Updated: Apr 16, 2020
Surely you've been made aware in recent months that CBD is the "next best thing" when it comes to muscle aches, nerve pain, anxiety, digestive issues, skin problems... the list is seemingly endless. Now, more than ever, we are dealing with anxiety on a mental and physical level beyond anything we could have anticipated just a few short weeks ago. Financial stress, relentless thoughts, maddeningly repetitive schedules, restless sleep and aching joints from all of the above - this is our new collective normal.
Perhaps you have already started your CBD journey, but let's start at the beginning. What should one expect when they start taking CBD? Is now the right time for me? Is this similar to Marijuana? How will it affect me? Should I be putting it on my skin, under my tongue or in my coffee? Should I use an oil, salve or pill? How much, how often? These are all common and valid questions to consider when deciding if CBD is right for you. But as with anything you are preparing to put in or on your body, it is a good idea to get as much information as possible about the product in general and about the specific manufacturer/seller you choose.
CBD is much more personalized than most people think. You may get a different result because you are, well, different.
Your Endocannabinoid System
Every living mammal on Earth has an endocannabinoid system. Almost like a fingerprint, this system unique to each of us. Our naturally developed endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating and balancing many processes of the body - your immune response, cellular communication, appetite and metabolism, mood, sleep, memory and more. All mammals have naturally occurring cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors throughout their body, and it is in this system that we find the reason we find we can benefit from CBD, THC and other cannabinoids. Your body, quite simply, is built for it.
There are at least two types of cannabinoid receptors found in the human body. Many of the effects of cannabinoids and endocannabinoids are mediated by two G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) - CB1 and CB2, though there is new evidence suggesting that additional receptors may also be involved.
CB1: primarily found in the brain and central nervous system, these receptors mediate many of the psychoactive effects of cannabinoids.
CB2: predominantly distributed in the immune system, they appear to be responsible for anti-inflammatory and other immune-related activity.
The two primary endocannabinoids naturally produced by the human body interact directly with these receptors.
Trial & Error: Practicing Patience
Look, chances are CBD is not going to work for everyone the very first day. CBD affects everyone so differently it is impossible for any two people to get the exact same results. Our unique endocannabinoid systems are wired so differently that we get a wide variety of results. This is why you hear everyone talking about CBD and how it has helped them, even though everyone has uniquely varied experiences and outcomes. Quite possibly, the hardest part of integrating CBD into your self care regimen is finding the dose that works for you and then sticking to what works. This takes a lot of patience and little bit of trial and error.
Try thinking of CBD as working on a bell curve. You want to start as low as you can and gradually increase to what works best for you. On a bell curve, you basically start on a low dose with very minimal effects and slowly increase your dose until you find your optimal level of benefits. If you keep taking higher doses of CBD after you have found you "optimal dose" then you may start experiencing suboptimal results. You end up with the same results as if you took too little of a dose, because your body simply can't absorb all of the CBD you ingested. Much like a multi-vitamin, the remaining amount you can't absorb is excreted. This is why you definitely want to make sure you start on a low dose and gradually work your way up accordingly.
Why Active CBD Oil?
If you've made it this far, it's likely because you know that we, the therapists of Bravo Manual Therapy, rarely, if ever, recommend specific products, let alone sell them. But when you come across a product that truly lives up to the expectation, it seems necessary to share it. Having done our due diligence, Active CBD has proven time and again to be a beneficial and now integral addition to both our personal self care and our manual therapy tool kits.
100% decarboxylated (Activated) high CBD Colorado grown hemp oil that is more bio-available than the raw CBD oil many other companies use.
Hemp grown in Colorado, USA without pesticides and non-GMO.
CBD oil syringes with no fillers, preservatives or artificial flavoring or coloring.
A clean CO2 extraction process producing oils that leave no harsh chemicals behind and doesn't harm the environment or community we live in.
Minimal ingredients, more of just the stuff you want (and that you pay for).
QR CODES. Active CBD oil strongly believes in full transparency - as do we - and they are the 1st company to provide 3rd party lab results on every individual product, directly on the label.
Because WE use this product. Anything we sell has been personally used and approved by your Bravo Manual Therapy therapists. Let our experience help guide yours.