Cannabis is changing, and it’s now possible to get the benefits, with none of the psychoactive effects that turn many off. This is because scientists have learned to isolate various compounds and understand their unique benefits, separate from the rest of the plant. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of those substances that produces many helpful effects, with no intoxicating properties.
CBD products have gained significant traction in recent times, especially in America which has become more accepting of hemp products over the past few years. Now CBD products are legal, providing they are extracted from the hemp plant and have a THC content below 0.3 percent.
CBD users are not waiting for researchers to clarify the uses of the compound, and are experimenting with vape juices, edibles and more, safe in the knowledge that CBD is not addictive and causes few side effects.
Let’s explore how you could use CBD in the morning, afternoon and evening.
In the morning
Some people like to smoke a sativa-dominant joint in the mornings to give them motivation for the day ahead. CBD may provide something similar, sans the psychoactive effects. CBD is either an inhibitor of fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), or indirectly blocks activity at the enzyme – researchers do not yet have a coalesced viewpoint on this. Whichever, the effect is the same: by stopping FAAH activity, the enzyme cannot break down the endocannabinoid anandamide.
Stopping anandamide reuptake increases levels of this antidepressant in the body, which enhances mood naturally by binding with CB1 receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). So, when you can’t get yourself in the mood for a tough day ahead, try vaporizing a Koi CBD e-liquid.
In the afternoon
Cannabis has some potent and unique pain-relieving properties, and research is starting to show that many of these benefits can be harnessed by taking non-psychoactive CBD. Chronic pain and arthritis pain are the two most popular reasons for taking CBD, according to a recent survey.
This is an important development if you suffer from around-the-clock pain but can’t take an intoxicating treatment during the day because of work or other responsibilities. CBD ensures that you can keep a clear head while enjoying relief from your discomfort.
CBD may also help to stimulate concentration levels when taken in a low dose. As a biphasic substance, the potential benefits would not be increased by consuming more and more CBD. However, CBD could boost focus by alleviating anxiety, which may be stopping you from performing at your best.
If you are studying, CBD may work well as a natural nootropic, allowing you to cram in more essential facts and figures before an exam. And if you’re at work, CBD may keep you going through long and boring hours and – believe it or not! – even make the day job more enjoyable, or at least less stressful!
As CBD is not understood by everyone, you may value discretion if you’re planning on using it around others. The best way of taking CBD without others asking any questions is with capsules from HempBombs CBD. These are made with a full-spectrum extract and offer the benefits of other compounds which occur naturally in the hemp plant.
In the evening
After a long day, all you want to do is relax and destress. CBD can help with this by reducing cortisol levels and facilitating a spike in anandamide, natural feel-good chemicals. Most of us like a bottle of beer or a glass of wine to relax, but we also know about the dangers of making it a daily habit. You could switch things up by dropping the booze for CBD, especially during the week when you have to get up the next morning.
If you’re struggling to sleep and aren’t having any luck with sleeping tablets or would rather not take them because of the possible side effects, CBD may be a desirable alternative. The great aspect of edibles and other orally-consumed CBD products is the long-lasting effects. This can be beneficial for those with insomnia, but also those who suffer with conditions that cause them to wake up while sleeping, such as sleep apnea – or if they are awoken by an indirect cause like chronic pain.
Scientists still need to find out a lot more about CBD, but there are lots of possible benefits – only by taking it will you get to know them for yourself!
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