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Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis plant.  Pure CBD is natural, non-habit forming, and nonpsychedelic.  Unlike THC, CBD will NOT get you high, and is usually associated with feelings of relaxation and calm.  CBD products typically have a THC concentration of less than .03% but be sure to read the product label for a more detailed description. 

Why Should I take CBD? 

CBD oil gives people the independence to treat themselves with a natural, non-habit forming, homeostatic remedy.  CBD could lessen the costly need for potentially harmful prescription drugs.  Recently, CBD has become the forefront of scientific research with experts all over the world uncovering the benefits CBD oil on the body’s physiological system.  Although this is a relatively new area of study, there have been no serious side effects recorded with excessive CBD oil use and there is no evidence that suggests you can overdose or become addicted to CBD oil.  In fact, most CBD experts encourage their customers to incorporate Full Spectrum CBD products (products that contain multiple cannabinoids, vitamins, oils, and natural compounds) into their daily regiment to help combat chronic pain and inflammation.   

How Long Does CBD last in your System? 

As a general rule, CBD should be out of your system in less than a week after you stop using it. But it varies from person to person, and the longer and more frequently you’ve taken it, the longer it’ll take to get out of your body. 

CBD is lipophilic, meaning it dissolves in fats and compounds in your body over time.  In other words, the cannabinoid is stored in your fat tissue. This is a good thing if you’re looking for prolonged treatment to alleviate pain and anxiety throughout the day but may take longer to leave your system if you decide to stop using it.  

Should I use Topical or Oral CBD treatments? 

Using CBD topically allows the cannabidiol compounds to attach to the skin's cannabinoid receptors where the topical cream is applied. It works best if you have a targeted area where you need CBD the most. With CBD topicals, the cannabinoid compounds never get absorbed into the bloodstream; however, the effects of topical CBD are more concentrated because it isn’t spread thin throughout the entire body. It’s a suitable choice for people trying to relieve minor discomfort in joints and muscles or revitalize skin in distressed areas. 

There are two methods in which you can take CBD orally: sublingual and ingestion.  The sublingual method involves placing CBD drops underneath your tongue and holding it there for thirty seconds.  Underneath your tongue is a thin layer of tissue and an ample supply of blood vessels.  By placing these droplets underneath your tongue, you’re allowing the CBD to directly enter your blood stream, resulting in a quicker effect.  Ingesting CBD involves eating an edible product with high concentrations of CBD oil in it.  The CBD needs to go through the body’s natural digestive processes, which means a large portion of the CBD will not make it into the bloodstream after first pass metabolism.  

Between taking CBD sublingually and ingesting it, the sublingual method offers faster effects because of its higher bioavailability, which allows more CBD to enter the bloodstream since it avoids the first-pass metabolism. And even though ingesting CBD may not let as many cannabinoids reach the bloodstream, its effect usually lasts longer than any other application method. 

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