Hey friends! Today, we’re going to be chatting about all things CBD: how it works, what it is, and how we use it!
Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions?
“What is CBD?”
“Is CBD actually legal?”
“Is CBD just marijuana in hiding?”
“Will CBD make me high???”
“Is CBD a literal unicorn??????”
There is a TON of misinformation and speculation surrounding what CBD actually is and what it does, but today we’re going to dive into some science, learn about our bodies, and how CBD can help support us day to day!
Before we begin, I’m going to step up on my soapbox for a sec. 😉
I want to empower you to be your own advocate! I’m going to go over some of the basics of CBD, but learning to research the effects can be VITAL to your health journey. You are responsible for your health and there are so many resources available to you online. This class is a great place to start, but let it be a launching point instead of a complete instruction manual. Research is your BFF!
For those of you who have used CBD, I’d love to hear your stories and testimonies in the comments below!
Now let’s get started!
CBD stands for cannabidiol, one of the many cannabinoids found in both marijuana and hemp.
There are over 100 unique chemical compounds found in both marijuana and hemp called cannabinoids. The two most famous cannabinoids are CBD and THC.
THC is the cannabinoid found in marijuana that gets you “high.”
CBD is the non‐psychoactive cannabinoid found in hemp that has recently received so much attention in the health and wellness space.
CBD affects the body’s endocannabinoid system by attaching to CB-2 receptors, which are most commonly found in the immune system.
I know I’m using some BIG words here, but keep reading! Things are about to get interesting!
There are two main types of Cannabis plants – Hemp and Marijuana. Hemp has been bred to have very low levels of THC (which causes the psychoactive “high” of marijuana) + high levels of CBD. Marijuana is primarily bred to contain high levels of THC + low levels of CBD.
Cannabis plants have gotten a bad rap over the years, but did you know that they’re some of the most versatile plants on our planet??
The stalk of the hemp plant can be used to make clothing, insulation, rope, animal bedding, organic compost, and paper.
The seeds can be used to make protein powder, cooking or seasoning oil, body care products, fuel, plant-based milks, and more!
And finally, the leaves, flowers, and roots can be used for medicinal purposes. This is where we get our CBD oil!
While THC from the marijuana plant has medicinal properties as well, consuming or possessing THC is still illegal in the majority of the United States. As long as you are buying CBD with NO THC (ie: Nature’s Ultra) CBD should not show up on a drug test.
Nature’s Ultra breaks it down here: https://naturesultra.com/pages/all-about-cbd
I get it, Cannabinoid can seem like a big, scary word, but it doesn’t have to be! Put on your Bill Nye the Science Guy caps because we’re about to dig into some science!
Remember how we talked about CBD being the non‐psychoactive cannabinoid? Cannabinoid receptors are embedded in cell membranes throughout your body! Our bodies are literally built to accept support from these plants. Isn’t that cool??
Researchers have identified two cannabinoid receptors:
- CB-1, predominantly present in the nervous system, connective tissues, gonads, glands, and organs.
- 2. CB-2, predominantly found in the immune system and its associated structures.
CBD primarily interacts with your body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) regulates processes in the body such as appetite, pain, mood, memory, peripheral nervous system, and more.
Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis.
Homeostasis in a general sense refers to stability or balance in a system. It is the body’s attempt to maintain a constant internal environment.
Here’s an example, when we become stressed our mind releases Cortisol. Cortisol can be helpful when we need to react quickly to a dangerous situation–fight or flight. However, it can also make us feel unnecessarily unstable in stressful moments where we really don’t need the fight or flight reaction.
This can cause us to feel overwhelmed, unsafe, or mentally shut off as a reaction to a relatively small stressor. This is why helping our bodies stay in homeostasis is so important to our overall mental and physical health.
Because of the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD containing zero THC is legal in every state in the US!
However, some states do have specific laws surrounding CBD. I would encourage you to do some quick research to see any restrictions or limitations on CBD in your state.
I will say that since the legalization of CBD in the United States, hundreds of CBD brands have started popping up. Just like essential oils, regulation is a gray area and as a result, the purity levels are all over the place and sourcing can be sketchy at best.
Young Living has always set high standards within their businesses when it comes to sourcing, purity, and evidence-based research, and the same rings true with this partnership with Nature’s Ultra! Nature’s Ultra is the first Organic Handler’s Certified + USDA organic CBD farm. That means no pesticides, heavy metals, solvents, GMO, or THC. Score!
What makes Nature’s Ultra CBD products even better than some of the other CBD oils on the market is that they use Young Living Essential Oils in their products! Not only is this great for the flavor and scent of the CBD oil, but essential oils contain Terpenes – a large and diverse class of organic compounds found in the essential oils of plants!
Similar to cannabinoids, terpenes bind to the receptors in your brain. These two compounds work together to even further enhance the benefits of the CBD oil.
As I said earlier, CBD primarily interacts with your body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) regulates processes in the body such as appetite, pain, mood, memory, peripheral nervous system, and more! It can work to support cortisol levels to help maintain homeostasis in our bodies – keeping us chill and working in our best state of wellness.
The benefits can manifest in many different ways, but I cannot legally claim that CBD can treat or cure any disease or ailment. However, I want to encourage you again to take a few minutes to research some of the benefits of CBD to see how this plant based wellness powerhouse could help you thrive!
Click here to purchase CBD Oil in the Virtual Office (VO).
FINE PRINT, PLEASE READ:
****Each state has its own regulations and laws pertaining to CBD. Please educate yourself on your state’s regulations prior to purchasing and or/using CBD; this includes shipping regulations, as Nature’s Ultra may not ship to all states. Legal restrictions prohibit the sale of CBD products to markets outside of the U.S. including NFR markets. We are closely monitoring the legal landscape in the U.S. and abroad and will expand these offerings as quickly as possible.
Everyone is different! Some people notice an immediate change and others won’t see a noticeable change for the first few weeks. However, a lot of people notice better sleep the first night they take CBD. Who else could use some sweet sleep??
Similar to essential oils, a lot of people give up on CBD too early in the process. CBD is not a miracle product or a magic pill, it’s a plant based compound that supports your overall health! While the benefits are numerous, you sometimes have to use the product consistently before you notice any visible shifts.
I will say that consistency is key! When you find the sweet spot for your correct dosage, be consistent and take it every day. Some people find it works best to take it all in one big dose at the beginning of the day, and others feel better when they split up the dosage and take it at different times in the day. Do your research and trust how your body is feeling.
It’s important to remember that what works for one person might not work for the next. Everyone’s body, environment, and lifestyle is different. Don’t compare your journey to someone else and tune into what YOUR body is needing. Become BFFs with your body and always be checking in on how you’re feeling!
One of the best ways to absorb CBD oil is by placing drops directly under your tongue. Why under the tongue and not just swallowing?
a substance is placed under your tongue, it diffuses through the mucous
membranes beneath your tongue and directly into your bloodstream. This means
you’ll see the CBD work more efficiently when it’s used sublingually (under
your tongue) than when it’s applied topically (on your skin).
Nature’s Ultra directs: Place 1 serving under tongue and let sit for 30-60 seconds before swallowing. Take up to 3 servings per day or as needed.
This is the easiest way to use CBD on the go!
CBD rollers can be amazing and effective when used topically, but it’s important to know that they do not have the same effect as using CBD drops sublingually. However, it’s still a great option to have on hand!
Sore muscles and aches are a pain – literally. Whether you’re sore from carrying your kids around all day or you’re really into crossfit, CBD balm can work wonders on sore muscles. Topical CBD diffuses across your skin and reaches local targets, like muscles, inflammatory cells, and pain-perceiving nerves.
I hope you learned something new! If you have any questions about any of the CBD products, I’d love to try to help you! I personally own one of everything, so I’m happy to share my experiences. This really is some amazing stuff that we are so lucky to have access to!
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Just know that you will never have to walk this journey alone. I’ll be right by your side to help continue to educate you and help you set up an individualized plan for natural wellness for you and your loved ones.