New Developments That Will Change The Way You Think About CBD Tinctures
CBD tinctures are one of the most efficient methods of receiving the astounding benefits of this cannabis-derived compound. What exactly can CBD do for you?
There is a pretty good chance you have heard the acronym CBD muttered from a friend, family member, or news sources recently. You might be thinking “what the heck is CBD and why is everyone so hyped about it?” You could alternatively be thinking “I love CBD, but I’d like to know more about what makes it awesome.” No matter what side of that spectrum you’re on, Vital Leaf is on your side and ready to answer some important questions about one of our favorite consumable forms of CBD…the tincture.
CBD is shorthand for Cannabidiol, one of over 113 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Alongside THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol if you’re feeling fancy, these two chemicals are what have driven the modern cannabis industry to new heights. Many of these cannabinoids connect with receptors in what’s called our “endocannabinoid system“, a network of proteins and structures throughout our bodies that affect almost everything we do. The two known receptors that have been discovered are CB1, predominantly in the brain, and CB2, located in the immune and peripheral nervous systems. Scientific studies in recent years have brought to light a myriad of new potential uses of cannabis, thus sparking the desire to learn about it and igniting the cannabis revolution. Vital Leaf’s contribution to this movement is bringing delicious, full-spectrum CBD tinctures to you for the betterment of your personal wellness and lifestyle.
What is a CBD Tincture?
Tinctures are liquid infusions of herbs, medicines, flavorings and/or aromatics. Some are strictly medicinal while others add a splash of pizzazz to your beverage. People have been making and using these concoctions for thousands of years; they’re one of our oldest and original forms of science. Adding hemp to the mix creates versatile oils with a high concentration of CBD. The process of making a tincture involves combining the cannabinoid extract with a liquid, usually in the form of alcohol, glycerin, or other oils.
There are several reasons why someone would choose a tincture over other methods of receiving CBD. Tinctures absorb quickly into the body, which makes them fast-acting and metabolize sooner than a solution with a longer duration.
> Edibles, like chocolates and gummies, are a very popular form of consuming both THC and CBD and tend to last longer because they absorb slower over a longer period of time. Tinctures tend to have a strong herbal flavor or sharp taste from an alcohol extraction; however, tinctures made by Vital Leaf are super yummy directly on the tongue and have a versatile flavor that makes them perfect for adding to your favorite beverages, smoothies, or desserts.
> Salves and balms are wonderful for topical applications, meaning they target the exact area you apply them to and absorb into the skin rather than internally.
> Capsules, similar to edibles, break down in your system slowly, but contain no flavor and can be a convenient and discreet method for taking CBD.
A CBD Tincture is an easy and versatile method for taking CBD without having to inhale. This makes tinctures a wonderful product for beginners and those looking for an alternative to combustibles or vaporizers. When we peer into what makes Vital Leaf so unique, we find a simple yet powerful formula of coconut derived MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) oil, full-spectrum CBD hemp oil, Monk Fruit for a low-glycemic natural sweetener and natural flavoring from organic essential oils. Organic, fair trade and ethically sourced ingredients will leave you feeling good about your decision to try Vital Leaf CBD Elixir Drops.
What Does CBD Feel Like?
Interesting question! Essentially, it can be a feeling of relief. CBD and THC share similar chemical compositions, however, their atomic arrangement is different which means they interact with our endocannabinoid system in different ways. The classic “stoned” feeling is directly caused by THC because of its psychoactive properties and its affinity for the CB1 receptor in our brains, whereas CBD acts more like a moderator for both CB1 and CB2 bindings. So CBD isn’t necessarily about providing a sense of euphoria so much as it could be about easing feelings of worry and emotional distress.
Cannabidiol is also used by millions of people all over the world to address physical distress as well. Published in 2008, a comprehensive review of studies demonstrated the effectiveness of new treatments derived from cannabis to enhance pain management for patients with multiple sclerosis, cancer, and arthritis. While it does not work like a traditional painkiller or anesthetic to numb physical pain, it augments our body’s ability to naturally regulate the pain we feel.
CBD’s use as a medication has not been evaluated by the FDA to treat, prevent, or cure any diseases or chronic ailments, but ongoing research is showing enormous promise for its healing potential.
How Can I Use CBD Oil for Anxiety?
Now let’s switch our focus specifically to anxiety and how CBD might be a viable option. Clinical and preclinical research indicates that the parts of our brain that regulate emotion rely heavily on another family of neurotransmitter receptors, the 5-HT group. Within the studies, researchers used CBD to stimulate these receptors to show a reduction in participant’s symptoms for conditions like social anxiety disorder, general anxiety disorder, and depression. This is due to how CBD reacts with these protein docks, which also work hand-in-hand with our favorite neurotransmitter of happiness – serotonin.
Serotonin is a molecule in all bilateral animals and it plays an integral part in a wide array of behaviors: Learning, appetite, cognition, reward, mood, sleep, and general contentment. This neurotransmitter binds with and activates the 5-HT collection of receptors that permeate our entire bodies. The results of two studies carried out in London and Brazil showed that CBD with a high concentration can activate the 5-HT1A receptor like serotonin does. So what does that mean for us? Everyone is different, but most people report feeling some degree of comfort, relaxation, and relief. Since there are several 5-HT receptors that have been identified for their role in affecting anxiety directly, this sets the groundwork for further research into the links between CBD, serotonin and our understanding of why we feel anxious.
What CBD Tincture Dosage is Right for Me?
Since the cannabis industry has been booming over the last few years, there has been some confusion. Recent studies have shown that CBD may have a staggering amount of medicinal properties such as relieving inflammation and joint pain, supporting cardiovascular health and muscle function, as well as treating symptoms of seizures, nausea, cancer and more. This could mean some seriously revolutionary stuff, folks! Recent studies performed during the rise of cannabis acceptance have shown some consistency in the dosage of CBD that potentially confirms its benefit for these various conditions.
Here are some guidelines you can follow to get a better idea of what dosage could be right for you. Please keep in mind that these daily doses are suggestions, and your personal dose should be monitored and adjusted in small steps to allow your body to acclimate to the introduction of cannabinoids. There have not been many commonly known issues with taking CBD, however, some mild side effects may include sleep problems and nausea, so it is always a smart idea to take lower doses initially. It has been found that a single CBD dose of at least 10-15mg will be felt in the body, while more sensitive people may feel effects with an even lower dosage.
Luckily, CBD tinctures have an accurate and consistent dosage per drop, so establishing what is right for you and maintaining a regimen is pretty simple math. To learn more about Vital Leaf and our mission, please visit our About Page and get ready to take a dose of vitality!