CBD GUIDE

The Complete Guide to CBD’s Uses and Benefits

Organic CBD is full of promises, but learning what CBD oil really does for your body isn’t always easy. That is why we’ve compiled our knowledge and resources to bring you this comprehensive guide to make it easy to incorporate CBD into your routine.

CBD

  • First, What is CBD?

    The cannabis plant contains a unique profile comprising various compounds and nutrients. In the seeds, natural proteins and amino acids are abundant; in the leaves, compounds known as cannabinoids are in rich supply, with one particular cannabinoid – CBD, or cannabidiol – being one of the most common.

    When learning about CBD, one of the most important things to understand is its distinction from THC – another cannabinoid found in cannabis, and, of course, the most widely known.

    THC is the cannabinoid responsible for the ‘high’ associated with smoking and eating cannabis, while CBD does not have the same impact on our mental faculties.

    When ingested, CBD is capable of interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) – an incredibly complex network of receptors thought to be involved in functions as diverse as pain, mood, appetite, memory, fertility, and immunity. The ECS remains something of a mystery, though it remains a key topic for many researchers looking for new ways to treat a broad spectrum of conditions, from chronic pain conditions to depression and anxiety.

    In these lines of inquiry, CBD takes on a central role. Its ability to act as a neuromodulator within the endocannabinoid system, and to interfere with the usual pathways these physical and mental experiences take through the body, holds remarkable potential for the future of medicine.

  • Okay, so what is CBD Oil?

    CBD exists within the leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant, but many of us would rather not consume or smoke them as they come out of the ground. This is primarily down to the fact that, since the cannabis plant is abundant in THC, using it in its natural form means experiencing the psychoactive effect for which the plant is famed.

    For this reason, growers and producers have devised various methods for extracting CBD from the plant, and combining it with a carrier oil in order to make it easy for us to reap the benefits of cannabidiol, in a more convenient way.

    This oil can be flavored and the concentration of the CBD varied. In this form, it is easy to combine the oil with a drink, or drop it directly under the tongue.

    We mentioned previously, when it comes to CBD, there are various methods of extraction. It is important for anyone interested in using CBD to understand that these methods cause significantly different results, with some being capable of producing much more beneficial concentrates (to be combined with the carrier oil) than others.

    At Post Love, we remain dedicated to a process known as Supercritical CO2 Extraction for all of our CBD extractions.

    ‘Supercritical’ is a term that, at its most basic, refers to a substance existing in a state between liquid and solid. Thus, the CO2 is brought to a state that offers the quality of both states, capable of drawing the CBD and other oils from the plant.

    Our use of CO2 ensures that the plant does not come into contact with any harsh solvents, and that, as a result, the CBD we produce remains USDA certified organic, and untainted by potentially harmful toxins.

  • CBD’s Potential Benefits for Inflammation and Pain

    Living in pain, even for a short while, can have a profound impact on our outlook and mood. For those suffering indefinitely

    Many conditions are characterized by inflammation – and, in many situations, inflammation serves a vital role. When caused by an injury, for instance, inflammation signals the body forming a ‘protective barrier’ around the site of the injury, in order to ensure that it can heal properly without contracting an infection. It is, for this reason, a necessary part of a healthy immune response, and is not something that needs to be treated.

    If, however, inflammation becomes chronic, then we can begin to experience some debilitating effects. Arthritis, diabetes, and certain mental health issues are characterized by chronic inflammation. In cases where no definitive cause is found, a long list of more general side effects can occur, such as chronic fatigue, interrupted sleep, digestive troubles, and pain.

  • Where CBD Might Help

    It is widely thought that the endocannabinoid system possesses immunomodulatory effects, essentially meaning that it holds influence over the body’s inflammatory and pain responses. According to a number of studies, cannabinoids like CBD may be capable of regulating the endocannabinoid system, and, by extension, of having an anti-inflammatory effect within the body.

    This is no doubt one of the driving forces behind CBD’s rising significance in daily life. With so many of us suffering from conditions characterized by chronic pain and inflammation – from stubborn sports injuries and migraines to MS and arthritis – an efficacious alternative to pharmaceuticals could prove pivotal for thousands of people.

  • Does CBD have Potential Benefits for Mental Health?

    Just like our physical health, our emotional health is something that we will spend our lives working on, caring for, and trying to fathom. We are our own most complex subjects, and, at times, making external changes to our routines and lifestyles is not enough to keep our moods above the waterline.

    Fortunately, mental health remains such a fundamental topic of discussion that new avenues for treatment are continually being explored, particularly when it comes to unraveling the mystery of the body’s endocannabinoid system, and the role CBD can fulfill within it.

    In a recent study, Oberbarnscheidt, Thersilla, and Norman S Miller authored. “The Impact of Cannabidiol on Psychiatric and Medical Conditions.” Journal of clinical medicine research vol. 12,7 (2020) “CBD is purported to be used for various medical and psychiatric conditions: depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer’s or other cognitive illnesses as well as pain. There is also a new trend to use CBD for the treatment of opioid use disorder.”

  • Where CBD Might Help

    Another review of around 40 years’ worth of insight into CBD’s potential neuropsychiatric effects demonstrates plenty of promise for those suffering a broad spectrum of mental health woes, from substance abuse to depression and PTSD.

    CBD also shows promise as an anxiolytic – or a treatment for anxiety. Studies have demonstrated strong results in favor of CBD as a treatment for OCD, social phobia and anxiety, PTSD, and panic disorders, although there is not yet an official consensus on dosage requirements for those looking to use CBD as an alternative to more traditional medications.

    As such, any company promising a ‘cure’ for depression or other related mental health conditions should be avoided.

  • CBD’s Potential Benefits for the Heart

    The importance of knowing how to take care of our hearts – and finding a way to instate those healthy habits and practices into our everyday lives – means paying close attention to everything, from diet and activity levels to avoiding unhealthy substances, and ensuring that we get that regular check-up booked in with the doctor.

    Still, heart issues remain among the most common health complaints in modern life – a fact which explains why the heart remains the focal point for so much of modern medical inquiry.

  • CBD’s Potential Benefits for Our Long Term Health

    Of course, given the fact that the timeframe between cannabis holding a largely taboo status in America, and it rising to the very forefront of the wellness industry, is so brief, one thing we are lacking more than any other are long-term case studies spanning decades’ worth of use.

    Thus, understanding its impact on our long-term health is a process of analyzing the data available, and making predictions based upon the observational and theoretical knowledge available to us now.

    Some studies have suggested that, in addition to offering some relief from the side effects of cancer treatment, CBD may boast promise as an anti-cancer drug. It will no doubt be many years before researchers can feel confident in CBD assuming this role in the medical world, but this serves as valuable insight into quite how pivotal CBD may be for the medical world, and all of us.

    Again, CBD is not a treatment for cancer, and any false claims should be ignored.

  • CBD, and Realizing the Benefits

    Everyone’s experience of CBD – and their requirements from it – will be different, but there are certainly ways of ensuring that you stand to glean the most benefit from this supplement.

    First of all, the importance of investing your money into only USDA certified organic CBD cannot be overstated. USDA certification means that, from the moment the seed is planted in the earth to the moment the CBD is extracted from the leaves and flowers, the grower and producer have adhered to some pretty rigid requirements, designed to ensure the natural integrity of the product.

    We look at this in a little more detail in our Guide to Organic CBD, but suffice to say that the health benefits of CBD oil created in an environment that does not adhere to organic practices risk being undermined significantly.

    Similarly, a full spectrum organic CBD oil offers a much longer list of health-giving compounds than a CBD isolate.

    Full spectrum means that the oil extracted from the cannabis plants has been interfered with as little as possible. The concentrate is not pure – it contains small amounts of other compounds, such as THC (less than 3% by weight) – but this is for the better. An isolate – that is, a concentration of more than 99.9% CBD – is not only limited in terms of the therapeutic benefits it can offer, but is also typically sourced from parts of the world with fewer regulations and safety protocols.

    In essence, not all CBD oils on the market are created equal. Many companies stand to benefit from the lack of understanding among customers, who see CBD as a very new addition to the wellness world. A USDA certified organic full spectrum CBD isolate will have gone through minimal interference from ground to bottle, and will be subject to more stringent regulations for safety.

  • CBD and You

    CBD is largely unique. While so many of us are turning to natural treatments and therapies as a complement to modern medicine, there are few things that boast quite as much potential as CBD oil. The attention it has garnered in the world of wellness is echoed in the interconnected worlds of science and medicine, and, in just a few short years, some remarkable strides forward have been made in terms of our understanding of this compound.

    It is incredible to think about quite how far we have come in recent years. For many of us, the cannabis plant seemed at odds with those models of health and wellbeing so ingrained within our lives – until, of course, it didn’t anymore.

    Exploring the many uses and benefits of CBD is an enriching experience, and may just prove invaluable to you in the long run.

  • CBD Skincare: Your Ultimate Guide

    Let’s get real – we all think about the health and appearance of our skin, right? Unfortunately, persistent skin imperfections such as acne, wrinkles, age spots, and eczema are all too common, and can weigh heavy on the mind – while also hindering our ability to find complete confidence in ourselves.

    In today’s world, there are so many factors that can – and do – have a negative impact on our skin, and keep us from having the radiant, dewy complexion we may be striving for. We have all heard that great skin comes from within and that a balanced routine consisting of – a healthy diet, plenty of water, supplements (like – CBD oil), and good sleep are essential if we want that flawless, glowing complexion – but what about the times when we struggle to stay on top of healthy lifestyles? Stress, pizza, sun, lack of sleep, and aging are inevitable, which means that a big part of looking after our skin is treating problems as and when they arise.

    On your mission to find the perfect product to help you heal from whatever skin issue you might have, and you may have noticed that the skincare aisle features a new and rapidly growing selection of CBD products. You may be wondering what CBD really is, and whether or not it will truly benefit your skin. Wonder no more, – we’ve gathered the facts here, in this CBD Skincare: The Ultimate Guide.

    CBD Skincare

  • First Off, What Is CBD?

    Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound that comes from the hemp plant. It is one of over 100 unique compounds found in hemp, known as cannabinoids.
    Cannabinoids, which can be either consumed (phytocannabinoids) or produced naturally by the body (endocannabinoids), are chemical compounds that interact with the body’s central regulatory system (the endocannabinoid system). This system is known to manage homeostasis and affect bodily processes such as appetite, mood, and sleep. Endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout every organ (including skin) and system in the body.

    CBD is an example of a phytocannabinoid. Although our bodies can naturally produce its own endocannabinoids that bind to cannabinoid receptors in both the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system, phytocannabinoids help to kick start our central regulatory system and may provide powerful benefits throughout the body both inside and out.

    While its exact benefits and effects are still being researched, recent years have seen a dramatic rise in anecdotal evidence supporting a wide range of potential benefits for our physical and mental health and wellbeing.

  • What We Know About Benefits to Your Skin

    It is only in recent years that CBD has found its way into a prominent position on our shelves – despite the fact that it has represented a prized ingredient in cultures and communities around the globe for centuries.

    As a result, no one could have predicted the speed with which we have integrated this compound into our health and wellness routines, which is why scientific researchers are still working to keep up with our own curiosity and verify many of the anecdotal claims made in favor of CBD.

    Still, the subjective claims continue to pour in. Here are some of the most common:

    • CBD Helps Balancing Oil Production
    • Studies have shown that CBD may be helpful in balancing the skin, by decreasing oil production (sebum), making it useful for those who are prone to acne, or a greasier complexion.
    • CBD Helps Counteracting Free Radical Damage
    • CBD Helps Soothing Reactive or Dull Skin
    • CBD is also thought to be effective at normalizing and calming the effects of redness, reactivity, dullness, and that “ruddy” skin tone many of us struggle against on a daily basis.
    • CBD Helps Relieving Inflammation On and Beneath the Skin

    Those supposed anti-inflammatory properties even make it great for those with sensitive skin, and are thought to benefit the entire body – not just what’s on the surface. It is why products like CBD transdermal cream are growing in popularity so rapidly, as those experiencing subdermal pain are able to find natural relief via the unique interaction between the body and cannabidiol.

    So, while it’s true that money doesn’t grow on trees, the key to great looking skin just might. Check out this snippet from a recent Allure article called ‘Everything You Need to Know About CBD Oil in Beauty Products’:

    “Topical CBD’s most enticing attributes are its anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-killing) properties. Scientists are finding more evidence that it can treat dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema, which is why the ingredient is popping up in so many face creams, serums, and body lotions. “Inflammation is the root of all evil, whether that’s acne or the signs of aging,” says New York City dermatologist Dendy Engelman, who notes that while acne rates are increasing, there aren’t many new treatment options coming down the pike. (“Most often, they’re reformulating benzoyl peroxide, or a retinoid, or some kind of acid,” she says.) As it turns out, CBD might be the ticket to clear skin, too.”

    Whether your goal is to heal from inflammation after aesthetic injections, even out your skin tone, clear up that acne you have been fighting for years, diminish those fine lines, or simply maintain the healthy glow you already radiate, we want you to know what you’ll want look for when choosing the best topical CBD products for you.

  • How can you choose a CBD skincare product that may actually work?

    When looking for CBD skincare, there are a couple of things you want to look for on that pretty little label. They say never to judge a book by its cover, but we most certainly can – and should – judge the product by its packaging. It can be easy to ignore the ingredients lists, as they often comprise a long list of terms that do not hold much meaning outside of a lab.

    It is possible, however, to distinguish a worthwhile product from one that may not be as beneficial as it makes itself out to be. Getting familiar with the good terms and ingredients, and learning to recognise those that you just don’t want on your face, will help you to sort the good from the bad in the cosmetics world.

    Here are the questions you should be asking yourself before you take the plunge:

  • Is the CBD in the product full-spectrum?

    Studies have shown that full-spectrum CBD products are more effective than those made with CBD isolate. Why? Full-Spectrum CBD means essential vitamins and nutrients stay intact during the extraction process, including Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamins E, A, and C, Zinc and Phosphorus, Iron and Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. Each of these is pretty awesome for your face!

  • Are the products third-party tested on the purity and potency of the CBD?

    Transparency is key – particularly when it comes to ingredients that remain relatively new to so many of us. A skincare company – or, for that matter, any company at all – that is worthy of your money will not only be willing to share their processes with you, but they will be proud to have the opportunity to do so. If they are open and honest about their processes, and willing to be third-party tested, you can feel confident about the products you are using.

  • Do the Products Contain Any ‘Filler’ Ingredients That Will Harm You/Your Skin?

    Make sure that the products you choose come from companies that are upfront and honest about the suitability and value of the ingredients they have chosen to use, as well as being committed to safety testing.

  • Do the Products Contain Organic CBD?

    As we mentioned, it is vital that the CBD found within your products is full-spectrum – but this is only half of the story.

    As with many of the ingredients we consume or use on our skin, it is equally vital that we ensure we are only using organic CBD – that is, CBD extracted from plants that have not been exposed to use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

    A natural, safe product is one that is supported by natural farming methods and safe, beneficial ingredients. Without this foundation, we cannot trust the end-product.

  • CBD: A Refreshing Change

    CBD-based skincare products offer a healthy alternative to all of the above, but you do have to show as much caution toward this ingredient as you do with any other. Remember to ensure they are full-spectrum, from an independently-reviewed and reputable company that can trace the source of its CBD, in order to assure purity.

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