A 101 guide to understanding CBD
Now on sale everywhere from health food stores to gas stations, CBD is all the buzz these days. But, as with any new product category, there’s still a lot of confusion out there concerning its use. What is it? What are its benefits? Is it legal? And where best to buy it?
Whether it is for pain relief, anxiety, sleep or your general well-being, it’s important to know the facts before you can begin to take advantage of CBD’s tremendous potential for natural healing.
What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found primarily in the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. It’s one of many powerful cannabinoids found in hemp and is known for supporting body and mind in various ways.
How does CBD differ from marijuana?
The CBD approved for sale in the U.S. does not come from marijuana, but rather from industrial hemp plants. Hemp and marijuana are close relatives, yet not the same. Hemp contains no more than .3% THC, the psychoactive compound that is found in higher concentration in marijuana. Hemp naturally has higher levels of CBD, a non-psychoactive compound. Unlike marijuana CBD won’t get you high.
What are the health benefits of CBD?
Many people integrate CBD into their health routine to support their cellular and molecular health. CBD is just one of more than 80 cannabinoids that can be extracted from hemp. In fact, scientists found that these plant compounds have a better effect on the body when they work together, rather than alone. This means that CBD and other great compounds can support the body more fully than just CBD. How do they provide support to the body? Among the many benefits that users can experience, some of the most common are:
- A sense of calm and focus
- Relief from everyday stresses
- Help in recovery from exercise-induced inflammation
- Support for healthy sleep cycles
Is CBD legal in Michigan?
Under a new legislation signed into law this past January in Lansing, CBD oil and other products derived from hemp do not fall under Michigan Medical Marijuana regulations. That means Michiganders are not required to have a medical marijuana card to get CBD oil and other industrial hemp products.
What are the best forms of CBD?
Most CBD products fall into five main categories:
- CBD oil in tinctures
- CBD pills/capsules
- CBD roll-ons, balms and topical creams
- CBD soaps and bath bombs
- CBD edibles (gummies, water, tea coffee, snacks, etc.)
The type of CBD product that you choose individually should come down to what you’re wanting (and expecting) to get out of the product. If taste is of no concern to you and you don’t mind the mild inconvenience of having to place oil droplets under your tongue, a high-quality CBD oil is still probably the best and most reliable method of consumption.
How to get the CBD that’s the real deal
Because the CBD industry is still young, it’s important to do your homework and find products that are truly pure. Price is often a marker of purity; if you find a CBD oil claiming 100-milligram potency for under $40 at a gas station, for example, chances are that the CBD is not pure and cannot be sold throughout the country.
To find a product you can trust from a company with high standards for production, Use the following check list:
- Choose broad-spectrum CBD extract rather than so-called “pure” CBD isolates.
- Make sure the manufacturer controls the process from farm to shelf and uses quality raw materials to start with.
- Ask if they do their own extracting.
- If they don’t do their own extracting, find out how it is done and what solvents are used for extracting.
- Request batch testing to make sure there are no traces of contaminants, toxins, heavy metals, etc.
- Finally, do your research. Find out what’s working for other people. Google. Ask friends and neighbors.
Looking for the best CBD selection, products and prices in Metro Detroit and Lansing? Visit your neighborhood Better Health Market. In-store nutrition experts make it easy to find the right CBD solution that’s right for you. Nobody does CBD better.
CBD products have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any condition or disease
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