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What You Need to Know About CBD Oils

SANO Editorial

If you had a summer like us, you spent most of July vacationing in Mykonos (because last year wasn’t enough), August in the Hamptons and a sweat sesh whenever time allowed.  Now that summer has come and gone, we wanted to share an increasingly popular wellness trend that we are falling in love with.  Over the last year or so cannabidiol or CBD has become extremely sought-after for its incredible healing power and versatility as a natural remedy and supplement for reducing many ailments. 

Difference Between CBD and THC. There are two different types of CBD oil products—hemp-based CBD oil and marijuana-based CBD. Both contain CBD, and they’re both derived from the cannabis plant, but hemp and medical marijuana are different varieties of the plant.  CBD is completely legal and is not considered a drug since it does not contain THC (or negligible levels)—the compound that makes you feel “high”. Said differently, CBD oil or hemp oil contains the benefits of the cannabis plant without the potential drawbacks of psychoactive compounds typically found from inhalation or other consumption methods.

Endocannabinoid System. Before we can learn about CBD oil’s potential benefits, we must first understand the endocannabinoid system (ECS).  The ECS balances and regulates many functions of the body.  Under normal circumstances, our bodies produce our own endocannabinoids that bind to our ECS receptors keeping us in balance.  However, a poor diet, stress and free radicals / toxins can cause a decrease in endocannabinoid production causing unpleasurable side effects like increased anxiety, inflammation, sensitive digestive system and a weakened immune system. This is where CBD oil can assist in stimulating the ECS receptors, which supplements your body in finding proper balance again in a holistic manner.

Benefits of CBD. While CBD oil research is ongoing, current findings have anecdotally reported that it has served as a holistic wellness remedy for several different ailments, such as dulling chronic pain, reduction of inflammation, anxiety, depression and oxidative stress, maintaining healthy weight, and improving skin radiance. While research continues, CBD oil is thought to stimulate ECS serotonin receptors in a way that can positively increase serotonin levels and improve mental health. Individuals who are taking CBD oil for anxiety, depression or stress specifically have reported feeling an enhanced mood, increased sense of calmness and less irritability. Additionally, there are a many skin care companies that are starting CBD oil product lines to combat acne and calm puffiness and redness caused by inflammation. Further, it has far fewer possible negative side effects than the medications often prescribed for these conditions.

Choosing the Right CBD and How to Use It.  Since the CBD oil industry is unregulated, it is imperative to seek a high-quality, premium source that is formulated by a pharmacist, third-party tested and includes a trusted purity verification. After carefully selecting a premium, non-synthetic CBD oil along with your medical professional, consumption typically occurs internally through ingestion. Because CBD oil is a relatively new supplement, clear dosage guidelines haven’t been set by the medical community. Some integrative doctors are recommending 10 milligrams per day to treat anxiety and pain, so we recommend you speak with your medical professional to determine appropriate dosage for your ailment. 

A part of being your best, most beautiful self is incorporating holistic wellness into your daily life.  And starting with a healthy diet and wellness routine should be the foundation to creating any balanced lifestyle.  By adding CBD oil as a natural remedy and supplement to your SANO life, you can add harmony and balance to your wellness journey.

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