CBD: What Is CBD & How Does It Interact With Our Bloodstream?
What is CBD?
CBD, which is short for Cannabidol is the chemical compound derived from the Cannabis sativa plant. Unlike THC, CBD does not make you "high" and instead has a host of benefits that can aid your wellbeing.
In the last few years we have seen the rise and boom of CBD. Its rise in popularity has seen the oil being infused into many different products, which has offered a multitude of ways to take CBD. Most recently with us coming into the space, CBD has finally made its mark within the natural hair space. We use pharmaceutical grade, CBD isolate with 0% THC which is CBD in its purest form. This means you're getting a highly concentrated dose of pure CBD.
CBD has been shown to have a variety of benefits for both the hair and the scalp. CBD is made up of rich nutrients that aid in natural hair growth and general hair health, the interaction of CBD with the scalp influences the natural sebum or oil levels in the scalp which reduces problems such as dandruff and dry scalp. It also has antimicrobial properties that reduce the risk of scalp infections, which cause dandruff. It heals the flaky patches in the scalp and ensures good scalp health, all in all this makes CBD the perfect ingredient to care for your crown.
Different Ways to Take CBD
As previously mentioned, as CBD has gained popularity it has become infused in many different products, allowing for different ways to take and apply CBD. Here are the most popular ways of taking CBD:
- Oral CBD
Simple and discreet, oral CBD is an efficient way to dose the cannabinoid. Swallowing several drops of CBD oil remains the most popular way the oil is taken and advertised. One can also add the CBD oil in to food and drink to mask the taste. If you're looking for infused products to take orally, consider gummie bears and infused desserts, this will give you the CBD benefits as well as that yum factor!
What you should know about taking CBD orally.
Taking CBD orally sends the cannabinoid through the digestive tract and liver before it enters the bloodstream. Once in the liver the oil undergoes the first-pass effect and gets broken down bit by bit.
This lengthy route means it will take slightly longer to feel the effects, up to around two hours. However even though it may take a while to feel the effects, oral CBD tend to last longer than other methods, making it worthwhile.
- Under the tongue
As suggested by the name, with this method you are placing a few drops of CBD under the tongue, until it absorbs into the oral mucosa.
What you should know about taking CBD under the tongue
Under the tongue (Sublingual) administration offers a fast and effective hit of cannabidiol. CBD molecules pass through the thin layer of tissue under the tongue and immediately diffuse into your capillaries, bloodstream, and cells.
Because sublingual administration bypasses the digestive system, it doesn’t take long to start feeling the effects. However, they won’t last as long as with orally ingested CBD.
So if you want to feel the effects as soon as possible, try the sublingual method however if you want the effects to last a long time then use the oral method. You can even try a mix of both methods, it's totally up to you!
- Topical CBD
Topical CBD is any cream, lotion, or salve that's infused with CBD and can be applied directly to the skin. It doesn’t reach the bloodstream, instead, interacting with receptors in the skin
What you should know about Topical CBD
Topical CBD exclusively affects the skin. The cannabinoid—and other natural ingredients—won’t pass into the bloodstream. However, topical CBD does penetrate the three layers (epidermis) of the skin to produce deeply nourishing effects via the receptors.
- Inhalation of CBD
Inhaled CBD passes into the lungs and diffuses into the bloodstream via the alveoli, the effects produced are almost instant. Although it is not the healthiest way to consume CBD, many people prefer the relaxing actions of smoking and vaping, you'll find a lot of companies now offering CBD in vape form.
What you should know about inhaling CBD
When you vape CBD, it enters your lungs and takes effect quickly and also leaves the body quickly. It doesn't last as long as when you take the oil orally or when you take it under the tongue.
What is Endocannabinoid and how does it work?
The Endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a system in our body that is busy at work, without us really knowing. What experts know so far is that the Endocannabinoid System helps monitor and regulate all our major systems within the body, ensuring all systems operate in concert with one another. So, what the system does is basically help the body maintain homeostasis or balance. It monitors and helps keep the balance among functions such as:
And many others
Experts aren’t completely sure how CBD interacts with the ECS, however many believe it works by preventing endocannabinoids from being broken down. This allows them to have more of an effect on your body, so for those of you that want to administer CBD, whether orally or topically just know your ECS system is helping you gain the full effects.
For more information on the ECS system please click here.
What effect does CBD have on the Bloodstream?
CBD goes into your bloodstream depending on how you take the oil. When you use the oil orally or you use the sublingual method, the oil will broken down and eventually work its way into your bloodstream. When you use the Topical method however, the CBD oil interacts with your skin receptors. So when you use our product, the oil will interact with the skin receptors on your scalp bringing you all the lovely benefits we want your natural hair and scalp to experience.