We first heard about CBD (cannabidiol) years ago, before everyone and their dog were using it. We both attended Sonoma State University and in Northern California and it was not uncommon for people to grow their own marijuana. One of our friends had an unmarked tincture she would take sporadically and after we inquired, she explained she made her own CBD oil. We had had no prior knowledge of what CBD was or the effects it had on the body, but we were intrigued because of the way she was raving about it’s seemingly never ending healing properties. We both sort of forgot about that conversation until years later when CBD started popping up in everything from dog treats, to lemonades, to martinis, and even CBD bath bombs.
We didn’t jump on the CBD train years ago when we first heard about it, but after watching it gain popularity and doing our research, CBD oil is something we now incorporate into our daily routine. Starting out was a bit overwhelming because there are countless different oils and products on the market and we wanted to make sure we were investing in a CBD that we would actually benefit from, viruses just throwing money at a fad. While CBD lattes are the overpriced drink of the moment, we would suggest skipping that and using the money instead to buy a high quality CBD tincture of your own, because quality definitely matters when it comes to CBD.
What product we use:
Cultura Full Spectrum Hemp Extract (100mg)
Why we choose Cultura:
Their Hemp Extract contains the complete range of beneficial chemical compounds available in the plant. These compounds work synergistically with CBD, helping the body to better absorb and process it (for the greatest possible benefits) and it is full spectrum rich CBD oil, not just an isolate. Clultura grow their own non-gmo hemp without the use of synthetic pesticides or herbicides on their farms in the U.S. and price it considerably lower than most other quality CBD companies which helps to make it more accessible to those who need it. Plus they offer 100% money back if you’re not completely satisfied with their product.
Okay, so what actually is CBD:
Cultura Full Spectrum Hemp Extract is an oil extracted from the Cannabis sativa plant, also called Hemp. These plants have low or no amounts of THC (which actually makes you “high”) with the final product containing less than 0.3 percent. This oil will not produce a psychoactive effect or “head high” (all HEAL, no HIGH). The oil contains a full range of beneficial active compounds available in the plant including CBD (Cannabidiol) and other important cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids. A full spectrum oils allows you to take a concentrated dose that enters your bloodstream more quickly and can work more effectively.
Plant cannabinoids have been found to work the same way as our own bodies endocannabinoids. Consuming CBD rich whole plant oil, which can support our Endocannabinoid System and also act as an anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant.
What does CBD treat:
Some people use CBD as part of their general health and prevention, wellness or fitness plans. Others use it for certain conditions such as anxiety, ADHD, addiction, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, asthma, cancer, digestive issues, depression, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, heart disease, IBS, kidney disease, migraine, mental/mood disorders, motion sickness, multiple sclerosis (MS), nausea, chronic pain, insomnia, Parkinson's disease, PTSD, - the list goes on and on!
How do we take it:
We place a dropper full under our tongue and hold for 45-60 seconds, then swallow (you might want to start with a few drops and work your way up based on how sensitive you are). The correct dosage will vary from person to person, so go up slowly until you find what works for you.
Kate: I’ve been more hesitant to try anything associated with marijuana or hemp because once (years ago in college), I smoked weed and it made my POTS symptoms SO bad- I almost forced my boyfriend to take me to the hospital. I haven’t smoked since and for a long time after I was scared to even try CBD, though I know it has trace amounts (if any) of THC. It was just this mental aspect that was difficult for me to get over, so I started out very slowly at just two drops a day and increased from there. It doesn’t produce any sort of high or negative effects, but because I’m so sensitive to just about everything, I started out a lot slower than Em.
Side note: While CBD lattes are the overpriced drink of the moment, we would suggest skipping those all together and instead using the money to buy a high quality CBD tincture of your own because quality definitely matters when it comes to CBD. Although trendy, with drinks like this you’re more than likely just getting small amounts of a subpar product that you won’t actually benefit from.