There is no doubt about it: Cannabis, commonly dubbed the “devil's lettuce," is going mainstream. Everywhere you look there is a new CBD self-care or beauty product on the market, and new CBD-based drugs that have been approved by the UK government to remedy common health-related disorders.
People are curious about the cannabinoid compounds present in this herb—which has been used for its therapeutic purposes for many years—and how it can benefit their health, especially when it boils down to reducing the use of over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs.
Head spinning yet? Well, consider this your complete CBD oil FAQ guide. To provide you with all the info you need about CBD oil, we rummaged around for the most-asked questions about the product.
Even better, we thoroughly researched the answers to the most-asked questions with help from the industry specialists, grouping similar questions together to help you find out everything you need to know about CBD oil.
Without further ado…
What is CBD?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol and is one of the many natural compounds present in the marijuana plant. THC is the most common of these compounds since it is the element that gets you stoned. On the flip side, CBD oil's medical benefits are unlimited, and it has no psychoactive properties.
CBD is also an essential part of the human body since we also produce our own Cannabinoids. In the simplest layman terms, CBD multiparts attach themselves to the Endocannabinoid System, which does an important job in our Homeostasis, meaning the equilibrium and balance between the different things that are continually happening inside of us.
The CBD produced by the cannabis plant mimics very well the CBD in human physiology, which is why it works so well as medication for us.
How Does CBD work?
The human body makes its own cannabis-type chemical called anandamide, commonly referred to as the pleasure molecule. CBD naturally increases the levels of your endocannabinoid, so if you take CBD in edibles or supplements, it goes into the blood, tinkling the body's countless endocannabinoid receptors.
What is the Difference Between CBD Vape-Oil & CBD Oil?
Most people think CBD vape oil and CBD oil are the same thing. Well, they're not. Before you go ahead and purchase CBD oil, and try to put it in your Electronic Cigarette, let us clarify some of the finer differences between the two products.
There are two terms we should focus on – “liquid" and “oil." CBD “oil" is usually made to be a potent product, which is to be ingested by mouth. CBD oil isn't intended to be gushed into a vape tank and smoked.
CBD e-liquids, or vape oil, are made to be vaped and inhaled as a vapor. In a nutshell, you should not vape regular CBD oil. You should be on the hunt for the correctly designed e-liquid in stock.
Can CBD get You High?
No, no, a million times, no. Which is exactly why CBD is all the buzz nowadays. CBD oil is made from the stalks, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant that has high quantities of CBD, but little or no traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is commonly found in the marijuana plant.
What are the Advantages of Using CBD Topically?
Topical CBD products are mostly used for localized pain and skin conditions. Individuals with skin diseases like acne, burns or eczema have reported remarkable results using topical CBD products.
How Much CBD Oil Should You Take?
Sadly, there is no conclusive scientific answer to this. Honestly, it calls for some trial and error to get the right amount for your condition. But, with a lot of patience and practice, you will get to that “happy point." Experts recommend taking a specific amount, twice daily for the first four days to build it up in your system and so you can truly see what it's doing. After that, decrease or increase the amount you are taking based on the results you are seeing.
Is CBD Oil Legal?
CBD oil does not have any mind-altering effects like THC. There has been a lot of confusion regarding the legality of CBD oils in the UK. Nearly all cannabinoids are mainly classified under the Misuse of Drugs Act. However, CBD oil is officially authorized, but some guidelines have been passed to control the consumption of the compound. CBD oil UK is legally accepted according to the concentration of compound used in the oil. For instance, in the UK, CBD oil shouldn't contain more than 0.2 percent of THC level in the oil.
Besides CBD, what is in CBD oil?
In addition to CBD, oils might have other cannabinoids like CBD, CBC, CBG and many more that work collectively to create what is recognized as the "entourage effect." These will all be contained in a carrier oil, which is mostly MCT oil, olive oil or hemp oil
Why is CBD Oil So Expensive?
Well, there're lots of steps and plant material needed to create the end product. Firstly, a considerable amount of hemp has to be grown, which takes months, to produce enough stalk and seeds to yield a very small amount of hemp extract. Then, the extract has to be widely tested to ensure its purity.
How Does CBD Work in Your Body?
Our bodies have cannabinoid receptors referred to as your CB2 and CB1 receptors, found all over your body. CB1 receptors are located throughout your nervous system, brain, and many other areas while CB2 receptors are linked to the cells of our immune systems.
Are CBD Products Safe?
YES. However, when selecting CBD oil, it's important to ensure that the company obtains CBD from pants that are free of pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides. Ensure all products are tested using third-party labs and that the company you're buying from has no problem sharing their lab results.
For decades, women have been unknowingly suffering from PSD and intergenerational trauma, but now Dr. Valerie Rein wants women to reclaim their power through mind, body and healing tools.
As women, no matter how many accomplishments we have or how successful we look on the outside, we all occasionally hear that nagging internal voice telling us to do more. We criticize ourselves more than anyone else and then throw ourselves into the never-ending cycle of self-care, all in effort to save ourselves from crashing into this invisible internal wall. According to psychologist, entrepreneur and author, Dr. Valerie Rein, these feelings are not your fault and there is nothing wrong with you— but chances are you definitely suffering from Patriarchy Stress Disorder.
Patriarchy Stress Disorder (PSD) is defined as the collective inherited trauma of oppression that forms an invisible inner barrier to women's happiness and fulfillment. The term was coined by Rein who discovered a missing link between trauma and the effects that patriarchal power structures have had on certain groups of people all throughout history up until the present day. Her life experience, in addition to research, have led Rein to develop a deeper understanding of the ways in which men and women are experiencing symptoms of trauma and stress that have been genetically passed down from previously oppressed generations.
What makes the discovery of this disorder significant is that it provides women with an answer to the stresses and trauma we feel but cannot explain or overcome. After being admitted to the ER with stroke-like symptoms one afternoon, when Rein noticed the left side of her body and face going numb, she was baffled to learn from her doctors that the results of her tests revealed that her stroke-like symptoms were caused by stress. Rein was then left to figure out what exactly she did for her clients in order for them to be able to step into the fullness of themselves that she was unable to do for herself. "What started seeping through the tears was the realization that I checked all the boxes that society told me I needed to feel happy and fulfilled, but I didn't feel happy or fulfilled and I didn't feel unhappy either. I didn't feel much of anything at all, not even stress," she stated.
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This raised the question for Rein as to what sort of hidden traumas women are suppressing without having any awareness of its presence. In her evaluation of her healing methodology, Rein realized that she was using mind, body and trauma healing tools with her clients because, while they had never experienced a traumatic event, they were showing the tell-tale symptoms of trauma which are described as a disconnect from parts of ourselves, body and emotions. In addition to her personal evaluation, research at the time had revealed that traumatic experiences are, in fact, passed down genetically throughout generations. This was Rein's lightbulb moment. The answer to a very real problem that she, and all women, have been experiencing is intergenerational trauma as a result of oppression formed under the patriarchy.
Although Rein's discovery would undoubtably change the way women experience and understand stress, it was crucial that she first broaden the definition of trauma not with the intention of catering to PSD, but to better identify the ways in which trauma presents itself in the current generation. When studying psychology from the books and diagnostic manuals written exclusively by white men, trauma was narrowly defined as a life-threatening experience. By that definition, not many people fit the bill despite showing trauma-like symptoms such as disconnections from parts of their body, emotions and self-expression. However, as the field of psychology has expanded, more voices have been joining the conversations and expanding the definition of trauma based on their lived experience. "I have broadened the definition to say that any experience that makes us feel unsafe psychically or emotionally can be traumatic," stated Rein. By redefining trauma, people across the gender spectrum are able to find validation in their experiences and begin their journey to healing these traumas not just for ourselves, but for future generations.
While PSD is not experienced by one particular gender, as women who have been one of the most historically disadvantaged and oppressed groups, we have inherited survival instructions that express themselves differently for different women. For some women, this means their nervous systems freeze when faced with something that has been historically dangerous for women such as stepping into their power, speaking out, being visible or making a lot of money. Then there are women who go into fight or flight mode. Although they are able to stand in the spotlight, they pay a high price for it when their nervous system begins to work in a constant state of hyper vigilance in order to keep them safe. These women often find themselves having trouble with anxiety, intimacy, sleeping or relaxing without a glass of wine or a pill. Because of this, adrenaline fatigue has become an epidemic among high achieving women that is resulting in heightened levels of stress and anxiety.
"For the first time, it makes sense that we are not broken or making this up, and we have gained this understanding by looking through the lens of a shared trauma. All of these things have been either forbidden or impossible for women. A woman's power has always been a punishable offense throughout history," stated Rein.
Although the idea of having a disorder may be scary to some and even potentially contribute to a victim mentality, Rein wants people to be empowered by PSD and to see it as a diagnosis meant to validate your experience by giving it a name, making it real and giving you a means to heal yourself. "There are still experiences in our lives that are triggering PSD and the more layers we heal, the more power we claim, the more resilience we have and more ability we have in staying plugged into our power and happiness. These triggers affect us less and less the more we heal," emphasized Rein. While the task of breaking intergenerational transmission of trauma seems intimidating, the author has flipped the negative approach to the healing journey from a game of survival to the game of how good can it get.
In her new book, Patriarchy Stress Disorder: The Invisible Barrier to Women's Happiness and Fulfillment, Rein details an easy system for healing that includes the necessary tools she has sourced over 20 years on her healing exploration with the pioneers of mind, body and trauma resolution. Her 5-step system serves to help "Jailbreakers" escape the inner prison of PSD and other hidden trauma through the process of Waking Up in Prison, Meeting the Prison Guards, Turning the Prison Guards into Body Guards, Digging the Tunnel to Freedom and Savoring Freedom. Readers can also find free tools on Rein's website to help aid in their healing journey and exploration.
"I think of the book coming out as the birth of a movement. Healing is not women against men– it's women, men and people across the gender spectrum, coming together in a shared understanding that we all have trauma and we can all heal."