The basics of CBD, as easy as 1, 2, 3, . . . right? Not so much. The Coaches here get quite a bit of questions on the basics of CBD—What is it? How does it work? Will it get me “high”? What’s the best way to use CBD? Are there any side effects to CBD? What research is out there on the benefits of CBD?
That’s why we thought we would take the time to answer these questions one-by-one and lay it our for all of our customers to see!
What is CBD?
Okay, really what is CBD? To put it simply, CBD (cannabidiol) is a naturally occurring compound found in cannabis. It can be extracted from the cannabis plant in a number of fashions—through the use of liquid solvents such as butane or ethanol, through the use of CO2, or through the use of oils such as olive oil. While some methods are more precise than others, the CBD compound can be distilled down so it does not contain any of the other compounds contained in the cannabis plant, such as THC.
How Does CBD Work?
So how does CBD work its magical powers? Well, to not get too scientific, once CBD enters our blood stream from whatever type of ingestion (oil, smoke, balm, etc.), flows through two different receptors in our endocannabinoid system—CB1 and CB2. The CB1 receptor binds primarily to the brain and nervous system while the CB2 receptor interacts largely with the immune system. When CBD flows through these receptors, it begins to promote homeostasis within our immune and central nervous systems both of which help to regulate a human’s health.
Does CBD Get you “High”?
To put it simply—no. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant. If you happen to use a CBD supplement and begin to feel “woozy”, you should definitely make sure that the supplement does not contain THC in it. THC is the popularly known compound in cannabis to give you that “high” feeling. And as I mentioned above, some extraction processes are more precise than others, so you may run into a CBD product or two which did not go through an rigorous enough extraction process to ensure that all of potential THC compounds were removed from the extract used to make the CBD product.
What’s the Best Way to Use CBD?
This is an answer that’s specific to you—however you best like. There are a variety of methods in which to take CBD, including smokable flower, edibles, tinctures, creams/salves, capsules and concentrates. Finding the right way to consume CBD will vary depending on one’s comfort level and medical conditions.
If you want to take CBD via an edible method, check out the Coach's Secret Stuff, our CBD oil tincture. But if you’d rater use CBD via a vaporizer, check out the Coach's Slugger, our great tasting disposable CBD vape pen.
Are There Side Effects to CBD Consumption?
Yes, yes there are. Based upon a Medical Journal released in 2017 reviewing a number of studies on the use of CBD for the treatment of epilepsy and psychotic disorders, the most commonly reported side effects of CBD were tiredness, diarrhea, and changes to appetite/weight. Not anything too out of the ordinary, but the journal goes on to say that the jury is still out on al the potential side effects of CBD, especially in the context of using CBD while pregnant or while using other medications. This is all to say is that while the research currently shows minor side effects, please consult your physician before self-medicating with CBD!
What Research is Out There on the Benefits of CBD?
Lots of research, with plenty of more in the pipeline. In addition to laying out the benefits that CBD helps to support in our article on the benefits of CBD for athletes, a 2011 study by researchers at the University of Washington in St. Louis found that 71% of retired National Football League (NFL) players reported some form of pain medication abuse. At the same time, it appears that at least 50% of current NFL players use cannabinoids in one or more of the different medical forms. The situation is the same in the NBA, where it is estimated that 80% of NBA players often self-medicate with CBD products.
Besides the research cited in our article, there is tons of CBD research out there for you to see! Follow some of the links below to check out the research—
Some of these articles may be a little too technical, but if interested in reading more on these studies, please dive into all the research provided by PubMed.
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