What is CBD?
The medical marijuana world is starting to bust at the seams. With the recent addition of legalized use in Massachusetts- many clients are asking us about CBD oil products and their therapeutic use. We decided to do our research.
Cannabinoids (THC and CBD) are the chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers (marijuana) that provide the internal analgesic effects that some people experience as relief to many symptoms including pain, nausea, anxiety, and inflammation. CBD is a product of cannabis that is not psychoactive, meaning it does not make you "high," but may have incredible therapeutic use, especially for pain and neurological disorders like migraines and seizures.
That was a mouthful.
We can also appreciate that CBD comes from a plant; so while our culture is undoing some of the negative associations with marijuana- we thought it might be useful to start a discussion about the different methods that are out there to incorporate CBD into your life for self care and wellness, as well as how to do your own “self study” and see if it actually works for you.
Why are people into CBD?
There is increasing interest in plant products that can have healing effects as many of us are turned off by pharmaceuticals.
The phrase that people “self medicate” with marijuana may actually be true- as the cannabinoids\ found in CBD and marijuana are an alternative method to regulate various concerns. CBD has been noted to help with various concerns, physically and emotionally, such as anxiety, depression, and muscle pain, just to name a few.
Ways to incorporate CBD into your self care routine.
CBD has been known to help with various skin issues when used topically on the face. CBD oil is anti-inflammatory, making it a great treatment for acne, since it can help reduce redness and fight breakouts. It has also been noted that CBD can help reduce excess sebum on the face, making it a great treatment for those dealing with an excess oil on their skin. Since it is also filled with antioxidants, it is a great anti-aging treatment that targets wrinkles, ruddiness, and/or dullness. CBD is extremely soothing, making it a great treatment for sensitive skin, or those dealing with psoriasis and eczema. It is important to make sure you are purchasing CBD infused skincare products, not hemp. Although hemp oil is also great for the skin, make sure you find products with ingredients that either says cannabidiol or cannabis sativa. At Water House, we have a CBD salve that you can upgrade to during the facial massage portion of your facial. Book Online.
Many people are interested in incorporating CBD into their daily practice, however, it can sometimes be difficult to know how much you should be taking. It is also important to note that it is nearly impossible to overdose on CBD. The recommended dosage is determined upon your age, size, lifestyle, and various other factors.
This article from Medium gives a great run down on how to determine how much you should be taking. To summarize, the best way to start is to give yourself 1-6 MG per ten pounds of your body weight. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, start with 15-25 MG of CBD and see how you feel. It is imperative to keep in mind that everyone reacts differently to CBD, which is why it is best to start small.
Keep a wellness journal during this time so you can take note of how much you are consuming and how you feel each day! Also note any exercise or other causes that may affect how you feel each day.
It is also great to always ask your doctor about any changes you are making to your diet and lifestyle.
In addition to the amazing effects of CBD oil, they also have a therapeutic feel. Just like many other plants that we think of as therapeutic (lavender, sage and rosemary) cannabis has its own essential oils called terpenes. Terpenes create the taste & smell of the essential oil.
This article discusses flavors and potential effects which creates the passion of people adding CBD to chocolates. Scroll to the end of the article to see a video from our favorite CBD chocolate company, Lulu’s!
While we are currently trying to catch up on a lot of reading - we found some interesting resources.
At home, we are trying CBD oils and munching away on Lulu's Botanical Chocolates that you can buy in our brick & mortar at Water House Wellness. There are also massage creams that we could add to our in house menu. What do you think?
If you are interested in chatting & have thoughts, concerns, suggestions- we would love to have a conversation.
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