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CBD & Hemp Health

Hi friends! This post has been a long time coming if you followed on my old interface (a new light) and it's finally here. I know you guys have been wanting to read about CBD/Hemp health for quite so time so I'm giving you guys the deets on CBD/Hemp and how it has helped me with anxiety and insomnia. My little sister, Abigail Jones, will be joining in on this blog to help better explain what CBD is and how it has helped her.


First, let's introduce you to CBD and the hemp cannabis Sativa plant. Here's the basic rundown:

The cannabis Sativa plant includes two main species: hemp and marijuana. Both contain CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which causes that psychoactive ‘high’. But hemp contains a much higher percentage of CBD and only trace amounts of THC, which is why CBD is typically extracted from the hemp plant (and also known as hemp extract). CBD isn’t going to get you high, although it can have psychoactive effects along the lines of reducing anxiety and depression.




Now, let's talk with Abigail Jones and her experience as an experienced CBD user. When did you first try CBD? How has CBD changed your mental health?


Abigail: "Hello, My name is Abigail Jones, and I'm co-writing on this blog post today. When Rachael introduced the idea of writing about CBD and Hemp on her blog, I was so excited. I have been working with these two beauties for over a year now. I always had trouble sleeping since I was in middle school. When I would have overwhelming anxiety, CBD was definitely there in such a blessing way. Some nights my anxiety would be so bad, I couldn't sleep. After a while, it starts to strain on your physical health. So tired I couldn't concentrate in school and would overwork my body eventually getting sick. At the age of 16, I tried some CBD."


What CBD product is your favorite?

Abigail: "A product I highly recommend would be the CBD honey sticks I got from Wyse Wellness in Texas."


Advice for people interested in trying CBD?

Abigail: "Give it a chance and find what dosage works for you. While CBD worked wonders for me, Hemp was different but still good. Hemp has amazing benefits like being high in antioxidants and other amazing benefits for your body. However, neither can actually get you "high". The THC is the only cannabis family member that can actually produce any "altering" perspectives. Hemp is amazing, and I highly recommend giving it a try. Not only is CBD for humans, but even your pets! It blows my mind that so many advances in this medicine have prospered. I am hopeful for hemp culture, and I see it growing rapidly in the future."


Lastly, let's end this blog post with a quick FAQ CBD edition:


How does CBD help anxiety?

One study found that there are two known cannabinoid receptors that exist in the human body: CB1 and CB2 receptors. The CB1 receptors are located mainly in the brain and modulate neurotransmitter release in a manner that prevents excessive neuronal activity (thus calming and decreasing anxiety), as well as reduces pain, reduces inflammation, regulates movement and posture control, and regulates sensory perception, memory, and cognitive function.


Is CBD legal?

Yes, CBD is legal in all 50 states.


Does CBD get you "high"?

No! CBD does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active compound in marijuana that produces the altering effects of being high.


Can CBD help inflammation?

Yes, this study talks about how CBD was looked at in many different anti-inflammatory diseases including colitis and multiple sclerosis and how it helped.


What's the best way to try it? Nowadays there are so many brands!

This one is up to you, but I trust Dragonfly Botanicals Hemp CBD and Nature's Mercantile. Just make sure they have a certificate of analysis so it shows their lab results for their products. I enjoy the oils (twice a day dosage varies), edibles, and the flower. Start small like 5mg or a couple of drops of the oil.


How does CBD make you feel?

It varies for everyone, but most reported feelings are calm, relaxed, happy, and even a sleepy feeling at some doses.


Can I use CBD with SSRI's/Anti-Depressants?

This is something to ask your doctor, but I know my family doctor says it's okay for me to use CBD for anxiety, but again talk to your doctor. Everyone's brain chemistry is different and your doctor will know if this is an option for you to explore.


Can you pass a drug test with CBD in your system?

This is a tricky one, but there are studies to show if it is pure CBD or hemp with the legal amount of .03% of THC in it, that you can pass a drug test. However, this is something to do some research on. Here's a John Hopkins study about CBD products and how some may yield positive drug tests.


I made this blog post to help further educate others on what CBD & Hemp is and the benefits associated with them. If you are unsure, I recommend doing your own research as well so you can find out the correct dosage and type for you. There are lots of things to try nowadays with CBD in it, just make sure it's legit CBD and contains less than .03% THC in the product to get the full effects of CBD.


I am not a doctor, but CBD has helped my anxiety and sleep in wonderful ways. I wanted to share my experience with it and I hope it can help you as well. If not, that's okay too! I will be doing a vlog about the different products I personally have tried, so keep an eye out for that!


If you have any questions about CBD or Hemp health please reach out to me on Instagram at @UnapologeticallyRachael. I will help answer or provide you with information to the best of my ability and knowledge. Please say hi :)


Thanks for reading beautiful people and happy 4/20/20 in the name of Cannabidiol oil and Hemp everywhere!


Have a lovely rest of your day and try to find that happy zen place during all this craziness! We got this, just breathe :)



Till next time...

XOXO

Unapologetically Rachael


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