There is a lot of hype on the internet around CBD products. But let’s be honest, there’s lots of hype about all sorts of things on the internet. And although the science is still behind the curve in CBD research, what has come out appears to back many of the positive effects claimed about CBD products.
So, What Is CBD?
First of all, CBD is not THC (the ingredient in cannabis that gets you high). It will not get you stoned or negatively affect your ability to think clearly. In fact, many claim it does the exact opposite and helps with mental focus.
CBD, also known as Cannabinol, is an extract made from the hemp plant. Because hemp is legal to grow in the US, this means extracts from hemp are also legal. CBD is a cannabinoid (a Phytocannabinoid, which means it comes from a plant). The human body also produces cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids. These molecules interact with what is called the endocannabinoid system, which is involved in regulating many body functions, such as movement, immune response, memory, and more.
The human endocannabinoid system has two receptors with which it reacts, CB1 and CB2. Now, although phytocannabinoids like those found in CBD are not the same as endocannabinoids in our bodies, they are considered analogous, and function in a similar way. The end result of all these long words is the effect of CBD mimics the effects of the body’s own systems, reducing pain and anxiety.
CBD And Anxiety
Anxiety affects millions of people across the United States. It’s estimated one in four people will experience at least one anxiety disorder in their lifetime. There are many, many tools to treat anxiety, from counselling to medication, and even exercise, and now it appears people can add CBD to this list.
The therapeutic properties of CBD have been part of traditional and alternative medicine, it is only recently that modern health care has begun to embrace this product for anxiety. Studies in the lab, and in human trials, have suggested CBD is a way to treat anxiety, even acute anxiety and anxiety disorders.
Anxiety can present itself in many different ways: fear, aloofness, cold sweats, introversion, or panic attacks. If you’ve had the odd bout of anxiety, or been diagnosed with a clinical anxiety disorder, everyone can agree excess stress is something we should seek to avoid.
CBD And Sleep
As mentioned above, science is still lagging behind CBD claims, but some preliminary examination suggests CBD is effective at improving sleep, something we all need. CBD appears to improve sleep quality by allowing a person to reach a calmer state of mind before sleeping, which in turn results in higher-quality sleep patterns. Still early days, but the early research is exciting.
The Benefits Of CBD Gummies
Using CBD gummies comes with several advantages. First, because we are dealing with sleep, it is simple to include taking a gummy in your evening routine. Now, there is no way to tell how long a gummy will take to become active after you eat it, so at the beginning you’ll require a little experimentation until you sort out the optimum time to take before bedtime. Along the same lines, dosage will also require some trial and error. Start with the lowest concentration gummy you can find, around 5%, and up the dosage if nothing changes after a few weeks. Gummies make this sort of dose control very simple, since each gummy will have its CBD concentration on the box. Gummies are also easy to carry around, so if you have a late night at work, you can take one before your bedtime on the ride home. You can expect the effects of CBD gummies to last from two to six hours, meaning the effects should have dissipated by the time you wake up in the morning.
Some Things To Watch Out For
Because CBD gummies are not regulated by the FDA, it is up to you to ensure the product you are consuming is safe, effective, and actually includes the ingredients listed on the box. Many CBD products have been found to contain THC in low concentrations. But even at low levels the psychoactive effect of THC can affect your motor skills and cloud your thinking.
Many CBD gummies designed for sleep are mixed with other ingredients, like melatonin. While this chemical does appear to help some people get to sleep, it is important for you to examine and consider any other active ingredients in the CBD gummies you intend to buy.
So do some research before you go shopping. Make sure the hemp source used to make your gummies is from the US and certified organic. Ensure the product comes with third-party testing for any extraction or other lab processes. This should ensure that what you are seeing on the label is exactly what you are getting in your edible. And keep an eye out for THC content. You are not looking to get high, only to reduce your anxiety or get a better night’s sleep. THC can produce the opposite effect, so find a gummy with the lowest percentage of THC that you can. Zero, of course, would be the gold standard.
CBD Gummies offer a safe, convenient, and tasty way to reduce your anxiety and get yourself a better night’s sleep. Preliminary research has begun to demonstrate what millions of people already know through experience. CBD is legal in every state in the US, so give gummies a try. You have nothing to lose, and lots to gain. Reach out to us here at Eagle Moon Hemp if you want to give some top-quality CBD gummies a try.