Learn all you need to know about how to enrich your life with CBD
CBD University brings you the Ultimate Study Guide for learning about CBD. No matter your experience or knowledge of CBD, there is sure to be some information that will help you on your path to healing!
*it is important to note that HerbBox is not a medical advisory website, and therefore one should always consult their doctor before making any significant changes to your medications. HerbBox makes no medical claims, we just firmly believe that CBD is the herbal alternative of our future.
CBD 101 - An Introduction to Cannabidiol (CBD)
Orientation - What Is CBD?
An Introduction to CBD
CBD is short for Cannabidiol and is one of several cannabinoids found in hemp and cannabis sativa plants. Unlike THC, Cannabidiol has no psychoactive effects and therefore gives no "high" feeling.
Hemp and cannabis sativa plants produce CBD naturally, and it is extracted through different processes resulting in different potencies and compositions. Additional cannabinoids, commonly referred to as phytocannabinoids, such as CBN and CBG (etc.) have also been recently discovered and are currently being researched for efficacy.
Philosophy - Why Use CBD?
Reasons to use CBD
While CBD is still being researched, there have already been several associated benefits that have been discovered. Some of the following effects are a good starting point;
- Anti Anxiety
- Pain Relief
- Skin Health
- PTSD treatment
- Promotes Homeostasis of cells
- Mood Enhancement
For these reasons, CBD is thought of as a great natural alternative to modern pharmacopeia solutions.
Science - The Benefits of CBD
The Many Benefits of CBD
Perhaps you know a friend or family member who is currently taking CBD, and you are curious to know how it can potentially improve your life. Research on this study becomes ever growing, and evidence shows that CBD is a major component to the medicinal benefits of the cannabis plant.
CBD has been proven to react with a receptor in the brain known as CB1. CB1 is responsible for regulating the production of serotonin in our bodies. Low levels of serotonin may be a contributing factor to those who suffer from anxiety. The two most commonly prescribed medications to those who suffer from anxiety are, Prozac and Zoloft, also known as SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). Unfortunately these medications are partly responsible for many of the issues our society faces today.
Many anecdotal and research studies have shown that CBD can be helpful for people who deal with anxiety. As CBD becomes progressively studied, and the knowledge of its evidential benefits becomes more popular among friends and family, we strongly believe CBD is becoming the supplement of choice to aid those with social anxiety issues.
Studies dating back to the 1980’s have shown significant evidence CBD has anti-inflammatory properties.
Although many studies were conducted on animals, the results show a significant decrease in pain associated with arthritis.
Epilepsy and Seizures
Perhaps the most solid application of CBD has been with those who suffer from epilepsy. The FDA has recently approved the first medication for those who suffer from rare forms of childhood epilepsy called Epidiolex.
If your’e looking for help with getting a good nights sleep and are seeking a natural medicine to do so, CBD may be a great alternative for you. CBD can not only help improve your sleep cycles, resulting in more refreshing mornings, it can also help with some of the root causes of why your sleep quality may be lacking.
Application - How to use CBD
How to get started using CBD Oil
When starting a CBD regimen, knowing how much to take is a common concern. Finding the appropriate dosage that works for you can take a little experimenting. It is important to keep in mind that it may take a few days to reach a point of ‘saturation’ where your body will start to reap the benefits of CBD. Many people get discouraged when they try CBD and do not notice any immediate effects.
What is the appropriate dosage for me?
While there is no official organization that makes dosing guidelines for CBD, HerbBox has a few tips to get you started.
As a general rule of thumb, we recommend consuming 1mg of CBD per 10lbs of bodyweight. Therefore, a person weighing 150lbs should take 15mg per day. Calculating your personal dose baseline is a great place to start. As you reach ‘saturation’ and begin to feel how your body acclimates, you can then add more if you deem necessary.
Is it possible to take too much CBD?
The good news is, it has been shown that it is not possible to overdose on CBD. However, people who are new to CBD can experience discomfort when taking too high of a dose. Generally speaking, if you introduce yourself to CBD using the following guidelines, you should not experience any discomfort. As always, HerbBox recommends consulting your medical professional before taking CBD.
HerbBox Recommended Guidelines to Starting CBD
The following recommended for use and dosages are non-medically claimed suggestions made by HerbBox:
- Start with 5-10mg before a period of relaxation.
- Assess how you feel after 30-45 minutes. Consume another 5-10mg if necessary. This will be your starting dosage.
- When you wake up in the morning, take your recommended dosage. Pay attention to your mood for the next 7 days.
- You can also incorporate products that help assist sleep before bed for maximum results.
CBD 202 - Practical Cannabidiol Knowledge
Chemistry - How CBD Works
How Does CBD Work?
We have recently discovered the presence of and Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in all humans and most mammals. This was an interesting breakthrough for proponents of the healing power of marijuana, a cannabis plant that has long been vilified for nefarious reasons.
The ECS is composed of cell receptors that reside inside your body and are responsible for taking in chemicals that your body produces naturally called endocannabinoids.
As it turns out, cannabis plants contain over 80 chemical compounds knowns as cannabinoids, which are molecularly similar to the endocannabinoids in your body. Perhaps the two most popular cannabinoids found in cannabis plants are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD).
Law - CBD Legality
If CBD is non-psychoactive, is it still illegal?
Every country has different laws on cannabis, therefore CBD is more readily available in some regions. In the United Kingdom, the National Health Service (NHS) recently declared CBD as a medicine. Therefore, a lot of the CBD products that are manufactured in the United States are sourced from the UK.
In the United States, how the CBD was sourced is the main consideration in it's legality. CBD that is derived from hemp plants and contains less than .3% THC is legal in all 50 states. However, CBD that is derived from cannabis sativa plants is legal only in the states that have allowed medical marijuana. HerbBox only curates products that are hemp derived and therefore are legal in all 50 states.
Lab - CBD Research
CBD in Research
First discovered in the early 1940’s, CBD has been thoroughly researched. However, due to its relation to cannabis and its current standing as a Schedule 1 drug, according to the the drug scheduling committee, not many clinical trials have been approved.
In 2018, the first commercial drug containing CBD, Epidiolex, was approved for use by the FDA in patients with specific types of epilepsy.
If the words 'Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness' don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on.