The Number of Myths Rivals the Number of Potential Benefits
Once an emblem for hippie culture, the humble cannabis leaf has emerged from the shadows of the counterculture to become part of mainstream wellness routines. Two proteges of wellness merchant Gwyneth Paltrow have launched a company, Fleur Marche, that specializes in luxury beauty products infused with CBD. The CBD market is projected to be worth $22 billion by 2022, which means that even your mom might have tried it. If you haven't yet experienced CBD for yourself, read on for a deep dive into CBD: what it's for (and what it's not for), how to take it, and why so many people use it.
A General Overview
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Because it doesn't have the mind-altering effects of THC, hemp-derived CBD products are federally legal and safe for everyday use. CBD works directly on the endocannabinoid system, which is a group of neurotransmitters that all mammals possess. The endocannabinoid system regulates body processes including immune response, appetite, metabolism, and memory. CBD may support the functioning of the endocannabinoid system, potentially helping it perform at its best.
Why use CBD?
Lots of people have integrated CBD into their wellness routines because it's a simple, effective health aid that's widely available and fairly affordable. It's also powerfully effective, as is evidenced by the fact that it is also the active ingredient in Epidiolex, a prescription seizure medication. If this is your first time trying CBD, remember to start with a small dose. Once you know how your body reacts to CBD, you can experiment until you get your desired results. Don't forget to disclose your CBD usage to your doctor, just as you would with any supplement.
Myths About CBD
There are just about as many myths circulating around CBD as there are health benefits to using it. So let's address a few of the big ones.
First of all, CBD doesn't get you high -- not even a little! As we mentioned, THC is the cannabinoid that has mind-altering effects and is not present in the CBD products we carry.
Second, using a CBD product made from CBD isolate won't make you fail a drug test (once again, THC is the trigger for a positive drug test).
Third, some people say they tried CBD once and it didn't work ... but that's the equivalent of taking one dose of medicine and complaining that you weren't cured. To benefit from CBD, it's best to take a consistent dose.
Methods of Consumption
You'll find everything from CBD-spiked hyaluronic acid serums to CBD-rich dog treats on the market. Some people use CBD-laced balms to for some comfort after a tough workout. Others choose to use CBD drops to boost concentration before a study session or an important test. And some people swallow a CBD softgel before bed to promote better sleep.
Here at Mushroom New Orleans, we've got CBD oils, tinctures, and crystalline isolate. All are completely legal and only stocked from reputable brands that have their products independently tested for purity and potency. Stop by the store and speak with our friendly staff about any of the CBD products we carry.
CBD products are only available in-store and are not available for online purchase.