But most of the time, we don’t understand what makes CBD healthy, why we should consume it, or even better yet, how we should consume it.
Ahead we will be discussing what it is that classifies CBD as a healthy food. Where it comes from, how to take it, and when to take it.
What Is CBD?
Marijuana is most likely the name you first came to know Cannabis by. But this is not an entirely accurate assessment.
Marijuana is only but a variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant. Like marijuana, there is another, perhaps lesser-known variety called hemp. Unlike Marijuana, Hemp is known for being non-psychoactive and federally legal in the U.S.A.
But why is hemp non-psychoactive while marijuana is precisely the opposite?
It turns out that it’s not the plant itself that has psychoactive effects on people. Naturally, a plant is made up of smaller components. Although the Cannabis plant has over 500 features to choose from, about 113+ of those are known as Cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids are compounds native to the cannabis plant. While most of them are non-psychoactive, one stands out for having intoxicating effects when consumed. This cannabinoid is called Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Aside from THC, other cannabinoids do not have intoxicating effects on the human body. We could try to go into each one of them, but we’re here to talk about only one; Cannabidiol (CBD) .
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in both varieties of the cannabis plant but is particularly predominant in hemp.
Because hemp is a federally legal crop, all hemp derivatives that comply with the 2018 Farm Bill are considered lawful as well. CBD among them.
Is CBD Marijuana?
CBD is a cannabinoid found in marijuana and hemp. Marijuana is only a name used to describe a psychoactive variety of the Cannabis plant.
When people refer to marijuana, they could refer to the plant, but they are often referring to THC. Marijuana is colloquially used to define the psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana instead of the plant itself.
Only in recent years has the knowledge around cannabis grown enough for users to recognize the differences between cannabinoids, plants, and concentrates. A big part of this has been the push towards legalization in the U.S.
Legalization has opened the doors to research and development within the cannabis industry. Which subsequently results in further knowledge by experts and consumers alike.
What Are CBD Health Foods?
With research and development efforts through the roof within industry-leading companies, the launch of new products has seen an evident rise over the past years. Evidenced by the abundance of CBD products in the market today, many of which happen to be edibles.
Cannabis edibles have been around for a long time now. Initially, when talking about edibles, people were referring to THC-infused foods. While that is somewhat accurate, edibles are cannabis-infused foods that don’t necessarily carry THC. In this case, we are explicitly referring to CBD-infused edibles.
If you have ever tried a cannabis edible infused with any cannabinoid, you’re likely able to notice the difference between it and the traditional version of the food. This difference is because cannabis extract used in edibles carries a robust herbal flavor.
It is important to note that once CBD is extracted from the plant, the resulting extract is used to infuse a carrier before it can be used in a more complex recipe like brownies or other baked goods. One of the most popular carriers used for decades is butter, commonly called ‘cannabutter’ once infused with cannabis extract.
But carriers can be pretty much any oily mixture. Some of the most popular carriers today include MCT oil, coconut oil, and hemp seed oil.
As expected, each oil has a unique scent and taste. So if you’re to cook professionally with CBD, you must take both the oil’s and cannabinoid’s taste features into account.
Cannabis-infused brownies, cookies, and cakes are famous for a reason. They usually carry a robust earthy taste that hides and combines well with the herbal undertones provided by cannabis concentrates.
Regardless of whether you enjoy the taste of cannabis edibles or not, chefs worldwide are working on creations that will blow anybody’s mind. But the best part about it is that CBD edibles can be incredibly healthy, functional foods, which explains why many people are looking to try them .
The CBD Experience
The first time I tried CBD, it was because I was given three different free samples. At least this was the first time I tried it as a concentrate and intentionally trying to consume CBD alone.
While all three of the samples given to me were classified as edibles, they were not your traditional edible per se. The samples included two different CBD capsule formulas and a bottle of mint-flavored CBD drops.
One of the capsules was dosed with 20mg of CBD, while the other contained 25mg per piece. Both capsules were filled with a mix of CBD and MCT Oil. These two capsules were the same in every aspect except for the slight difference in dosage.
While capsules are technically edibles, they are often set aside into a category of their own. But the truth is that they act precisely as any other edible would. They have to go through the entire digestive process. This means they ultimately reach the liver, where the first-pass metabolism breaks down the compounds inside the capsule.
Having to go through the first-pass is probably the essential disadvantage with edibles. This means that much of the contents are broken down and don’t even reach the bloodstream.
Edibles are not the most efficient way to consume CBD. Edibles are not the most accurate way to consume CBD either. Even if the edible itself has been dosed precisely, anything could happen when the edible reaches the liver. Some metabolisms will break down less of the CBD in the edible, while others might break down more of it.
The same edible could turn out to be more or less potent for one person than it is for the next one.
I took the lower dose capsules. First, I did it for three days, once a day every morning. The effects were not very obvious. I did feel like I was more tolerant and less stressed, but maybe I was having a good day. At least that was my initial assumption until I reached the third day straight.
After doing some further in-depth reading, I found that CBD isn’t supposed to make you ‘feel’ anything. It’s supposed to allow you to feel yourself, if that makes any sense at all.
As a copywriter, I live pretty hectic day-to-day. I am always thinking about the following deliverable and due dates. While I manage to cope with the stress that it generates, CBD became something that raises the probability of not overly stressing out about it.
After the first three days, I upped the dose to 25mg capsules—one each day, every morning, for three straight days. The results were very similar, but I felt like the 25mg dose was much more aligned with my tolerance to CBD at the time. If I had to suggest a dose, I’d say to try out 20mg before you up the amount, but 25mg should be OK for most body types.
Today I have found that I don’t need CBD for daytime use and prefer to leave it for consumption before bed. At that time, I’ll take a dose that’s close to the 60mg mark, especially if I’m taking it in an edible form where the body will absorb only a portion of that dose.
The CBD oil drops came in a 30ml bottle made with 1,200mg of full-spectrum hemp extract, MCT oil, and peppermint extract. This means that each drop from this mix delivers around 2mg of CBD each.
I usually take 10-20 drops (20-40mg) in the morning. At night I’ll take 30 drops (60mg) or more. I do so by placing the drops under my tongue, but I only use this method when I require more evident results, precisely when I feel like my anxiety is becoming overwhelming.
Sublingual drops are not edibles, so they are absorbed through the pores under your tongue, on your gums, and the insides of your cheeks. This makes them a lot more efficient and delivers a faster onset than regular edibles.
The drops I typically use may also be used as edibles. They can be mixed into teas, cold drinks, and other recipes. I’ve found two issues with this method. One is that CBD is supposed to be very temperature sensitive. So warming it in a hot drink or food recipe could hurt its effects on the body. I tried this once and didn’t feel like I had the results I got from CBD capsules.
The above are just notes from my experience with extracts and CBD health foods, but your experience could turn out to be much different, or perhaps the complete opposite from mine. CBD is considered a safe supplement to experiment with, so make sure you are trying to find what works best for you, and remember that it will most likely be different from what works for your friends and family .