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Welcome to Uncle Yogi’s! If you’re reading this, chances are you’re interested in learning more about CBD and CBDA. We’re here to offer you a brief overview of what CBD and CBDA are, and all the different ways you can apply/ingest products containing these compounds. Sometimes doing your own research can feel a little overwhelming, so hopefully this guide will help you answer any questions you have. So let’s jump in!

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, CBD, is one of over a 100 chemical compounds found in marijuana plants and the second most prevalent active ingredient. CBD is derived from hemp or marijuana plants containing less than 0.3 percent THC. Since marijuana’s legality is still dependent on the state, hemp plants have been the main avenue for CBD production in the United States. 

Benefits: Patients with a variety of ailments both mental and physical use CBD have reported relief or improvement in their symptoms. Even though CBD does seem to help people, there still isn’t enough information or long-term studies to give it FDA approval or widespread use by medical professionals. 

Pain Relief

Anxiety & Depression

Seizures / Epilepsy

Cancer-Related Symptoms (Anti-nausea)

What is CBDA?

Cannabidolic acid, CBDa, is also one of the many compounds found in cannabis and hemp. CBDA converts to CBD when exposed to heat or sunlight. CBDa has a greater bioavailability than CBD, making it metabolize in the body quickly and easily. 

Benefits:  Patients with a variety of ailments both mental and physical use CBDa have reported relief or improvement in their symptoms. Even though CBDa does seem to help people, there still isn’t enough information or long-term studies to give it FDA approval or widespread use by medical professionals. 

Pain Relief

Anxiety & Depression

Seizures / Epilepsy

Cancer-Related Symptoms (Anti-nausea)

Face cream, serum, lotion, moisturizer and sea salt  among bamboo leaves in the bath
Bank of medicinal cream with CBD oil, a bottle of cannabis oil, capsules, on a green plate. Flat lay, top view. Various full-spectrum Cannabidiol CBD oils bottles with hemp leaf

Something For Everyone!

Oils

CBD oil is made by infusing cannabis in carrier oil. Carrier oils are frequently used to dilute essential oils for things like skincare or aromatherapy. This is due to essential oils causing irritation when applied directly onto the skin. 

Oils are a good option for those who don’t like the tincture’s alcohol-based taste. Oils differ in taste from tinctures due to the production process and base ingredient. Since CBD oils contain fewer ingredients, it’s usually more palatable.

CBD oils can be taken orally. It can take up to 2 hours for you to feel the effects. The oils can also be added to food and drinks.

Tinctures

CBD tinctures are made by soaking cannabis in alcohol and water. Alcohol is used as a solvent, helping to extract all the natural compounds found in the cannabis plant. 

Tinctures have a strong taste since they contain upwards of 70 percent alcohol, which is disliked by some. This is why you will frequently find tinctures mixed with additives to improve flavor or to relieve a specific problem (ie melatonin for sleep-related products). 

Since they’re alcohol-based, tinctures tend to have a shelf life of 3-5 years, which is appealing to those who use the product but not frequently. 

CBD tinctures are used by applying the proper amount of drops under your tongue. This method is the fastest and most efficient way to consume your tincture. If the taste is too much to handle, you can also be added to food and drinks. 

Topicals

Cannabis-infused topicals are extremely popular, and not just because they smell good. CBD or CBDa topicals applied to the skin have shown lots of promise for those suffering with physical ailments like arthritis and eczema. 

Topicals come in many forms—creams, lotions, and salves. 

When applied externally, CBD patients notice relief in their pain and discomfort from ailments like acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

Gummies

Gummies are an extremely popular way to ingest CBD. They’re already in bite-sized doses, easy to take with you wherever you go, and usually pretty tasty! Since they’re edibles, they usually are mixed with some type of sugar, so if you’re sensitive to sweets or are trying to avoid extra sugars, other CBD options may be better.

It’s important to note that gummies, unlike the tinctures or oils, take longer to work through your system and take effect. Follow the directions and dosage amount correctly.

Capsules

Similar to gummies, CBD capsules come pre-dosed and are easy to take. With that said, because they are ingested and are in a pill, their contents aren’t released until they reach your stomach. At that point, they combine with the contents of your stomach, and are then absorbed. For this reason, capsules may last longer than other CBD options, but take longer to take effect. 

CBD capsules, since they’re ingested, spread through the body instead of when it’s applied to specific areas. Unfortunately, due to a low bioavailability rate (how much of the substance is absorbed into the bloodstream), capsules rank lower among the various CBD options.

Everyone has different needs in their daily lives. Some have physical pain or soreness whether from medical conditions or workout routines, while others struggle with their mental health (whether clinical or just on occasion). Just like how everyone’s needs are different, so are their bodies. Finding the right CBD option in both application and dosage can be like Goldie Lockes trying to find the right bed. It is important to consult with your medical professional to collectively discuss and decide what methods are right for you. 

CBD and CBDA both offer similar relief from overlapping conditions, just in different ways and strengths. Uncle Yogi’s driving force is to  provide clients a better, healthier alternative to traditional chemical compounds. We believe in natural, honest products that give you all the good stuff with none of the bad. And because of this, all our products are non-GMO, lab tested, and ethically sourced so you can feel good about your choices and know you’re getting something that we ourselves use daily.

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