What is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound found naturally in plants like hemp. CBD works with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). Your ECS helps to maintain healthy functioning of your nervous system, organs, immune system and more. CBD is often used to help deal with stress levels (anxiety), inflammation, depression, pain, arthritis, energy, appetite, sleep and other elements critical to your well-being.
It is used in many types of products including oils, edibles, topicals, vape juices, capsules and more. Unlike its cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it's not psychoactive.
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CBD promotes overall health and wellness and is also used for many health challenges.
The Endocannabinoid System
It wasn’t until the late 1980’s when the endocannabinoid system (ECS) was first really identified, although research had begun in the 60’s and 70’s.
The ECS has two types of receptors, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are found primarily in the nervous system, connective tissues and many organs. The CB2 receptors are primarily in the immune system, bones, blood vessels, endocrine glands and reproductive organs, to name a few.
The cannabinoids that are produced fit into these receptors to regulate the body’s systems. These receptors exist in every animal species. Cannabinoids are crucial to regulate all your body’s systems. As a result, they can have a wide range of effects including changes to blood pressure, pain response, memory, immune system response (inflammation), appetite and even consciousness!
If the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is so important to regulate the body and cannabinoids are already produced by your body, why would anyone need to take more? Unfortunately, like other parts of our body, it is easy to throw the ECS out of balance. The stress, diet, exercise routines and other environmental factors that are part of our busy daily lives interfere with the ECS functioning properly. It needs help to rebalance.
Taking CBD in its various forms is crucial to keep the ECS of our body functioning in balance and therefore keeping our overall body systems working properly.
Different Types of CBD
CBD Product Options: There are dozens of different CBD product types for you to choose from. Available CBD products for sale vary based on how you want your interested in. There’s the option to combine it with other additives such as melatonin, along with the overall purpose you want it for such as topicals for joint pain or CBD makeup for beauty. There’s close to a dozen categories in our shopping section at any given time to choose from. The details around usage, dosage and purpose are listed at the bottom of each product category page. Let’s review a few of the different CBD product options below:
CBD Oils and Tinctures - Pure CBD isolate combined with base oils or "Full-Spectrum" or "Broad-Spectrum" Oils containing all or most of the other cannabinoid compounds of the cannabis plant (hemp). The term "tincture" refers to CBD in an alcohol-based solution. Read the complete guide to sublingual CBD.
Terpenes are also available which contain specific combinations of other cannabinoids besides CBD for specific effects.
CBD Flower and Prerolls - CBD flower comes from hemp and you can smoke it in your own smoking device or roll-it yourself. Prerolls, meaning that the flower has been rolled and is ready to smoke, are also available. The various hemp strains of CBD flower give each its own unique flavor and characteristics.
Squish Flower has record CBD content and a fantastic Cherry Wine flavor.
CBD Vaping - Vaping CBD is a great way to absorb CBD rapidly. Vape juices come in a variety of flavors containing CBD, not nicotine. We also have CBD Vape Kits available or you can purchase one-time use, disposable CBD Vape Pens.
Read here about CBD Vaping vs. Nicotine Vaping.
CBD for Pets -CBD comes in many varieties for dogs, cats and even horses. All animals have an endocannibinoid system just like you and me. CBD pet products range from Oils (flavored or unflavored), chews, treats, sprays and even CBD-infused peanut-butter.
CBD for dogs and cats is often administered as part of a daily routine in their food, as a regular treat, or only in specific circumstances that cause anxiety such as traveling or thunderstorms. Read about dogs and thunderstorms here!
CBD Topicals - Cannabidiol based topicals, including CBD Pain Creams, Muscle Gels, Athletic Rubs, Face Serums, Massage Oils, Lotions and Manuka Cream are just a few of the many varieties of these products you apply directly to your skin. Great for specific targeted relief for joint, muscle, or nerve pain. Different varieties may have special additives such as menthol for cooling, lavender for soothing, or Manuka honey for moisturizing effects.
CBD Bath Products - Bath Products are meant to provide that caring, relaxing feeling while utilizing CBD to enhance the effects. CBD Bath Bombs, Hemp Soap, and Face Masks are just a few of the varieties available.
CBD Edibles and Drinks - Eating or drinking CBD is a favorite way to ingest the CBD. Gummies, Dried Fruit, CBD Chocolate or other candy are popular edibles. They can also be combined with other elements to enhance the effects, such as melatonin for sleeping. Drinks include CBD Coffee, Tea, Chill Shots, and other liquid shots for various effects.
CBD Capsules and Supplements - CBD capsules can be the easiest way to take CBD. They are easy to carry, won't spill or spoil and can contain other elements to provide additional effects. Some CBD capsules are better for sleep, some for energy, and even some for pain reduction of women's monthly cramps. Varying strengths are available.
New clinical studies to demonstrate the specific health benefits are being conducted every day. Legally, we can't claim specific health benefits, but we can describe what people are finding from their experiences and the common uses.
Our blog posts, many of which are listed next to the specific health challenge below, explain things in more detail. Our CBD Education Blog Posts delve into just about every topic you can imagine.
CBD for Overall Health and Wellness - CBD triggers the neurons in your Endocannabinoid System (ECS) to create balance in many of your body's systems and organs. It's common to hear people speak about an overall feeling of well-being when taking CBD regularly. The most common use of CBD is regular use for overall wellness, without any specific health challenge.
Specific health challenges, such as those listed below, are also very common uses for CBD. By leveling-out the imbalances or overreactions in your body, CBD users swear by the positive impact on many of the topics below.
Click on the links for detailed blog posts to learn more!
Anxiety may be event-induced or a more chronic condition such as a nervous disorder. CBD for anxiety is one of the most common uses (daily or as-needed) to decrease the uneasiness and apprehension.
Depression / Mood
The short answer to, “Can CBD help depression?”, is that there are many early scientific indicators of the powerful impact CBD can have on mood, depression and anxiety.
Whether it's arthritis, muscle and joint pain, nerve pain or other related health challenges, CBD Oil is often used daily for chronic pain. CBD Topicals are great for spot treatments. Reducing inflammation is one of the common CBD effects.
Many CBD users speak about dramatically improved sleep patterns, whether it’s the ability to fall asleep or to get a more restful full night’s sleep.
CBD FOR PETS
CBD is very commonly used for pet anxiety or pet joint pain. The chews, oils or treats are used as part of a daily routine or specifically for stressful events.
CBD stimulates the neurons in your body's endocannabinoid system to bring balance to your systems and organs. CBD is a health and wellness product that is most effective when taken as part of your daily routine.
Understanding CBD Quality
Ensuring you have a quality CBD product is crucial to realizing any potential benefits. Our business model is founded on the idea of bringing only top, trusted brands to you.
What is a quality CBD brand? Any legitimate CBD brand has available, 3rd-party lab test results showing the levels of CBD, THC (should be <0.3%), other cannabinoids, and the lack of chemicals and other pollutants.
We don't just select the largest, but also select smaller niche players who have demonstrated to have very unique quality. Lab results are available on the tabs associated with each product.
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What CBD Dosage is Right for Me?
CBD dosage varies from person to person. How much CBD should you take? It can vary depending on three primary elements:
- Your body weight
- Your body chemistry
- The condition you are trying to treat
You can read out comprehensive Dosage Guide here!
To find the right CBD dosage for you, it's recommended to start with a slightly lower number of milligrams daily and then work your way up until you find what works best for you. Often, 10-20mg a day is a starting dosage.
Each of the different product categories requires a little different understanding of the labeling to make sure you know what you are taking. This information can be found at the BOTTOM of the individual product category pages here:
- The Green Dragon CBD Blogs
A quick link to our blogs, with many different categories and topics. Fun and informative.
National Center for Biotechnology Information - available clinical studies and other information about CBD
Extensive health information on many topics, and you can search for CBD
- GW Pharmaceuticals
One of the pharmaceutical companies leading the way on cannabinoid resarch.
- Missouri Dispensaries
Great site for all information regarding medical marijuana dispensaries.
Medical Marijuana Card Resource
- Harvard University Health Education
The Harvard University health blog has many interesting CBD articles.
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