One of the major phytocannabinoid molecules of Hemp is the non-psychoactive counterpart, Cannabidiol aka CBD. Hemp Plant Extract is derived from Hemp and is legal according to the Farm Bill of 2014. Recent research is confirming the benefits of CBD and its healing potential.
CBD is similar to a compound that our bodies produce naturally called endocannabinoids. Cannabinoids aren’t just found in the hemp plant, they’re also naturally occurring in nature but they are the most potent in hemp.
When we consume cannabinoids, they stimulate the endocannabinoid system, a system of receptors throughout our central nervous system and almost every organ of our bodies (our skin, digestive tracts, etc.). Cannabinoids are the keys that unlock these receptors and this system is incredibly important to our health because they can help with our immune systems, protect our brains, help us manage stress and even keep our bodies in balance (“homeostasis”).
We like to think of CBD like a vitamin. For example, we’re born with calcium in our bones and as we age, our natural reserves of calcium deplete. Much in the same way that we’re encouraged to start taking calcium supplements to keep our bones strong, we also need to supplement our natural reserves of CBD as we get older to help keep our bodies in balance.
WHAT CAN YOU USE IT FOR?
As with any supplement, the effects (and the amount you need to experience those effects) can vary based on your own body chemistry. Doctors have trusted cannabinoids – CBD being one – to deliver long-lasting relief from many ailments. CBD continues to be studied and tested by scientists, pharmaceutical companies and healthcare professionals as a natural solution.
HOW SHOULD YOU TAKE CBD?
There are many ways you can consume CBD and while the form is partly a matter of personal preference, it’s important to understand that our bodies process and absorb CBD differently depending on how we consume it. The technical term for this concept of absorption is bioavailability. The more bioavailable a substance is, the more easily our bodies are able to absorb it.
Sublingual (liquid dropper): Procana’s droppers are extra virgin olive oil based. Sublingual oil allows for consistent dosing of CBD since they come with measured droppers. You squeeze the suggested dose of drops under your tongue and you hold it there for 30 seconds. Under the tongue is an effective way to consume CBD because it absorbs more directly into your bloodstream so your body doesn’t waste much of it.
Oral (softgels): Procana’s softgels are infused with grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oil is great for digestions and has increased bioavailability. Our Softgels are a convenient way to take CBD/hemp. They offer a controlled dosage and are highly absorbable with no aftertaste.
With more and more research coming out about the health benefits of the hemp plant, it’s an amazing time to add CBD to your health and wellness routine!