CBD Products : 5 Concepts You Should Know About In 2019



(..but you can call it ‘CBD’)

Have you picked up on the steadily mounting buzz? Just arriving on the sometimes confusing CBD scene? Either way - we’re glad you’re here! (And we’d love to help).

The more that’s uncovered about the immensely diverse and effective health benefits of the Hemp plant, the more we’re collectively looking to the future of medicinal CBD treatment. As the scope of legality of Hemp and Cannabis related products widens, many individuals may have the option to replace (or pair) their current pharmaceutical treatments for a more potent, less side-effect-ridden alleviation. You’ll want to stay tuned as we enter a new era of CBD, but for now ….let’s start with some basics:


1. Pump the breaks on the Cannabis stigma

[Same family - different occupation]

Contrary to some outdated but still prevalent opinions, there are in fact Cannabis-related products that aren’t exactly ‘drugs’ like you know them – yes CBD is one of at least 113 known Cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. You’re most likely well informed of the other most commonly utilized Cannabis extract? Maybe you’ve heard about it through someone else and definitely not personal experience? THC (or in layman’s terms: Marijuana). However, CBD does not initiate any psychoactive effects (meaning no mind-altering ones) in the brain – a fact that distances it, especially legally, from its more notorious THC relative that does produce noticeable cognitive effects.


4.) The future of CBD looks bright – for consumers AND for farmers.

In December of 2018, President Donald Trump officially authorized a $867 billion piece of legislation (The 2018 Farm Bill), removing Hemp from the list of federally recognized controlled substances, now classifying it as an agricultural commodity. In other words – we have federally legalized Hemp! Not to be confused with legalized marijuana, which is still federally illegal and has not been legalized on all fronts in North Carolina (sorry y’all); however, this means colossal things for the future of CBD utilization and those who produce it.


2. So…You won’t get your ‘high’ here…

You won’t get any buzz, ‘high’, or cerebral pleasure from CBD - Nope, this is not your brain on drugs. [To acknowledge a common concern; unless taken in unrecommended excess, CBD will not register a false-positive on a drug test]. However because CBD has unique and special effects on neurological receptors, it truly does effectively aid symptoms related to anxiety, stress, and depression. And while studies are still young, the role of CBD as a neuroprotector is also buzzworthy; because it protects neurons from degeneration, many trials on degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s have yielded optimistic and hope-laden results when CBD was used in the treatment process….


3. Arguably (or not so arguably) the best part? It’s *immense* potential to impact modern medicine.

If you aren’t enthusiastically impressed with CBD’s aid in disorders related to sleep, anxiety/depression, PTSD, and chronic pain – first of all, tough crowd - but what about this? Some of the most profound medicinal properties of CBD include the alleviation of seizures in Refractory Epileptic cases [studies have shown reduced seizures in 40% of patients treated with CBD, with 27% of patients reporting a complete absence of seizures], and exciting success in cases related to inflammatory, autoimmune, and neurological disorders. We could be closer to finding more effective ways to treat things like MS (multiple sclerosis), Parkinson’s Disease, Arthritis, and even Cancer…Undeniably incredible!


5. The Source Matters – like all things commercialized, know where you get your product!

Up until very recently (literally just weeks), CBD oil remained just situationally legal on a federal level due to its Hemp origins. Now that Hemp is legal across the board, you can expect the markets to explode (even more so than they already have) with CBD products. As a consumer, it’s important to recognize the standards for what makes a CBD product both legal and, for lack of a better term…. good. It’s manufacturing process, THC content (must contain under 0.3% makeup), where it’s physically sourced from, the potency (how many milligrams of CBD per serving), and various other components can indicate the quality of the CBD product. You’ll most likely find its most common form in an oil…. but you’ll also find vaporizable liquids, edibles, dog-treats…you name it. Don’t be hesitant to ask questions about potential products or to do some research into where your CBD is sourced.

Some additional noteworthy CBD facts include (but are definitely not limited to):

+ Due to its non-addictive and non-psychoactive status, CBD is undergoing clinical trials in hopes of a growing utilization in the process of alcohol and opiate addiction recovery.

+ In a fun and contrasting sibling rivalry, CBD actually counteracts some of the lesser appreciated side-effects of THC by mediating the receptors in the body’s Endocannabinoid system (thus decreasing paranoia, anxiety, sluggishness, among other afflictions).

+ CBD is more effective when ingested rather than inhaled (by vaporizer or otherwise). Cannabis has a high level of bioavailability, which means it’s absorbed fairly easily into the bloodstream, and if you ‘eat’ your dosage, rather than smoke it, you can absorb up to 70-90% of this plant’s potent nutrients.

+ This product is utilized in so many different ways - some may use it to sleep, while others use it precisely to function throughout the day. CBD acts similarly to an adaptogen, aiming for homeostasis (or equilibrium) within the body - and of course dosage, potency, and strain all contribute to functionality and effectiveness.


Here at Raleigh Raw…..

We are proud and adamant supporters of the growing CBD movement. With ‘Conscious Consumption’ being one of our two company pillars – we are so excited to see such a product, that we’ve been offering and educating on since our opening almost 3 years ago, gaining exposure and popularity (it deserves it!)

If you ever have any questions for us here at the shop about CBD oil, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via phone or email – we take great joy in sharing insight with our community regarding any & all of our products … and honestly, we really just love talking to people :)

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