Unless you havenâ€™t refreshed your Instagram (or the internet) in the past year, you know that CBD is all the rage within the wellness bubble as an all-around game-changer for staying balanced.
But even though CBD has become a staple part of a lot of peopleâ€™s wellness routines, thereâ€™s still a ton of confusion concerning the topic. â€śThere are a lot of misconceptions about CBD,â€ť Virginia Savoie, product development manager for Manitoba Harvest Foods says. â€śPeople are still confused as to what CBD actually is and it is our goal to make it easier to understand.â€ť (See? Youâ€™re totally not the only one asking the important questions.)Â
CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is one of over a 100 naturally occurring compounds called cannabinoids extracted from the hemp or cannabis plant. â€śThe most well-known cannabinoids are CBD, which is non-impairing, and THC which can lead to impairment,â€ť Savoie explains.Â
Okay, so now that you have a basic understanding of what CBD is, itâ€™s time for a few more lessons on the subject. To gain some clarity on the latest addition to everyoneâ€™s wellness routines, Savoie shared her most frequently heard CBD questions.
The short answer is no. The long(er) answer, according to Savoie, is that pure CBD isnâ€™t actually intoxicating, so you canâ€™t get high.
â€śThe scientific community generally recognizes that CBD containing less than .3 percent of THC as non-impairing,â€ť Savoie says. â€śOur Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD products are essentially THC-free (less than 0.01 percent),â€ť Savoie adds.
Instead of feeling high, the key benefits of Manitoba Harvest Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD products are improving overall quality of life by providing support and balance to your endocannabinoid system (more on this below), according to Savoie.
â€śCBD is a great supplement to help calm things down,â€ť Savoie says. â€śIt helps with focus, everyday stress, and even quiets a busy mind, so that you can get the rest you need.â€ť
If thereâ€™s muscle tension in your bodyâ€”like after an intense HIIT or barre seshâ€”CBD can help those hardworking muscles (that you didnâ€™t even know you had) feel less sore.
Okay, this is where the good stuff (AKA science) comes into play. CBD is structurally similar to compounds produced inside the human body as part of the endocannabinoid system, says Savoie. Endocannabinoid what?
â€śIt is a vital part of our physiology,â€ť Savoie explains. â€śIt is present in all vertebrates, and itâ€™s classified as a homeostasis regulatorâ€”which means it is the system our body uses to maintain a constant and balanced internal environment.â€ť Thatâ€™s basically a fancy way of saying itâ€™s designed to help you stay grounded, in the best way.Â
It really depends on the product and your body. Everyone reacts differently to CBD, but many experts suggest starting with small, daily servings and to increase slowly as you start noticing the desired effects.
Just like any other supplement you take regularly, monitor how you react after each dose and trust how your body feels. Less is always more, at least to start.
â€śThe best product for you depends entirely on your personal needs and preferences, so we offer a variety of options (CBD Oil Drops, CBD Oil Sprays, CBD Softgels, and CBD Protein Powder),â€ť Savoie says.Â
Savoie stresses the importance of choosing a brand you trust (ahem, Manitoba Harvest has been the leader in hemp foods for 20 years), reading labels thoroughly, and completely understanding the exact amount of CBD per serving youâ€™re ingestingâ€”whether thatâ€™s a hemp extract or a CBD isolate. Who else is ready to CBD it up now that all the what-ifs are out of the way?Â
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