CBD 101

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What is CBD?

CBD (cannabidiol) is a naturally occurring substance that is credited with helping a host of medical problems. This includes epileptic seizures, anxiety, chronic pain, inflammation, and sleeplessness. Unlike its cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Doc Patels CBD is not psychoactive. In other words, CBD doesn’t cause a high.

Can you get high off CBD?

CBD is not psychoactive. In other words, it does not get you high. THC, on the other hand, is psychoactive. It does get you high. Doc Patels CBD products have 0.00% THC. So, you don’t have to worry about getting high off of them

Will CBD show up on a drug test?

Routine drug tests typically don’t screen for CBD. Instead, they usually detect THC or one of its metabolites. However, bear in mind that the person ordering the drug test could request to have CBD added to the list of substances being screened for. If you’re not looking to take a risk on testing positive for THC and it’s metabolites on a drug test, then use CBD products that have absolutely no THC in them. You’ll notice on the lab test results that the DocPatels CBD products have non-detectable levels of THC.

What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?

The Endocannabinoid System can be thought of as a system of locks and keys. The locks being the cannabinoid receptors and the keys being the chemicals – Cannabinoids – that fit into these locks.

The chemicals come from a couple different places. They’re made by the body, which are known as Endocannabinoids. They’re made by the cannabis plant, which are known as PhytoCannabinoids. CBD and THC are types of PhytoCannabinoids. Or, they’re made in a lab, which are known as Synthetic Cannabinoids, which are typically sold as medications available by prescription.

When the keys come together with the locks, they cause a series of chemical reactions that results in outcomes like relief of pain, feeling more calm and relaxed, sleeping better, and more.

How does CBD work?

Due to legal restrictions, we still have a lot more to learn about how CBD works. But, from what we know, there are several different ways in which CBD works.

For one, CBD attenuates the effects of THC. CBD changes the shape of Cannabinoid Receptor – 1 preventing THC from attaching to it and in turn, prevents the feeling of that high.

CBD also interacts with a myriad of other receptors in the body, like 5HT1A, unlocking a series of chemical reactions that lead to effects like pain relief, feeling more calm and relaxed, improved quality of sleep and more.

Why do people take CBD?

In the years that I’ve practiced in the field of Cannabinoid Medicine, my patients have reported CBD to be effective for, among other conditions,

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Back Pain from bulging, herniated, or degenerative discs
  • Back Spasms
  • Chemotherapy-induced Neuropathy
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Epilepsy
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Insomnia (mild to moderate)
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Nerve Pain from Lyme Disease
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sciatica
  • Seizures
  • Social Anxiety
  • Tension Headaches
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

How is Hemp different from Marijuana?

The main difference between the two is the percentage of THC. While both are a type of cannabis plant, hemp is a plant with less than 0.3% of THC while marijuana has much more.

Do your products have THC in them?

Doc Patels CBD products have non-detectable levels of THC.

Is it possible to take to much CBD?

It is absolutely possible to take too much CBD. However, there have been no reported cases of lethalities from overdosing on CBD.

When it comes to dosing CBD, ultimately, you want to hit the “sweet spot.” Too little CBD causes no effect. Too much CBD causes side effects. When you hit the “sweet spot,” you experience the benefits of CBD, without experiencing its side effects.

The right dose of CBD varies highly from person to person. For example, I had 2 patients struggling with Insomnia. Both were otherwise healthy. They were of similar body size and body shape. They had a similar BMI – Body Mass Index. They both tried the exact same CBD product. One patient needed 2.5 mg of CBD to fall asleep, whereas the other patient needed 50 mg of CBD to fall asleep.

Work with one of our trained and licensed healthcare professionals to figure out the exact dose that’s right for you!

Are there any negative side effects of CBD?

An in-depth investigation of the research shows that the side effects of CBD products are usually rare, and, for most people, the benefits far outweigh the risks. Research shows that the most commonly reported side effects of CBD are tiredness, diarrhea, and decreased appetite & weight.

Clinically, I’ve seen patients experience little to no side effects from CBD products.

Common CBD Terminology Explained

Full Spectrum

The term full-spectrum means that the product contains CBD plus all the other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Of course, this includes the trace amounts of THC, up to 0.3%. the term “full-spectrum” and “whole-plant” are often used interchangeably.

Broad Spectrum

An extract in which the THC has been removed, while the other compounds found within the plant are preserved in the extract.

Hemp

Has lower traces of THC (<0.3%) and is cultivated for a wide variety of uses, including textiles, plastics, food products, and biofuels.

 

Marijuana (aka Cannabis)

Has higher traces of THC (>0.3%, usually 5-30%) and is cultivated for medical and recreational use.

 

Cannibinoids

Any of various naturally-occurring, biologically active, chemical constituents of hemp or cannabis.

 

CBD (aka cannabidiol)

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the many chemicals found in cannabis. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not have a psychoactive effect and does not get you high.

 

MCT (aka medium-chain triglycerides)

Triglycerides with two or three fatty acids having an aliphatic tail of 6–12 carbon atoms.

 

THC (aka tetrahydrocannabinol)

One of the many compounds, or cannabinoids, produced by the cannabis plant. THC is known to be the compound that produces a high or euphoric feeling

Terpenes

Terpenes are typically responsible for the aroma and flavors of cannabis and are known to influence its effects by interacting with cannabinoids. For many years, terpenes have been the primary component of essential oils.

 

Isolate

An isolate, as the name implies, contains just CBD that’s been exhausted from the hemp plant and is isolated from the other cannabinoids. The CBD is isolated using a process called chromatography. It’s separation method used to isolate a single chemical from a mixture, CBD products made with isolate CBD are typically labeled as “pure CBD.”

 

Psychoactive

Affecting the mind or behavior.

 
 

Entourage Effect

The compounds within interact synergistically to create what scientists refer to as an “entourage effect” that magnifies the therapeutic benefits of the plant’s individual components—so that the medicinal impact of the whole plant is greater than the sum of its parts. For instance, both THC and CBD have anti-inflammatory effects. However, when combined together there an even greater anti-inflammatory effect.

 
 
 

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