What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, more commonly known by its abbreviation, CBD, is one of the more than 110 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD is one of the most researched and promising of the cannabinoids with studies linking it a wide variety of medicinal properties.
CBD has been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain-reliever), anxiolytic (anxiety-reducer), antidepressant, and anticonvulsant, among other things. Recently, it has even shown to produce positive effects on chronic symptoms of PTSD and nerve damage.
Will CBD make me high?
No, it will not. CBD is completely non-psychoactive and has actually been shown to have an anti-psychoactive effect, meaning that you can carry on with your day-to-day activities without feeling “high”.
How does CBD work?
When the body is out of balance, illness can develop. This can range from experiencing symptoms such as pain, inflammation and immune issues, to sleep, mood and emotional disturbances.
One specific biological system, the endocannabinoid system (ECS), plays a big role in helping to restore the body to its natural and healthy state. It does this by creating balance between different physiological systems, helping to regulate and control neurological and chemical activity within the body. Think of it as a kind of switch that tones down too much activity, and stimulates it when there is too little.
However, when there is not enough endocannabinoids (the cannabinoids our bodies produce naturally), the ECS is unable to maintain this state of balance, or homeostasis. At the very least this imbalance exacerbate existing conditions, and in some cases it causes it. Researchers even think that illnesses such as ADHD, Multiple Sclerosis, and Neuropathic Pain are caused directly by an endocannabinoid deficiency.
When CBD is introduced into the body, it is basically a way of “topping up” the endocannabinoids that are missing, and helping to support, maintain, and enhance the functioning of the ECS and allowing it to do its job properly again (read more here).
Although the body of research is mounting that CBD is an extremely effective therapeutic agent in some instances, it is important to note that everyone is different. Just as not all people respond to medications in the same way, so too will there be variations in the way that people experience the effects of CBD.
What is the difference between hemp and cannabis?
Cannabis is the name generally used for a plant from the family of Cannabaceae genus of plants. Within this family of plants, there are three different kinds (or species) of which hemp, sometimes referred to as industrial hemp, is one. Although they are related and share some similarities, they are two very distinct plants with two very distinct cannabinoid profiles.
While cannabis contains a wider range of cannabinoids, including high levels of THC, the hemp plant is richer in non-psychoactive compounds such as CBD, CBG and CBN with much lower levels of THC. Goldfish Amsterdam products are made from hemp derived CBD extracts which means that all our products contain less than 0.2% THC.
Ultra-CBD vs. Full-spectrum vs. Isolate - which one is right for me?
Each form of CBD has its own set of pros and cons, meaning that which product is best for you, is very much dependent on your individual needs, desires and goals. For instance, if you need a precision dose of CBD each day, and isolate might be a better option. If on the other hand, you need something with super fast absorption and maximum bio-availability, a ultra-CBD product might be more suitable.
Let’s look at each individually to help you decide which is best for you:
Ultra-CBD crystals are produced by putting supercritical CO2 CBD crystals through a unique high-intensity, ultrasonic, acoustic cavitation process that produces micro-sized CBD particles.
- Higher potency
- Exceptionally high bio-availability
- Optimal absorption, and faster onset of action
- Maximum beneficial effects at lower dosages
- All traces of THC have been removed
To try it for yourself, we recommend our Goldfish Amsterdam Lemongrass 5% CBD Oil
When you choose a full-spectrum CBD product, you are getting other cannabinoids, terpenes and even amino acids in addition to your CBD.
- Additional beneficial compounds
- Entourage-effect through the inclusion of other cannabinoids and terpenes
- Traces of THC can still be present
To try it for yourself, we recommend our Goldfish Amsterdam Pralines with Full-Spectrum Hemp
With isolate, you get exactly that; CBD isolate, purified to around 99%.
- All traces of THC have been removed
- More precise control over the amount of CBD in the final product
- No taste or odor
As you can see, each of these options have their benefits so one is not necessarily better than the other. In the end what matters is how one or the other best meets your needs and your requirements. We recommend experimenting and seeing what works best for you.
How much should I take?
Each of our products has guidelines for dosing. But, because our bodies all function quite differently, we all react differently to CBD - what works for one person, might not work for another.
It is also important to keep in mind factors such as:
- The concentration of CBD, and type of CBD (ultra, full-spectrum, or isolate)
- Individual body chemistry, weight, and general health
- The type of condition you are taking it for, and the severity thereof
This means that, just like with other types of medications, there is unfortunately no one-size-fits-all dosage, and there needs to be a certain amount of trial and error while gauging your reaction to different dosages. It is also important to remember that, because CBD works on restoring homeostasis in the body, the effects might not be immediate. CBD works by helping your body to heal itself, and this is a process that can take some time. Just because CBD does not feel like it is working immediately, it does not mean that it is not working.
That is why we suggest starting off slowly (with what is known as micro-dosing) and gradually build up to a dosage that you find works best for you. In addition, it should also be kept in mind hat your dosage might also change at different stages of your condition as well as throughout your life time.
Does CBD have any drug interactions?
Although there are no studies showing that CBD interacts negatively with other medicines, we do recommend consulting your physician or another certified medical professional before using any CBD products.