There’s a good chance that you’ve heard the saying, “consistency is key”, with many different things throughout your life. Exercise, diets, learning new skills, forming good habits, but what about CBD use? CBD has many benefits, in fact, more and more research is being conducted into the wide range of potential benefits CBD can provide. Just like any healthy habit, getting really beneficial long term effects come from consistency.
The Endocannabinoid System, simply explained
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a complex system in your body designed to respond to your environment, both internally or externally, and help your body to adapt and respond appropriately. To break it down without the in-depth science, when looking at the human body we can think of it like a car with many different parts that need to work in unison in order for it to run properly, but all of these systems need resources to make it work well – the engine needs oil and gasoline, tyres need air, water for the coolant. What happens if these systems don’t have enough of the appropriate resources? Depending on the importance of the system, the car can malfunction or break down. The ECS acts as a signalling system, monitoring each system within the body to ensure everything is well balanced, just like the computer in a car. If there is an imbalance, the ECS will prompt a response to help get back to optimal levels. The ECS is made up of receptors (think of little attachment points on a cell acting like locks) and molecules known as agonists (lots of different keys that attach to specific locks). When these molecules attach to their specific receptor, they cause the cell to relay a message or response and a cascade of effects take place. Endocannabinoids are unique in that they can be naturally produced by the body incredibly quickly when needed, like how a car uses oil as needed. However, this doesn’t mean that it is always at the perfect level, sometimes it needs to be topped up! CBD helps support the ECS, so it can produce endocannabinoids (resources) in the areas that they’re most needed. But you wouldn’t just stop looking after a car after one MOT, or if the “check engine” light comes back on.
When does the magic happen?!
Hopefully by now you have a better idea of the benefits that you can get from CBD (if not go check out some more of our blogs), but a super common question that we receive is, “when will I feel the benefits?”. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The answer to this questions often involves many other questions such as: what are you hoping to get from your CBD? What dosage are you taking? And so on. But, the one thing we like to make sure our clients remember is, when you’re dealing with a system as complex and far reaching as the ECS, that uses cannabinoids throughout your whole body, you need to stay consistent and give it time to work. Although some people see differences right away, if you’re expecting huge changes from your first couple of drops, you’ll most likely be disappointed, but I challenge you to stick with it. There is a reason why those seeing the biggest benefits are using it in their DAILY routine, rather than an infrequent booster.
Will my body build tolerance?
Unlike some supplements, the joy of CBD is that there is no evidence that it causes physical or psychological dependence (FDA, 2018). Another concern that leads people to this question is the association between CBD and THC in cannabis. Where the body can become desensitised to THC causing a higher and higher consumption to get the same effects, CBD doesn’t bind to receptors in the same way as THC and, therefore, these receptors don’t become desensitised. In fact, some researchers even suggest that CBD could have a “reverse tolerance”, meaning that people could get the same benefits from smaller dosages over time!
CBD…Easy as 1,2,3!
In comparison to big life changes, like trying to exercise more or following a strict diet, taking CBD can be done at any point during your day and takes no more than a few seconds. No sweat, cooking or compromises needed, just a premium quality, lab-tested CBD will do. Find the right dosage for you and remember, good things come to those who wait (and those who use CBD!)