CBD: Not Pot
A few months back, I had a vendor booth at a local fair. I was so pumped to spread the good word of CBD. I was sure that there would be a line 10 people deep all day long to get this legal cannabis product that the internet is all-abuzz for. I was half right. When people approached my booth, they were interested and eager to sample our freshly launched Bliss Balm. At the same time, I found myself yelling, “It won’t get you high!” at people, like a heckler at a boardwalk dunk tank. Some folks even treated me as if I was breaking the law. It was such a bittersweet day. I was so encouraged by the positive feedback, but I couldn’t help feeling surprised and a bit discouraged that most people were afraid to even ask about it. It was a great education on how cannabis is still taboo in 2018. This is where I will take my part of the responsibility. This topic should have been my first blog post. I love cannabis and all that it has to offer therapeutically. I assumed that everyone knew that there was this “other part” of cannabis that was healing people. So, chasing down a woman with a walker was probably the wrong approach. I’ll try this:
CBD is short for cannabidiol (can·na·bid·i·ol). Say it. Out loud. You will want to know this word because it is quickly becoming known to doctors as the safe alternative to opioids and antidepressants that you or your loved ones may be taking. Cannabidiol is a major anti-inflammatory compound in cannabis. It is also a muscle relaxer. Oh…and it can help with mental health issues. Now, I know what you are thinking. “That wacky weed just makes people eat taquitos and watch TV all day.” But this is where the confusion lies. Hemp and marijuana are like cousins. Hemp is cannabis, but it has only a tiny amount of THC, which is the property that is psychoactive and makes one want to eat Cheetos and melt into the couch for the afternoon. CBD can make you less anxious AND more motivated at the same time. Studies on CBD have also reported that it counteracts the undesirable effects of THC, such as paranoia, munchies, and sleepiness, while enhancing its painkilling properties.
Industrial hemp is not pot. It looks like marijuana when dried. It smells like it, too. It will not get you high because the difference between the two plants is that there is less than 0.3% THC in hemp compared to around 15-25% THC in marijuana. CBD can give chronically ill patients the relief that pharmaceuticals have not been able to due to the synergy it has with our endocannabinoid system. (Oh yea! Learn more about the endocannabinoid system here- https://incannabliss.com/feeding-your-endocannabinoid-system/)
CBD is just one of the miraculous benefits that comes from cannabis. Not all cannabis is created equal. Do your research and be open to the possibilities of what CBD can do for you.

In 1990, it was discovered that along with the body systems we have known about for quite some time (nervous system, muscular system, endocrine system, ect.) we also have something called the endocannabinoid system. It was originally discovered in the brain, but by 1993 it was discovered that the endocannabinoid receptors were abundant in the gut, liver, heart, kidneys, bones, spleen, blood vessels, lymph cells, and even reproductive organs. This complex system influences the balance that we rely on for overall health – homeostasis.

Cannabinoids are like the grease that keeps your gears running smoothly.

For many people, the endocannabinoids that are made internally are not enough to keep all the systems working well together. Supplementing with CBD and other cannabinoids could be the solution for so many people who are experiencing autoimmune diseases and general hormonal imbalances.

What are you feeding your endocannabinoid system?

Caitlyn suggests:

Tensions run high online when you ask about isolate. “Isolate is junk” is bound to be among the first
comments. “Unless you have Full Spectrum CBD, you are wasting your money” will be eloquently
spewed in so many mindful ways. There is a battle right now. It is within the CBD-loving community. And it is baffling. Here is where we stand on the subject:

Full Spectrum is great. The ideal Full Spectrum CBD oil is made with all parts of the hemp plant. Full Spectrum means the stem, seeds, stalk, and flower are distilled and filtered into MCT (coconut oil), and your product is complete. It tastes like cannabis, at varying strengths, and really offers all the opportunities to absorb the complete benefits of the plant. There are lots of people who swear that there are no benefits to CBD unless it is Full Spectrum. CBD does work best when it is accompanied by all the other (beautiful and delicious) cannabinoids and terpenes that work together to create the most benefits. This is the whole plant extract of hemp.

But not everyone can have all the parts of the plant. Should they not experience CBD? The main concern we hear from clients is that they will fail a drug test. This is a real concern and I am really, truly happy that I can offer an alternative to my clients.

CBD isolate is the (great) alternative! CBD isolate is created when cannabidiol (CBD) is separated from the other cannabinoids and isolated into pure CBD crystalline powder. Our vape pens contain CBD isolate and the verdict is in. Isolate has benefits. Just like eating a ton of carrots is better than taking a vitamin B tablet, vitamin B supplement still has its benefits. Isolate may not address systemic issues to the extent that a full spectrum extract tackles them, but the short-term benefit is positive and can last for days. The results are just a little different, but wouldn’t it be nice to fall asleep when you want to without tossing and turning? Ladies…what would you do to reduce menstrual cramps within minutes without having to take pills? Fellas (and ladies), how about reducing anxiety without having to worry about passing that random drug test at your (awesome) job? Isolate takes the worry out of experiencing CBD.

I don’t like using absolutes because there is always an exception to every rule. The chances of popping positive for THC when using a full spectrum product is incredibly low, but there is still a chance. Of course, the whole plant product is best, but some people cannot take that risk. Here at InCannabliss, we think CBD isolate is a great option for individuals to experience the benefits of legal cannabis. We offer 3rd party test results on all our products to show potency and purity. All products containing THC that are sold by InCannabliss are within federal guidelines below .3%. We recommend consulting with your human resources department if you are concerned about testing positive for THC while using a CBD product, whether it is Full Spectrum or CBD isolate.

CBD is versatile in its applications because it interacts with our endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system is connected to our nervous system and is responsible for maintaining the balance throughout our body. Everyone makes endocannabinoids, but as you see with many other chemicals, some people are deficient in their production. If you suspect that your ECS needs an assist, these are some of the most commonly used methods of application.

Inhalation– (This method is mainly recommended for adults who have experience smoking or vaping.) Vaping is the quickest way to get results, though it is not as long lasting. Anxiety reducing effects can be felt within seconds and spasm reduction within minutes. It has been proven to be a safe and effective treatment for some people with lung diseases, while also being somewhat irritating to some experienced smokers. It is different for each individual. We do encourage that adults try it for themselves because the results can be remarkable. Bypassing the intestines and liver, this is the most efficient way to get the CBD into your system. Our testers have even recommended it as an alternative to antismoking medications because it reduces cravings while providing other benefits, and no negative side effects.

Topical– Great for local pain and skin care, this delivery method is low risk and high reward. With the correct combination of CBD and carrier oils, your pain can be gone for hours or even days without having to smell like a foot cream. Cannabliss is in the process of making our own proprietary blend to bring you the best and most affordable CBD pain relief on the market. In the meantime, we are happy to assist you in finding the best CBD cream for your needs.

Ingestion– For children and some beginners, the best way to get CBD into the system is just ingesting a capsule, beverage, or edible. Like taking a vitamin, the cannabidiol passes through the digestive system and metabolizes in the liver offering a delayed but gradual and long-lasting sense of wellbeing. They are conveniently premeasured doses and are easy to travel with which makes them very appealing to some CBD users.

Sublingual– Most research supports that the best way to take CBD is dropping the oil under the tongue, holding it for 60-90 seconds while it spreads over and is absorbed by your mucus membranes directly into the bloodstream. After this time, swallowing the remainder of the oil will allow for gradual absorption through the digestive system. If your desired result is improved mood, muscle relaxation, or minor inflammation, effects can be felt as quickly as 20 minutes. For serious and chronic inflammation, we recommend consistent dosing for at least 30 days before expecting any noticeable results. Long term inflammation does not happen overnight, and it probably will not go away overnight. We know this because we live it. Just be patient.

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There is a lot of illness and pain out there that can be treated with CBD. We find that most of our patrons who are disabled due to auto immune diseases can take days or weeks to see chronic inflammation reduce. This is no reason to be discouraged. Increasing your dose gradually is the best way to find your “sweet spot” and consulting with an InCannabliss Cannasseur throughout the process is recommended to get the best result as soon as possible.