What does CBD Stand for? Cannabidiol.
What does CBD stand for? CBD stands for Cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is one of the many compounds found within the hemp plant. CBD or Cannabidiol has been reported to help with a vast array of health concerns. CBD works on the body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short.
Just like how our bodies have a cardiovascular system, hormonal system, and immune system – our endocannabinoid system plays a crucial role in our overall health and our ability to feel well.
This system communicates with our other body systems and acts as a master regulator. Because of its involvement with so many biologic processes, it has amazing therapeutic potential. Hence why CBD is becoming one of the most popular supplements on the market today.
What does CBD feel like?
CBD can have many positive impacts on one’s health, and everyone’s response is individual and unique. Positive experiences from CBD supplementation can include: pain relief, a stronger immune response, anxiety reduction, improved sleep, improved focus, and a stronger feeling of well-being.
THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol needs to be present in the CBD product to have psychoactive effects, or the sensation of feeling ‘high’.
If you are looking for pain management—CBD has been credited for the reduction of feelings of pain. CBD addresses anxiety disorders, multiple sclerosis, skin inflammation, and arthritis, along with the health benefits of CBD interacting with the endocannabinoid system.
Cannabis sativa plants have been used by doctors throughout history to manage a variety of conditions. In the 1920s-1930s, the hemp plant and all types of CBD products became criminalized.
The chemical compounds in CBD and the way this plant heals the human body from disease, chronic pain, and skin disorders can not be disputed. The benefits of CBD include better sleep, reduction in pain, and the reduction of stress and anxiety.
Does CBD actually work?
The answer is, YES. As long as you are investing in a high-quality CBD product. When researching “What Does CBD Stand For?” be sure to also ask “What is the CBD content in this product?”
It is important for a CBD product to clearly label how many milligrams of CBD it contains in the bottle, CBD powder packet, topical CBD lotion, or CBD gummies, as well as CBD per dose. Many products on the market only list the amount of ‘hemp oil’ per serving, which does not give any information about the cannabinoid content. Some products are labeled as containing CBD but actually have zero cannabinoids and only pure hemp seed oil. Dissolvable CBD powder, both in isolate and broad spectrum, will absorb into your body faster than gummies, oil, and tinctures. The bioavailability of water-soluble CBD will give you a predictable result when addressing pain and inflammation.
Food and Drug Administration Regulations (or lack thereof)
Currently, there is no FDA approval for cannabinoid product use for therapeutic benefit. What does this mean? The CBD industry is self-regulated, and a bit of the “wild wild west.” The information on CBD products and labels can vary dramatically, and there is a huge lack of consistency across the board. This is why it is of the utmost importance to be an informed consumer, and know what to look for in labeling and packaging.
Variability in Product Type
There are many different types of CBD products, and it can be hard to know which to choose. Products you’ll see on the shelf include:
- Full-spectrum hemp extract (<0.3% THC)
- Broad-spectrum CBD hemp extract
- CBD isolate (isolated from hemp extract)
- Phytocannabinoid-rich hemp (PCR)
- Hemp seed oil (contains no cannabinoids)
Product Type—Ranked by effectiveness (speed of effect)
- Water-Soluble CBD isolate powder
- Dissolvable and Water-Soluble CBD broad spectrum powder
- Topical CBD Cream
- CBD Spray
- CBD Salve
- CBD Oil
- CBD Gummies
- CBD Tinctures
CBD content vs. hemp oil content
In a good quality product, it should clearly distinguish on the label how many milligrams of CBD you are getting. Many CBD products on the market solely distinguish the amount of ‘hemp oil’ available in each serving, which tells you nothing about the cannabinoid content! Some products have ZERO cannabinoids in them and are labeled as CBD…but when you look at the ingredients, it’s just pure hemp seed oil. This blew my mind when I started looking at the different products out there! The product, website, and packaging should provide guidance on doses of CBD.
What’s with the numbers?
There are a few different numbers you may or may not see on any CBD-infused product labels. There will be the total amount of product in the container (ie: 3 fl oz), the amount of total CBD in the entire container (ie: 750ml), and the amount of CBD per serving (ie: 30mg). All of these numbers should be accounted for on any CBD label.
CBD Product Ingredients
While it’s common to see sugars and/or sweeteners used in CBD products to improve flavor, pay attention to this. If there are a bunch of chemical-sounding ingredients or artificial sweeteners, stay clear! It is always best to consume CBD in the purest form possible – without additives, fillers, dyes, or other ingredients.
CBD Quality standards
You should be able to easily access information regarding your product. Look for a certificate of analysis from a 3rd party testing company to ensure the product is free from heavy metals, pesticides, and microbes. Very few CBD companies actually perform this critical step, as hemp can commonly be full of chemicals and microbes.
THC and CBD. You should also find testing for tetrahydrocannabinol THC and trace levels of THC. This is especially important if you are undergoing drug testing of any sort as even small amounts of THC can come up on drug tests. Full spectrum CBD products are allowed to have low levels of THC so be sure to check this via the products certificate of analysis (COA). Look for products that have a QR code you can scan, a batch number, manufacturing date, or source of the product.
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