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According to Google Trends, the search term “How to Use CBD” increased by about 20,000% between 2016 and 2020!

Lifting cannabis prohibition has brought many changes to the US. Some have been direct; some have been indirect. One result of the changing culture surrounding cannabis in the country has been increased interest in the mighty endocannabinoid system and its medical applications.

Search trends data showing a dramatic increase in the search “how to use CBD.”

In this article, we will teach you how to use CBD for its terpenes and its health benefits through the endocannabinoid spectrum—composed of what UCLA refers to as “one of the most widespread and versatile signaling molecules known to man.” 

The Three Types of CBD

There are three types of CBD sold in the US. While they each have therapeutic qualities, they’re a bit different depending on your needs. These differences mainly have to do with the THC content, and something called the entourage effect. 

Aaron Cadena, editor-in-chief at CBDOrigin.com, says the entourage effect is the synergy that happens when you consume CBD “naturally.” 

Although there are CBD oils, gummies, and products that have THC in small amounts, not all do. Read on to determine how to distinguish between the different kinds of CBD.

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Full-spectrum CBD: 

  • Highest entourage effect
  • It contains cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes

This type of CBD contains everything you would find in the cannabis plant in nature. It includes all of the phytochemicals that occur naturally in the cannabis plant, including some trace amounts of THC.

The THC contained in full-spectrum CBD is only about 0.3%. That means these products are not considered “intoxicating.” 

Cannabinoids in full-spectrum:

  • CBG
  • CBN
  • THC
  • CBD

Broad-spectrum CBD: 

  • Moderate entourage effect
  • No THC

Products labeled with this kind of CBD contain all the phytochemicals in the cannabis plant minus THC. The endocannabinoid system is complex and densely connected. The benefit of broad-spectrum is that it has high health benefits compared to pure CBD.

Cannabinoids in broad-spectrum:

  • CBG
  • CBN
  • CBD

CBD isolate:

  • No entourage effect
  • Most concentrated

CBD isolate is the pure form of CBD. You can buy it in a concentrated form, but you’ll also find gummies or other culinary creations just like the other CBD forms. Unlike full and broad-spectrum CBD, isolate is tasteless and odorless. 

This pure concentration of cannabidiol means there is no synergy between the different cannabinoids. The benefit of CBD isolate is that it gives people the most control over what they consume.

Cannabinoids in isolate:

  • CBD

Terpenes

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Did you know that it’s possible to use CBD as incense for grounding? Ancient Israelites started this practice of burning cannabis as incense in biblical times. 

Terpenes are a kind of aromatic essential oils derived from plants. These are not exclusive to Cannabis Sativa. Scientists identified that these 200+ terpenes are also in mangos, lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary, and fruit rinds. They are the reason that CBD isolate has no smell while broad-and full-spectrum does. 

Westword.com says, “these pungent smells are believed to have developed in plants as a way to repel predators, attract pollinators, and enhance plant development.”

CBD Has Health Benefits for You and Your Pets!

Arguably, the most significant benefit of CBD is its health-enhancing properties. In 2018, Epidiolex became the first drug that contains CBD that the FDA approved for medical use.

People widely use CBD alone as a health supplement in the form of tinctures, teas, and creams. These provide relief for countless people with a myriad of problems. It can even be used to help pets with separation anxiety, excessive barking, and bone pain. 

Anti-inflammation

Recent scientific studies also claim that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties.

What is inflammation? It is a buzz word in alternative health circles. Often, it gets thrown around haphazardly. Many people don’t truly understand what exactly it is.

Inflammation itself is a healthy response to a stressor, infection, or trauma to the body. It’s the body’s response to try and heal itself. (i.e., you stub your toe, and it becomes inflamed and turns red).

In theory, the process is as follows: 1. You get inflammation. 2. The body heals, and 3. Everything goes back to normal. However, the problems happen when there is a chronic stressor to the body, causing constant inflammation that is not healing correctly. This prolonged inflammation causes damage over time 

Analogy: if you stubbed your toe in the same spot every day, it would eventually develop lasting deformities and skeletal problems.

This reaction is like what happens to our organs and bodily systems due to our modern environment of inflammatory foods, toxins, stress, etc.

Skin

Like salmon, CBD has all three Omegas. This trifecta of goodness is healthy for your skin, heart, and brain. CBD has Omegas in the ideal proportions for the human body. 

As we have seen, inflammation is a sweeping menace to our inner balance. One thing it can cause is acne. In theory, the key to stopping chronic inflammation would be as simple as removing the factors that are causing it daily. Since this is easier said than done, you could experiment with CBD-infused skincare for your acne. 

CBD’s other property that makes it useful for fighting acne is its means of blocking overactive sebaceous gland cells. These secrete the skin oil that sometimes causes acne.

These are some of the other skin conditions that topical CBD products can help you with:

  • eczema
  • dermatitis
  • psoriasis
  • Varicose eczema

Anxiety

Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States, with 40 million adults being affected. It affects a person mentally and has physical symptoms, including a rapid heartbeat, muscle tension, and an upset stomach.

There are many causes of anxiety. To resolve this problem, you should speak with a therapist and take measures to eliminate toxic influences within your day-to-day life. However, taking CBD could be one easy way to add to your wellness routine. 

How to Find Good Quality CBD Products

If you are looking for a new way to help neutralize your skin problems, anxiety, or chronic inflammation, our selection of CBD products are an excellent addition to your journey to wellness. We offer a range of oils, gummy candies, topical creams, power shots, and more.

At The Hemp Philosophy, quality and wellness are our focus. We produce high-quality, pharmacist formulated products with potent ingredients and multi-stage third-party lab testing. You can be sure that we make every product with care and love, and each product contains a QR code that links to lab results.

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