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If you are new to exploring the world of CBD, there are a lot of things to learn including a variety of convoluted acronyms.

CBD- Cannabidiol- pronounced CAN-Ah-Bah-Dial is one of over 100 different cannabinoids (chemical compounds) found in the hemp/cannabis plant. CBD is like the cousin to THC but does not contain the same psychoactive components- IE: It doesn’t get you high. The legal limit of THC allowed in CBD products in the US is .3% or less.

Similar to CBD are other cannabinoids, like CBG (Cannabigerol), CBC (Cannabichromene) and CBN (Cannabinol).

  • CBG is often considered the parent of all cannabinoids since all other cannabinoids are derived from the acidic form of CBG. CBG is best known for its anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective potential.

  • On the other end of the spectrum, CBN is generally found in aged hemp/cannabis plants. CBN gets the reputation of being sedative but currently there is no conclusive research to confirm that.

  • CBC is probably one of the least discussed cannabinoids and is known to work best with other cannabinoids for an “entourage effect.” (The entourage effect is the combination of multiple compounds to have a synergistic effect). CBC may have a strong cancer fighting compound due to its potential to reduce inflammation and reduce tumor growth.

So what is all the hype about ?

Although research is still in early stages (Farm Bill was only passed in 2018 legalizing hemp), CBD and other cannabinoids are believed to have a variety of benefits including:

  • Improving mood

  • Reducing anxiety

  • Pain relief

  • Reducing inflammation

  • Helping with sleep

CBD, like THC, affects different people in different ways. Some people may experience benefits from lower doses while some may need a more substantive dose or longer periods of time to feel the effects. There are also those who do not experience benefits at all. If you are new to trying CBD and/or using a new brand or product its best to try a smaller dose and increase over the next week to determine what dose works best for you.

General Dosing Guide:

The next question is how do I know what product to purchase?

Well, it all depends on what effect you are looking to have and your preferred method of consumption. For minor body aches and pains, a topical CBD product may be beneficial for you. The CBD is absorbed through the skin quickly and works within the localized area to which it was applied. Gummies, chocolates, capsules and other edibles absorb through your stomach lining and can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours to feel an effect (NOT a “high” effect). Tinctures are generally oil based liquid that you can administer through drops under the tongue (for best results hold for 30-60 seconds). Since tinctures are absorbed sublingually, they usually take less time to absorb than gummies/capsules but still make take up to 30 minutes or more. Again, each person is different and may experience different timelines for effect. CBD comes in many ways to consume and enjoy.

Most importantly, it is always recommended you consult your physician or health care provider to ensure that CBD may not interact with any of your medications and whether it could be a good fit for your needs.

Honey’s Cannabis CBD and Accessories sells products from vetted local Hudson Valley hemp businesses/farms like High Falls Hemp, Hepworth and Urban Xtracts. All products are tested for quality and legal standards. Most of the products are vegan, gluten free, cruelty free and non-GMO.

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