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How CBD Works?

Are you wondering how CBD works? There are a lot of different factors that go into how CBD affects your body, from the way the CBD is manufactured to your own unique physiology. 

Understanding the basics of how CBD interacts with the human body and the range of different things that can contribute to outcomes will help you make the best decisions about where to get your CBD and how to get it into your bloodstream where it can provide beneficial effects. 

CBD certainly isn’t a solution with a one-size-fits-all application. There is usually a little bit of trial and error as you figure out how CBD works for you specifically and how to optimize your use of CBD. Over time, you’ll be able to refine your own process to get the best results possible.

CBD Mythbusting

Before getting into the specifics of how CBD works, let’s look at some of the biggest myths surrounding CBD.

How CBD Works With Your Body?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid derived from the Cannabis sativa plant. This means it is an organic phytocannabinoid (“phyto” meaning plant). Cannabinoids have many helpful properties and have been used for years as a supplemental form of wellness by many cultures.

Human bodies make organic endocannabinoids (“endo” meaning within [the body]). We actually have an entire endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is connected to our central and peripheral nervous systems. Our bodies produce different kinds of endocannabinoids as needed to regulate various functions, like metabolism, sleep, and pain responses.

The ECS has two different types of receptors that interact with endocannabinoids.

  • CB1 receptors are attached to the central nervous system, which is comprised of the brain and the spinal cord. 
  • CB2 receptors are attached to the peripheral nervous system, which is the extensive network of nerves that branch off from the spine and connect to your limbs, muscle, and skin

Scientists have discovered that the ECS can interact with phytocannabinoids in the same way it does with endocannabinoids. If you are having issues with certain functions that are affected by endocannabinoids, taking phytocannabinoids like CBD may help regulate those functions and make you feel better.

CBD and Your ECS

To interact with most receptors in your ECS, cannabinoids must be able to cross the blood brain barrier and enter the bloodstream. How long this process takes from the moment you put CBD into your body affects how long it takes for the CBD to start working.

CBD typically interacts with the CB2 receptors affecting your peripheral nervous system. These receptors connect to the CBD when it’s in your bloodstream, and then start sending signals to various parts of the body and affecting their functions.

The results can be reduced pain signals sent to the brain, a feeling of relaxation, better sleep patterns, reduced anxiety, and more. It’s also thought that using CBD helps your body’s natural endocannabinoids last longer, improving their own beneficial effects.

Topicals (such as a CBD-infused lotion) can work with CB2 receptors located in the skin, so they don’t have to enter the bloodstream, but the effects of topicals versus ingested CBD (such as CBD oil or gummies) are different. Topicals usually don’t have as significant an effect as ingested CBD.

Ingesting CBD

The best way to get CBD into your system is to ingest it. High quality CBD oil and CBD gummies, like those available from Yummy CBD, provide a safe, reliable, and consistent way to ingest CBD. All our products are made with pure CBD extracted from American grown, organic industrial hemp and are third-party tested to ensure purity and potency. 

CBD Oil Tincture

The best way to use CBD oil is to put the dose under your tongue using a dropper, and then to hold it there for 30 to 60 seconds before swallowing. This method of ingesting CBD lets it absorb quickly through the sublingual tissue into the capillaries (tiny blood vessels) under the tongue. 

Since doing it this way, the CBD gets into your bloodstream very quickly, you’ll usually start feeling the effects of the CBD oil in around 30 minutes, and these effects can last for several hours before they wear off.

Yummy CBD oil tinctures are flavored, so they taste good while you hold them in your mouth for the specified duration of time. This helps you use your CBD oil to maximum effect and get results faster. We flavor our CBD oils with the yummiest, natural flavors!

CBD Gummies

Another great way to ingest CBD is by eating gummies. CBD gummies are a very easy way to take CBD. Consuming CBD this way it still gets into your bloodstream, but the process is usually somewhat slower due to the fact that the CBD has to be broken down via first-pass metabolism before it can get into your bloodstream.

That said, gummies are very discreet and an enjoyable way to get your CBD dose. Yummy CBD gummies are carefully manufactured to have exactly the stated dose of CBD per gummy, so you can rely on consistency. The yummy fruit flavor of each gummy is an added treat!  

With gummies, you can expect a wait of around 90 minutes before you start feeling the effects of the CBD. However, it could be a shorter or longer time depending on your body weight and whether your stomach is full or empty when you eat the gummy.

CBD Works Differently For Everyone

Every person who tries CBD will have a slightly different experience. There are so many different factors that will affect how CBD works for you that it’s important to be as consistent as possible for 30 days.

This gives you enough time to really gain an understanding of what CBD does to your unique physiology. It will also give you an idea of how fast CBD works for you in different circumstances.

Here are just a few of the main factors that can have an impact on your body’s reaction to CBD:

How CBD Is Administered

As noted, CBD oils and CBD gummies reach the bloodstream in different ways and after different time periods. You may want to try one type of CBD administration for 30 days, then switch to another type for an additional 30 days before deciding if you like one better than the other or want to keep both as options for different situations.

Because of how different our body structures are, several factors can affect how CBD oil operates throughout the body and how long it takes for CBD oil to work in the body. These factors include:

How Your Metabolism Reacts

Your metabolism can affect how swiftly you break down and process compounds like CBD. Your metabolic rate can also help dictate how long CBD stays in your system and how long the effects last. As you age, your metabolism can change, and more or less exercise or food can also tweak your metabolic rate.

Your Body Composition

Your weight, muscle mass, and amount of body fat can also alter how much CBD or what form works best for you. A larger person might find they need a bigger dose or to take their doses more frequently, and can also experience longer wait times before the CBD begins to have an effect. In contrast, a smaller person might get strong results very quickly from a minimal dose. 

Dosing Frequency

On that note, how often you need to take CBD will depend a lot on your body type and metabolism. Some people find a single serving or one dose in morning and one at night works for them. Others need booster doses throughout the day to maintain the effects they want most. You can self-regulate your dosing habits to meet your specific needs.

Size of Each Dose

Again, different amounts of CBD will work better for different people. The “serving size” listed on our Yummy CBD products are intended as a way to tell you exactly how much CBD is in a specific amount of oil or a single gummy, and can be used as a jumping off point.

You can experiment with different dosages – from a few drops to a dropperful or half a gummy to two at a time – and see what works best for you. Remember to keep other factors in mind, like the time of day, how active you are, and what your meal habits have been like.

When You Take a Dose

You might discover that your morning dose doesn’t seem to hit as hard as your evening one, or that if you take CBD after a big meal the effects seem stronger or weaker, or take more or less time to kick in.

You can track your results by keeping a CBD dosing diary and writing down what kind of dose you take, how much, when, and what the effects were every time you use oil or eat a gummy. After 30 days, you should have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn’t for you, and you can start adjusting your CBD use to get the targeted results you desire.

How Long Does CBD Oil Stay in the Body?

Just like the dosing, a whole range of factors can affect how long the CBD stays in your system after you use oil or take a gummy. Estimates range all the way from 3 days if you’re a smoker of CBD to six hours or less if you ingest it. FYI, if you only use CBD topicals, the CBD never reaches the bloodstream, so it’s not relevant.

One reason some people want an answer to this question is because they are worried about random drug tests at their place of employment or elsewhere. However, it’s not really CBD you need to think about: it’s what else is in your CBD product that could cause issues. 

Drug tests aren’t designed to detect CBD. However, they are designed to detect THC, and there could be a trace amount of THC in your CBD product, especially if it is full spectrum. This could return a “false” positive because tests don’t really gauge how much THC is present, only that it’s there. Here’s why that matters.

Why Traces of THC Are in Many CBD Products  

Legalized CBD is derived from industrial hemp, which is any strain of the Cannabis sativa plant which contains only 0.3 percent THC or less. (Anything over this limit isn’t considered hemp; instead it is categorized as marijuana, which is much more heavily regulated.)

Even legal CBD products can have this trace amount of THC present, which can return a “false” positive on a blood test. There are CBD products that don’t contain any THC at all, but they usually aren’t as effective – you need multiple compounds from the C. sativa plant to really get the full effect. 

Full Spectrum CBD

The purest form of CBD is an isolate, which means it isn’t anything but CBD in a carrier oil. Broad spectrum CBD has some other compounds from the plant included, like additional cannabinoid and terpenes, which enhance the efficacy of the oil tincture or the gummy.

Full spectrum CBD is the most effective form, and it includes terpenes and cannabinoids like CBG, CBN, and THC – but only the amount legally able to be in industrial hemp. Having the full spectrum helps bring about what is known as the “entourage effect”, with all of the compounds working together for more significant results. Because of these beneficial properties, Yummy CBD oils and gummies contain full spectrum CBD.

Making Sure You’re Buying Legal CBD

High-quality CBD products will come with a certificate of analysis (CoA) from their manufacturer. This lets you know the potency of the CBD product you are using. The CoA will tell you the strength of the CBD in the product as well as how much THC it contains.

At Yummy CBD, every batch goes to an independent third-party testing lab. They prepare a report specific to the batch, and we make that available to our customers via a QR code on the packaging. We also post the results the results on our website.  We want you to be confident that your product is consistent and reliable in its potency so you can accurately determine how CBD works for you.

Ready to try CBD oil or gummies? Visit our SHOP page!  If you have more questions, we invited you to check out our Buyer’s Guide.


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