The cannabis/hemp plant contains more than 540 chemical compounds and about 100 of those are called “cannabinoids.” CBD or Cannabidiol is one of these cannabinoids and perhaps the best known among them. CBD is known to quiet the mind and bring relaxation to the body. CBD is found in both cannabis and hemp plants.
CBD or Cannabidiol contains less than .3% of THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the compound that gets you high. CBD will not get you high, as it is the non-psychoactive portion of the plant.
Other Cannabinoids in the cannabis and hemp plants include CBN, CBG, CBC, and THC. Each one has a different effect. When combined together, these cannabinoids create the "entourage effect," which means they help each other work better.
THC is the psychoactive element in the cannabis plant, it can also help with pain and anxiety.
CBN is associated with better sleep and sedation and may have neuroprotective effects.
CBG is the "mother cannabinoid" and is the first the plant produces. It is associated with relief from pain and inflammation.
CBC is a powerful cannabinoid associated with relief from pain and inflammation, depression, and even helps promote brain homeostasis.
The only medical use for CBD that is currently approved by the FDA is for the treatment of epilepsy.
However, there may be many more health benefits. CBD and other cannabinoids have been reported to help treat insomnia, pain, inflammation, menstrual and PMS symtpoms, menopausal symptoms, perimenopausal symptoms, anxiety, depression, and more.
CBD can help the body reach and maintain homeostasis (your body's normal).
How can you take CBD?
The most popular way to take CBD and other cannabinoids is by eating it. You can ingest it with CBD gummies, CBD chocolate, or any other edible CBD form. Eating CBD takes about 30-45 minutes to work and sometimes can take up to an hour depending on the person.
The quickest way to get CBD into your system is to smoke it. You can smoke a CBD pre-roll or CBD flower. You can even vape CBD. This type of ingestion works in minutes, but lasts a shorter time than if you ingest it.
Another way to take your CBD is with CBD oils or tinctures. By placing drops of CBD under your tongue and holding it for 30-60 seconds, the CBD enters your bloodstream through your sub-lingual artery. This works pretty quickly - it takes about 15-20 minutes to take effect (sometimes even faster).
CBD topicals are a way to use CBD without ingesting it. Salves, lotions, and creams can be applied to the skin and work transdermally.
Not all CBD products are created equal. There are many inferior CBD products on the market today. It's imperative to look for the product ingredients and a COA (Certificate of Analysis) lab test.
Every single product that The Botanica Boutique carries is vetted by us and third-party lab tested. The COA lab testing results can be found linked in each product description.
We only carry the highest-quality CBD and cannabis products. We try it first, so you don't have to.
How Does CBD Aid in Wellness?
Recent studies have shown that CBD is effective in treating anxiety. "A 2011 study showed that CBD reduced anxiety and discomfort during public speaking in people with social anxiety disorder. Another 2011 study found that CBD reduced anxiety symptoms in people with social anxiety disorder. (GoodRx)"
Full-spectrum CBD and CBN can help with insomnia and other sleep-related issues. The New York Times reported, "There are studies that have found that CBD used in combination with THC holds promise as a treatment for sleep disorders like insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome and nightmares related to post-traumatic stress disorder."
Full-spectrum CBD products, CBG products, and Delta 8 THC products have been shown to help relieve pain and inflammation. "Studies have found CBD, often alongside THC, to be an effective pain reliever for various chronic conditions (Forbes)."
CBD, CBG, and other cannabinoids are associated with pain and inflammation relief. Therefore, they are a good alternative to NSAIDS in relieving PMS and period symptoms.
"According to research from 2019, women with endometriosis self-rated cannabis or CBD oil as the most effective at relieving pain, compared with physical interventions, such as yoga and stretching, and other remedies (Healthline)."
Products like Xula are designed for women's bodies and cycles. They add powerful botanicals to CBD and CBG for hormonal relief.
A group of women in perimenopause and post menopause were tested in a Harvard study using CBD and cannabis to relieve symtpoms. "Nearly 79% endorsed it to alleviate menopause-related symptoms. Of those, 67% said cannabis helps with sleep disturbance, while 46% reported it helps improve mood and anxiety" (Harvard).
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