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OK, you’ve been having trouble sleeping so you bought a bottle of CBD sleep gummies that were supposed to help you sleep. You read the label and chewed one up. And you waited, and waited, and waited, but it didn’t knock you out. Hmm…so maybe you took another one waiting for the sedative qualities to take effect, but you’re still counting sheep. Eventually, you get tired enough to fall asleep. Was it the gummies? Maybe. But why didn’t these sleep gummies put me under right away? This article will give you some insight into how CBD may work for you.

CBD: What it Is And What it Does

CBD (cannabidiol) is an active  ingredient extracted from hemp. It does not contain THC, the cannabinoid that gets you “high”. CBD is sometimes thought of as some sort of cure-all. Let’s be clear. CBD doesn’t cure anything any more than an over the counter (OTC) medication cures anything. Think of it as more of a natural way that may serve to treat conditions such as chronic pain, inflammation, migraines, epilepsy, autoimmune diseases, depression, and anxiety.

You Have An ECS in Your Body

In 1988, Allyn Howlett and William Devane discovered a complex cell-signaling system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). All humans and animals have an ECS. Insects, however, do not have an ECS. The ECS has three core elements: endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes. Let’s focus on endocannabinoids.

Endocannabinoids: The human body naturally produces endocannabinoids. They are present in various organs and tissues, such as the muscle, brain, and circulating cells. Endocannabinoids become active when they bind with a cannabinoid receptor. The receptors are also located throughout the body. [1] The ECS controls a number of critical bodily functions including, but not limited to appetite, digestion, immune function, inflammatory cascade, mood, sleep, and memory.

CBD is derived from hemp. It is a phytocannabinoid (“phyto” means coming from plants) that mimics the endocannabinoids your body naturally produces. Taking CBD helps stimulate the endocannabinoids in your ECS to balance your body.

Homeostasis

It’s all about balance in the body or homeostasis. All living things need to maintain a state of homeostasis among all the body’s systems to survive and function correctly. The endocannabinoid system is directly involved in many homeostatic processes. From time to time the endocannabinoids in your body breakdown. CBD stimulates the endocannabinoid system to produce more of its own cannabinoids and slows their breakdown.

How to Get the Most From CBD

The road to natural health and wellness requires lifestyle choices. Lifestyle choices often take time to incorporate into your life and that also goes for CBD. If you are new to CBD, we advocate starting low and going slow when you first start taking CBD. (Take small doses and gradually build up to a does that works for you.) Your body may need some time to adjust to the additional cannabinoids you are putting into your body and the ultimately modulate receptors that work with your ECS. Be patient. The results are well worth it.

Be patient. CBD isn’t like taking an OTC (over the counter) medication. The expectation when taking an OTC is that it will work instantly. And when it doesn’t, one may change brands,  formulas, or adjust doses. In fact, some studies are based on giving subjects a few doses of CBD and expecting fast results. That’s not really how CBD works.

CBD is a natural treatment. Some call it a homeopathic or alternative medication. There are no dangerous chemicals in the formula, and it isn’t addictive; however, it may take some time before you’ll feel a difference. Each person has a different metabolism. CBD may take longer before its effects on your endocannabinoid system are apparent. Give it a few weeks or even a few months to begin feeling the difference.

The many potential benefits of CBD are well documented. CBD may have a  beneficial impact on pain, anxiety, depression, nausea, and sleep disorders. You can learn more about the benefits of CBD here.

Some Suggestions to Try

Buy Safety and Purity: Make sure you are purchasing CBD from reputable sources that test their CBD products using third-party labs. The stores that have their products tested will post COA (Certificates of Analysis) on their websites.

CBD Needs to Be Built-Up in The Body: Sometimes, CBD must build up in the body through regular dosing. Regular dosing on a daily basis is necessary for those who wish to experience the long-term benefits of CBD. This requires some careful ramping up and down of daily dosing amounts and observing the short and long-term effects. After some time, you’ll be able to figure out what pattern and dosage is suitable for the effect you want to have.

Try a Different Strength: If you start low and slow, start increasing the amount of CBD you are taking until you get to a level that is working for you. If you aren’t experiencing the sort of effect you’re looking for, you may want to consider increasing your dose. Because everyone has a different biochemistry and metabolic rate, the dosage of CBD can vary quite a bit.

That may require you to  purchase something with a higher concentration of CBD. Strengths are expressed in milligrams. Labels from reputable brands will tell you how much you are taking per dose. A rule of thumb for taking a daily dose of CBD is to multiply your body weight by 0.25mg CBD.

A 120-pound person should take 30mg CBD daily (0.25 x 120 = 30); and a 200-pound person should take 50mg CBD daily (0.25 x 200 = 50).

Change the Delivery Method: There are a number of different forms (types) of CBD available. These include tinctures, edibles, topicals, capsules, patches and more. Tinctures work faster and more CBD gets into your bloodstream versus the types of CBD that you ingest. Ingesting CBD takes longer because it has to go through your digestive process. Also, less CBD gets into your bloodstream because your digestive system absorbs it before it gets into your bloodstream. (Another reason to consider increasing strength.)

Try a Different Brand: Not all CBD brands are the same. Formulas can be different, the amount of THC can vary (but cannot legally be higher than 0.3%), and some brands aren’t third-party tested. Beware of scams. Only buy CBD that comes from domestically grown hemp and that is made in the USA. Carefully, read the benefits of each brand and each product. If you have questions about a brand, don’t be afraid to contact the store and ask them for help with your questions. Sea King CBD carries 7 brands and many different strengths. Chances are there’s a brand and strength that will work for you.

Take a Break: Even though the chances are low, it is possible that your individual physiology is making it difficult for CBD to exert its effects on you. If you’ve tried all the above methods and you still can’t feel any effects of CBD, take some time off from using it. Perhaps there is a medication that is interring with it or maybe your endocannabinoid system will change.

You may have unique biochemistry that does not react to the presence of CBD in the system. The chances are low, but the possibility exists. If all other methods have been tried and there is still no sign of any effects of CBD, it may be time to quit CBD and look for alternatives.

CBD May Not Be for You: Although CBD has become popular, that doesn’t mean it’s a miracle drug that will work for everyone. If you’ve given it your best effort, it’s possible you’ll find that CBD simply doesn’t work for you. That’s OK. Not all OTC allergy medications work for everyone.

Research on CBD is ongoing and advancements in its therapeutic value will continue to be discovered. It could be that CBD may hold promise for you in the future, but if not, pay attention to keeping your body in balance. Eat good nutrition, drink lots of water, get exercise, and live long and prosper.

Recitals

[1] What to know about endocannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system | Medically reviewed by Femi Aremu, PharmD — By MaryAnn De Pietro, CRT on February 27, 2021 www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/endocannabinoid

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