Optimizing CBD Oil Effects: 3 Keys Factors to Consider
CBD’s popularity has been growing tremendously in recent years. It is used all across the globe for therapeutic purposes and has quickly changed the status of this stigmatized plant – Marijuana.
In fact, today the cannabis market is one of the most fast-paced industries in the U.S.
According to a report by the Hemp Business Journal, the cannabis market worth will be about $2.1 billion in consumer sales by 2020 with about $450 million sales from the hemp-based sources.
Plants have been used for ages for medicinal purposes. In fact, most of our medicines have been derived from plants.
One such herb and remedy is Cannabis (commonly known as Marijuana), which is gaining a foothold in the treatment of many diseases and disorders. The miraculous compound of this plant, called Cannabidiol (CBD), is just one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis.
CBD is known as an ‘adaptogen’ which means that it doesn’t have a specific curative effect, but it helps to refrain from many harmful physical, biological and chemical factors.
What is it with CBD?
CBD is a chemical compound that is found in the cannabis plant. Though there are about 80 chemical compounds found in the plant, CBD and THC are the most renowned.
CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabis component with enormous therapeutic potential. This means that CBD allows you to avail its numerable health benefits without experiencing the associated high. It is easily available in dispensaries and more recently, in other health stores, because it is legal even in the places where THC is banned by the Federal Government.
This pleiotropic drug produces its effects through multiple molecular pathways. However, the mechanism of how CBD exerts its therapeutic impact on a molecular level is still being explored by researchers.
How does CBD work and what are CBD effects inside the body?
There is a biochemical communication system in the human body called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), with receptors spread throughout the brain and body. These cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) are involved in a series of processes in the body, including the regulation of physiology, mood, appetite, memory and everyday experience.
These receptors can be activated by endocannabinoids (produced by the human body) as well as by plant cannabinoids like CBD.
Although CBD has a little binding affinity for either of the two cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2), cannabidiol activates various non-cannabinoid receptors and ion channels.
“CBD also acts through various receptor-independent channels—for example, by amplifying or inhibiting the binding action of certain G-coupled protein receptors and acting as an anandamide reuptake and breakdown inhibitor.” According to the National Institute for Health (NIH).
Knowing Your CBD Oil
CBD oil is a potent extract taken from the cannabis plant containing a large amount of cannabidiol. Therefore, it has become popular in the medical marijuana industry.
This CBD-rich oil can be consumed many ways. For the strongest effect from the oil, you should take it directly by placing a drop on or under the tongue. Or, if you wish to enjoy the experience of consumption, you may choose to add a drop of oil to cooking or baked goods or dissolve a drop in their smoothie or tea.
3 Factors Impacting CBD Oil Effects and Results
CBD has tremendous health benefits but in order to achieve the best results possible, we should stick to these three key factors:
Proper dosage is the key to attain the optimal effects of CBD.
The correct dose of CBD varies significantly from individual to individual.
You should take into account factors such as age, nutritional deficiencies, and current ailments for deciding the ideal dosage. However, the best place to start is with current body weight- depending on how much body fat you have (lower dose) versus lean muscle (can take a higher dose).
Medical experts suggest that one should carefully monitor the body for a response to the CBD dose. If you feel noticeably more energized within about an hour after ingestion, it is advisable to take your CBD in the morning. If instead, you feel very relaxed, tired, or sedated, then it makes sense to take it at night before sleeping. If you feel neither energized nor tired, it’s probably safe to take at any time.
2. Receptors Expression:
The cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) are expressed in vastly different ways, including their appearance in various parts of the human body.
The locations, density, and the overall count of cannabinoid receptors are collectively labeled their expression. In fact, the expression is highly subjective characteristic of that individual resulting in a range of unique responses to different cannabis medicines.
Studies suggest that different patients, especially those with particular diseases, may have different expressions of CB1 and CB2 receptors than patients who are not suffering from these conditions.
One patient may overexpress a receptor-like CB1 (meaning they have more receptors than average) and, as a result, be very sensitive to a particular cannabinoid-like THC. Other patients may under express a receptor-like CB2, meaning they may be less sensitive to the therapeutic effects of a cannabinoid-like CBD and may need to take its higher dose or add other cannabinoids and terpenes to the mix, especially those that target other receptors, like CB1.
Also, people who have been regularly consuming cannabis have a wider reach to receptor sites. Though, they may not experience the high and thus may require a higher dosage to benefit from it. On the contrary, people who have never used cannabis may feel the high very easily. So, a lesser dosage may work for them.
CBD works best in conjunction with a healthy organic diet. For instance, if you’re taking CBD to treat inflammation but eating fried chicken, then it may not prove very beneficial!
So, you should choose foods that have a higher nutritional value. They should be loaded with essential fats, phytonutrients, and fiber.
By keeping a check on these key factors, when beginning a CBD oil regime you’ll optimize how CBD oil affects your body. An appropriate CBD dosage accompanied with healthy lifestyle changes, you can discover the healing power of this miracle molecule.