long as those products are high-quality.
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