What is CBD oil & how does it work?
What is CBD? There are plenty of natural cannabinoid compounds found in Cannabis plant, and Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of them. Through plant’s secretion process, one can get CBD oil. The majority of people have heard about marijuana and CBD, and indeed they are forms of cannabis. However, cannabis is not the same as marijuana, but present the main source, an umbrella term, for all the forms that can be found in the said plant. THC was the most well-known form of cannabis as it contained the biggest amount of marijuana. However, CBD is the second most well-known form of the cannabis plant, as a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, and has been widely researched and talked about in media when it comes to the scientific and medical purposes. THC is known for the feeling of “getting high” when used, but CBD doesn’t provide such psychoactive changes, which is precisely why it’s gaining legalization status across the US. In general, CBD shouldn’t have any noticeable effect when it comes to the emotions, mental state and behavior; however, there were some people that reported differently when using isolates. When our CBD products are concerned, we derive them from CBD and not marijuana. This is why it’s so common to refer to them as CBD-rich CBD oil, CBD -derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or “CBD extracts”. CBD oil is not the same as CBD seed oil and organic CBD oil, as these don’t contain CBD. All of Naturally Well’s high-CBD CBD crops are grown legally, with the products strictly tested for safety, quality, and cannabinoid content. How does CBD work? There are millions of cannabinoid receptors in your body (mainly in the brain and central nervous system, but they are located throughout your body, and even in the skin) and CBD interacts with these receptors. Basically, CBD is a phytocannabinoid, which means that it is a cannabinoid produced by plant, while your own body produces natural cannabinoids called endocannabinoids. The endocannabinoid system that’s made of these cannabinoid receptors had four main purposes. These include neuroprotection, stress relief, immune response as well as regulation of appetite, sleep, mood, and pain. THC triggers two classical cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) which is not the case with CBD. This is the reason for CBD not inducing any psychoactive effects. What CBD does is to boost your body’s natural cannabinoids production. CBD’s molecular formula is C21H30O2, and it has a molecular mass of 314.4636.
If a CBD extract is 40% cannabinoids, what's the other 60%? What's in your CBD extracts besides the naturally occurring cannabinoids?
CBD oils are extracted from the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. In this oil there are natural phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) together with some other natural compounds. Essentially, you can expect 80+ different phyto-cannabinoids, with the main one obviously being CBD. In general, CBD is the most abundant CBD active phyto-cannabinoid, and already makes 40% of the extract. Phyto-cannabinoids are produced in CBD plants through biosynthesis. Aside from CBD, there are also other related phyto-cannabinoids that are all non-psychoactive. These include Cannabichromene (CBC), Cannabigerol (CBG), and Cannabinol (CBN). CBG is the non-acidic form of cannabigerolic acid. CBC is produced with the synthesis of CBGA and CBCA enzymes while CBN is formed through decarboxylation of CBNA acid in CBDplants. In addition to phyto-cannabinoids, some other naturally occurring molecules include: • Amino acids • Carbohydrates • Vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D) • Fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6) • Trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium) • Beta-carotene • Chlorophyll • Flavonoids • Ketones • Nitrogenous compounds • Alkanes • Glycosides • Pigments • Water • Terpenes It’s important to note that the CBD plant is a legal plant according to USDA as long as Cannabis Sativa L. doesn’t contain more than 0.3% of THC (phyto-cannabinoid responsible for the feeling of intoxication), which is true for the plants we use for our products. Even though our CBD extracts contain very low amount of THC they are very rich in terpenes. These are organic compounds and isomeric hydrocarbons (C10H16) from CBD flower excretions. We at Naturally Well make sure that our CBD plants are specially grown and cultivated with no use of harsh pesticides and chemicals in order to produce high-terpene CBD plants that are perfect for the making of the finest CBD oil. Basically, you can recognize unique characteristics of each plant thanks to the scent that terpenes give off. What’s more, these molecules are responsible for the taste and feel of the final CBD extract. Because of this, terpenes are not only used as a part of our products, but are generally used for various balsams and essential oils production. The most common terpenes in our CBD extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.
What's the difference between CBD and Marijuana?
Industrial CBD and Marijuana can be classified as the same plant scientifically, under their Cannabis sativa genus. However, their genetic profile is vastly different. Industrial CBD is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, or Cannabis Ruderalis. In the end, what makes the biggest difference is the process of breeding between industrial CBD and marijuana form of Cannabis Sativa. In general, marijuana strain is known to be bushier, with more flowering buds compared to industrial CBD . However, we at naturally Well work hard on producing industrial CBD plants that have more flowers, cannabinoids and terpenes. Also, 99% of the time, THC is highly concentrated in marijuana while there’s little trace of it in industrial CBD. Similarly, industrial CBD is rich in CBD while marijuana is not. This is very fortunate for people who are in need of the beneficial effect CBD has without the feeling of “getting high”. Not only that, but CBD is used for various things such as in the process of making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, etc. On the other hand, marijuana is used only recreationally and for medical purposes. It’s also important to note that one can hear a term cannabis oil for oils that are derived from both CBD and marijuana since they are different cannabis forms. In the USA the legal definition of “industrial CBD,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL CBD— The term ‘‘industrial CBD’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”
CBD vs. Marijuana Derived Cannabinoids: Are they the same thing?
Essentially – yes. Regardless of whether it’s derived from hemp or marijuana, in the end, CBD is simply CBD. Still, hemp is always the better option for people who are not interested in the “high”. This is because marijuana has high concentration of THC and low one of CBD and CBG, while hemp is very rich in beneficial CBD and CBG, and contains really low amounts of THC. So, how can they be considered the same? CBD comes from Cannabis Sativa L, which is a plant species. So, that doesn’t mean that the products we make will have the same effect as other strains of other sativa plants (such as marijuana). With Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis all being under the genus of Cannabis sativa L. the distinction has little bearing when one excludes the presence of THC. When our products are concerned, we tend to use hemp extracts bred from approximately 70% sativa and 30% indica genetics. What’s more, CBD is not the only organic compound found in Cannabis sativa L. There are also terpenes (isomeric hydrocarbons (C10H16)) that are used in production of essential oils, balsams, and similar. Also, terpenes can become terpenoids through oxidation and other kind of modification. You may be surprised to learn that Vitamin A is one example of a terpenoid as well. There are 120 identified terpene compounds across all Cannabis Sativa L. plant strains. They are located in the resin that’s part of the hemp or marijuana flower. Thanks to the terpene scent, one can conclude the quality level of the plant strain. What’s more, terpene affects taste, feel as well as other senses in regards to the plant and products made from the plant. The way terpenes and cannabinoids interact varies across Cannabis plant strains and each plant produces unique properties. In general, with different blends of cannabinoid and terpene, one may expect different effects as well. After all, terpene is linked to the unique benefits in combination with hemp supplements that are rich in cannabinoid. You can count that Naturally Well’s products use hemp as a legal plant according to USDA with low THC levels (less than 0.3%) on a dry-weight basis. This definition applies to seeds, fibers, and other derivatives of Cannabis Sativa L. plant. Different strains of cannabis plants produce terpenes differently. In general, hemp has less terpene-rich resin compared to marijuana. Still, that amount doesn’t affect the quality of the CBD obtained by any means. What’s more, hemp plants are the better source of quality CBD than marijuana. Also, Naturally Well products are made from hemp plants that are specially grown and cultivated in order to provide more terpene-rich resin.
What will CBD do for me?
Plenty of research has been done when it comes to the ways CBD affects overall health. But we are not medical professionals, and, in that sense, we cannot diagnose, treat and cure, or prescribe anything with certainty for a specific medical condition. Therefore, we strongly suggest you do some research on your own and even seek doctor’s advice in order to decide whether this compound is the right choice for you or not. You can check out some great CBD research data on the following websites: ProjectCBD.org
Who can take CBD?
CBD is one of many different dietary supplements. That said, it’s always smart to consult with your doctor first prior to consuming it, which is the case with every dietary supplement. This is especially important if you already take some prescribed meds. We at Naturally Well have no right or power to treat, diagnose and/or cure medical conditions. However, we don’t recommend pregnant/breastfeeding women to consume CBD because there’s little to no research as to the possible effects on a child. With that said, all mammals have the same endocannabinoid system that cannabinoids can support.
CBD vs THC: What is the Difference?
Out of all the natural cannabinoids found in hemp, Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the most abundant. Both CBD and THC affect our bodies as they interact with specific cells, most of them being in the brain. These cannabinoids are classed as phytocannabinoids (not to be confused with endocannabinoids and artificially manufactured cannabinoids). They also have various applications and are similar on the molecular level. This is the reason why people often confuse the two, or group them as one and the same thing. However, the chemical properties of CBD and THC are different as THC is a psychotropic drug which causes the feeling of “high” while CBD is safe and legal worldwide. Due to their similar nature, there is plenty of misconception regarding CBD and THC, even though their effects differ greatly. The following content will contain scientific facts about both CBD and THC in order to properly explain the differences between the two. CBD vs THC in Clinical Application CBD When they interact with body cells, both CBD and THC activate the cannabinoid receptors. These receptors cause different psychological effects within our bodies. Some cannabinoids are beneficial to people as they produce a clinically desirable effect. Other cannabinoids produce the clinically undesirable effect which is also known as the feeling of “getting high” as well as other psychotropic effects such as depression, etc. A couple of these substances are also known to cause both desirable and undesirable effects. At the moment, there are no documented studies that involve any undesirable clinical effect from CBD, which is precisely the reason why this particular cannabinoid is legal across the globe. There are plenty of studies though that show desirable clinical effects of CBD or no effects whatsoever. It’s worth mentioning that CBD has also been tested as a protective substance against THC’s negative effects. For instance, CBD is already put to good use when it comes to treating the anxiety symptoms as well as some cases of inflammation. There has also been effectiveness shown when it comes to the use of CBD for treatment of other ailments. These studies, though still in early stages, imply that CBD could be used to treat epilepsy, nausea, multiple sclerosis, and numerous inflammatory diseases, as well as inhibit the growth of certain forms of cancer. Other promising results also indicate that CBD may turn out to be very helpful in treating psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, etc. Still, for many of these uses, more research is necessary. THC Contrary to CBD, THC was first to be discovered and researched extensively. THC has psychoactive properties and causes intoxication when used, even in small amounts. Precisely because of these properties, THC is treated as an illegal drug in marijuana form, which can cause altered behavior and loss of control of your faculties. Still, it’s important to state that THC has its own desirable effects and can be used in medical treatment. In moderate amounts, it’s an effective analgesic as well as a form of treatment for more “serious” diseases such as AIDS, cancer patients in chemotherapy, etc. Precisely these properties have made legal medical marijuana popular in modern medicine. When it’s prescribed and monitored by a healthcare professional, medical marijuana is safe to use, and can immensely improve the quality of life for the patients in question. What Do Scientists Say? In general, CBD is safer than THC for various reasons. Some studies showed that long-term use of THC can lead to other mental health issues such as schizophrenia, depression, and psychosis. Still, it has to be noted that there’s no research to pinpoint THC as the actual root of mental health issues. As mentioned, CBD has a much wider application compared to THC. What’s more, little research in regards to CBD leaves scientists hopeful of new discoveries when it comes to other CBD applications. On the other hand, THC has been researched quite extensively, thus making new application discoveries (aside from medical marijuana) quite unrealistic. So What’s Better, CBD or THC? Debating over whether CBD or THC is better is something that’s often caused by general misinformation about these substances. Based on the scientific facts mentioned above, the two are vastly different in their effects that there’s really no point in comparing them at all. Both CBD and THC have their valuable applications when it comes to medical purposes. But, the undeniable truth is that THC can be abused as a drug while CBD cannot, as it has no recreational applications. Actually, many recreational drug users consider CBD completely useless as it doesn’t provide them with a “high”. Of course, nothing is black and white in this world, and CBD and THC aren’t either. One cannot completely disregard THC as it has some clearly obvious medical uses and benefits, while one also cannot completely trust CBD as it’s possible for long-term use side-effects to show up (although highly unlikely). There’s a lot more to both THC and CBD. After all, THC is not just about psychoactive effects it causes. In the end, both substances can be and are used to help people in need. CBD is still considered new to the industry, so one can expect regular scientific updates on the matter.
Can CBD oil help anxiety?
Table of contents As a compound obtained from the cannabis plant, cannabidiol may reduce the symptoms of anxiety with no or just few side effects. There’s still more research necessary when it comes to CBD, but there’s already some strong evidence to support the use of CBD in treatment for anxiety symptoms. The following content will examine CBD oil in terms of reducing anxiety. What is CBD oil? Cannabidiol is extracted from cannabis plants and can be used as an oil. This oil contains chemicals (cannabinoids) that affect certain receptors in the brain. One of the most well-known cannabinoids is undoubtedly THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the one that causes the feeling of “getting high” from using marijuana. THC, however, is just a handful of cannabinoids. CBD oil affects the said receptors in the brain but does not cause any psychoactive effects or altered behavior like THC. Proponents claim that CBD oil actually has plenty of benefits when it comes to both mental and physical health, and even slows down the growth of cancer cells. What’s more, CBD oil is edible and can be freely used for cooking. Also, it can also be consumed as a medication (just a couple of drops). CBD oil shouldn’t be smoked, and there’s no proof that shows any benefit to using it as aromatherapy. Does CBD produce a high? CBD oil obtained from hemp doesn’t create the feeling of “high”. Essentially, hemp is just one type of cannabis that’s specially grown for industrial purposes, and can be used for a range of things such as paper and clothing even. Unlike other cannabis plants, hemp is grown to have really low THC levels. CBD oil may have a minuscule trace of THC. Therefore, it’s important to note that someone who uses CBD oil may still be THC positive on a drug test, although the actual oil hasn’t produced any kind of psychoactive effect. CBD oil and anxiety A big portion of the research involved the overall use of marijuana more than the actual CBD oil as a standalone product. Some studies have found that cannabis might help with anxiety. But, there are also other studies that show there’s a clear risk of using recreational marijuana when suffering from anxiety as well as indications that using marijuana can actually make the person more anxious over time. People interested in managing their anxiety with CBD oil should look exclusively at research on cannabidiol, not generalized studies of medical marijuana. It’s true that there’s not a lot of research done for CBD oil exclusively, but research done so far is really promising. For example, a 2011 study produced results that showed that CBD oil can effectively reduce social anxiety symptoms in people suffering from SAD. Participants had their brains scanned and the noticeable change of blood flow was spotted in areas of the brain that have a link with the feelings of anxiety. Not only did the participants feel better in general, but they also had different brain response to the feelings of anxiety. This study also showed incredible results when it comes to reducing anxiety from public speaking. Research published in 2014 found that CBD oil had anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects in an animal model. An analysis of previously done studies in 2015 came to a conclusion that CBD oil is a promising treatment for numerous forms of anxiety, including social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The report is still very clear on the limited data available when it comes to the long-term CBD oil use. There are very clear and amazing benefits to using CBD oil as anxiety treatment when it comes to short-term application, but unfortunately, little is known about the application’s long-term effect. In 2016, a case study was conducted in order to examine whether CBD oil can also reduce the symptoms of PTSD as well as anxiety-provoked sleep disorder in a traumatized child, and the results were positive. Considerations Research has shown that cannabis may have negative health effects, especially when smoked. However, research done on cannabidiol, in particular, shows little to no side effects whatsoever. These results suggest that CBD oil can be a great solution for people who suffer from anxiety but don’t handle other medications well, or have problems dealing with addiction. It’s important to learn as much as possible about the possibilities of using and buying CBD oil, as not all states in the US have specifically legalized CBD oil yet. CBD oil may not be listed on the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) but it’s still important to consult your doctor before taking it as an anxiety treatment. There’s also no perfect dosage to recommend to people when it comes to using CBD oil as an anxiety treatment, especially considering that CBD oil is not officially regulated as the treatment for anxiety. In order to pinpoint the right dosage for their needs, individuals should consult with the doctor who already has experience with CBD oil. Outlook In order to establish proper role of cannabidiol when it comes to treating anxiety effectively, more long-term studies are absolutely necessary. People who have been suffering from anxiety for a while, with no help of traditional medication and other treatments may definitely find CBD oil a prospective alternative solution. Even though CBD oil is available and possible to buy online, it’s still essential that you check your local laws and regulations in this regard. People who suffer from anxiety and actively think about trying CBD oil as a treatment should undoubtedly talk to their doctor so that they can discuss and determine the right kind of treatment. Also, it’s recommended to get as much information as possible about the cannabis products usage laws in your area.
How much CBD should i take (DOSE)?
There is no rule and no scientific information that explicitly states how much CBD you should take in different situations. After all, this is the case with all natural remedies. What’s more, according to FDA laws,CBD-derived CBD can only be sold as a dietary supplement – not an official medication. Until CBD is officially recognized as a medical treatment, there can’t be a scientific answer as to the amount or dosage. Of course, by checking the following content, you’ll be able to find some useful information available online and from users’ feedback. Hopefully, that information will be helpful enough to you personally so that you can figure out the proper dosage. As mentioned, all CBD products, CBD oil included, should be treated as food supplements – according to FDA. In that sense, these products all require a nutritional label, which, consequently, requires a “suggesting serving size”. That said, all manufacturers have to put some kind of a serving size on the label, which is a huge disservice to people interested in buying CBD oil. When CBD users want to decide how much oil is enough they usually turn to the label, but the fact of the matter is that this couldn’t be further from the truth as the said labeling is not realistic. Therefore, don’t blindly trust the recommended serving size on the label. Usually, the chosen dose is arbitrary and can be useful to some degree only, as the right dose is completely individual. For example, a lot of brands use “10 drops” as the usual serving size. Also, these brands always indicate how many mg of CBD is contained within one or 10 drops of the product. After all, it’s essential that you’re aware of the amount of CBD you’re about to intake. So, in case you want to intake 10 mg of CBD and the label says that 10 drops contain 5 mg of CBD. In this hypothetical case, you’d take 20 drops of CBD oil in order to get 10 mg of CBD. 10 drops is an easy measure that many brands opt to use precisely because it allows the users to quickly calculate how much CBD oil drops they need. So, HOW MUCH CBD SHOULD I TAKE? This is the real question. But, as mentioned previously, there is no scientific data that can pinpoint an exact amount. What’s more, in accordance with FDA laws, it’s not possible to state that any amount of CBD is effective as a cure/treatment for any health condition. However, there are numbers and situations that you can use in order to determine the approximate amount of CBD that would be best for you. For starters, consider your weight and the severity of your health condition. In general, the bigger you are, the more CBD you should take. Also, the more severe your health condition, the more CBD you may need. Take a look at the following chart as it may be very useful in helping you determine the ideal CBD amount you should take. Of course, treat this information as guidelines as there’s no scientific data to back this up. howmuchcbdshoulditakecorrected-page-001 In general, the amounts of CBD explained in the chart are said to be a good starting point by the experienced users of CBD as they allow your body to adjust to the product gradually. It’s important to mention that no one has reported having taken too much CBD so far. Think about it like this – if you start eating spinach to boost your health, is it possible to eat too much of it? After all, there’s nothing to suggest that any amount of spinach can be “too much spinach”. That said, start using CBD in the amount you find reasonable while keeping in mind that you can always boost or minimize the dose. Keep reading for more facts. So, HOW MUCH? Most often, mg CBD range is somewhere between 4 and 30 mg daily. With that being said, check out the following numbers as a way to better pinpoint your own starting point, all the time being aware that you can boost or minimize the intake. For example, you may weigh around 120lbs and suffer from anxiety. Both your condition and weight would be considered under light to medium range. In that respect, a good starting CBD point for you could be 4-10 mg of CBD daily. On the other, there was the case of someone weighing 160lbs who suffers from chronic pain. Their starting point was 15 mg of CBD per day but consequently, they increased to 20 mg. A person who is heavier, for instance, 200lbs and has a more severe health condition such as cancer, may take up 25-30 mg a day – it all depends on how they feel upon waking up. It’s also worth mentioning that one person reported to use 45 mg of CBD on a daily basis and even though such dosage may be rare it obviously does occur. Remember, when you first start using CBD, you need to build CBD in your system, which is why you should take your decided daily dose twice a day – in the morning and in the evening – for 3-4 days. After this initial period, you can drop back to one dosage per day. Around this time you should already be able to tell whether CBD helps you in any way or not and whether you need to increase, decrease or leave the dosage as it is. Some people who feel the need to increase the dosage usually start taking the previous dose twice a day. For example, someone who is fighting against cancer and undergoes chemotherapy may need to take CBD twice a day. As explained above, there’s no scientific data which can state just how much CBD is ideal to intake. However, trying it out on your own and listening to your body, in this case, is pretty easy and effective in itself.
Can you recommend a product for me? I have 'insert health condition here'...
It may be unfortunate, but the fact of the matter is that according to the FDA, we cannot recommend you any of our products for your particular health condition. Also, we cannot claim that any of our products will or won’t work for you. However, what we can say is that we have thousands of satisfied customers who return to us and regularly purchase products, and most of these customers have to deal with conditions such as epilepsy, cancer, fibromyalgia/chronic pain, migraines, insomnia, anxiety, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, arthritis, etc. on a daily basis. Since they constantly return to purchase more of our products, we like to believe that these products help them with finding relief.
How do I take the drops? Empty Stomach or no? Before bed?
Every person is different both mentally and physically. Therefore, it’s perfectly fine to come up with your own answer and do as you find best for yourself. Still, it’s worth mentioning that it’s been reported that the best way to take the drops/extract is to put it under the tongue, keep it like that for about 90 seconds, and then swallow. In case you don’t like the taste of the product, you can always mix it with cold liquids. However, doing this will lessen the product’s effectiveness and you may end up needing to increase your serving size. The time of day as well as whether you take the product on empty or full stomach don’t matter.
My state just legalized Cannabis Oil, but I'm told I need a medical card to buy it. How can these products be sent to me in my state without a medical card?
It’s paramount to be aware of the fact that the products we sell are different from the Cannabis Oils and Cannabis CBD Oils that the states are beginning to legalize. Molecularly, it seems that every CBD is exactly the same. However, the news you’re hearing about when it comes to legalization is about CBD products extracted from marijuana, which fall under federal laws. Our CBD products are extracted from hemp – not marijuana – which is why our products don’t fall under these laws and restrictions. It’s true that CBD is CBD and there’s no difference. But, in the eyes of the law, marijuana-obtained CBD is a controlled substance while hemp-obtained CBD is not.
Will these products show up on a drug test?
Even though the amount of THC in our products is minuscule, there still are traces of it. That extremely small amount of THC is the main reason why our products don’t provide people with the “high”. But, THC is still present in traces, and it will depend on the test parameters whether or not it will show up in the results. For instance, if the test parameters are set to measure any trace of THC, no matter how small, as long as it’s above zero, the test results will definitely be positive. However, setting such parameters is very rare as they are usually set a little above zero, precisely for the reason of reducing the possibility for a false positive. Tests that are set to measure THC levels a little above zero are not likely to show positive results. We always recommend that you talk to the person testing you if you have any concerns about this before you start using the products so that there are no issues with the results.
Should CBD be used for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Treating PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is one of the most common treatment applications when it comes to CBD. Unfortunately, PTSD is rather common as it affects more than 3 million US citizens annually. There are various and very different symptoms of PTSD, some of which include nightmares, depression, anxiety, fear and avoidance of specific situations, over-the-top reactions, etc. Also, the most common way to treat PTSD in the US is a medication which comes with a long list of possible side effects. Many people are unfortunate enough to become dependent on these pharmaceutical drugs – until they discover the wonders of CBD. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is completely natural treatment for PTSD that’s plant-based option obtained from CBD . It’s important to mention that PTSD is not actually curable, as the traumatic event is something one cannot erase, but the whole point of the treatment is to stop PTSD symptoms from running and ruining your life. Interestingly, PTSD is one of the conditions for which medical marijuana is approved in many states. PTSD symptoms can vary greatly but regardless of the said symptoms, CBD can still be helpful. In order for everyone to understand how effective CBD is in treating PTSD, we will explain the results of the several scientific studies. Study Results A study conducted in 2012 explored how CBD administration can reduce anxiety of PTSD patients when exposed to a predator. The study found that “Repeated CBD administration prevents the long-lasting anxiogenic effects observed after predator exposure probably by facilitating 5HT1A receptors neurotransmission. Our results suggest that CBD has beneficial potential for PTSD treatment and that 5HT1A receptors could be a therapeutic target in this disorder.” A medical review from 2013 shows a “case report of a 19-year-old male patient with a spectrum of severe PTSD symptoms, such as intense flashbacks, panic attacks, and self-mutilation, who discovered that some of his major symptoms were dramatically reduced by smoking cannabis resin…This review shows that recent studies provided supporting evidence that PTSD patients may be able to cope with their symptoms by using cannabis products. Cannabis may dampen the strength or emotional impact of traumatic memories through synergistic mechanisms that might make it easier for people with PTSD to rest or sleep and to feel less anxious and less involved with flashback memories. The presence of endocannabinoid signaling systems within stress-sensitive nuclei of the hypothalamus, as well as upstream limbic structures (amygdala), point to the significance of this system for the regulation of neuroendocrine and behavioral responses to stress. Evidence is increasingly accumulating that cannabinoids might play a role in fear extinction and antidepressive effects.” In 2016, a study was conducted to evaluate the way CBD affects contextual fear memory extinction. The result showed that “CBD both acutely inhibited fear expression and enhanced extinction to produce longer-lasting reductions in fear. These observations provide further support for the potential translational use of CBD in conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder and specific phobias.” Also, a 2016 study focused on PTSD-caused pediatric anxiety and insomnia and the effects of CBD in this case. “The main finding from this case study is that CBD oil can be an effective compound to reduce anxiety and insomnia secondary to PTSD. This case study provides clinical data that support the use of cannabidiol oil as a safe treatment for reducing anxiety and improving sleep in a young girl with posttraumatic stress disorder.” Recommended CBD Regimen for PTSD In order for CBD to show the best possible effect when it comes to PTSD treatment, it’s necessary to formulate and follow a regular CBD regimen. Essentially, CBD should be used as a preventative first as well as an effective way to manage acute symptom flare-ups. Still, it can’t be stressed enough just how much preventative measures are important! After all, establishing a baseline concentration in your system is something you would strive to achieve with any other type of dietary supplement or medication.
What kind of benefits does CBD have?
There are many potential benefits of CBD due to the way it acts in the body. Natural pain relief or anti-inflammatory properties Generally, people tend to take over-the-counter or prescription drugs to relieve pain and stiffness. This also includes chronic pain. There are people who believe that CBD provides a more natural way to relieve the pain. A study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that CBD successfully lowered the chronic pain and inflammation in a number of mice and rats. Research suggests that non-psychoactive compounds in marijuana – such as CBD – may end up being a new treatment for chronic pain. Quitting smoking and drug withdrawals Among other uses, there’s also promising evidence pointing to the use of CBD oil and its effect when it comes to quitting smoking. There was also a pilot study on Addictive Behaviors, which showed that smokers who inhaled CBD (with the inhaler) actually smoked fewer cigarettes and did not show obvious nicotine cravings. There was another similar Neurotherapeutics study which found that CBD can be helpful for people who abuse opioids. What’s more, it’s been noticed that CBD can actually reduce some symptoms common for substance abuse disorders, such as anxiety, mood symptoms, pain, and insomnia. Even though these are early findings, CBD shows promising results when it comes to the reduction or prevention of withdrawal symptoms. Epilepsy and other mental health disorders CBD also seems to be prospective as a treatment for epilepsy and neuropsychiatric disorders. There was a review on Epilepsia which found that CBD has some anti-seizure properties which, in turn, lowers the possible epilepsy side effects. There are additional CBD studies with a focus on neurological disorders which found that the use of CBD may be useful in treating these disorders, including neurodegeneration, neuronal injury, and psychiatric diseases. Current Pharmaceutical Design study found that CBD and certain antipsychotic drugs are similar in their effect, which means that CBD would be a safer alternative for treating patients with schizophrenia. Still, the undeniable truth is that more research is absolutely necessary in order for these findings to be understood and utilized properly. Helps fight cancer Another research that involves CBD is its possible effect as an anti-cancer agent. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology review found that CBD seems to prevent cancer cells from spreading quickly and invading the body completely. This review discussed the CBD’s ability to block the growth of cancer cells as well as speed up their death. Finally, researchers noted that CBD can be useful for treating cancer as it has low levels of toxicity. They ask for additional studies on this matter together with the standard treatment, to check for synergistic effects. Anxiety disorders People who suffer from chronic anxiety are generally told to avoid cannabis, because THC can cause more mental issues in some cases. However, CBD from CBD contains extremely low THC levels, and Neurotherapeutics review actually found that CBD can help minimize the symptoms of anxiety disorders in some people. Some studies have shown that CBD had been effective when it comes to reducing anxious behavior in disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, general anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, etc. It has been noted that some of the traditional drugs used to treat these symptoms can actually worsen the existing ones and cause side effects, which can cause people to stop using the treatment altogether. CBD hasn’t shown any kind of side effects so far, which is precisely why researches urge and encourage more thorough studies of CBD as a potential treatment. Type 1 diabetes Inflammation that occurs when the immune system attacks pancreas cells leads to type 1 diabetes. Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation had a research that discussed the effects of CBD in this case, and ways it can actually reduce inflammation in the pancreas in type 1 diabetes. It’s possible that this is the beginning of CBD treatment for type 1 diabetes. Acne Treating acne is also something CBD has been researched for. After all, acne condition is also caused by inflammation of the body’s sebaceous glands. Journal of Clinical Investigation study discovered that CBD use lowers sebum production (main cause of acne), as it acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. CBD may as well be a future treatment for acne vulgaris, which is the most common acne type. Alzheimer’s disease Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease had a research which discussed the findings of CBD’s effect on people’s social recognition deficit and its power to prevent the development of the said issue. This is huge as it may turn out that CBD can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s in the early stages so that they don’t lose the ability to recognize familiar faces. This has been the first sign of CBD’s potential when it comes to minimizing Alzheimer’s symptoms.
Is CBD addictive?
CBD isn’t addictive nor does it have any harmful side effects. To put it simply, CBD is made from a natural plant that has been growing on this planet for hundreds of years, and there’s nothing to be afraid of.
Why Is There No Expiration Date on CBD Oils, Capsules or Isolate?
When the product is properly stored, CBD oil was observed to last up to 1 year with no degradation. This is all thanks to the continuous evaluation of our products’ long-term stability.
Do I Need Doctor's Prescription or Medical Marijuana Card?
No! Naturally Well CBD products are obtained from CBD , which is completely legal – unlike marijuana. When CBD is concerned, federal law allows cultivation, processing, and marketing of the plant and its products. This obviously includes industrial CBD cannabinoids (under the conditions set forth in Section 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 201 – the “Farm Bill”).
Is CBD helpful when menatl issues are concerned?
One of the most popular CBD uses today includes the stress/mental issues relief. This is due to the fact that the effects CBD has are very similar to anti-anxiety meds and antidepressants, as has been told to HuffPost by Virginia Thornley, a board-certified neurologist in Sarasota, Florida, who reviews scientific articles on cannabidiol. There’s also a proper research to back this theory up. In 2017, there was a Sao Paulo University study in Brazil that showed that CBD can effectively minimize the feeling of anxiety in patients suffering from social phobia. Schizophrenia Bulletin journal review also suggests that CBD may prove to be beneficial for patients with early psychosis.
Why don't you take PayPal as a payment method?
Unfortunately, some banks, PayPal included, refuse to process payments made for CBD products.
What dose of CBD should I take?
A number of factors determine your ideal CBD dosage. There is no scientific data that can pinpoint an exact amount. What’s more, in accordance with FDA laws, it’s not possible to state that any amount of CBD is effective as a cure/treatment for any health condition. However, there are numbers and situations that you can use in order to determine the approximate amount of CBD that would be best for you. For starters, consider your weight and the severity of your health condition. In general, the bigger you are, the more CBD you should take. Also, the more severe your health condition, the more CBD you may need. If this is your first time trying CBD, we recommend starting with a small dose of only 10-25mg and increasing it later if necessary. CBD can take time to work, so wait up to 2 hours before taking another dose. Remember this rule of thumb: you can always take more, but you can never take less.
How Much CBD Oil To Take For Sleep?
Categories: CBD Frequently Asked Questions You’re not alone in your struggle to sleep well. And if you decided to try CBD oil for sleep regulation, you’re probably wondering how much you should take. However, just like there isn’t a specific dosage for any other health condition when CBD is concerned, there’s nothing like that for sleep regulation either. Essentially, this is an individual thing and you can experiment with the dosage yourself in order to find the perfect amount for you. Of course, we can recommend that you start with 6-8 drops of CBD oil three times a day (the routine starts in the evening and then you can choose whether you want to take it during the day depending on how you feel). You can then gradually increase the dosage to 10-12 drops. But this is just a suggestion, not a rule. Concentrate On CBD Oil As there are different CBD oil concentration available for the purchase, one can expect that the dosage will be different as well. Generally, the dosage should be lower with a higher concentration of CBD. So, if your CBD oil has a high percentage, take fewer drops of it, and vice versa. It’s good to stock up on CBD CBD oil bottles, but before you start using it, especially when it comes to your well-being, you should definitely talk to your doctor about it as well as the dosage they think would suit you. Some extra advice on CBD Oil Endocannabinoid system affects both physical and psychological aspects of human body, which is why CBD oil can be very helpful. That said, however, the benefits of CBD on endocannabinoid system are completely individual and they will differ from person to person. This is one of the main reasons why CBD is recommended as a dietary supplement. It’s important to mention that cats and dogs react differently to CBD oil compared to humans. While CBD oil is completely safe for humans, just like smoking cannabis is, cats and dogs have different tolerance and don’t react well to marijuana smoke exposure. What’s more, they also need to intake a lower amount of CBD oil that suits their own weight and size. When the owner is careful about this, CBD can provide relief to cats and dogs that have been diagnosed with cancer or other degenerative diseases. Still, it’s paramount to remember and understand that CBD oil doesn’t substitute traditional medical treatment! Also, FAQ page is not a doctor’s advice! Seek professional opinion and consult with your physician if you want to take CBD oil together with some other meds.
How CBD Helps Depression?
The NIMH published a study recently which focused on the use of CBD and its effects when it comes to the therapeutic effects resembling those of antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds. The study was conducted on different animals within different circumstances such as “forced swimming test”, “vogel conflict test”, “elevated plus maze”, etc. The results turned out to be impressive as the introduction of CBD triggered calmness in these circumstances much like antidepressants.
Are Your Products Non-GMO?
Naturally Well products are completely GMO-free.
Are Your Products Organic?
Naturally Well products are 100% organically-sourced.
What Is the Shelf Life of Naturally Well CBD?
Post-purchase date, Naturally Well products can be used for 6-8 months.
How Should I Store Naturally Well's CBD?
The best option for storing Naturally Well products is at the room temperature.
Does Naturally Well's CBD Need to Be Refrigerated?
Refrigerating Naturally Well products is not necessary.
What’s the Difference between CBD Oil and the CBD Products I Buy at the Grocery Store?
CBD products that can be bought in stores have their own benefits as they are rich in protein and nutrients since these are made from CBD seeds. However, these products contain almost no CBD oil.
Can I Overdose on CBD?
No. Cannabinoids are not toxic in any way. It’s important to remember though that everyone’s dosage is different, so, if you’re not sure what amount to start with, it’s always best to start small and then gradually amp up the dosage.
Can You Use CBD Oil for PMS?
There are many uses for CBD oil and ladies suffering from PMS will be glad to know that CBD oil can actually minimize the symptoms of PMS. It may feel a bit far-fetched at first, but when you think about it, with so many other benefits of CBD oil, it’s only logical that relieving PMS symptoms is one of them.
Cannabidiol (CBD), or CBD oil is getting more and more popular when it comes to using natural remedies for many health problems. People who used it reported that it helped them with a variety of ailments, from chronic pain to shrinking cancer cells. Of course, there is still more scientific research necessary, but studies are getting published constantly and it’s exciting to keep up with the new findings and benefits of CBD oil.
Many people are still not aware of this but the CBD component of cannabis sativa plant doesn’t have the properties of making the users high or intoxicated. Essentially, CBD is just another component found in this plant and it does not contain THC, which is the actual component that gets people high.
Instead, CBD oil’s anti-inflammatory properties can apparently help patients with chronic pain, epileptic seizures, anxiety, and many other health conditions.
If you’re wondering whether CBD oil is a good solution for your painful and annoying PMS symptoms, keep on reading!
PMS: What is it, Exactly?
In order to relieve PMS symptoms properly, you first need to understand the causes behind it. Fortunately, PMS is only temporary. It will always go away regardless of whether you treat it or not, and it’s not contagious. But, it’s always better to strive to improve the quality of your lifestyle by trying to feel as little of the PMS symptoms as possible.
Pre Menstrual Syndrome
PMS or premenstrual syndrome is not a disease that you can contract from anyone. It’s an experience that differs from woman to woman used to describe the many symptoms women feel at a certain point in their menstrual cycle. Also, these symptoms can be both physical and emotional. These symptoms include but are not limited to issues such as headaches and stomach aches, joint and muscle pain, anxiety and depression, fatigue, acne, sleep troubles, etc. Usually, these symptoms occur one or two weeks before the period.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, about 85 percent of women have at least one PMS symptom per menstrual cycle. This can range from something mild to something extreme. Luckily, in most cases, these PMS symptoms are not a serious reason to worry about as they can be relieved with remedies.
However, some women experience a more severe form of PMS called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, or PMDD. This is a severe version of PMS that can be debilitating to the woman experiencing it. PMDD usually follows a predictable cycle or pattern around the woman’s menstrual cycle. It is actually a mood disorder that stems from the fluctuations in hormones during a woman’s natural cycle.
Regardless of the severity of PMS symptoms, most women can find satisfying relief in using CBD oil, as it has beneficial properties for minimizing a lot of health issues and emotional problems associated with PMS.
Symptoms of PMS
Fortunately, most women find PMS symptoms to be relatively mild, such as mild cramps or generally lousy feeling during the day. Of course, there are other symptoms such as food cravings, cramps, tender or sore breasts, fatigue, and moodiness, bloating, headaches, and a generally crabby mood. These are commonly described by women before and sometimes even during that time of the month.
Also, many women report the feeling of pain in their lower back as well as headaches and stomach aches. Sometimes, these cramps and pains can be mild while sometimes they can cause difficulty in moving. Acne, insomnia and even weight gain can be some of the PMS symptoms. However, the mentioned weight gain is mostly due to being bloated and retaining water than actual weight gain. The abdominal pain is mostly due to the cramps, but women may also feel as if the abdomen is full or uncomfortable.
Gastrointestinal issues are also a common problem for some women in PMS. Symptoms can include diarrhea, nausea, constipation, gas, or bloating. These symptoms during PMS can be enough to make many women take sick day leaves.
Physical Fatigue and Mood Changes
The whole female body is susceptible to changes during the PMS. This can cause changes in the appetite as well as overall fatigue throughout the body.
But, physical symptoms are not the end of it. Many women reported that the emotional changes are actually as uncomfortable and sometimes even worse compared to the physical ones. Since powerful hormones are getting released during the PMS, it’s no wonder that some of the symptoms have to do with anxiety, depression, mood changes, discontent, and irritability.
How Can Using CBD Oil for PMS Help?
There’s still no scientific research that specifically focuses on the effect of CBD oil on PMS.
But, CBD oil was found to be very helpful in clinical tests when it comes to relieving PMS symptoms.
Here’s a symptom by symptom run down of how CBD oil can help lessen the effects of PMS:
A lot of people choose to take CBD oil in order to minimize pain. A 2012 study published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine found that CBD oil was successful in reducing pain and inflammation in rats and mice. This can be very useful for women looking to alleviate pain during their PMS such as headaches, muscle and joint pain, and pain in the lower back.
There’s enough of scientific research that supports the use of CBD oil when it comes to treating anxiety. A review published in the medical journal Neurotherapeutics noted, “Overall, existing preclinical evidence strongly supports the potential of CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders.” Therefore, the cause, in this case, PMS, is irrelevant as CBD oil can help with various forms of anxiety.
A study performed on animals in Brazil also noted a significant change for the better when it comes to the use of CBD oil as an antidepressant. That said, CBD oil can really help women who have to deal with depressive thoughts and mood swings during their PMS.
Many women deal with acne one or two weeks before they get their period, which can be a very annoying and mentally exhausting thing for some. This is where CBD oil can obviously help. This doesn’t go for just oral intake of CBD oil but using it as a face oil/balm as well.
Again, it’s been reported that a lot of people find CBD oil very helpful in regulating their sleep schedule. In 2013, a study on rats found that taking CBD oil led to increased sleeping time. With that in mind, ladies who suffer from insomnia during their PMS or other sleep disorders can definitely find relief in regular hemp oil use.
CBD oil can help stop stomach queasiness, according to a 2011 study. For starters, a lot of cancer patients use CBD oil precisely to relieve nausea associated with chemotherapy. This may not be as common of a PMS symptom as others mentioned, but some women still experience it during this time of a month. This is very important as CBD oil can help these ladies go about their daily lives without feeling sick and nauseated.
There has been a lot of research that supports the benefits and various uses of CBD oil when it comes to general health and overall well-being. Even though CBD oil research hasn’t focused on PMS specifically, the research so far still indicates that the oil will be useful in minimizing the PMS symptoms.
After all, there are new scientific discoveries every day, and ladies who suffer from PMS and PM DD symptoms should definitely explore all their options by talking to their doctors about this. In the end, adding CBD oil to your PMS treatment help plan can’t hurt at all but it may end up helping you immensely!