Over the last several years, CBD, or Cannabidiol, has flooded the market with its promise of treating everything from chronic pain to depression and anxiety.
As believers in the power of plant-based medicine, we’re here to set the facts straight on exactly what CBD is, if it’s the right choice for you, and how it may help you treat your medical conditions.
What is CBD?
CBD is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant and is the second-most prevalent of 113 identified cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Like THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), another cannabinoid, CBD products work by affecting receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
While scientists know that CBD does not bind to CB1 or CB2 receptors in the same way that THC does, many believe it works by preventing endocannabinoids from being broken down. This allows the endocannabinoids to have a more profound effect on your body. Others believe that CBD binds to a receptor in the ECS that hasn’t been discovered yet.
Also unlike THC, CBD does not produce a psychoactive effect on a user’s body, which means that CBD doesn’t make you “high” and typically doesn’t cause any negative effects.
CBD is now used in a variety of products, from lozenges to creams and even dog treats.
How do you consume CBD?
In regards to any CBD product, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider before trying CBD, especially if you are taking supplements or medications to manage a health condition.
Tinctures, which use high-proof, alcohol-based extracts to steep the plant material, are a great alternative for those that may be allergic to carrier ingredients (i.e. coconut or hemp oil) in CBD oils. The alcohol product is strained and the entire solution is bottled, along with additional ingredients for flavor or specific benefits. Tinctures can be easy to dose and mixed with food and beverages but may taste more bitter or not be as effective as a topical.
Oils are extracted CBD, along with additional compounds like terpenes and flavonoids, that produce a full-spectrum CBD oil. Usually more readily found than tinctures, oils have a wide variety of doses and flavors, and can also be mixed with food and beverages. However, its price point may be higher, and can also have a strong flavor.
Lotions and balms take into account the high concentration of cannabinoid receptors in the skin. When CBD is applied topically, it activates the endocannabinoid system through those receptors. This activation can have an anti-inflammatory effect and aid things like muscle and joint pain.
Gummies and edibles come from extracting the flowers of mature hemp plants. Gummies and edibles can be a more convenient and easier way to ingest CBD, versus a tincture or oil, which makes them ideal for activities like traveling. As with any other oral CBD product, the CBD is digested and may help promote things like relaxation and sleep.
Vape, or CBD e-liquid, is considered a convenient and beneficial way of consuming CBD. Like similar vaping products, the CBD is contained in a vape cartridge and can come in a wide variety of flavors.
Pet products are a good option for furry friends that suffer from high anxiety, joint and muscle pain, and even seizures. Most specialty pet stores will have dosage options found in treats or oils/tinctures to mix into your pet’s food. Make sure to discuss with your veterinarian if CBD is right for your pet and follow their dosing recommendations.
What are the conditions that CBD may help you with?
Research is still being conducted on CBD and how it can help consumers with medical issues. Some medical conditions that CBD may help with include:
- Pain and inflammation
- High blood pressure
- Anxiety and depression
What is Cannabinoid Analysis? Why is it important to do when comparing products?
Before taking CBD and other cannabis products, it’s important to study how they will affect you and if they’re a good option for your specific health needs. Cannabinoid analysis examines several things:
The cannabinoid profile examines the types of cannabinoids in the product, as well as the amount of CBD. Because everyone’s health background is unique, different cannabinoids can have differing outcomes. The expected potency of the product and the consumer’s level of comfort with it should also be taken into account.
Lastly, Terpene Profiles refer to the terpenes, the bioactive aromatic compounds found in all plants that, among many other things, affect the way that plants smell. In the cannabis plant, these terpenes have been found to influence how cannabinoids act on the body. This effect is called the “entourage effect,” and can lead to products containing distinctive terpenes being used to treat specific medical conditions.
What are Southern Sky Brands’ Product Categories?
At Southern Sky, we are focused on producing the highest quality medicine possible. Our team of highly experienced scientists and medical cannabis industry experts are identifying specific cannabinoid and terpene profiles to treat multiple conditions.
Our products will fall within four main categories and are marked as such for ease of use: Energy, Relax, Dream, and Relief.
Energy products are created to provide consumers with energy and vitality. Patients who use energy-category products may experience effects that may sharpen attention and increase creativity.
Relax products are engineered to maximize relaxation by relieving patients’ anxiety and stress. Targeting cannabinoid receptors throughout the mind and body, these products may diminish physical and mental pressures while increasing patients’ internal peace.
Dream products aim to provide consumers who suffer from restlessness and insomnia with a peaceful sleeping experience. These products may make the muscles and brain seem heavy and drowsy, and are recommended for specific patients with focused use.
Relief products target patients’ physical and mental wellness with the goal of reducing pain and are specially made to sharpen recovery while providing respite from afflictions.
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