Of all the acronyms out there, CBD is probably the one that has gained the most notoriety in the last few years. And with good reason!
CBD is a natural active ingredient derived from the hemp plant, and if the word hemp makes you feel all weird and panicky inside because drugs, fret not! Hemp is not marijuana, and in fact, they’d be considered first-cousins at best: although they both come from the Cannabis Sativa family, they look quite different, and it’s their chemical composition that really sets them apart, with marijuana containing up to 30% THC (the stuff that gets you high) and hemp only containing about 0.3%.
How & Why CBD works so well for humans
The human body is made up of some well-known organ systems, like the circulatory, respiratory and reproductive systems, and some less known ones like the endocannabinoid system, which produces cannabinoids responsible for the stable equilibrium of everything from sleep, hunger, pain, mood, reproduction, inflammation and memory.
As it turns out, research from a bunch of places including the National Institute of Health, found that the human body doesn’t just respond to cannabinoids produced in the endocannabinoid system, but also by others introduced externally… like CBD products!
CBD acts by impacting a variety of receptors around the body that are responsible for pain, inflammation, temperature and other functions, as well as activating a molecule called anandamide, which is responsible for pleasure and motivation. Although research around CBD and the endocannabinoid system is still in its infancy, there is already a boatload (and we mean boatload) of ailments it’s been shown to work for, including – but not limited to – epilepsy, psoriasis, Parkinson’s, arthritis, heart disease, ADHD, IBS, and a number of mental health issues including anxiety, depression & schizophrenia.
Mental Health & Social Anxiety
CBD is possibly most well-known for its anxiolytic and anti-stress effects, and one of its best qualities is that, by being plant-based product and not being a medication, it can be taken indefinitely, for as long as needed, with virtually no side effects. And that’s a pretty dreamy fact, considering how psychological disorders work: a really good day today, an absolute load of shite tomorrow – with little to no notice.
We’ve written an whole article about CBD for Anxiety, Stress and Depression, which you should give a read to for more info.
CBD has been studied with promising results for a few years now for the management of anxiety and social anxiety, depression, PTSD and OCD. And OK, perhaps passing a CBD dropper around at a party is not as cool as passing a blunt, but it is legal, and so there’s that.
Well-being, Relaxation & Sleep
If Snoop Dogg had known about CBD when he started his rap career, we’d like to think he would have picked a Moxmilk CBD sublingual dropper instead of a joint, and written a few tunes about that. Right Snoop? Happy to send you one now mate. Call us.
For one, CBD is mostly consumed in oral drops, like our Moxmilk CBD oil, or capsules and gels, so you know… less coughing. But most importantly, it only contains the part of the cannabis plant that helps with relaxation by affecting the limbic and paralimbic brain areas, and though some people find the psychogenic effects of THC pleasurable, some really don’t. #BadTrip
Is CBD for you?
Despite all of its amazing properties, CBD is not a medication (yep, read that again!) so not only can it be taken for anything, it can also be consumed by anyone (although please consult your GP if you’re on medication or carrying a small creature inside of you).
When and how much?
Though we will say that CBD will affect each person differently, here at Moxmilk we advise that the standard starter dose is one full dropper of 1000mg or 1500mg a day (perhaps before bed) but can be augmented to up to three full droppers a day.
Check out our informative guide on how to get started with Moxmilk CBD here
How do you take it?
Though every CBD brand is different, our Moxmilk products come in either drops or joint pain creams. Joint pain creams will go on muscles and joints (unsurprisingly) and drops can be squeezed directly in the mouth, just under the tongue for faster absorption.
So, with all these good news, is CBD the be all and end all of physical and mental health and well-being?
NO. It won’t help with hair loss, loose teeth, dealing with your shitty boss or in-laws. But it can do a variety of other incredible things, and for those we are all very thankful.