First, what is CBD?
CBD is a major ingredient in cannabis plants (like hemp and marijuana). It comes in different strengths and forms, often as CBD oil, but also in pills and powders. It can be absorbed through the skin, ingested, or inhaled. Unlike marijuana, pure CBD products don’t make you feel high. A different ingredient in marijuana called THC makes people feel high.
How it works
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a substance or compound derived from the cannabis plant. Unlike delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another compound derived from the same plant, CBD offers potential relief that does not include the psychoactive reaction the THC often comprises. The human body has specific cannabinoid receptors called the CB1 and CB2. The CB1 receptors are located in various regions of the body; however, there is a concentration in the central nervous system and brain. The CB2 receptors are more commonly found in the immune system. The human body produces its own cannabinoids for which these receptors are utilized. It was thought that CBD triggers these receptors after it is taken; however, the body seems to be directed by the CBD to take up more of its own cannabinoids. This entire system is commonly referred to as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). With that said, one can imagine if there are receptors in the brain and immune system then the benefits could be astounding with all that is controlled by the brain: pain perception, coordination, emotions/mood, memories etc. The immune system effects also help to address inflammation and pain .
Are CBD products safe?
The short answer is this: pure CBD seems to be safe for most people. However, we don’t have rigorous studies and long-term data to prove whether or not a wide range of CBD products are safe for everyone. For example, there is no evidence to suggest that CBD is safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding, or for people who are immunocompromised.
Testing shows purity and potency can be inconsistent in many products. One study found less than a third of the products tested had the amount of CBD claimed on the label. Another study of 84 CBD products bought online showed that more than 25% of the products contained less CBD than stated. In addition, THC (the component that can make you feel high) was found in 18 products.
This is why Prana Principle rigorously tests all of our products to ensure they never contain more than 0.3% THC, and in fact, most of our products contain no detectable THC. Prana Principle also tests for over a hundred different contaminants to ensure purity from toxic compounds.
Does CBD cause side effects?
CBD can cause side effects like dry mouth, reduced appetite, and drowsiness. Additionally, it can interact with certain medicines, such as blood thinners. If you would like to start using CBD products, it’s always best to first talk to your doctor.
If you are looking for a natural way to supplement your diet and ease discomfort around your menstrual cycle; pure, third-party tested CBD products like Prana Principle CBD Oil could be a great addition to your supplement regimen. We recommend starting with a small amount and assessing the effects over a month or two, then adjusting to find the right amount for you. Every body is different, but every body does have an Endocannabinoid system. Prana's products are trusted by hundreds of major retailers and thousands of customers who rely on them.
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