Those who are interested in enhancing their health and wellness in safe and natural ways have likely heard a great deal of buzz lately about CBD. Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, has burst on to the health and wellness scene recently with much excitement. With a little research into what makes CBD special and unique in the world of natural supplements, it is easy to see why.
Learning More About CBD
Many have heard about the hemp plant, even if they have not heard about CBD, which is extracted from the hemp plant itself. As many know, hemp has been around for thousands of years, and has any number of beneficial uses. One common use for the hemp plant has been nutritional-different sorts of foods and seeds are extracted from the hemp plant and have been proven to have great nutritional value. CBD falls into this category.
Extracted directly from the hemp plant, CBD is what is known as a cannabinoid. The hemp plant alone produces more than 100 cannabinoids. Cannabinoids like CBD, when ingested, interact directly with the bodies’ endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a very important system in our body responsible for helping to maintain our internal balance- it assists in the regulation of things like temperature, metabolism, hormone and neurotransmitter secretion, and other important functions.
The ECS accomplishes its work through a number of receptors located throughout the body-each receptor responsible for a different task. Cannabinoids send signals to the receptors and assist them in doing their job. As a result, ingesting a cannabinoid like CBD acts as a supplement or a booster to the functions of the endocannabinoid system. This serves to improve overall health and wellness and any number of ways.
Just a few of the ways the CBD has been shown to improve health include helping manage acute and chronic pain, assisting with common conditions like insomnia and acne, reducing the effects of mental conditions like anxiety and depression, and even managing the symptoms of more chronic conditions like cancer and epilepsy. CBD has even been proven to help benefit the health of our pets, who if they are mammals, have endocannabinoid systems just like people do. Even better, CBD has been proven to have very few side effects, and those that it does have-like occasional drowsiness, nausea, or dry mouth-are usually easily remedied by adjusting dosage. Because it is all natural and non-psychoactive (unlike marijuana which is a product of a different strain of the cannabis plant) CBD has also been shown to be safe for long-term use and non-addictive.
What Products are Right for Me?
Because CBD is such a popular supplement, and because it has very few drawbacks, many are looking to incorporate it into their regular health and wellness routines. Fortunately for those interested, there are a number of providers selling CBD products. Of course, as with any product, not all CBD products are equal. It is important to find a provider who insists on quality from the very beginning-from the initial growing of the hemp plant until the time the product finally reaches the shelf.
After finding the right company to provide the products are interested in, there are typically a
number of products to try to find the right fit for your needs. Palm Organix, for example, offers CBD products in any number of applications-from softgels and tinctures to be taken orally, topical applications like salves, balms, and lotions, to energy drinks, and even pet products for the furry family members in your life.
CBD and Coffee – A Perfect Pair
Often, those interested in taking CBD try to pair it with items already included in their diet. For some, this means mixing it with soup or other favorite foods. Others ingest it with their nightly cup of tea. Still others are interested in mixing CBD with their coffee. After all, coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world-it is in fact estimated that more than 75% of Americans have coffee every day.
If this sounds appealing to you, we have good news-as the popularity of CBD continues to rise, many find CBD and coffee to be a wonderful pairing. As many know, coffee, unless taken in a decaffeinated form, contains caffeine. Caffeine is known to produce a number of different effects in the body including encouraging alertness, boosting metabolism, and even having neuroprotective properties. On the other hand, coffee is also known to cause occasional anxiety and increased blood pressure depending upon the amount consumed. CBD, on the other hand, is known for reducing anxiety, improving quality of sleep, and reducing blood pressure.
Interestingly then, when CBD and coffee are combined these two natural substances produced a combination then in some ways, is the best of both worlds. Coffee and CBD each have their own benefits that have been studied and proven. Some of the positive effects of coffee, such as increasing alertness can, particularly if taken later in the day negatively affect sleep. CBD however, has been known to help with sleeplessness. Therefore, a CBD-infused coffee in the afternoon may provide a productive boost of energy and alertness but still allow the possibility of a deep sleep when nighttime arrives. This is not to mention that aside from interacting positively with one another and counterbalancing each other well – combining CBD and coffee allows the consumer to enjoy the positive nutritional benefits and effects of both.
Of course, it goes without saying that when deciding to add CBD to your coffee, it can be important to remember that we are all different, and as a result, our bodies interact differently to things as well. Thus, it can be a bit of trial and error to find the right mixture of CBD and coffee that is the best fit for your needs. While it can take a bit of experimentation, finding the right blend can be a significant, beneficial, and lasting contribution to your overall health and wellness, and an enjoyable part of your daily routine.
The Buzz about CBD
It’s no secret that CBD is quite possibly the most popular natural health supplement on the market right now. Health and wellness advocates are continually proclaiming its amazing benefits, which seem almost endless. As many know, CBD has been shown to provide benefits like reducing acute and chronic pain, helping with effects of mental conditions that many struggle with like depression and anxiety, managing the symptoms of more chronic conditions like cancer and epilepsy, and even helping with common problems that many of us struggle with, like acne and sleeplessness. Understandably, then, there’s a lot of buzz about CBD in health and wellness circles.
Despite the continual buzz about CBD, because it is still relatively new to the market, there is still much curiosity about it and confusion as to what it is and what it isn’t. Various CBD terms are often thrown around by those who are familiar with them, and it can be understandably confusing for those just learning about CBD and all that it has to offer. Two terms commonly mentioned are CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD. When you hear that a product is one or the other, how can you be certain which product is the best fit for you? Exploring a little bit more about what each product contains can be helpful.
The Difference between Isolate and Full-Spectrum CBD
When you hear the term isolate CBD, that means that the supplement you are taking contains only CBD and that it has been stripped of any other byproducts of the hemp plant. By contrast, a full-spectrum CBD product is one that contains not only CBD, but also many other cannabinoids and other elements of the hemp plant. Why is this difference important to you, the consumer? The answer is relatively simple and straightforward.
In truth, hemp is somewhat of a wonder plant. For thousands of years, people have been using it for all sorts of helpful purposes – from making things like paper and textiles to making plastic and even fuel, and of course, hemp also has an almost endless number of nutritional benefits. Many people consume hemp-based nutritional products regularly, whether it be seeds, granola, baked goods … the possibilities are almost endless. And, of course, natural supplements like CBD are extracted from the hemp plant as well. CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is one of more than 100 cannabinoids produced by the hemp plant.
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds produced by the hemp plant which, when ingested, interact with the endocannabinoid system in our bodies. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for maintaining balance and regulating any number of important functions like inflammation, metabolism, and temperature to name only a few. When ingested, the cannabinoids interact with receptors in the endocannabinoid system to produce positive results like reducing inflammation, managing pain, reducing symptoms of chronic conditions, helping relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety, and more. Certainly, CBD is one cannabinoid with countless health benefits, but as noted, the hemp plant produces more than 100 different cannabinoids as well as other helpful compounds.
A full spectrum product contains many cannabinoids beyond CBD, each of which have their own nutritional value and health benefits as well as other helpful elements of the hemp plant, including things like:
- Terpenes: Terpenes are the fragrant oils that give the hemp plant its distinctive aroma. They are secreted in the flowers resinous glands and have a number of nutritional benefits. Like cannabinoids, terpenes bind to receptors in the brain and create various beneficial health effects.
- Flavonoids: Flavonoids are a phytonutrient also contained in the hemp plant. They often give the plants their vivid color, and scientists have found that they are strongly associated with many of the health benefits commonly found in fruits and vegetables. They are powerful antioxidants that have both anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits. Research has shown that diets that are rich in flavonoid-containing foods can have positive effects, including discouraging the development of cancer as well as neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases.
- Vitamins, Fatty Acids, and Proteins: Many of us are familiar with vitamins, fatty acids, and proteins and the necessary and important role they play in providing nutrition to our bodies. The hemp plant provides all of these necessary nutrients, and as a result, a full spectrum CBD product will pass them along as well. All of us can benefit from the beneficial nutrients and positive effects in our bodies that these important elements provide.
Why The Hemp Doctor?
At The Hemp Doctor, we are proud to offer a wide variety of full-spectrum CBD products. We believe that our customers are interested in truly pursuing the best for their health and wellness goals, and this means obtaining the greatest health benefit possible from the supplements they take. Full-spectrum CBD has been shown to be very effective in treating a wide variety of elements, and our products offer those benefits in a variety of forms. We offer premium products with a focus on quality from the time the first hemp seed is planted in the ground until the product finally reaches our shelves.
Whether a customer is interested in taking the CBD orally as a soft gel, a tincture, as an edible, or even as an energy drink, or if they’re more interested in using it topically as a salve, balm, or lotion, we have a product to fit their needs. At The Hemp Doctor, we even offer a full-spectrum line of products for those pets in your life who may need a health boost as well. After all, we know that furry family members are very important, too, and that you’re concerned about helping their health to be the best it can be.
Using full-spectrum CBD as a supplement to your daily health and wellness regimen has countless benefits. While it may take some trial and error to find the best product for your needs, talking to a knowledgeable associate about your individual circumstances and goals can help you to find the right product for you. At The Hemp Doctor, we look forward to helping you begin this very important journey toward a healthier, happier you.