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Learn the Basics of CBD

The use of cannabis products is growing in popularity for a wide range of people and reasons. From professional athletes, to people who lead an active lifestyle, to pet owners — cannabis products are being discovered by more and more people every day. Many people are curious about CBD but are having a difficult time navigating through the multitude of brands, variations, strengths, and methods of delivery.

CBD, which is short for cannabidiol is a component of the hemp plant which is part of the cannabis family. Per the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp must have less than .3 % THC which is the psychoactive molecule that is more prevalent in the marijuana plant. CBD and THC both have medicinal uses and are both referred to as cannabinoids. Many people do not want to experience the euphoric results of THC and choose to use CBD instead when looking for the many benefits of cannabis. Both CBD and THC bond to the receptors of the endocannabinoid system. In doing so, many people find that they help in the management of inflammation, anxiety, insomnia, skin disorders, and even epileptic seizures.

There are 120 different cannabinoids found in hemp. Some more notable ones are CBN, CBG, and Delta 8. In this article we will focus on CBD. Within the realm of CBD, you will see three distinct types that each have different qualities.

What type of CBD is being used?

There are three types to consider:
1) CBD Isolate, which is pure CBD extracted from the hemp plant, and isolated from other cannabinoids. The result is pure CBD.
2) Broad Spectrum CBD is a Full Spectrum CBD with NO THC.
3) Full Spectrum CBD, is the “kitchen sink CBD.” In other word, it has everything the plant contains, including THC. Because it contains THC, it may not be legal where you live. Since full spectrum has all the components of the hemp plant you receive what many call the entourage effect. This gives you the greatest benefit of the hemp plant and all the components working together.

Another product you may see on the market is hemp oil. Hemp oil is pressed from the hemp seeds and does not contain CBD at all. In contrast, CBD oil is pressed from the entire hemp plant.

How do I use CBD?

The most common medium for CBD is the use of oils or in a tincture that is placed under the tongue to quickly absorb into the bloodstream where it can bond with your endocannabinoid receptors. Gummies and chocolate bars can be ingested by mouth and make their way into the bloodstream in much the same way. Topical creams and oils can be applied to the skin to help with inflammation and skin disorders. Northern Bay CBD utilizes nano-encapsulation technology which makes our products more bioavailable and faster-acting than most other brands.

Dosage and frequency are other factors many people ask about as there are several different theories and suggestions. The issue here is that everyone is different when it comes to the needs of their bodies. Some people see a boost of energy with as little as 10 mg, but others look to doses as high as 100 mg to 200 mg for more chronic issues. The best advice is to start with a smaller dose and work your way up until you find the amount and frequency that works best for you. The time of day you take your dosage is another factor to consider. A dose after the gym or strenuous activity like hiking or work is best for many. Some people find morning works best for them to help with inflammation when they wake up. Others prefer evenings to help calm down after a stressful day so they can get the rest they need to recover and get a good night’s sleep. Some prefer all three or a combination, so it is really what works best for the individual.

Why use Northern Bay CBD?

As you can see there are many factors to consider when choosing a CBD product. At Northern Bay, all of our products are made in Michigan from industrial hemp grown in the USA. Many of our products also utilize our fast-acting nano-encapsulation technology to help you see results quicker than many of our competitors. We also offer our products in higher strengths so you can decide how much you need and get more CBD for your money. To prove our CBD is some of the best on the market, we have every batch tested by a third-party lab and we post the results on our site. As you can see, Northern Bay is the superior choice for your CBD products.