Some Wise Words on CBD
CBD Dosing For Humans by Jeri Kay Darling
What is CBD oil?
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of many (over 100) non-intoxicating compounds, known as cannabinoids, in the hemp plant. Some other cannabinoids include CBG, CBN, CBG, CBC and THC. All of which work together to offer a therapeutic effect. A safe, non-addictive substance, CBD is one of more than a hundred phytocannabinoids (phyto meaning plant) which are unique to cannabis and hemp that give it its therapeutic profile. CBD extracts are derived from hemp, and can also be referred to as CBD oil, hemp-derived CBD oil, or hemp extracts, all of which have under .3% THC which separates it from the cannabis plant.
How does CBD oil work?
CBD interact with our bodies in a variety of ways. CBD produce effects in the body by attaching to certain receptors. Primarily, it works with our endocannabinoid system, keeping it functioning properly. Our ECS is responsible for keeping our bodies functioning properly and keeping up healthy.
What is the endocannabinoid system?
The ECS (endocannabinoid system) is a large neurotransmitter network that helps the body and brain communicate with each other. It is responsible for establishing and maintaining good health. CBD works by tapping into the ECS, modulating its effects. Think for a minute the role of a conductor in an orchestra. In the most basic terms, the conductor beats time. It is essential to have someone at the front of the ensemble communicating with the musicians. Without it, the musician will not know when to change beat. The results can be quite displeasing to the ears and chaos can ensue. Our ECS is that way. If the ECS is not functioning properly, chaos will ensue and your body will not be happy, leaving you with all sorts of problems.
What do CBD and the ECS have to do with each other?
CBD works by tapping into the ECS, modulating its effects. It is a compound that can alter concentrations of neurotransmitters in the nervous system. It can also affect the immune system and other bodily functions. CBD also calms communication between excited brain cells. scientists have identified two primary endocannabinoids. Anandamide, known as the “bliss molecule” and 2-AG. One of the ways CBD works is by preventing these blissful molecules from being quickly broken down by the body. More of the “bliss molecule” means more bliss. This is just one of many ways CBD works with our ECS.
What is the difference between CBD and THC?
CBD does not cause a psychotropic “high” or euphoria. Instead, CBD promotes a sense of calmness and ease without distorting cognition or causing you to feel out of the ordinary.
THC and CBD produce unique effects because they work with different cannabinoid receptors in the body. Cannabinoid receptors are responsible for regulating the balance of many everyday functions in the human body. Our bodies have two main receptors that cannabinoids work with. CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain and spinal cord and CB2 receptors are typically found in our immune cells. THC works mainly with CB1 receptors and CBD works mainly with CB2 receptors. THC has psychoactive effects because it directly engages the CB1 receptor in the brain. CBD does not bind directly with either CB1 or CB2 receptors. Instead, it stimulates both types of receptors.
How do I use my CBD products?
They are not sold for medical purposes such as preventing or treating diseases or ailments.
Many customers who use our CBD oils like to drop the oil directly into their mouths, under the tongue. This is the preferred method because of its ability to be absorbed quickly into the bloodstream. You can do this in two ways: go to a mirror and watch the drops fall under the tongue or place the desired drops on a spoon and slide the spoon under the tongue.
Our hemp extract is a natural supplement that contains all the material of the plant including CBD, CBDa, THC, CBG, among other minor cannabinoids.
How do I know how much to take?
Dosing is very individualized. There is no “one size fits all” when using CBD. Therefore, we suggest starting with 2-3mg of your tincture, 2 or 3 times a day. After a week of this, if you are not getting the results you would like, we suggest increasing it another 1-2mg at each dose. This method of dosing is called Titration Method. Do this weekly until you achieve your goal. This is literally DROPS not droppers. Each product description will tell you how much is in each drop/ml. So, a dosing schedule may look something like this: Week 1, 2 drops 3 times a day. Week 2 3 drops 3 times a day and so forth.
Which method should I use to consume my CBD?
With the variety of CBD products on the market, it can be difficult to know which is right for you, and what is the best way to consume CBD for maximum benefit. Each method is good in its own way. Some people prefer one method over another and yet others like more than just one method. Here is some information to help you choose:
- Dosage control
- Easy to use
- Quick acting
- Onset Time: under the tongue, 5-30 minutes
- Average Duration: 6-8 hours
- Many options
- Good for those who can not tolerate the taste
- Onset Time: Up to 2 hours
- Average Duration: 8 hours
- Typically lasts in the body longer than a tincture but takes longer to take effect. Good option for a steady dose.
Because of cannabinoid receptors found in the skin, topical application of CBD and cannabis products can also bring therapeutic results. Use these as needed.
- Treats localized issues, reduces the perception of pain
- Effective on chronic issues
- Onset Time: 5-20 minutes
- Average Duration: 2-6 hours
A transdermal patch is a medicated adhesive patch placed on the body, supplying CBD into the bloodstream through the skin.
Transdermal patches are a great method for long-term management or other conditions that require consistent dosages throughout the day.
- Consistent dosage throughout the day
- Long-term management
- Onset Time: 20-40 minutes
- Average Duration: 48 hours
Where do we supply our hemp from?
Here at Simply Owl Natural, we take our hemp seriously. We are not looking for hemp that just anyone can obtain. We want hemp from a farmer who has natural farming practices and goes the extra mile to ensure their product is top notch and is organic.
We source from small farmers around the United States. We search until we find the perfect crude that meets our strict demands. It must contain large amounts of CBDa (an amazing cannabinoid that is great for many issues), CBD and CBG. Since it is sometimes difficult to find a good amount of CBG in hemp crude, we add a CBG crude to our main mixture. This gives us the perfect blend for those looking for relief from all of the discomforts life can bring.
Testing for heavy metals and pesticides is done on the flower after harvest before being extracted. Once we receive the paste, we send it out to be further tested. Then we send it out again after it has been formulated to make sure the tincture contains the correct amount of CBD. Our hemp is grown organic (the farms have their organic certification), non-GMO and vegan. Our CBD tincture is a powerful aid to your body’s health and wellness journey.
Does CBD interfere with medications?
At sufficient dosages, CBD will deactivate cytochrome P450 enzymes, thereby altering how we metabolize painkillers, statins, blood thinners, insulin & more. This means that you can end up with your body not getting enough of your medication or getting too much because they aren't being processed through properly. Pharmacists are a wealth of information, however there has not been enough studies done on the pharmacokinetics of CBD so even their information is limited. They do suggest leaving a gap between medicines. Beta blockers, blood pressure, blood thinning and any medication that contraindicates with grapefruit require a 4hr gap. All other medicines, 2 hours.
For more information, ask your pharmacist/doctor or go to project CBD to read on the subject.
In accordance with federal regulations, we cannot make health claims regarding our CBD products. We can only recommend our products for general health and wellness. Do your research. Some of our favorite places to go are: leafly; profofpot; analytical cannabis and projectcbd.
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