Benefits of CBD
Are you thinking about trying a CBD product? CBD offers many potential benefits for health and wellness. Understanding what the commonly accepted benefits of CBD are, and what claims are still in the research phase, can help you decide whether or not CBD products might be beneficial for you.
What Exactly Is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the most common cannabinoids in the Cannabis sativa plant. Cannabinoids are the compounds that can interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which helps regulate a wide range of bodily functions via receptors in the central and peripheral nervous systems.
While the human body makes endocannabinoids to interact with these receptors, plant-based cannabinoids, called phytocannabinoids, also interact safely with the ECS. There are more than 100 known cannabinoids, and at least 85 which are “active”, meaning they have a measurable effect on the human body.
Will CBD Get Me High?
Unlike its cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD doesn’t have psychoactive effects – meaning it doesn’t alter your mental state to make you feel high. Instead, CBD works gently on receptors throughout your body to deliver beneficial effects and help you feel holistically well.
Is CBD Legal?
Since CBD isn’t psychoactive, it isn’t classified as a controlled substance. It is legal in all 50 states as long as it is derived from a specific type of C. sativa plant called industrial hemp. Plants that have less than 0.3% THC, are hemp; anything with a THC content over that is marijuana, which is much more controlled and only legal in certain states under certain situations.
The Benefits of CBD
There are many potential benefits of CBD, ranging from commonly accepted ones to potential uses that haven’t been conclusively proven but for which there is at least some scientific evidence. It is important to understand the potential benefits, so you can know what to expect. Plus, since CBD has few if any side effects for the average person, it is considered a generally safe supplement to take.
Be advised that you should not replace doctor-recommended treatment with CBD use. However, CBD can often be helpful as a complementary supplement alongside traditional medical care. Always check with your physician first before taking CBD if you are under a doctor’s care or taking certain prescription drugs.
Top Benefits of CBD
There are at least half a dozen benefits of CBD that are fairly well established. These include the following.
CBD for Enhanced Relaxation
Many people take CBD daily or on an as needed basis to help manage symptoms of anxiety or depression. Others take CBD to reduce their stress and allow them to relax. Some people like to take CBD in the morning to start their day with added stability and calm, or at the end of the day to help them unwind and destress.
CBD for Better Sleep
Many CBD users find that an evening dose of CBD significantly improves the quality of their sleep. Yummy CBD products that are intended to help you sleep better also contain melatonin, a natural hormone produced by the brain as well as being found in plants.
The combination of CBD and melatonin is intended to help you drop off to sleep more easily and to stay asleep for longer periods of time. Having higher quality sleep leads to feeling more rested and alert during the day.
CBD for Pain Control
CBD helps many people by reducing their pain levels. When the CBD interacts with the ECS, it can alter the signals being sent to the brain, calming overactive pain receptors and providing soothing relief.
People who are experiencing muscular, nerve, or other pain due to autoimmune conditions (including fibromyalgia), age-related issues (like arthritis), or health diagnoses (such as diabetic neuropathy) may find CBD to be helpful in reducing pain levels.
CBD for Reduced Inflammation
CBD has anti-inflammatory effects, which can also help reduce pain levels by lowering inflammation due to an injury or a health condition. It may also help people who live with an inflammatory disease, like diabetes or rheumatism.
CBD for Appetite Issues
CBD has also found to be helpful for people who experience a lack of interest in food or nausea issues. This can include people who have eating disorders or those who are undergoing certain types of medical treatment, such as radiation or chemotherapy. CBD has been shown to help calm nausea and increase appetite.
Additional Benefits of CBD
Research around CBD is ongoing, thanks to its legalization and potential for application across a broad spectrum of health and wellness scenarios. The following benefits aren’t fully proven yet, but scientific research indicates a strong link between the use of CBD and positive outcomes. Reminder, if you being treated for any medical condition, it is recommend that you consult with your doctor prior to taking CBD.
CBD for Skin Health
CBD can interact with receptors in the skin without ever entering the bloodstream. This can help manage dry or itchy skin, acne breakouts, and even overly oily skin. As a result, there is potential for use against common skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis.
CBD for Symptom Control
CBD seems to help people who suffer from progressive diseases like fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis, which attack the body’s nervous system and cause debilitating symptoms. CBD may help provide symptom relief and make it easier to get through flare ups or periods when the disease is having highly adverse effects.
CBD for Addiction Recovery
CBD may be able to help reduce cravings, anxiety, or compulsive behaviors related to addiction. It’s believed that CBD can lower levels of stress hormones in the body, making it easier to manage the symptoms of withdrawal and subsequent recovery.
Ways to Take CBD
There are many ways to take CBD. How and when you dose with CBD, what product you use, and how you manage your dose size will all affect how CBD interacts with your system.
CBD oil is designed to be taken sublingually, meaning you put the dose under your tongue and let it soak into the sublingual tissue for 30 to 60 seconds. Doing so it reaches the capillaries, which are the tiniest blood vessels in the body, and is carried swiftly into the bloodstream.
In most cases, taking CBD oil this way means you’ll start to feel the effects in around 30 minutes or so, and the benefits can last for several hours. You can experiment with the amount you take and how often you take it to see what gives you the longest lasting and smoothest experience.
Yummy CBD oil comes in two different flavors, so you don’t get a nasty oil taste in your mouth. Each bottle holds 30 mL. One mL of oil has either 33 or 67 mg of CBD. The dropper is marked in mg, so it’s easier to get your CBD dose exactly right and scale it up or down as needed.
Orange Zest CBD Oil
This is our original CBD oil tincture. It has 33 mg of CBD per mL and can be used anytime to help you relax, reduce stress, address pain issues, and reduce inflammation.
Mellow Mint CBD Oil
This is our “sleep” CBD oil formula. It has 67 mg of CBD plus 1 mg of melatonin per mL. It is designed for taking at night to help you rest better.
CBD gummies are made to be chewed and swallowed, meaning they will enter your body’s digestive tracts and undergo first phase metabolism. This process takes a little longer for the the CBD to enter your bloodstream, so you it will take an hour or an hour and a half before you start to feel the effects. However, gummies have a longer-lasting result than oil.
To see what works best and fastest for you, try experimenting with taking CBD gummies on an empty stomach, with a meal, or a specified amount of time after a meal.
Yummy CBD gummies come in two different varieties, just like our CBD oil tinctures so you can pick the one that works best for your needs and the time of day. Each pouch of gummies has 30 gummies, in four different fruit flavors (grape, watermelon, green apple and pineapple.) This makes dosing extremely easy, and you can adjust your dose as needed by taking either one or two gummies at a time.
Fruity Delight CBD Gummies
These are our regular CBD gummies, with 24 mg of CBD per gummy for daily use. You can take a gummy as needed without having to measure anything.
Fruitful Dreams CBD Gummies
These are the sleep version of our gummies, with 24 mg of CBD and 1 mg of melatonin per gummy for evening use. They are geat to take before bedtime.
Benefits of Full Spectrum CBD
There are a lot of different ways to make CBD products. They can contain only CBD, CBD plus a few other compounds, or CBD plus many other compounds from the hemp plant. Knowing more about different types of products can help you make an informed decision about your CBD use.
Hemp Plant Properties
Industrial hemp contains CBD as well as many other helpful cannabinoids, including CBN and CBG. It also contains 0.3% or less of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC. In addition, the plant contains a variety of terpenes, which can work in the same way as cannabinoids and enhance their effectiveness.
Some manufacturers only sell a CBD isolate, which means CBD is extracted from the hemp plant and completely stripped of any other compound before being mixed with the carrier oil or infused into a gummy. This can deliver some benefits of CBD, but lack other potential benefits.
A step-up from CBD isolate is broad-spectrum CBD hemp extract, which contains other non-psychoactive cannabinoids plus terpenes to enhance the effectiveness of the product. The more compounds from the plant included in a CBD product, the more effective it is, thanks to what is known as “the entourage effect” – whereby all the components work synergistically to create a greater benefit together.
Full-spectrum is hemp extract that includes all of the terpenes and cannabinoids, including a trace amount of THC. This is the most effective form of CBD because all of the compounds work together to enhance the effectiveness of CBD in your body. CBD is still the main compound, accounting many times that of all the other compounds put together. You can’t get high off of full-spectrum CBD products because there simply isn’t enough psychoactive THC present.
All of Yummy CBD’s products are full-spectrum, helping you get the complete entourage effect. This does mean that there are trace amounts of THC in the products, but it’s within the amount to be legal since all of our products are sourced from organic, American industrial hemp.
It is important to be fully informed about the benefits of CBD so you can make the best decision for your needs.
If you’re ready to start experiencing the benefits of CBD, we recommend trying either CBD oil or gummies for thirty days. Then, if you want, switch types or add a type to see how that changes your results.
Keeping a journal to track when and how much you take, whether or not your stomach was full or empty at the time, and how you felt before and after the dose, can assist you in figuring out how your body reacts.
You can get more information about how to choose what kind of CBD to start with by reading our extensive Buyer’s Guide. When you are ready to make your first purchase, head over to our SHOP page and select your first product. They are all great!
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