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By Redeem | Nov 1, 2019
Is CBD Right for Me?
Is CBD Right for Me?
By Redeem | Nov 1, 2019
CBD is nature’s prescription. Restore your body to its best form.
Your body is an astonishing organism, made up of trillions of cells. These cells combine to make tissues. These tissues form organs. And these organs make up systems that allow us humans to do what humans do.
Within these systems there is a lot going on: Chemicals being produced and absorbed. Signals sent and received. Cells replicating and splitting. With all of these interworking parts, your body can be thought of as a complex machine. A major factor that distinguishes your body from being just a pile of pulleys and gears, however, is its ability to heal itself.
When your body is operating at its best (homeostasis), it is incredibly efficient at fixing its own problems. Self-healing. But your “machinery” can get worn out— it operates for 24 hours each day. As it gets strained, something is bound to break. When this happens, your body is not as good at healing itself as it once was.
Prescription medications have long been the practical answer for treating a broken down bio-machine. They can be effective in targeted repairs, taking a distinct issue and resolving it. But use of synthetic drugs can be addictive, they are often accompanied by a compulsory list of side effects, and are not necessarily a holistic approach to wellness. Thankfully there are alternatives.
If you think of your body as a machine, CBD would be the oil. Ironically enough, our CBD is an oil.
CBD is one of over 100 cannabinoids that can be derived from the cannabis sativa plant. In more specific terms, CBD is a “phyto”-cannabinoid which, as the prefix implies, distinguishes it as plant-based product. And plant-life has quite the track record of being beneficial for human-life.
CBDA (cannabidiolic acid) is the precursor to the CBD cannabinoid that we use in our products (the chemical compound that we extract from hemp is CBDA). Through a process known as “decarboxylation”, we heat the hemp extract and CBDA is broken down from the acid form into “activated” CBD, which is more readily used in our bodies.
In many cases, substituting cannabidiol (CBD) in place of pharmaceuticals provides a safe, more holistic approach to your ailments— reviving your body’s natural ability to fix itself. CBD serves as a catalyst in the self-healing process by initiating an increase in production of organic chemicals vital to maintaining health and balance.
The Effect of CBD on Your Endocannabinoid System
As you read this article, your body is generating its own cannabinoids. Cannabinoids originating in the body, cooked up using your very own DNA recipe, are referred to as “endocannabinoids”. After they are made, these organic compounds go on to interact with one of your body’s best kept secrets—the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Its purposes range from neuroprotection to regulation of your immune system, impacting faculties such as appetite, sleep, mood, and pain.
In addition to endocannabinoids, the ECS is comprised of an expansive network of receptors. These receptors are located on surfaces of cells scattered throughout your body and will ultimately bind with the endocannabinoids being transported throughout your bloodstream.
This binding event stimulates the production of crucial chemicals that regulate our bodily systems such as neurotransmitters (nervous system), cytokines (immune system), and hormones (endocrine system).
Interacting with the Endocannabinoid System is the most prevalent way that CBD impacts the functionality of our body. CBD can protect your endocannabinoids from being broken down by enzymes, allowing more of them to be available for binding with the ECS. The more binding, the more chemicals released. The more readily chemicals are released, the better your body will be at regulating and maintaining homeostasis.
Now that you have been adequately introduced to CBD, we would like to address some of the most pressing questions that this “budding” industry incites.
Will it get me high?
A common concern about CBD oil is whether or not it will induce the psychoactive effect referred to as a “high”. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the widely recognizable constituent found in cannabis that elicits this sensation of feeling high. The cannabinoid that makes up the vast majority of our product is cannabidiol, or simply “CBD”. The extraction methods that we employ allows for regulating the concentration of other cannabis compounds, to include THC, in the final product.
This allows our oils to maintain their desirable therapeutic effects without the symptoms of a THC high. By design, some of the Redeem CBD oils do contain low-level amounts of THC (<0.3%) for the medicinal benefits, but this is not a concentration that will have a psychoactive effect on your body.
Is it safe?
CBD is considered a non-toxic substance, meaning that it does not pose an implicit danger to the health of the consumer. The side effects that have been chronicled are generally mild and include dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness and fatigue.
Care should be taken when you are on a current medication. Mixing CBD with prescription medication can inhibit the effectiveness of your prescription or cause an adverse effect. We recommend consulting a physician whenever taking CBD in addition to other medications.
Another aspect to consider in the safety discussion is the quality of your CBD product. Factors ranging from the manufacturing processes to the hemp supplier can have an impact on the grade of CBD you receive. GMPCheck to ensure the company that you choose uses organic, non-GMO cannabis and follows cGMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) processes.
The safest way to use CBD is to start with a low dosage in order to learn how your body responds. Track the effects and adjust your intake based on your observed results.
What can CBD do for my health?
The answer to this question is precisely why we got into the business. The potential therapeutic value of CBD for your body is spectacular.
At this point in time, however, we are forced to hold our tongues. Federal regulations do not allow us to declare any specific health benefits or conditions that CBD may treat, only that it has the potential to promote general wellness.
Thankfully online education can speak for us. We encourage you to look into such educational sites as www.projectcbd.org for insight as to the practical applications of CBD.
What makes one CBD product better than another?
These are exciting times for CBD enthusiasts, as a wide range of cannabis products are being made available for the first time. Be aware, however, that not all tinctures are created equal. Here are some factors that separate the good from the bad:
Safety: Organic, non-GMO farming is key. Cannabis that is farmed using herbicides and pesticides will maintain these harmful contaminants throughout the extraction process and introduce harmful toxins to your body. Redeem Therapeutics stands by a grassroots method of cannabis processing, taking particular care to ensure that what goes into your body actually belongs there. From the seed to the shelf, and every step in between, we take special care to keep the process natural.
Concentrations: Of the plentiful selection of CBD products, an alarming amount have been found to contain a mere handful of milligrams of CBD per serving or no CBD at all. To protect you from this risk, verify the contents of your CBD batch by looking into third-party test results. Not only will this data will tell you just how much CBD your dollar is getting for you, but also the chemical concentrations within your specific batch. Lab results are how we verify that our signature “Optimal Spectrum” has been achieved and that our product contains the scope of cannabinoids and terpenes necessary to provide the “Entourage Effect”.
Quality: The current market for CBD can be likened to a 21st century Wild West. While the FDA has consistently recognized the health benefits of CBD oils, it has yet to enter the realm of regulation. This lack of accountability has opened the door to an expansive divergence in quality of CBD in the marketplace as opportunists push inferior products. Take the time to ensure that the company supplying you is thinking about your health and wellness, not just your money.
We are committed to helping you take back your health. It is our firm belief that CBD is an exceptional tool in that pursuit. Our goal is to provide a safe, quality product that contains the CBD that your body craves to restore your natural balance.