CBD 101:Things to Know Before You Try The Latest Natural Healing Trend

CBD 101:Things to Know Before You Try The Latest Natural Healing Trend

From inflammation to anxiety, cancer to epileptic seizures, Cannabidiol (CBD) is becoming as common as ibuprofen as a treatment for a variety of issues, big and small. If you’re ready to replace the pills in your medicine chest for something more holistic,  here are a few things to know about CBD.

1.  What is it?  CBD is a naturally occurring, chemical compound from the cannabis plant. It’s used in products like oils and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm.

2. Is CBD legal? Currently, there are ten states where cannabis is entirely legal for medicinal and recreational use.  These states are Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. As of 2019, there are three states (Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota) with restrictions on all cannabis and cannabis-derived products.

3. Will it get you high?  CBD’s close relationship with (tetrahydrocannabinol) THC is the reason people ask if CBD can get you high. Though they come from the same plant, THC is different from CBD in that it has intoxicating or psychoactive “high” effects. The effects of THC are what has overshadowed the benefits of CBD and caused much confusion about the difference between the two compounds. CBD is 100% non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t negatively impact your mental processes.

4. How do you use it? Luckily, as CBD is becoming increasingly popular, so is the variety of CBD products. CBD oil is by far the most common but can seem bitter for most people. A better place to start may be with products that are easier on the palate such as CBD gummies, CBD tea, or even CBD water. Topical salves and creams are available to used directly on the skin.

5.  How do you know if it’s the good stuff?  Unfortunately, due to it’s novelty, there aren’t any regulations that control the manufacturing process so there are many different extraction methods.  Beware of low prices, as it may yield cheap and dangerous methods.  Stick to companies using organic methods which remove toxins and residues and are far safer and yield the highest amount of cannabinoids.

Jenn Bodnar

Jenn Bodnar is the owner of  Yoga Digest and has a genuine belief that yoga can benefit everyone. She is 200ERYT having attended multiple teacher trainings, facilitating yoga teacher trainings and studying and practicing yoga since 1999. Jenn is an avid fitness professional, who has taught and managed group fitness for many years. As a former competitive triathlete, gymnast and dancer Jenn loves the balance of strength, flexibility, perseverance and freedom that yoga provides. She is mother to three energetic boys and  loves being active and outdoors with her family and friends. Jenn oversees LifePower Yoga studio in North Dallas, is a self proclaimed health food chef and hopes to leave a positive footprint by inspiring others to choose happiness and speak their truth. “Watching people grow through yoga is one of the most amazing miracles to witness.”