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3 Ways To Relieve Jaw Discomfort using CBD

With our daily routines and lives being disrupted by lifestyle, jobs, and stay-at-home orders, our minds and bodies have taken on so much additional stress. A common trigger our bodies do to relieve stress is jaw clenching – and we may not even recognize that we are doing it!  Women are known to be 1.5 times more likely to have this reaction than men and are most commonly seen to occur in those ages 18-45.  

 

The jaw joint is located in front of the ear where the jawbone connects to your head.  To feel where this is on your body – place your finger on your cheek and move towards your ear as you open and close your mouth – where you feel the hinge open and close is the joint space.

 

Oftentimes during a stressful situation, we can clench our jaw and grind our teeth which causes tension to the muscles around the jaw joint.   

 

Take inventory of your behaviors – what reactions do you have when a Zoom meeting isn’t going the way you expected? Or you’re wrangling a household of kids or an entire classroom? Or you’re working long stressful nights in the ICU? Are you clenching your jaw? Maybe you find that you grind your teeth to ease your mind. Take note if you find yourself biting down on your pen to increase your focus. You may find that you are applying stress to your jaw joint! 

 

As a hospital pharmacist, I can attest to super stressful days as well – whether I’m responding to a premature infant delivery or a trauma in the Emergency Room – I find that even with my calm under fire demeanor that without even recognizing it at the moment, I tense up. I feel the after effects of this when I’m home from my day trying to wind down. Why do my neck and jaw feel so fatigued day after day? 

 

This tension and stress that we put on our jaw joint over time can result in pain, soreness, sleep disturbances, and can cause discomfort while eating. You may notice this as soreness in the space between the ear and the jaw, along the jawline and back of your neck, as well as you may experience headaches. With repeated trauma, this soreness can be constant or it can come and go when you open and close your mouth. 

 

Self-care and stress management to help relax both your mind and your jaw is the key to relieving this tension. As we know, CBD is a great tool to add to your daily routine to help minimize stress levels. Endocannabinoid receptors are located all throughout our dermal and epidermal skin layers. When CBD is applied topically it acts locally in the area it is applied and its effects can be felt in a matter of minutes and can last several hours.  

 

Let’s walk through a few approaches for use of CBD for jaw discomfort. 

 

Relief Cream – Topical 

3 Ways To Relieve Jaw Discomfort using CBDStart with a pea size amount of relief cream and massage in a circular motion starting towards the front of your jawline and work your way across your cheeks and then back towards the ear.  You can also continue this motion along the back of your neck as well.  Both the topical application of CBD and the aromatic effects of the cream can be felt within a matter of minutes.  You should notice your muscles releasing that tension and be more at ease after topical application. This routine can be repeated as often as needed and is a great tool to use to wind down before bedtime. 

 

Daily Drops – Ingested 

3 Ways To Relieve Jaw Discomfort using CBDDaily drops can be used to massage on the inside of your cheeks – keep in mind that by using the Daily Drops you will have absorption both locally within the face as well as systemically into your bloodstream through your sublingual glands within the mouth- so this route may be stronger for you.  Start with a half dropper (5mg/0.5mL) and place it in your palms.  By using your opposite hand to cheek (use your right hand to massage inside of your left cheek) use circular motions to rub the drops into your cheek space as close to the interior jawline as possible.  Let the oil sit for a minute and then swallow. Then repeat on the other side. Take note of how you feel within about 20 minutes.  You should feel a sense of calm and relaxation with this form of dosing. Work with your dosage specialist as well to adjust your dosage if needed! 

 

Daily Treatment Oil – Topical Gua Sha Method 

3 Ways To Relieve Jaw Discomfort using CBDGive yourself a Gua Sha facial using the Daily Treatment oil two to three times a week. Follow our blog on How to Give Yourself a 5-Step CBD Gua Sha Facial for step-by-step instructions on how to add this to your nightly routine. 

 

How CBD Oil Is Made & Extracted 

While the cannabis extraction process can be challenging to understand, it is extremely critical to do so towards educating yourself about what you are using, how it works, and what it works on. Understanding the process leads to a better, more wholesome experience towards meeting your health goals. Learning these techniques is challenging, but not impossible. It took me a bit to get a good grasp of the terminology, even as a nurse with a background in science, to understand what it means and how the varieties can affect our bodies. I hope to shed some light—and lessen the learning curve for you—below.

 

Extraction is a process that has been used for centuries to make teas, tinctures, and herbal remedies. The idea is to collect all the beneficial compounds while leaving behind the undesirable compounds and unusable plant material. There are several extraction methods used in the cannabis industry to extract the cannabinoids (like CBD or THC, among many others) and terpenes (responsible for the smell, taste, and effect), but they’re not all equal.

 

EXTRACTION METHODS

Ethanol: This method utilizes high-proof grain alcohol (think Everclear). The alcohol soaks up the desired compounds so they can then be separated from the rest of the plant and collected as the ethanol evaporates. However, one reason that some folks do not care for it is that this extraction method pulls terpenes and chlorophyll out and the product can look green and have a bitter or grass-like taste.  

 

How CBD is made and extractedCO2 Extraction: This method is considered “The Gold Standard” (and is Equilibria’s extraction method) which uses pressurized CO2 gas to extract desirable individual cannabinoids and terpenes. This is a clean, effective, and high-quality method of extraction, leaving concentrates that are safer to consume and tastier to experience thanks to the preservation of terpenes.

 

Hydrocarbon extractions (Example: Butane): There is a lot of debate around hydrocarbons in the cannabis industry as many products are made this way. It is quick, affordable, and efficient, but most of the terpenes in the plant are lost. If done right removing all of the butane from the final product, then this is a fine method. However, if Butane remains in the final product, it can potentially be harmful. This is because when heated it becomes benzene, which is a carcinogen (a cancer-causing substance). Only purchase products that utilize hydrocarbon extraction if you can review lab reports and COA’s (Certificate of Analysis).

 

PRODUCTS

Full-Spectrum: I recommend full-spectrum because it has the widest range of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other beneficial compounds such as minerals, electrolytes, vitamins, and protein. Full-spectrum products contain 0.3% or less THC. 

 

Broad Spectrum: Similar to full-Spectrum but with an attempt to remove as much THC as possible. This type of CBD still has some other cannabinoids and terpenes in it, but no THC — making it less efficacious than full-spectrum. 

 

Isolate: This formulation offers only CBD without any of the other beneficial cannabinoids or terpenes. Isolate CBD is expensive to make and sometimes, the end-product does not work very well. This is because, with only 1 compound (CBD), there is no Entourage Effect. 

 

Scientists have discovered that when 2 or more cannabinoids and terpenes are combined, they start to act synergistically and amplify each other’s properties. So it’s not 1+1=2, it’s more like 1+1=4! This is what Scientists call the Entourage Effect.

 

Sometimes you’ll see a product that’s labeled ‘CBD isolate’, which means it’s CBD that has been isolated away from the rest of the plant and therefore doesn’t benefit from the synergistic/amplification properties.

 

How CBD is made and extractedA few additional things to keep in mind… always look out for lab testing! Full-spectrum products will have cannabinoids, terpenes (these are good things), and a list of pesticides and heavy metals (bad things) that are present in the products (if present at all). People who are susceptible to fungal infections should definitely only use CBD products that are certified and lab-tested to ensure purity. This is because mold, mildew, and other fungi can be present inside plant tissue and not visible to the naked eye. Molds, such as aspergillus, may be found inside untested and poorly grown/extracted CBD oil. While often harmless to humans, they can pose a significant risk to those who are immunocompromised. 

 

All Equilibria products are full-spectrum and third-party lab tested. You can find the lab test results on each of their product pages. They’re constantly updated as well, so consumers know exactly what they are putting into their bodies. The more you know, the better your cannabis journey will be!

 

 

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How Much Should You Pay For CBD?

“You get what you pay for” is a phrase that I often use when talking about fashion, food, and CBD. CBD prices can range from moderate, expensive, to really expensive depending on dosing, product size, and other ingredients added to the product such as cannabinoids and terpenes. These factors cumulatively lead to vast differences in the quality and efficacy of each product, which really matters. 

 

Testing

Testing is vital. Cannabis/Hemp is a really porous plant and absorbs anything in the surrounding soil. Hemp is an enviro regulator, which means it can be used to absorb toxins and clean the earth e.g. hemp plants are actually being used at Chernobyl to clean up toxic waste. However, this also means that if you are purchasing a cheap CBD product that came from plants grown in poor conditions, it may have absorbed chemicals, fungus, and pesticides of the soil it was grown in.

 

When purchasing CBD, you want to ensure the potency and purity of the product, and make sure that lab testing was done. Testing is something that can add a lot of cost to a CBD product but is critical to ensure that you obtain a quality product. Testing has to be done on multiple plants and products to confirm that the amount of CBD and which terpenes are present is accurate AND to see if there are any heavy metals, pesticides, bacteria, or fungus in the product. This analysis needs to be run on every product and strain of the plant, and the batches have to be run multiple times—so this process can easily cost a company six to seven figures per year.

 

Again, I can’t stress enough how important it is to check for third-party lab testing. 88% of the CBD market is fraudulent. Equilibria has made its COAs (Certificate of Analysis) public and easy to obtain – they’re available on individual product pages. This practice should be everywhere (it is not), but by publicly sharing their COAs, Equilibria is showing they have nothing to hide and that they have a high-quality product.

 

Different forms of CBD

Hemp-based CBD is sold in various forms: Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate. 

  • Full-spectrum: Full-spectrum works the best because it includes some THC (less than 0.3%) and usually includes more cannabinoids and terpenes. These products are more effective problem-solvers than pure CBD alone because CBD is most effective when it’s accompanied by other cannabinoids found in the plant, like THC(even in small amounts). The combined chemical reaction is known as “the ensemble effect” or “the entourage effect.” This means the cannabinoids boost each other and work together to achieve their goal.
  • Broad-spectrum: These products do not contain THC, but they do contain other parts of the cannabis plant. It is not recommended unless someone absolutely cannot have THC in their bloodstream.
  • CBD isolate: Isolate is just what it sounds like: pure CBD, stripped of all the other chemical compounds. Without any other compounds to accompany it, CBD misses out on the entourage effect — and becomes noticeably less effective.

 

Extraction Methods

How much should you pay for CBD? There are a variety of CBD extraction methods that affect the final product—12 or more different methods to be more specific. The cost and quality vary depending on what the producer wants to be extracted from the hemp. Some methods are better than others and again the choice depends on what the producer and grower are hoping to achieve. This can cost anywhere from $100.00 to $10,000.

 

Equilibria CBD is hand-harvested and cleanly extracted. Their all-organic, full-spectrum hemp oil is carefully harvested from flowers only, the purest source of cannabinoids and terpenes. They never use stalks, stems, seeds, or isolates. To fully respect the integrity of their high-quality harvest, their extraction process uses state-of-the-art technology from Europe. Called advanced phytonic extraction, inspired by the luxury essential oil industry.

 

Wide Dosing Range of CBD

CBD dosing varies from 5 mg per day all the way up to 1800 mg depending on the quality of the product and health concerns being addressed. If you see a product advertising higher concentrations of CBD at a price that is too good to be true, then it is likely fraudulent because there is a baseline wholesale price for real quality CBD and it is costly. Other factors affecting the price of a CBD product include the quality of the hemp, whether it has THC in it, and the carrier oil or type of product it is being used in.

 

Legal and Regulatory hurdles

How much should you pay for CBD? Hemp is newly legal, but most regulators and corporations do not understand the difference between Hemp CBD and Cannabis with THC. This drives up the cost for every business in the cannabis world, from hemp growers to ancillary services like mine. At every turn, there are extra hurdles for those of us in the business and that makes things really expensive and time-consuming. 

 

For example, banking and credit card processing continue to be difficult in the CBD business arena. I work as a nurse and consultant that does not sell any actual CBD products, just my expertise, and education, but I have been kicked off both Stripe and Paypal in the last 9 months and have had to explore alternative payment receipt services. “High Risk” banks and processors charge VERY high fees. So just doing business in anything CBD-related can cost 20% more than owning another type of business. In addition, since the 2018 Farm bill, there have been many regulatory hoops for companies to jump through to obtain sought-after certifications. On top of that, proper labeling can be expensive with yet even more hoops to jump through.

 

There is good news though! The price of CBD should be dropping in the long run. As the market gets more familiar with CBD producers and hemp farms, and the stigma surrounding cannabis begins to fade, there will be more acceptance for ancillary business services and a lot less confusion about what CBD is and where it is allowed.

 

Again, if your CBD product is too cheap, that should be a red flag. That indicates to me that the farming practices may not be clean, the products aren’t being tested properly (if at all), or that a manufacturer is pulling a fast one by trying to sell hemp seed oil as “CBD”. Or even worse, trying to pass off a different oil with absolutely no therapeutic effects.

 

So how does Equilibria measure up? Equilibria products are free from GMOs, solvents, heavy metals, and they are pesticide and herbicide-free. Each plant is hand-harvested and the oil is carefully extracted from flowers only. Our body and cannabinoid receptors like when there are more cannabinoids in our system because this promotes the entourage effects. Equilibria’s products contain multiple cannabinoids, such as CBD, CBDa, CBDv, CBN, CBG, CBC, THC (0.3% or less), THCa, and THCv. Additionally, their service is unparalleled—every single person is paired with their own personal dosage specialist to help guide them through their entire CBD journey.

 

In my practice, I currently only recommend a handful of hemp-based CBD products and Equilibria is one of them. Their products are extremely high quality and my clients have had success in achieving symptom relief and reaching wellness goals by using them. Equilibria products may not be the cheapest out there, but as I said in the beginning, you get what you pay for and with Equilibria you can be sure you are getting effective products of the highest quality paired with exceptional quality. 

What Every Woman Should Know About The ECS

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The Endogenous Cannabinoid (Endocannabinoid) System (ECS) is responsible for promoting homeostasis (balance) within the body. This includes a healthy inflammatory response, supporting the central nervous system, and enhancing cell vitality. The ECS is composed of highly specialized receptor sites that are embedded in cell membranes. There are cannabinoid receptors located in different areas of the body, all with a specific function.

 

Homeostasis refers to the processes and reactions that our body utilizes to actively maintain a constant internal environment. Some examples of systems within our bodies that require this constant balancing include oxygen levels, hydration, and body temperature. Disturbances to this balance can lead to diseases. 

 

Our body’s endocannabinoid system produces endocannabinoids that regulate the biochemical processes which help to maintain homeostasis. However, our bodies do not produce enough cannabinoids on their own and we must incorporate phytocannabinoids (plant-based cannabinoids) to help our body obtain homeostasis. This is especially important for women, as we age, in assisting to support the ECS regulatory function on the Endocrine System. 

 

There are many types of signaling molecules in the endocannabinoid system and more are being discovered all the time. The phytocannabinoids, plant cannabinoids, found in the cannabis Sativa plant mirror very close in chemical composition to the endocannabinoids our body produces. All endocannabinoids are lipids and made from polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) like omega-3, omega-6, omega-9, and conjugated fatty acids.

 

Enzymes (a type of protein) serve as a chemical catalyst to start biochemical processes required to make the signaling molecules when they are needed. This is how the regulation of the ECS works. The endocannabinoids speak to the receptors to start the process required for balancing the systems affected by the receptors and by way thereof, inducing homeostasis. 

 

What every woman should know about the ECS

 

Every system of the body requires a certain amount of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes which are the constituents that are required to sustain life. This is why we eat food. To gain the nutritional supplementation necessary to support these systems by providing those constituents. The same applies to the ECS as we do not produce sufficient quantities of endogenous cannabinoids to support it. 

 

Age, illness, diet, and other contributing factors determine the level of endogenous cannabinoids that are being produced in our system at any given time. Unfortunately, there is not a test to measure the number of cannabinoids present in the body, nor is there a set of metrics that determine the appropriate level of endogenous cannabinoids required to induce homeostasis. We must address the fact that aging creates slower production of all the necessary constituents required for optimal function and this is especially relevant to the production of endocannabinoids. 

 

For women, this is especially concerning as research has shown that we need a certain level of supplementation for hormonal life changes, such as menopause. It is true that the endocannabinoid system naturally produces cannabinoids that regulate the biochemical processes which help to maintain homeostasis. However, our bodies do not produce enough cannabinoids on their own and we must incorporate phytocannabinoids (plant-based cannabinoids) to help our body obtain homeostasis. 

 

This would lead us to understand that: 

  1. There is in fact merit, based on research, that quantifies the existence of ECS deficiency
  2. The only way to address these deficiencies is by introducing phytocannabinoids, nutritionally, by consuming a holistically balanced supplement. 

 

Therefore the three questions that need to be addressed are:

  1. What product should I use?
  2. What dose is appropriate for my desired outcome?
  3. What delivery method is optimal for me?

 

Phytocannabinoid supplementation is a very individualized journey. No two people and no two supplements are created equal. Dosing and delivery are the most pressing issues to be addressed when choosing an appropriate phytocannabinoid supplement. This is why I am a firm proponent of micro-dosing. I am an advocate for this method of administration because it works on the principle of nutritional healing by introducing the active constituents into the system over time. Nutrition is consumed and discarded. The only way to supplement for the greatest efficacy is to consume on a consistent basis. 

 

I would surmise, as time elapses, we may get to the point that the realization is as such; ECS deficiency may be the leading cause of most dysfunction and disease plaguing the human race. The decline of the human condition is happening at a rapid rate not seen at any other point in history. Phytocannabinoids were a part of our diet and pharmacopeia until about 80 years ago. Since being removed, I have observed a pattern of ever-increasing disease “discovery” and diagnosis. Unfortunately, the research is severely lacking in all regards to the endogenous cannabinoid system and the role that phytocannabinoids play in supporting the ECS.

 

Arguably, given these facts, phytocannabinoid supplementation would be beneficial in every stage of life. As women are the general custodians of health for our families, we should consider ways to incorporate phytocannabinoid supplements as nutritional support. Hemp is a superfood. Not only does it provide phytocannabinoids, but also the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to sustain life. It is also an excellent source of protein and fiber. By using a full spectrum phytocannabinoid supplement, you can gain ECS support along with balanced nutritional supplementation. Hemp has been shown to assist with the absorption of these constituents and is a nutritional WIN!

 

There are many ways to supplement your ECS on a nutritional, medicinal, and therapeutic level. Your product choice, dose, and method of administration would be very dependent on your desired outcome. That being said, all phytocannabinoid supplementation is advantageous in addressing endogenous cannabinoid system deficiencies and helping to regulate the biochemical processes that are required to reach homeostasis. We need to change the conversations and mindsets to consider the importance of nutritional supplementation of the ECS. This will help to ease regulation and restriction and allow all people to take advantage of phytocannabinoid supplements to maintain health and wellness. When you know better you do better!

 

Here is to your health! Love, Peace, and Blessings.

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About Dr. Lakisha™

What every woman should know about the ECSDr. Lakisha™ is a Traditional Naturopath, registered Master Herbalist, and Medical Cannabis & Hemp Educator of endogenous cannabinoid system education. My core competencies include using herbs as the basis of nutrition to combat the symptoms of a chronic, degenerative, and terminal illness. Specialties include medical cannabis education, endogenous cannabinoid system balancing, and cancer prevention. I work to ensure all people have the right to choose medical options; traditional, alternative, or otherwise that support their health and healing journey. Follow along on Instagram. 

 

CBD Beginner’s Guide

Whether they’ve found that it helps them alleviate their stress, bolster their sex lives, or improve their hormonal health, more Americans than ever are enjoying the benefits of CBD, or cannabidiol. In fact, according to one of the latest surveys conducted in 2019 by Consumer Reports, 64 million Americans said they had tried CBD, or cannabidiol, in the past 24 months. It’s no wonder more products than ever are available, with the U.S. CBD market projected to grow 107% through 2023. 

 

One drawback of CBD’s popularity booming: It can be challenging to navigate the bevy of products on the market. In addition to finding a product type you like, you might want to feel like you connect with a CBD company’s values. Do they pride themselves on educating their customers and supporting their CBD journey? Are they committed to disclosing their products’ potency and manufacturing process? How transparent are they in general? All of these are questions you could find yourself asking as you consider the CBD products that are best for you. 

 

But, for starters, it’s helpful to nail down your CBD basics. Here we share a beginner’s guide to learning more about CBD including how to use it, its benefits, side effects, and more. 

 

What Is CBD? 

For thousands of years, CBD, or cannabidiol, has been relied on as a healing agent. It’s one of over 150 naturally occurring compounds called phytocannabinoids found in the Cannabis Sativa plant, which is grown either as “industrial hemp” (has less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, content) or as “marijuana” (with up to 30% THC content). 

It bears noting that THC is psychoactive while CBD is not. It doesn’t make you feel “stoned” or intoxicated, because it interacts differently than THC with receptors in the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), our body’s biological system for managing overall homeostasis (the body’s state of balance). It helps us regulate sleep, inflammation, mood, hormones, our immune system, and more.

 

Benefits of CBD

Considering CBD’s ability to address a range of concerns through the ECS, it’s no wonder that research and anecdotal evidence is mounting on CBD’s ability to potentially treat autoimmune diseases, neurological conditions, metabolic syndrome, neuropsychiatric illness, gut disorders, cardiovascular dysfunction, and skin concerns, according to Project CBD. it has also been shown to help regulate mood and substance-abuse disorders, improve chronic insomnia, and help harden bone after a fracture.

 

That said, just about anyone who wants to tackle a wide range of issues from inflammation to rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, or chronic stress could benefit from — and is a good candidate — for CBD. 

 

Types of CBD

There are products that are called broad-spectrum as well as those referred to as full-spectrum and CBD isolate. Here’s how they differ:

 

Broad-spectrum: These products do not contain THC, but they do contain other parts of the cannabis plant. It is not recommended unless someone absolutely cannot have THC in their bloodstream.

 

Full-spectrum: These products are more effective problem-solvers than pure CBD alone. This is because CBD is most effective when it’s accompanied by other cannabinoids found in the plant, including its more well-known sister THC (even in small amounts). The combined chemical reaction is known as “the ensemble effect” or “the entourage effect.” This means the cannabinoids boost each other and work together to achieve their goal.

 

CBD isolate: Isolate is just what it sounds like: pure CBD, stripped of all the other chemical compounds. Without any other compounds to accompany it, CBD misses out on the entourage effect — and becomes noticeably less effective.

 

Forms of CBD

From topical creams to cartridges you can vape to edibles, there are a wide variety of ways to get your CBD dose. And you might opt for a particular method depending on your wellness goal. A few to know about:

 

Tinctures 

One of the most popular ways to take CBD is in liquid form. In the case of Equilibria’s Daily Drops, full-spectrum hemp oil is combined with a coconut-derived MCT oil. “MCT oil is our carrier oil of choice because it has one of the highest concentrations of fat-soluble compounds,” says Maia Reed, Head of Member Success at Equilibria. “MCT molecules are smaller than normal molecules, which make them easier for the body — especially, the liver — to process.” 

 

The final product is the Daily Drops, which are held under the tongue to allow for sublingual absorption. “This means the CBD enters your bloodstream more directly, resulting in an onset time of 10-30 minutes with effects lasting between 4-6 hours,” says Reed. 

CBD beginner's guideCapsules 

Some people find that in an effort to get a consistent dose every time, they prefer capsules like Equilibria’s Daily Softgels. Capsules are absorbed through the gut and modified in the liver, so CBD will spread evenly throughout the body, according to ProjectCBD. Edibles (like mints or gummies) work in the same way.

 

Creams and lotions 

Whether you’re using a roll-on oil like Equilibria’s Daily Roller Duo, a body butter like Equilibria’s Relief Cream, or a bath bomb, CBD-infused topicals can help soothe muscles and joints. They might also help clear up inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

 

CBD Side Effects 

At the beginning of their routines, some Equilibria members have reported slight headaches and stomach discomfort. However, with starting low and going slow, routine adjustments, consistent use, and taking Softgel doses with food, many members find these discomforts to subside.

 

For this reason, it’s best to start out with a low dose and slowly increase it, ideally with support from a Dosage Specialist. They can also help you determine the delivery method that best suits your needs and goals. Book an appointment with us at myeq.com/dosage or send us an email at [email protected] if you have questions about how to get started. 

CBD Effects: It’s What You Don’t Feel

Have you ever heard anyone say “I tried CBD and it didn’t work?” Have you ever tried CBD yourself and thought it didn’t work? There are several reasons that this could be. First, about 88% of the CBD market is fake. So if you are not buying a CBD product from a reputable company such as Equilibria, or if you don’t know your farmer or supplier, then your CBD product may actually be very expensive coconut oil, olive oil, or some other diluted concoction. The easy solution is to purchase a CBD product from a reputable brand that offers 3rd party lab testing.

 

While CBD does have an immediate effect, most people don’t notice it right away. Some feel slight relief in 15-60 minutes, lasting for up to 6-8 hours. But most people benefit from an accumulating effect that takes about anywhere between 7-30 days to see a significant difference. After this time period is when clients using CBD really notice its effects and feel less discomfort, stress, and sleep better. If those clients stop using CBD, all of those problems slowly seem to creep back into their lives and that’s when they notice where and how it was actually working. Also, a variety of factors such as what other medications a person is taking, their gender, and where they are in their life cycle (for women, specifically their menstruation cycle) all impact how CBD affects a person. 

 

Another reason that CBD “didn’t work” for an individual is that their dosing may have been incorrect. Dosing CBD can be tricky which is why I advise people to start low and go slow. The way to find the right dose is to utilize your Equilibria dosing specialist or to consult a cannabis clinician. A journal is always handy as well! I encourage my clients to journal heavily to keep track of incremental progress.

 

CBD Effects: It's what you don't feelResearchers don’t really know what the true mechanism of action is for CBD. It is an agonist (unlocks or enhancement) for some neurotransmitters such as serotonin, but it also is a weak antagonist (blocker) of CB1 and CB2. Scientists understand that it is a great phytocannabinoid. It works on a large number of symptoms and disease processes, has little in the way of side effects, and all without being mind-altering. But more research is needed to understand exactly what CBD is doing inside our bodies and why/how it can be used for such a wide array of ailments. Currently, there are 191 ongoing studies on CBD looking into its effects on more than 300 conditions which is really amazing.

 

Overall, CBD is sometimes more about what you don’t feel rather than what you do immediately feel. And it requires guided patience to work with. While it does not have the euphoric effect of THC, it has amazing anti-inflammatory, stress-relieving, pro-sleep, anti-seizure, antispasmodic, and anti-nausea properties and the potential for so much more. One of the best parts of my job is when I see the data come to life for my clients and watch them have better symptom control leading to a greatly improved quality of life from using CBD.

 

About Rebecca Abraham:

Rebecca AbrahamEducating ourselves about CBD and the products we put in our bodies can feel overwhelming at times. That’s why Acute on Chronic and Equilibria are working hard to keep it simple and straightforward.

Acute on Chronic founder and President, Rebecca Abraham BSN, RN, is a certified cannabis nurse. From a single assessment to ongoing support, Acute on Chronic provides support for all your cannabis questions as you investigate and become comfortable with it as alternative care. Follow Rebecca onFacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn and reach out for an initial consultation.

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