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Is CBD an Effective Weight Loss Supplement?
cbd weight loss

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Early studies show that CBD may affect weight

Cannabidiol (CBD) is widely available these days, and it’s touted as a miracle cure for everything you can think of. But what’s the real science behind CBD and its usage?

This guide will explore the medical research and facts surrounding CBD for weight loss. Cannabis is often associated with both weight loss and gain, but without looking at the science, it’s impossible to know how it’ll affect you.

Here’s a comprehensive overview of CBD research so far and what it means for weight loss and gain.

Understanding CBD

CBD is one of over 100 unique compounds called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Currently, it’s approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating epilepsy and requires a prescription. However, it’s also available over the counter as an herbal supplement.

Unlike other cannabinoids, CBD contains no psychoactive components. It also doesn’t directly get absorbed by your endocannabinoid receptors. Instead, it binds to those receptors and others in your body to affect them in different ways.

How CBD Affects Weight

Your body’s endocannabinoid system has both CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are associated with your central nervous system, while CB2 relates to your immune system. These CB1 receptors can be spread by fatty tissue, so the more overweight you are, the more spread out they are.

CBD was shown in some studies to boost metabolism and reduce appetite, potentially leading to weight loss. Of course, these studies were done on rats, as research on humans was slowed by draconian laws prohibiting it until the past few years.

Is CBD Effective for Weight Loss?

There are two types of fat—white and brown—and CBD is known to possibly lead to the browning of white fat cells. This could lead to weight loss, as people at a healthy weight generally have more brown fat than obese people.

Although cannabis usage is commonly associated with “the munchies,” studies have shown that marijuana users have lower obesity rates than those who don’t partake. However, the exact role CBD plays in this is unclear, as there are many other chemical reactions involved in the consumption of the entire plant.

Still, taking CBD in its purest form could be a great supplement for your weight loss journey. 

Choosing the Right CBD Products

Always make sure you’re dealing with a reputable CBD dealer. This will guarantee you the cleanest and purest ingredients made in a laboratory environment, keeping you safe from contaminants and any unhealthy ingredients.

There are multiple ways to take CBD, including applying topicals directly to your skin, putting drops under your tongue, and consuming edibles. Your method of choice depends on personal preference, as each will get the CBD into your body and help with your goals.

Check out our wide selection of CBD products at SOPHIA to find the right one for your weight loss journey.

Sources: 

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324733
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cbd-oil-for-weight-loss
https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/weightloss/3-ways-cbd-may-help-you-lose-weight-according-to-experts/ss-AASjG24
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The Real Facts About Using CBD for Pain Treatment

Everything you need to know about CBD and pain.

CBD for pain treatment

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Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound in the cannabis plant that affects our endocannabinoid system in many ways. One of its benefits is that it treats pain, inflammation, and other physical discomfort.

While the psychoactive compounds in cannabis are still federally illegal, a prescription CBD treatment has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But even over-the-counter CBD can be beneficial for treating chronic pain.

Although the research into this exciting new therapeutic industry is still ongoing, the benefits of CBD for pain are more than just marketing hype—there is real medical research being done on the effects it has on our pain receptors. Whether it’s temporary or chronic discomfort, CBD as a supplement has the potential to bring great relief.

How CBD Relieves Discomfort

There are no firm studies showing a definitive link between CBD and pain, as pointed out by Harvard Health. So far, official clinical trials have only proven that CBD treats epilepsy, and pain is a difficult ailment to measure. But there is promising ongoing research into CBD’s effects on both anxiety and discomfort, and it certainly has fewer side effects than alternatives like opiates.

CBD relieves pain by engaging our endocannabinoid receptors. This means that it can affect inflammation and our pain-sensing nociceptive systems. A 2015 study on rats dosed with at least 6.2 mg of CBD a day showed reduced discomfort and swelling. Because rats and humans share an extraordinary amount of genetic traits, this could translate to humans once more clinical trials are approved.

A 2017 review of studies showed that CBD and THC could have positive effects on the intense and acute pain associated with migraines. In fact, a 1:1 CBD/THC mixture is also approved by Health Canada as a prescription treatment for neuropathic pain in multiple sclerosis and cancer patients. 

There’s also promising research indicating that CBD’s pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties could reduce arthritis inflammation. However, it’s important to understand that no matter what you use it for, CBD is simply a supplement to a healthy lifestyle.

Getting Started with CBD for Pain

When buying CBD, you first need to decide how you plan to use it. You can find CBD in various forms, although topicals and edibles are the most common. Each is absorbed into your body in a different manner, and many people opt for a combination of both. An edible can distribute the CBD through your body, while a topical can concentrate on the specific area in pain.

Once you choose your type of CBD, you need to figure out how to dose it properly—a 5 mg increment is a great way to figure out how much you need to treat the discomfort. Some people find that higher dosages work better, especially with long-term usage for chronic pain. Your body will start to build a resistance to the same amount over time, so you may find yourself increasing the dosage incrementally.

From there, you need to ensure you’re dealing with a reputable seller. Not all CBD is created equal, and you want the cleanest product with the most efficient delivery at a fair and reasonable price. That’s where Sophia CBD comes in. All of our CBD products are 100% laboratory tested to ensure you’re using only the highest-quality ingredients.

Sources: 

https://www.healthline.com/health/cbd-oil-for-pain

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cbd-for-chronic-pain-the-science-doesnt-match-the-marketing-2020092321003

https://www.arthritis.org/health-wellness/healthy-living/managing-pain/pain-relief-solutions/cbd-for-arthritis-pain

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6277878/

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CBD and CBN for Sleep: What You Need to Know
CBD and CBN for sleep

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Cannabidiol (CBD) has quickly surged in popularity to become one of the leading all-natural supplements on today’s market. It is widely used to treat stress and anxiety, promote good health, and alleviate certain forms of neurodegenerative diseases like epilepsy.

But one of the most interesting and widespread uses for CBD is as a sleep aid. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence to support this among the CBD community – and now, we’re getting our first look at scientific research that supports these claims.

What Causes Insomnia in the First Place?

In order to understand how CBD might positively impact sleep habits, it’s important to cover what makes people sleep badly in the first place. Insomnia is complex, and our scientific understanding of it is incomplete, but the medical community knows it can be caused by the following:

  • Mental health disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and schizophrenia can cause insomnia, as can less severe conditions like general anxiety and stress.
  • Medication and drugs can interfere with your body’s natural sleep cycle. Caffeine can play a significant role, even though most people don’t think of it as a psychoactive drug.
  • Physical conditions such as chronic pain, discomfort, or even itchy insect bites can all contribute to sleeplessness.
  • Environmental factors like loud neighbors, uncomfortable beds, or sudden sounds can make it impossible to sleep.

The first two entries in the list above are internal factors, and the last two are external factors. CBD is more likely to work when your insomnia is caused by external factors than by internal ones.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t take CBD if your insomnia stems from anxiety or PTSD. It just means that CBD may not be able to treat the cause of sleeplessness all by itself. There’s a big difference between treating PTSD-related insomnia and bad sleep caused by an uncomfortable bed.

CBD as a Sleep Aid: What the Research Says

A 2019 study discovered that 47 out of 72 patients reported better sleep after taking 25 mg of CBD before bed. An earlier study found a considerable amount of evidence to support the idea that CBD can help promote a good night’s rest in people who experience chronic pain.

What About CBN As a Sleep Aid?

Cannabinol (CBN) is an all-natural cannabinoid ingredient very similar in structure to CBD. There is considerably less research on CBN currently available, but it is making waves as a potential melatonin replacement due to its non-psychoactive sedative abilities. 

Unlike CBD, which is a cannabinoid with a broad range of positive effects, CBN is more narrowly focused on insomnia relief. Instead of reducing inflammation, for instance, CBN’s anxiety-reducing effects are far more pronounced.

Ready to Sleep Better Starting Today?

SOPHIA Bedtime Gummies contain a full dose of CBD and CBN for sleep, combined with all-natural lemon balm, passionflower, and chamomile to help you get a full night’s rest every night. Find out how our products can help you address insomnia with ease.

Sources:

https://www.cnet.com/health/sleep/how-cbn-may-help-you-sleep-better/
https://www.healthline.com/health/cbd-for-insomnia#research
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How to make CBD butter?

Human’s have eaten butter for over 9,000 years, almost as long as they have consumed hemp.

Time needed: 6 hours.

HOW TO MAKE CBD BUTTER

Today’s blog tackles the ago old question of how to make cannabutter, the good news is CBD butter is simple and easy to make because you can prepare it right in your kitchen. And the best part is you can use it to make any of your favorite meals or baked confections like CBD brownies.

  1. Gather ingredients

    CBD hemp flower, butter, water.

  2. Gather supplies

    Cheesecloth, sauce pot, baking sheet, oven, wooden spoon, container to store butter hemp flower grinder.

  3. Determine the potency

    The amount of CBD hemp flower used depends on potency, which is measured in milligrams (mg). If you want your CBD butter to make 12 servings and each serving to contain 20mg of CBD, then you will need 240mg of CBD flower (12 servings x 20mg = 240mg). CBD flower is measured in percent of CBD, therefore 1 gram of CBD flower with 24% CBD will make 240mg CBD (24% of 1g/1,000mg = 240mg).

  4. Decarboxylate the CBD flower

    This very important step when cooking with cannabis and cannot be overlooked. To begin preheat your oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit and set your timer for 30 minutes. Simply spread the CBD flower evenly on a baking sheet and cover it with wax paper. Then place it in the oven on the middle rack and bake for thirty minutes. Remember about half way through baking to stir the flower, this will ensure that the flower cooks evenly. The flower is finished baking, when it’s color will changes from light green to dark green.

  5. Grind coarsely

    Use a hand grinder to grind the CBD flower into coarse pieces, be sure not to over grind into powder.

  6. Cooking

    Combine equal amounts of butter and water into a sauce pot, then the oven to a low simmer. Make sure you never bring the mixture to a boil. When the butter begins to melt add the coarsely ground CBD flower. Then let simmer for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

  7. Strain and sift

    Stretch a piece of cheesecloth over the storage container. Make sure the mixture has cooled down before you begin pouring. If the mixture is cool, then slowly pour it over the cheesecloth and be careful that you do not squeeze the cheesecloth.

  8. Refrigerate

    Place the mixture in the refrigerator, and after a few hours the water and butter will separate. Separate the water by pouring it out into a different container, leaving you the CBD butter.

  9. Cooking with CBD butter

    Now that your have learned to make cannabutter, you are almost ready. However before you begin, make sure you are familiar with potency and review step three if you need a refresher. You are now ready to make delectable treats like CBD brownies. Enjoy!

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How to take CBD?
sophia all natural cbd for health

All my friends know the low rider… low rider is a little higher… low rider drives a little slower

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HOW TO TAKE CBD OIL?

  1. Determine your goals.

    How much CBD oil should I take is a common question? But there is no one-size-fits-all, and the answer is different for everyone. Therefore we must first understand why you want to use CBD. What are your expectations, and how soon do you want the desired results. This will determine whether you should use a fast-acting tincture or a slower pace edible.

  2. Boost your mood.

    We encourage adjusting your environment to complement the desired CBD effects. Some suggestions are getting cozy, taking a walk, watching a movie, listening to music, or exercising.

  3. Read the label.

    SOPHIA CBD gummies and soft gels provide a description, additional information, ingredients, and suggested usage. Make sure you are familiar with the product, follow the recommended serving size and suggested usage.

  4. Find your sweet spot.

    More is not always better, and this means you have to experiment to find your sweet spot, and it may take experimenting a few times. You must continuously measure and balance your dose and adjust according to the response to find your sweet spot.

  5. Go low and slow.

    Take a low dose and wait until after the CBD peaks. For faster acting tinctures taken sublingually you can re-dose every 2-4 hours. And for slower edibles like gummies and soft gels you can re-dose every 4-6 hours.

  6. Using a tincture.

    Shake the bottle well before using. Use the dropper squirt the oil under your tongue and let it sit for 30-60 seconds. This allows the mucous membrane in your tongue absorb quickly and bypass the digestive system and liver, it takes about 45 minutes for the CBD to activate in your body.

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