CBD OIL 101 + WHY I LOVE USING IT ON THE DAILY + WHAT BRANDS I LOVE
Happy Friday everyone! I SO hope you all had a wonderful and beautiful week. My week went by pretty fast and I am still debating on whether I should take a small trip to Denver next week. Not sure because I would only be going for a holiday party I was invited to and literally fly in and out. While I don’t mind these kinds of trips, and they do offer some sort of-live in the moment-kind of feel, which is what I am always looking for, it does affect my sleep afterward. Basically, I am still weighing the odds.
On another note, a lot of you have been asking me about CBD oil and why I started using it. I am SUPER excited to share with you all why I started using CBD oil + all of the health benefits that it has.
WHAT IS CBD
I know everyone is talking CBD all of sudden and a lot of the information out there is very misleading. So what really is CBD- CBD is a phytocannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant. WHAT? CBD is divided from the hemp and marijuana plant, the main difference is that CBD oil derived from hemp comes from the large stalks and bark of the plant and has very little traces of THC, the psychoactive chemical that causes the euphoric ‘high’ feeling. CBD oil derived from the marijuana plant comes from the buds aka the flower and has a higher trace of THC.
HOW DOES WORK
CBD interacts with many different receptors, proteins and other chemicals in our brain. These interactions create changes in the activity of neurotransmitters, hormones, and other cells in our body + brain. Through all of these interactions, CBD appears to be able to affect many of the body’s functions, from sleep to emotional stability to help with inflammation, pain and SO much more.
CBD has also been linked to playing a role in the growth of new brain cells, a process that is known as neurogenesis.
FIVE AWESOME HEALTH BENEFITS
Research has shown that one of the many benefits of CBD is producing antipsychotic effects like many of the pharmacological antipsychotic drugs. CBD also helps prevent psychosis in patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. I am bipolar and have been off traditional medication for over three years and treat it completely holistically. I’ve talked about this on the blog many times, you can read more here. I did start to incorporate CBD oil and products into my daily routine during the summer when my brother was visiting and it was life changing.
Due to the anxiolytic -like effects of CBD it has been shown to reduce anxiety in patients and also help with panic disorders, OCD, social anxiety disorder and PTSD. CBD can reduce both mental + physical symptoms of anxiety.
PAIN & INFLAMMATION
One of the most common benefits from CBD is that is acts like a natural pain relief. It has also been linked with chronic inflammation. This is great for that time of the month, when you have cramps, ladies. Oh and for all of you athletes, CBD helps with muscle recovery.
CBD has the ability to reduce anxiety, this can all be helpful when it comes to sleep issues and improving your sleep quality. Helps improve insomnia and improve REM sleep abnormalities. My insomnia has diminished and I sleep more calmly, going to sleep is no longer a problem and staying sleep isn’t either.
Cannabis has been used for a long time to help relief the effects of nausea and vomiting which is why they prescribe medical marijuana to cancer patients going through chemo. CBD has an anti-nausea effect and helps suppress vomiting.
HOW TO PICK YOU CBD OIL
Knowing the difference between good quality CBD oil and bad can be life changing. CBD oil can can be made from both hemp and marijuana. The difference is that marijuana dispensaries normally sell CBD oil that is derived from cannabis strains in states where it is legal. (California, Colorado, Nevada, Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington, and DC) When you buy it online and it is not regulated by the government then that is when it is made from hemp. I like to stick to full -spectrum oil because the full spectrum variety contains phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, flavonoids and antioxidants from the entire plant that work together to enhance the health benefits that CBD has.
When buying your CBD oil it is important to check the following things:
how the extraction process is – it is really important to understand the extraction process and also understand what it is that they are extracting. The most advanced extraction process is known as CO2 in which they remove the fats and lipids to create pure CBD oil.
the cost- if it is cheap it probably means it is low grade and you don’t want to consume that. Companies need to charge higher prices in order to continue to produce high quality oil.
As I mentioned above I tried CBD for the first time while my brother was here and I fell in love with calming effects it has. While my bipolar disorder is balanced, I still have really bad insomnia that is affected by whatever is going on in my life, at times I like this because it lets me know if something is bothering me and I can learn to deal with it. The thing is that any change even if it is minor affects me in some way or another. TRUTH be told, I don’t like change, unless I feel like I had some say. The awesome thing about life is that things are constantly changing and basically the universe is giving me the finger and telling me I need to learn to adjust. I’m okay with that. CBD has helped with the anxiety of the unknown, of change of just basically life sometimes. I don’t get cramps during my period anymore, which is awesome. I also realized it helps with motion sickness a theory I tested out when I was with my friend and we were driving to all sorts of different mountain destinations, I get car sick easily if there are a lot of curves and just circles. I’m hands down a HUGE fan. LOVE LOVE LOVE.
MY FAVORITE BRANDS
PAPA BARKLEY – I really like their 1:30 THC: CBD and their 3:1 THC:CBD
They have great tinctures with wonderful blends, sadly you can only get these in California, I had a friend pick some up for me a couple weeks ago after another friend recommended it.
2RISE NATURAL – offers high quality hemp oil. All of their hemp is grown in Colorado. I like their FULL SPECTRUM CBD OIL TINCTURE and their capsules. PLUS you can order it online which is pretty cool. Legal in all 50 states.
PUREKANA– Their vanilla + mint CBD oil is amazing. They also have vegan CBD gummies which I love having in my purse at all times.
SOME OF MY FAVORITE PRODUCTS WITH CBD
NOTPOT – Is CBD chocolate and it is insane. I really like this product it uses hemp derived CBD oil + ashwagandha and they use raw cocoa and maple syrup. The ingredients are on point and so good. I love this. I like to eat one before I go to sleep or even before I travel. They ship nationwide, which is great.
Therapeutic Treats – They have insane chocolates, their strawberry sea salt is insane, pomegranate vanilla is also unreal. I’ve tried them all and I have a stash in my fridge of maybe five bars at a time. I know. I use their dark chocolate (sugar-free) whenever I am baking or making truffled. Each little chunk or piece has 15 MG of CBD. They use hemp derived CBD again making legal to ship nationwide. They also have supplements that you can get.
CURED Nutrition– This Colorado-based company popped into my radar while visiting Colorado last time and I am honestly obsessed with their I love their full spectrum raw oil as well as their spices. I love that their entire motto is educating the world on using hemp and cannabis for health benefits and again they disclose all of their third-party testing which shows that they are serious about their quality. Can rave about this brand enough.
Alright, babes, there you have it, why I started to use CBD, all the wonderful health benefits and for those of you still iffy. What it is and how wonderful it can be for your health. What are you thoughts..? Would you be interested in trying CBD oil products? Drop a comment below, I would LOVE to know your thoughts.