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13 famous people who use CBD or cannabis 

With cannabis and subsequently cannabidiol (CBD) use becoming more widespread in mainstream society, it’s no surprise that many celebrities are now using these products as well, for both therapeutic and recreational reasons. 

In this article, we are going to look at 13 celebrities who use CBD or cannabis and have become vocal advocates for both psychoactive and non-intoxicating products. You should always trust scientists over celebrities when it comes to understanding the benefits of CBD and cannabis. But their comments can give a good idea of – and put a human touch on – the benefits of this famous herb. 

Olivia Wilde 

The well-known American-Irish actress Olivia Wilde has become a strong supporter of CBD. She particularly likes CBD lotions and creams, which can be used on the skin to provide relief from aches and pains. This is really important for Wilde, who has a heavy schedule on Broadway, and needs to stay in tip-top condition. She has previously noted that Broadway plays tend to “wreck” her body, and cause tightness in the neck. CBD topicals are an excellent way of managing the pain, without having to use addictive opioid painkillers. 

The jury on CBD’s pain-killing potential is still out for now. There are many people who say that CBD hemp oil, e-liquid and creams work, but there is an absence of compelling clinical evidence. This is understandable, since CBD has not been extensively studied. Researchers must now establish if CBD is a powerful painkiller, or whether users are just enjoying a large placebo effect. 

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston has gone on the record saying that she takes CBD products, to help with “pain, stress and anxiety.” She has explained to the media how CBD offers the benefits of cannabis, but doesn’t give the ‘high’ that typically comes with the plant. 

Indeed, CBD is the perfect form of cannabis for those struggling with anxiety. The ‘high’ that comes from THC can actually make anxiety worse, as it briefly distorts the user’s perception of reality. CBD, in contrast, does not affect those who take it in such a way. Instead, CBD calms the brain down. This shows why it can also help with stress. Key to reducing stress levels is to stop excessive activity in the brain and to stay in a tranquil state. Research indicates that CBD makes a vital chemical change in the body to alleviate stress, limiting levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. 

Alessandra Ambrosio

Brazilian Victoria’s Secret model and actress Alessandra Ambrosio is yet another famous name who indulges in CBD’s benefits, for sleep and anxiety. She has commented that to perform at her best at a fashion show, it’s essential to get a good night’s sleep. CBD appears to have value for sleep, having a regulating effect on the sleep-wake cycle via the endocannabinoid system. Moreover, relaxing the body and reducing anxiety is also conducive to better sleep, and less fatigue during the day. A healthy sleep pattern is also good for long-term brain health. 

Furthermore, Ambrosio has also spoke highly of another new medical marijuana-type product: CBD water, which she says delivers a natural boost. CBD water is certainly innovative, making the cannabinoids more potent than usual thanks to novel nanotechnology. This tech breaks down the CBD molecules so that the body can absorb them into the bloodstream more efficiently. Hence, a 5mg dose of CBD that has been subjected to nanotechnology brings about a stronger effect than a 5mg dose which hasn’t. 

Nate Diaz 

Mixed Martial Arts fighter Nate Diaz caused a real stir a few years ago when he was spotted vaping CBD in a post-fight press conference. Asked about what he was taking (many had assumed it was cannabis with THC!), Diaz went into detail about the properties of CBD and how it enhances quality of life. He focussed particularly on CBD helps with recovery after a taxing fight in the octagon. 

Nate Diaz’s CBD use may have been controversial, but he has perhaps helped to normalize the substance, and eliminate the stigma surrounding it. Athletes who use CBD may want to thank Diaz for the positive publicity, as it all has helped with getting the World Anti-Doping Agency to take CBD off their banned list. This move was finally taken at the beginning of 2018. 

Michael J Fox 

Michael J. Fox is a Canadian-American actor perhaps best remembered for his starring role in the popular trilogy Back To The Future. But more recently, Fox has made headlines for his CBD advocacy, especially in regard to its potential therapeutic effects for Parkinson’s disease. Fox was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative condition at 29, and has spoken openly about it in an attempt to increase awareness and promote increased research. 

Evidence on CBD for Parkinson’s indicates that the compound boosts dopamine safely, without adverse effects. This seems to improve mobility, reduce seizures and shaking, and ease pain. Many clinical studies still need to be carried out, but CBD certainly holds promise for Parkinson’s. Fox started the Michael J Fox foundation several years ago, which has pumped more than $600 million into clinical research for Parkinson’s. Fox also uses CBD himself to manage symptoms, allowing him to keep up to speed with his busy life. 

Kim Kardashian 

Kim Kardashian is one of the most famous people in the world, with a Twitter following in excess of 60 million. Anything that the American personality and socialite does gets notice, which recently has been fantastic news for CBD. Kardashian brought the compound even more into the limelight by hosting a CBD-themed baby shower for her fourth child. 

Products featured included CBD body oils and bath salts, and the baby shower also focussed on sound healing and meditation. While some thought that it was all a little over the top, nobody can deny that CBD promotes wellness. Hemp oils and bath oils are wonderful for the skin, with the antioxidants having a unique anti-aging effect. Infused salts make for extra muscle relaxation and pain relief while bathing. We look forward to Kim talking more about CBD to her social media followers. 

Mike Tyson

Former heavyweight champion boxer made the news in 2019 after referring to CBD as a “miracle” oil. He made the comments on Joey Diaz’s podcast. Tyson went on to talk about the various types of CBD-infused product available, such as gummies and tincture oils. 

Tyson has made a few waves by being a cannabis advocate. He is now operating a marijuana farm, called ‘Tyson Ranch’, which creates products for a dozen dispensaries across America. Tyson features products made from hemp, as well as psychoactive weed. There is some talk about using CBD for athletic performance. We are keen to see if Tyson makes products with this in mind in the future. 

Morgan Freeman

Actor Morgan Freeman has pushed strongly for medical cannabis reform in the past. He is now showing his support of CBD, too. This has come after being involved in a car accident in 2008. Before which, it seems Freeman only used to stump for cannabis from a freedom perspective. 

But the 82-year-old has gone on the record about how he uses CBD to relieve chronic pain. Freeman’s story is a familiar one for many seniors. While cannabis use has been frowned upon for decades, and elderly patients have tended to avoid it, many have now reached the age where they simply want a treatment that works. 

Tom Hanks 

Tom Hanks has become a very powerful voice for CBD over the past few months. The Forrest Gump actor was diagnosed with Type II diabetes several years ago. he went public about it back in 2013 during an interview on David Letterman’s chat show. Hanks has also told CNN about how CBD has helped him to manage anxiety, and various “aches and pains.”

The American is now working with a Cornell University student, who is looking into the possibilities of CBD for diabetes. There is little definitive yet about the effects of CBD for the condition. However, hopefully, with Hanks’ financial muscle, we’ll get some high-quality, comprehensive studies soon. 

Tommy Chong

Tommy Chong has always been immersed in counter-culture movements and has talked about the value of cannabis to anybody who will listen for decades! And he has also given the thumbs up to CBD products, too, even developing his own range. Chong has even gone so far as to say that CBD will “change the world”. Big talk, but there are plenty who would agree given the recent scientific breakthrough, and people’s own use of the cannabinoid.

Snoop Dogg

He is one of America’s most famous rappers. And the one thing that just about everybody associates with Snoop Dogg, after his music, is marijuana. Snoop is often seen puffing on a joint, or looking pretty stoned if he isn’t! He now uses his mammoth social media followings to talk about weed, spreading the word. 

The ‘Young, Wild and Free’ singer has developed his own cannabis products, and accessories. He caused a stir in the summer of 2019 after publishing a viral meme about how cannabis was safer than alcohol. Footballer and notoriously heavy drinker Paul Gascoigne, who was featured in the meme, went so far as to call out Snoop Dogg for a boxing match.  

Rihanna

Despite her huge media profile, the singer Rihanna wasn’t even afraid to show her support for cannabis, even before it was cool. Several times the Barbadian has been pictured smoking a joint. Some have been critical about her marijuana use, since she has a young daughter, but that hasn’t stopped her. 

However, it’s not always been pretty. A hotel kicked RiRi out after she was caught smoking marijuana back in 2010. In 2012, she was even bold enough to roll up a joint on a bodyguard’s head. A couple of years later, there was talk that Rihanna was trying to cut back on her weed consumption somewhat, to healthier and more sustainable levels. 

Seth Rogen 

The actor Seth Rogen has become more associated with cannabis and CBD has his fame and grown, trying to make good on his increased public profile. Rogen has even gone to Congress in an effort to get the laws on CBD changed for the better. 

Rogen is not shy to be seen smoking a joint. But one of his main interests is for the legalization of CBD has medication for Alzheimer’s disease. As with many areas of CBD science, there is a lack of firm clinical research. However, there is some encouraging data from small trials.  

Conclusion

CBD has relaxing benefits and the idea of taking it is less controversial than ever. Here’s a quick summary of who it can help: 

  • Those who want to avoid using too many painkillers 
  • People with high anxiety and stress levels 
  • Those not getting enough sleep 
  • Anyone who wants to enhance skin quality 
  • People looking to maintain and boost brain health

 

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Reviewing the last 12 months of CBD research 

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a substance that many experts are desperate to start learning more about. Derived from hemp and cannabis, CBD is a cannabinoid that appears to produce an array of therapeutic health effects. CBD reacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), making the compound unique. Scientists discovered the ECS in the 1990s.

CBD research has been slow to get going. But the recent legalization of the hemp plant has spawned a booming market for non-intoxicating, innovative CBD products. The likes of CBD vape juice and CBD oil are sold as food supplements for general wellness. Some brands are taking CBD very seriously, however, with Green Roads making all of their products with a pharmaceutical-grade formula. As of 2019, one of the only FDA-approved uses for CBD and cannabinoids is epilepsy. A drug incorporating THC and CBD is also prescribed in several countries for multiple sclerosis. 

In this post, we’ll look at a few of the most important CBD studies of the past 12 months. Our focus will be on the following, and more:

  • How CBD oil may ease depression
  • The possible benefits of CBD for sleep and anxiety disorders
  • CBD’s value as an antibiotic
  • Whether CBD helps to relieve chronic pain
  • CBD’s potential to treat addiction

The potential of CBD for depression

Researchers are being forced to look at depression differently, due to the long-term problems of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Doctors first prescribed SSRIs in the 1980s. Patients have reported reduced benefits over time. This indicates a placebo effect has enhanced the supposed effectiveness of these antidepressants. Furthermore, some patients end up stuck on treatment plans for years, and have to deal with mental dependence and side effects. But if boosting serotonin is not the answer to depression, what is?

Researchers suggest that CBD’s anti-inflammatory effect could be key. Good brain health is not only down to chemical factors, but physical health too. The effects of CBD on neuroinflammation were analyzed by experts from Europe and South America. A study published last year in Molecular Neurobiology, a peer-reviewed journal showed the results. The scientists found that CBD significantly reduced depressive symptoms in a rodent model. 

Hippocampus study

Moreover, CBD seriously outperformed SSRIs in terms of a fast response. Just one dose boosted brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) signalling, which is essential for neurogenesis, and synaptogenesis in the prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain is implicated in complex cognitive functions, such as personality expression and regulating social behavior. The effects of CBD lasted in the mice for almost one week. The scientists determined the benefits were wearing off when BDNF declined. 

Another 2018 study revealed that CBD enhances BDNF levels in the dorsal hippocampus. The effects took hold at a similarly rapid speed. However, the researchers noted that CBD could also be alleviating depression via other brain regions.

These are exciting findings, and are at least a clear sign that depression is not just relieved by addressing chemical imbalance. Scientists now have lots of novel treatment avenues to explore. Additional research will confirm if these effects also occur in humans. And to find out what the appropriate daily dose of CBD is. Mice and rats have similar brains to humans. Preliminary experiments for new drugs are, therefore, tested on them first.

Studies on more brain regions will  paint a bigger picture on CBD’s antidepressant potential. Also, some scientists believe that good gut health may be crucial for treating or preventing depression. 

2019 study on CBD for anxiety and sleep disorders

CBD may help with both anxiety and sleep conditions. A large-scale retrospective case series featured in The Permanente Journal put that to the test in 2019. The research was carried out at the Wholeness Center in Colorado, United States, which is focussed on mental health.

The vast majority of patients enjoyed reduced anxiety and improved sleep quality, thanks to CBD treatment. CBD’s effectiveness for sleep slightly declined after the second month, with 56% finding benefit compared to 67% on the first. In contrast, 79% and 78% of participants experienced less anxiety after the first and second months respectively. 

The findings suggest that CBD does have a medicinal effect for both anxiety and sleep. And the chemical compound has a sustained effect versus the former. Encouragingly, CBD was well-tolerated among the patients, with only two out of 72 quitting due to fatigue. Those who did report a sedative effect from CBD noted that the symptoms subsided after a few weeks. 

The study had some drawbacks, as it was naturalistic with no comparison group. Hence, there was risk of an unaccounted for placebo effect. The researchers noted this could have been greater than normal due to the medical marijuana plant’s notoriety among society. Also, younger patients made up the bulk of the investigation. But other, more rigorous data points toward CBD helping with anxiety. Clinical trials on CBD’s value for anxiety and sleep are now vital. 

CBD as an antibiotic 

The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is one of the biggest and under-discussed threats to global public health today. Our increasingly interconnected world, abuse of antibiotics and unpurified drinking water are all contributing to the emergence of dangerous, deadly bacteria. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures state that more than two million Americans are infected annually by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This causes in excess of 20,000 deaths per year. 

The world is in dire need of new antibiotics that can fight the likes of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). A small 2008 study highlighted the antibiotic potential of cannabinoids from the cannabis sativa plant. The investigation looked at CBD, as well as cannabinol (CBN), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabigerol (CBG) and psychoactive delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The researchers concluded that cannabinoids have impressive antibacterial properties. But they could not decipher the mechanism in which they worked to produce this effect. 

In 2019, an Australian study advanced on the 2008 research, focussing specifically on CBD. They found that CBD could act against staph and strep gram-positive bacteria strains in lab conditions. CBD successfully treated mice with skin infections. However, CBD was not as effective against gram-negative bacteria, which is more notorious for becoming antibiotic-resistant. That said, these findings are a big breakthrough, and should strengthen calls for more cannabinoid antibiotic research. Frustratingly, Mark Blaskovich, the study’s leader, couldn’t expand on why CBD exhibits an antibacterial effect.

Does CBD provide genuine pain relief?

This is the question many cannabis advocates and potential users are keen to know the answer to. Medical cannabis with THC is a potent painkiller as a CB1 receptor agonist. THC is more powerful than endocannabinoids, and significantly suppresses pain sensitivity. However, it’s less apparent whether CBD can produce the same effect, or a similarly helpful one. A questionnaire of CBD users in 2018 found chronic pain as the top reason for taking CBD. But this was merely an analysis of what people were using CBD for, rather than clinical evidence. Hence the potential for a strong placebo effect, as mentioned in other studies.

PAIN, a peer-reviewed journal, published a study in 2019 on how CBD reduces pain in a neuropathic pain model. The research centered around CBD’s effect on 5-HT (serotonin) neuronal activity. Rats treated with CBD for one week experienced less mechanical allodynia, reduced anxiety and normalized activity among serotonin neurotransmitters. CBD’s analgesic response also involved TRPV-1 (vanilloid) receptors. The results suggest that CBD may be effective at relieving nerve pain and more. The logical next step is to conduct a study on humans.

CBD for inflammation 

Inflammation has many causes, including poor diet, autoimmune diseases and exposure to pollutants. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, coeliac disease and hepatitis are all types of inflammatory condition. Over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) ease mild inflammation. For severe illnesses, stronger, prescription NSAIDs are used. Others prefer natural remedies, such as turmeric, and indeed CBD. 

Arthritis is very painful, due to the breakdown of cartilage surrounding the joints. CBD relieves arthritis by working with the ECS. The cannabinoid indirectly regulates the CB2 receptor. Most endocannabinoids are CB2 receptor agonists that moderate inflammatory and anti-inflammatory signals in the immune system. This promotes a more balanced response, reducing the volatility that the immune system is known for. This makes CBD an indirect painkiller. Some CBD products mix the cannabinoid with turmeric for enhanced natural effects. And this anti-inflammatory effect may also be crucial to easing brain inflammation.

Exploring CBD’s anti-addictive properties

The world has a growing problem with addiction, whether it’s to drugs, gaming or even social media. The reward pathways of addiction that the brain formulates over time can be incredibly hard to break. Exciting psychedelic research shows huge promise for the future. But what about treatments that we know are safe, and are available now? Enter CBD. 

Small studies over the years have documented CBD’s anti-addictive potential for alcohol and smoking. Not only does breaking these habits improve physical health, but it enhances the quality of life and reduce mental stress. Nobody wants to live with a drug addiction. Nowadays, this even applies to those taking prescription medication. Opioids are highly addictive, but have been a must-have for chronic pain patients. However, these and similar drugs are risky. Nearly 200,000 Americans have died from prescription drug overdoses since 1999. 

The American Journal of Psychiatry published a study in 2019 showing CBD’s potential for those with heroin abuse disorder. The high-quality investigation was double-blind, randomized and placebo-controlled to improve the results. Researchers analyzed the short and long-term effects of CBD in participants. They found that CBD decreased cravings and anxiety for heroin than the placebo did. Importantly, there were “no serious adverse effects” from CBD administration on cognition.

The study’s lead investigator said the results showed “significant promise” for CBD. The researchers had previously looked at CBD’s anti-addictive potential for heroin in animal studies.

Final thoughts 

The restrictions around CBD research are beginning to fall away. Long kept as a Schedule I substance, CBD is now permitted in hemp strains with less than 0.3% THC. While full legalization according to federal law will help more, we are beginning to get an idea of CBD’s value. For example, the 2018 questionnaire on CBD usage showed how Americans are benefitting from products. This may not be a substitute to clinical trials, but it highlights the fields which need most attention from researchers.

CBD has a wealth of therapeutic promise, and researchers have barely scratched the surface. In future experiments, it will be vital to analyze the benefits of CBD alone versus full-plant cannabis extracts. Research in this field shows that cannabinoids have a synergistic effect when consumed in whole-plant form. This is the ‘entourage effect’. With more than 100 cannabinoids to study, it could take decades to uncover the best cannabinoid treatments for various illnesses.

Have you found an interesting use for CBD from taking it yourself? Share it with us in the comments below. We would love to hear your insight!

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CBD vs THC: the full guide  

Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two remarkable and rare compounds that define the cannabis and industrial hemp plants as we know them. You have probably heard of hemp-based CBD products, which are now being sold online and in health stores in all 50 US states. And if you have previously used recreational cannabis, you have likely noticed how the THC and CBD content is stated when you purchase a product.

This post intends to cover the following areas:

  • What THC and CBD are, and how they affect the body
  • The therapeutic value of CBD and THC for pain
  • Whether you should use CBD or THC for anxiety
  • The impact of CBD and THC on the brain
  • The negative side effects of THC

In addition to providing scientific insight and boosting your understanding of the compounds, we’ll study how to use CBD and THC products safely and effectively. Ready to learn? Let’s get started.

What exactly are CBD and THC?

While you may have heard of CBD and THC, do you know specifically what they are and why and how they affect the body? Cannabis science is undeniably complex, but we have broken it down so that you can easily understand the broad influence of these two compounds.

CBD and THC are cannabinoids – a type of compound that interacts with receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD and THC are just two – but easily the most abundant – cannabinoids of more than 100 that have so far been discovered. Cannabinoids are found sparingly in the plant kingdom, and are contained almost exclusively within the cannabis species.

CBD vs THC effects

THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid, but CBD is not. This stark contrast between the cannabinoids comes down to how they interact with CB1 receptors – these ECS receptors are located in the central nervous system. THC latches onto CB1 receptors as an agonist. This has an effect on several variables, such as pain perception and appetite, but most notably mood. CBD, meanwhile, is a CB1 receptor antagonist, so blocks rather than stimulates activity at the cannabinoid receptor. However, CBD does regulate CB1 receptors. This explains the therapeutic effects we will later explore in more detail.

Other cannabinoids to be aware of include cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabinol (CBN), cannabidivarin (CBDV) and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV). Some, or all of these are present in small concentrations in cannabis and hemp strains. The subtle influences of these compounds can change a strain’s overall effects.

CBD oil vs THC oil

CBD oil – whether it’s full-spectrum or isolate – is very easy to find. Hemp products with less than 0.3 percent THC content are no longer restricted by federal law. They can be sold by companies providing they are styled as “dietary supplements” and not medicines.

This has been great for CBD’s advance into the mainstream. People can do their own research on the potential of various products, and then try them out. And with CBD not causing a high of any description, users are generally comfortable about trialling products, dosing at different times of day. High-CBD oil’s benefits have been discussed often by the media, with the difference between them and regular cannabis being made crystal clear.

In contrast, THC oil is nowhere near as accessible. This is because THC is still a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act. The United States federal government has not yet changed its stance on recreational or medical marijuana. The relaxation on laws surrounding therapeutic and recreational THC-rich products has all come at state level.

This has been great for spreading the word about the cannabis plan. We are beginning to see how a legal market can work. But it does restrict the types of cannabis product that Americans are able to access.

CBD vs THC for pain

Cannabis has re-emerged as a popular remedy for chronic pain management. There is a history of cannabis use for this purpose which dates back thousands of years. But with our modern understanding of cannabis and its cannabinoids, what form of the plant is most effective for pain?

For many years, it was believed that the psychoactive THC was necessary in any cannabis mix that was used for pain relief. And the ECS logic was fairly sound. As a CB1 receptor agonist, THC reduces the body’s sensitivity to pain. THC is, therefore, very therapeutic for migraines, a nerve pain condition called multiple sclerosis (MS) and other illnesses with pain symptoms.

However, more recent studies have revealed that CBD is also beneficial for pain. This is thanks to its indirect regulating of the CB1 receptor, and actions on other receptors. It is great to know that it’s possible to treat pain in this way. The intoxicating effects of THC have certainly stopped cannabis from becoming legal earlier and being widely used.

Both CBD and THC are much safer to take for pain relief than opioid painkillers, however. These drugs have acquired a horrible reputation for causing addiction and overdoses. If you are going to use a CBD or cannabis product to ease pain, a strain or vape juice with indica terpenes may be preferable to a sativa. Indica-dominant products have more of a relaxing effect on the body.

CBD vs THC for anxiety

CBD has shown really promising effects on anxiety disorders. A few scientific studies have now been conducted on CBD’s value for the condition. The relief is quickly administered, with CBD appearing to address imbalances between inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmitters. The serotonin system may also be implicated in CBD’s anxiolytic properties.

The value of THC for reducing anxiety is less clear. The cannabinoid may even have negative side effects – anxiety and paranoia are quite common among recreational cannabis users. This is understandable. CBD increases activity in the brain, rather than decreasing it as CBD does. This causes the brain to think more than it would in normal circumstances.

However, the setting in which the user is taking cannabis may also influence if it causes anxiety. A negative environment is likely to lead to unhelpful thoughts. In contrast, a positive environment is conducive to a better experience. Psychoactive substances are poorly understood, and the overall effect they have on mental functioning is unclear.

But CBD products look to be better for anxiety patients than THC products. No psychoactive effects are better than some when tackling this mental condition. For best results, use a product that acts fast, such as a tincture oil or e-liquid.

CBD vs THC for sleep

Better sleep quality is achieved by ensuring both the mind and body is relaxed and soothed. The cannabis plant is used in its entirety to combat insomnia. But most users prefer indica-rich strains to amplify the calming properties. This suggests that a high-CBD product may be more effective than a high-THC option. A highly psychoactive cannabis product could make the brain too active for sleep. Hence why energizing sativas are preferred in the daytime, rather than the evening.

CBD is a sleep regulator. The circadian rhythm is vital for our sleep pattern, as it releases and suppresses hormones at specific times of day. For instance, the uptick in melatonin at night naturally relaxes the body for sleep. By getting the circadian rhythm in check, CBD simply helps the body to do its job. A regulated circadian rhythm is also key to deep sleep. Mental and physical healing occurs in this phase of sleep. Most people opt for an enduring CBD product for sleep, like edibles. The longer effects are necessary for relieving pain symptoms which may disrupt sleep, and for keeping sleep apnea at bay throughout the night.

CBD vs THC for the brain

CBD and THC influence the brain quite differently. The former is neuroprotective, and while the latter can be helpful, it is also neurotoxic in large quantities. This suggests that using high-THC products often could cause cognitive problems in the short and long-term. The risks of regular THC usage are further exacerbated by a lack of CBD.

Some take CBD to boost memory and general cognition. The nootropic market is flourishing, to help in day-to-day life and as study aids. CBD appeals because we know it’s safe, unlike some of the synthetic products available. The cannabinoid impacts the hippocampus positively, spurring growth – this effect is called neurogenesis. CBD also repairs sections of the brain, such as the prefrontal cortex, which may help to manage depression.

However, some people swear by THC. Many believe psychoactive substances to have a helpful mental effect if used sensibly. THC is a light psychoactive drug in the grander scheme of things. Altering consciousness may help the brain to form healthier patterns. This applies if you are doing something rather productive while under the influence, as opposed to laying on the couch watching movies. Everyone responds uniquely to psychoactive drugs. It’s impossible to say how any single person will be impacted.

Negative side effects of THC

THC comes with more risks than CBD, and everyone should be aware of these before using high-THC products. The anxiety and paranoia side effects do not occur in everybody. But those who have not experienced cannabis previously should start in a relaxed environment. This will allow the brain to adjust to the changes, without causing a freakout.

Researchers need to assess the dangers of regular THC-rich product use. But some cannabis users do suffer from motivational and memory drop-offs. CBD studies have found that these declines can be reversed. This strengthens the argument that people should take natural cannabis products, and not super-strength THC products. Be wary about THC-isolate products for that reason.

There is also a slim chance of THC triggering psychotic episodes. People predisposed to psychosis and schizophrenia are the only ones at risk. But those with a history of mental illness should be cautious about smoking weed or taking edibles.

Final thoughts

It’s perhaps impossible whether CBD or THC is better. Their health benefits are quite different and people have different reasons for using each. The former is preferable among those who just want the therapeutic benefits of cannabis, and are not willing to expose themselves to the psychoactive effects. THC is more suitable for recreational users, who want a pleasant ‘high’ from their cannabis use.

However, a CBD and THC treatment may be better for some medical conditions. The ‘entourage effect’ provides a synergy that boosts the therapeutic value of cannabinoids. Furthermore, recreational marijuana usage may be healthier and more sustainable with strains that have balanced concentrations of the two. Personal preference and requirements are ultimately the biggest factor.

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All you wanted to know about pure CBD tinctures – and more!

Cannabidiol (CBD) tincture oils are the CBD product that most people have heard of. This is perhaps the most standard way of consuming the non-psychoactive substance. It’s also the one that appeals to all demographics. They are easy to use, and the consumption method has no downsides. This is in contrast to smoking CBD-rich hemp flower for example, which can be harmful for the lungs.

This article will concentrate on:

  • The various pure CBD tincture products available today
  • Look at what CBD tinctures are and how they are made
  • Go through CBD tincture effects and how to use a CBD tincture
  • Feature some novel methods of taking CBD

If you are already a CBD tincture hemp oil user, then hopefully there will be something new here for you to take on board. If not, then these tips and tricks should convince you that this is one of, if not the best way of taking CBD. That little CBD-infused bottle can go further than you ever thought possible!

What is a CBD tincture?

CBD tincture oils are a CBD product that you can take under the tongue. They guarantee that the benefits of CBD are felt as soon as possible. The CBD molecules are transported into the bloodstream via sublingual absorption. This means they work much faster than capsules, edibles, drinks and syrups. All of these require the CBD to be digested and then metabolized.

Tinctures are typically made with a hemp oil extract, a carrier oil, and occasionally an extra ingredient like natural terpenes. These bring added flavor and health benefits. Hemp is used rather than cannabis to make the tincture because of its naturally low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. Federal law states that all hemp-derived CBD products must have less than 0.3% THC. Some tinctures are created with extracts consisting of pure isolated CBD. Others offer the whole hemp concoction in the form of a full-spectrum extract.

Each extract has its benefits and downsides. CBD-isolate products are considered less therapeutic, because the user only gets the advantages of CBD. With a full-spectrum extract, from a brand like CBDistillery, all the other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids come into play. This contributes to the synergistic ‘entourage effect’. However, these products generally have traces of THC. Employees get drug tested tend to be against full-spectrum products for that reason. They prefer the reliability of a CBD-isolate product. Some CBD-isolate brands provide a few of the benefits of a broad-spectrum extract. This is done by infusing naturally occurring terpenes into the oil.

Carrier oils

CBD extracts must be mixed with a carrier oil, otherwise the oil would be far too potent. Essentially, it would behave like a concentrate. Many CBD tinctures for sale use the same carrier oil that you would find in a vape juice or e-liquid (propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin or both). However, to enhance the effects of a CBD tincture, some manufacturers are now using medium-chained triglyceride-rich (MCT) oils like coconut oil. These are fatty acids that boost the bioavailability and efficiency of a CBD extract. Naturally, much of the CBD never becomes active in the bloodstream. But MCT oils optimize the absorption process. For the user, this makes a CBD tincture dosage more potent. That’s why these CBD oils are often a little pricier.

Using a CBD tincture

All CBD tinctures work in the same way. We should note that you can also take e-liquids sublingually, but that CBD tinctures cannot be vaporized. Hold the CBD-rich hemp oil extract under your tongue for as long as you can (ideally two minutes) before swallowing. This allows the blood vessels to absorb more of the CBD. Not all tincture users like the natural, earthy, hempy flavor of a CBD extract. So get a glass of water to swill away the taste. It’s vital to make your CBD tincture experience smooth and pleasurable. Then you’ll effortlessly keep up a regular dosage plan.

Taking in a hot drink

Give yourself an edible-like experience with your CBD tincture by adding some oil to a hot drink. This can make it easier to consume the oil if you aren’t keen on the taste. You could also stir in some coconut oil or cream to get a bioavailability boost from the MCTs. It’s an unusual way of taking tinctures, but the logic is sound. And it’s a great way to strengthen your oil if it doesn’t naturally contain MCTs.

Using CBD oil in food

Tinctures are the best CBD product to use as a food ingredient. While this probably isn’t the best way to medicate with CBD, it’s a great way of incorporating CBD into your diet as a supplement. CBD has been shown to regulate the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). This holds positives for both mental and physical health. CBD oil works great as an ingredient in salad dressing. You could also infuse it into butter or oil to get the benefits of CBD in any recipe. CBD oil is not taken in sublingually in food, so the effects will probably be more drawn out, like an edible.

Applying CBD oil to the skin

Most of the time, you would use only designated CBD topicals – such as creams and lotions – for the skin. However, if you don’t have any of these on hand, CBD tincture oil is a brilliant makeshift solution. The skin is able to take in the oil, so that it interacts with cannabinoid receptors. This can help to alleviate inflammation, and provide relief from rosacea, psoriasis and acne. CBD may also help to preserve vibrancy in the skin by virtue of having antioxidants. These have anti-aging properties. CBD is great for managing and preventing bacterial, fungal and microbial infections too.

The versatility of a CBD tincture oil shows how good it can be for all-round wellness. CBD tincture side effects are minimal, too. You may want to seek a doctor’s advice before using CBD oil with prescription medications. But in most scenarios, a high dose of CBD will just make you sleepy.

Those who want a single CBD product that does everything, rather than having to purchase edibles, creams and vape juices, can get all they need from an oil. Now let’s consider some of the illnesses that CBD oil could have therapeutic value for.

CBD tincture for migraines

Migraine headaches are notorious for being intensely painful, and making the sufferer more vulnerable to light and sound. Migraines are much worse than a regular headache, when they come with these ‘aura’ symptoms. Getting relief from migraines is not always easy. Some remedies soothe the pain but don’t manage all the symptoms. Other treatments solve the symptoms, but cause unwanted side effects. So, could CBD have a more desirable effect, by getting to the symptoms, without the downsides, and delivering true chronic migraine pain relief?

Existing research on CBD and the ECS suggests yes. It’s possible that effective migraine medication has been hard to come by due to a lack of understanding about the causes of the condition. New studies related to the ECS have proposed that migraines are the direct result of a dysfunctional ECS. Researchers are only able to make this connection now because the ECS was only identified in the 1990s.

Dr Ethan Russo and others have argued that migraine aura symptoms could be traced back to CB1 receptor dysregulation. The nurturing role of CBD on the ECS, therefore, makes it a viable solution. The sublingual absorption from tinctures is vital to getting fast effects. The CBD tincture dosage you’ll need will probably depend on the severity of symptoms.

CBD tincture for anxiety

If anxiety is proving troublesome for you, then a non-psychoactive CBD treatment, in the form of a tincture could be the answer. As with migraines, scientists have found it difficult to drill down on the root causes of anxiety. However, an overactive brain which triggers an excess of thought processes is thought to be one reason for the mental condition. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drugs have been used to calm anxiety, but the slow response time means they are fundamentally flawed.

The fast-acting anxiety relief from CBD oil drops is at the heart of what makes tinctures so good. When you feel an attack coming on, or can anticipate a situation that may spark anxiety, your body can start to fight back with a dose of CBD. The cannabinoid soothes the brain by working with GABA to promote calming neurotransmitters. Some researchers also believe that CBD’s agonist effect on the 5-HT1A receptor in the serotonin system is integral to its anxiolytic response.

CBD tincture for sleep

We don’t just need beauty sleep to reduce and eliminate fatigue, but to protect our brain and body by giving it ample time to heal. This may be vital to warding off neurodegenerative illnesses like Alzheimer’s later in life. A number of sleep remedies – both natural and synthetic – have emerged over the years, some proving more successful than others. The main perks of CBD, in comparison to bad sleeping treatments, is that tincture oils aren’t addictive or loaded with side effects.

As CBD tinctures work fairly rapidly, you only need to take a dose a few minutes before sleeping. A higher dose is preferable to capitalize on the sedative properties of the cannabinoid. CBD also appears to have a modulating influence on the body’s circadian rhythm, which triggers the release of relaxing melatonin hormones in the lead up to sleep. CBD’s relieving effect on stress and anxiety also promote a good night’s sleep.

How to make a CBD tincture

Learning how to create your own CBD tincture isn’t for everybody, but is popular among CBD enthusiasts and those who want a stronger dose. If extra potency is what you want, then simply adding CBD-isolate crystals and dissolving them into the oil works a treat. You can also stir in some coconut oil for the MCTs. To make a homemade CBD tincture from scratch, you’ll need some high-CBD hemp flower, and extract the oil using a solvent, usually alcohol.

Final thoughts

We hope that this CBD tincture review has given you the foundational knowledge on how to use this product to improve your health. In addition to easing anxiety and migraines, CBD oil can be taken to treat inflammation, nerve pain, and also to help a daily smoker manage their addiction. You can also get CBD tinctures designed for pets, although always make sure that the product is veterinarian-formulated.

CBD oil tinctures have helped to bring CBD and hemp to the masses. The soft approach is much better than pharmaceutical remedies. People don’t just enjoy CBD because of its therapeutic effects, but because of the absence of side effects.