Every day. People are talking about CBD, right? It’s like the biggest thing in the health and wellness space and it makes sense because the Endocannabinoid System is such a powerful system that we have in our bodies, and we need to be able to activate that system. We need to be able to keep the endocannabinoids that are moving through our body, able to really work with the receptors, the CB1 the CB2, without being destroyed too quickly from the enzymes that destroy them.
So here’s the thing, most of us are stressed out, we’re overworked, we’re tired, we may experience anxiety. Some of us are experiencing depression, many of us are lonely, and all of this does something to our bodies. It puts us in a state of being sympathetic, which is fight-or-flight, versus when we’re parasympathetic, which is also called rest and digest. So the point of this article is to help you knock through the misconceptions so that you can make an educated decision for yourself.
So we should start with science. How many times have you read or seen that there’s not enough science on CBD? Well, let’s talk about that. If you google CBD and you look at the NIH, you’re gonna see that there are over 11,000 studies that have been done on the CBD. They’re done in Israel, Italy, and England. Many parts of Europe, they’re done in Brazil, different parts of the world, but they’re not done here at the level that they should be, which brings me to number two.
It doesn’t matter what type of CBD you’re getting. And that’s a total misconception and here’s why: When you take, for example, we’re gonna start with the hemp plant. When you take hemp and you extract the cannabinoids from the hemp, there are a variety of different ways to extract it. And when it’s been extracted, you could have the CBD isolate, which may be just one form of the cannabinoid, or you can get more of a full spectrum form, which we should really like to take because just like with polyphenols, resveratrol, turmeric, all of the different plants, citrus bergamot, you want to be getting full spectrum. And here’s why: If you think about resveratrol, that is one molecule that’s found in a polyphenyl blend, right?
Polyphenols have many different antioxidants, many different properties. If we were to eat a grape or a piece of dark chocolate, like our cocoa bean, or something like that, you’re gonna get a variety of different polyphenols. If you eat a citrus bergamot fruit, you’re gonna get all the different polyphenols, all the different flavonols. When you isolate it down to one specific molecule that makes sense. In different cases, if you’re looking for science on that particular molecule, you want to get certain benefits from it, but when you can eat the whole food when you can eat or benefit from the full spectrum, you’re getting so much more. If it’s full-spectrum CBD, you’re getting all of the different cannabinoids and they’re working together synergistically. So by thinking of the full spectrum as almost a 10x effect and we like to look at it in all areas of our health.
You’re gonna get intoxicated or high from taking CBD. So here’s the thing, any CBD product that comes from hemp, has to have no more than 0.3% THC. In fact, hemp is grown in certain ways. Many different fields where the CBD has grown to have very low levels of THC and when it’s extracted, and we’re going to have another article on how its produced and how it’s made, but when it extracted, you can make- you can be sure that you’re getting no more than 0.3%, which has no psychoactive effects. Now when CBD is extracted from cannabis, then you can have higher levels of the psychoactive component, the THC, found in cannabis. But at the end of the day, all of the CBD that’s on the market is supposed to have less than 0.3% THC, which is a trace amount and will not intoxicate you. It will not get you high.
The dose, the milligram dose that you’re taking matters, and it can vary greatly. So there are many products out therefrom bath bombs, to coffee, to oils, to gummies, to capsules, to powders, to so many varieties and the amount of CBD that’s found in the different products can also vary, anything from you know, like one milligram. I think the highest I’ve seen is probably, maybe a hundred milligrams of the CBD. My personal advice to take will be 20 to 40 milligrams and the best time to take it at night before going to bed. So this here is 20 milligrams and it’s a powder. And you will love it because it dissolves easily and it has very little taste. Also, it’s available as capsules- this little capsule here has 35 milligrams. There are thousands of little companies all over the place selling CBD and how do we know which one to get?
So you know for me, I was introduced to CBD by Dr. Joseph Maroon. He started really doing a lot of research and looking at it and working on it many, many years ago. And so about four and a half years ago he started to tell me and teach me about using CBD as an anti-inflammatory after you exercise. You know, to reduce that inflammation and suggested taking it at night before going to sleep, really to help you rest better. On the other hand, you can be more comfortable at different times, like if you’re traveling or over-stressing yourself, you may take higher doses that night. You may take it at different times in the day. It’s something where you can go quite high and for individuals that are looking for specific benefits, what you want to do is a link to the studies that are on your specific need. So if you have questions, put them in the comments below, we would love to you know, pull the science and share it with you because I think for all of us to sort of getting through the unknown as it relates to our Endocannabinoid System, and how we can help it to allow us to have our greatest health, our best immune system. You know, that place of rest and digest all of those benefits that can come by activating the Endocannabinoid System can be achieved. But we first have to have some insight and some knowledge. And that’s where the right dose of CBD is really important. So you can try different doses, it’s not going to create harm based on all the research that’s been done, but just understand that it can take some real time to sort of find what works best for you, and the time of day also matters.
CBD is sketchy. That’s actually a myth and here’s why: CBD is a powerful nutrient that can support our Endocannabinoid System. Now, what and how and where it comes from can all be sketchy. And let me explain a little bit. Most of the companies that are out there selling CBD know nothing about it. They have no scientists on their team, they haven’t read the research, they don’t know where it comes from, they have no clue how its extracted. They’ve jumped on this bandwagon because it’s cool, right? And when we don’t know those sorts of things, we rely on third parties to give us information and that information can be very skewed. There was a study that was published in JAMA in 2017 and it tested a whole bunch of CBD products. Can you believe that 75% of those products did not test out to show what was on the label? And that’s completely wrong. What you need to do when you’re looking for a quality CBD product is to understand what is a certificate of analysis. Now look, I don’t want to overcomplicate the matter, but if you’re going to choose a CBD, you go on the company’s website and you look at the section that says C of a certificate of analysis. Then it will show you that a separate company tested that product to confirm that what is on the label, is in the product. That’s all you have to do and there are many companies that are doing that today. I hope this article has provided you with some interesting information and hopefully can help dispel some of those myths because maybe CBD is right for you. Maybe activating your Endocannabinoid system is right for you.