17th Jan 2020
When we get too little sleep or just experience low quality sleep in general, it can compromise our health, healing, and metabolism. Because sleep is so important to our wellbeing, we are constantly looking for natural ways to achieve a healthier and deeper sleep. Enter the cure-all elixir, CBD (Cannabidiol) oil.
CBD is one of the most popular and controversial topics on the internet right now. Countless celebrities and professional athletes around the country have been touting the benefits of CBD as an anxiety reducer, anti-inflammatory, and sleep aid for months. We decided to investigate CBD to help you decide if it’s right for you and your family.
WHAT IS CBD
CBD is a chemical found in the cannabis plant; however, unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD won’t get you high. CBD is not a recreational drug; CBD is used to bring harmony to your mind and body by providing balance to your endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is a system of receptors that helps regulate homeostasis within the body. Lack of proper sleep and stress can cause dysregulation within the ECS. Endocannabinoids like CBD may influence melanin production and help promote REM sleep and keep your ECS healthy and functioning to the fullest.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF CBD
Not all CBD products are created equal and you need to do your research and only buy CBD products from a reputable source.
There are three different extraction techniques to get CBD from hemp that result in three different products: Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate.
Full spectrum CBD products contain CBD and a variety of other cannabinoids in them—including THC below the legal level of .3%.
Broad spectrum CBD products also include a variety of cannabinoids with the THC completely removed.
Isolate CBD products contain nothing but pure CBD.
CBD IS NOT FDA APPROVED
CBD is currently not FDA approved in all its forms. Epidolex, a purified CBD extract that treats rare seizure disorders in children, is currently the only CBD extract approved by the FDA.
CBD is still in its infancy and needs more testing and regulation before it can be determined as a safe and reliable option. We recommend speaking with your health care physician to see if CBD is the right choice for you and your family.