mega888 What is CBD and how does it work?

What is CBD and how does it work?

By Gregor Zorn, leading cannabinoid therapy consultant.

CBD is short for cannabidiol which is a safe and natural compound found in hemp. Studies have shown that it has many beneficial effects and could help with various issues such as chronic pain, sleep problems, anxiety and other issues. 

CBD is becoming incredibly popular with athletes, who report using it for pain management, reducing recovery time and helping with focus. CBD is also a potent antioxidant, antibacterial and a recent study showed that it can increase blood flow to specific areas of the brain. CBD works as a multi-target compound, affecting a variety of physiological processes and restoring the natural balance of our body. 

What to look out for when buying CBD products? 

CBD products you use have to be safe, effective and need to contain the amounts of active ingredients that are advertised on the packaging. Safe products are tested for the presence of toxins, heavy metals and residual solvents, which should not be present in any CBD product.

All of Cannaray’s products are held to strict testing procedures and we triple-lab test each product to ensure none of these harmful additives are present, as well as ensuring they are THC-free. Consumers should also always have the possibility of looking up the lab reports for complete transparency of what is inside the product.

At Cannaray, all of our independently tested, third-party lab reports can be reviewed on our website. Consumers should also look for products that have enhanced bioavailability, meaning they can take less of the product for the same effect, and full traceability of the origins of the CBD.

Our CBD oil is enhanced with coconut oil, an excellent MCT (medium chain triglyceride) oil which improves the bioavailability when taken orally, and our CBD capsules use patented VESIsorb® technology – a drug delivery technology that improves the bioavailability of CBD by up to 5 times vs. regular CBD capsules. 

How and when to use CBD? 

CBD can be consumed orally, inhaled or applied to the skin. With products such as CBD oils, you apply the desired dose, using a dropper, under the tongue, wait for 60-90 seconds and then swallow. It is important to note that with oral use, there is a delay from the time we take the drops, to when we start feeling the effects. This is due to the digestive process, which takes time before reaching the targeted area. CBD creams and salves are applied topically to the skin, by massaging the product on the affected area. Generally, the beneficial effects are felt very soon after application.  

Which CBD product is best for me?

Which CBD product is best for you depends on what issue you are trying to tackle. Oral products are used for a systemic response, while skin products have a local effect.

With oral products, the first step is to find out the right CBD dose for you. You can do this easily with products such as Cannaray CBD Oral Drops, that have a measured glass dropper, which allows you to easily control your dose in increments of 0.25ml. You can start by taking a quarter of a dropper (0.25ml) 2 times per day and see if it induces the desired effect. If not, you can increase the dose by 0.25ml every 2-3 days until you perceive the desired effects. Once you find out your personal dose you can switch to CBD capsules, which have a fixed amount of CBD – these are also a great option if you don’t like the idea of taking an oil.

For skin issues products such as Cannaray CBD Aloe & Arnica skin cream can be applied directly to the affected area. For deeper aches and pains, massaging the afflicted area with Cannaray Muscle Balm for a few minutes will increase its effectiveness and ensure it is absorbed deeper into the tissue.

About the expert

Gregor Zorn is a leading cannabinoid therapy consultant. Obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the Biotechnical University of Ljubljana, Gregor assists patients with the implementation of personalised holistic cannabinoid therapies for specific ailments. After discovering the potentials of the cannabis plant, he has used his biological knowledge to study its potential uses in healing and alleviating disease symptoms.

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