Hemp Extract / CBD Products and Why

CBD is everywhere, and quite frankly it can be overwhelming.  Some people simply do not want to be part of it, and I get that….well, sort of.

The question becomes, do you really know what CBD is and how it can help you AND your pets?
(Please note the information in this email is intended to be general and not medical advice.)
So what is CBD (Cannabidiol)?  CBD is a compound sourced from the hemp plant.  I like to think of the hemp plant as the cousin to marijuana.  They are related, but does not cause the “high” by itself.  Some studies suggest that it may help with things like chronic pain, insomnia and anxiety without the mind-altering effects.
So why use CBD?  We all have the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).  It is a system within our bodies (Pets, too) involved in regulating a variety of physiological and cognitive processes through CB1 and CB2 receptors found in the brain, skin and major organs.  The ECS helps to regulate functions such as sleep, immune system responses and pain.  The body creates compounds called endocannabinoids.  When your body is given phytocannabinoids, like CBD, the ECS can function like it is supposed to and you will find yourself in a better state of homeostasis mentally and physically.  Scientists believe that the ECS’ true purpose is to help the body establish and maintain good health.
That is the technical side of things.  Let’s break this down in simple terms of why we use CBD, as well as used it in the past for Jessie, our dog.
Let’s start with Jessie.  During times of anxiety, like fireworks and thunderstorms, it helped keep her calm.  You could drop a barbell by her head and she would not flinch, but one little firecracker sent her hiding.  I also truly believe it helped keep her pain free throughout her “tumor years”.  As she got older, she slowed down, but never seemed to be in pain.
As for me, during the day it keeps me focused, and at night it helps me sleep more soundly.  Bill, on the other hand, was able to manage much of his pain with topicals, as well as tinctures (the oils) before his surgeries.
Now, while I believe it to be a miracle worker, let’s face it, it is not.  
Here are a few other terms you may have heard:

~ Terpenes are plant compounds with potential therapeutic benefits
~ Flavonoids are plant compounds that have antioxidant benefits
~ Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the cannabinoid associated with the “high” from cannabis or marijuana use.  CBD does not have intoxicating properties.
~ Full-Spectrum CBD contains all the naturally available compounds of the hemp plant.  The THC will be no more than 0.3 percent in a hemp-derived full spectrum CBD.
~ Broad-spectrum CBD has all the plant’s naturally occurring compounds but no THC.  
~ CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD, separated from all other plant compounds.
Just like fitness and nutrition, we like to take the confusion out of the equation for you and make it as simple as possible.  We have done our research and have found best price and quality in the brand we endorse.  If you have any questions or would like a sample, please let me know. You can reach me on my cell at (216) 287-0899 or email staci at crossfitcleveland.com
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