Everything you need to know about CBD
On this page, we will cover what is CBD, the benefits of CBD, ways to consume CBD and a collection of the best products you can find on the market. Nowadays there is a great array of variety for you to choose from. Whether you prefer CBD in combination with THC or not, there is a product catered for your needs.
WHAT IS CBD
Marijuana plants or also known as Cannabis plants contains over 60 chemical compounds called Cannabinoids. These cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in the flower of the plant. CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are the most common cannabinoids, they can help with a variety of symptoms in your body.
THC is a psychoactive compound and CBD is a non-psychoactive compound which makes CBD very appealing option for people who do not want the cannabis high. CBD does not make you feel “stoned” but still has many medical benefits. Mostly CBD will cancel out a lot of the THC effects but it is better to consume CBD in combination with THC since they have the best effects in tandem.
Many scientific research institutes in and outside of the US have reported that CBD has the following benefits:
It can help treat Anxiety disorders according to research
It has Anti-tumor effects according to the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
It has a beneficial impact to reduce inflammation on oxidative stress according to the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the University of Mississippi
It has shown anti epileptiform and antiseizure properties in vitro and in vivo according to a study
HOW TO USE CBD
CBD can be consumed in different ways. It all depends on your own personal preference. Some ways of consumption will have a combination of THC and CBD and some will be purely CBD.
CBD works best in combination with THC but since THC is a psychoactive agent some people prefer to take only CBD without THC.
Some products will still have small traces of THC in it but it will be below 0.3%.
CANNABIS OR HEMP
CBD can be found in cannabis or hemp. Since hemp has naturally very low THC levels it is very high in CBD, therefore hemp-based CBD oils are easier to find on the market. Even though hemp is high in CBD it will contain less CBD than a Cannabis plant which also has THC.
CBD oil is extracted from the whole plant that is known for being high in CBD. Since making oil can be a toxic process it is best to find oils that do not contain any toxic ingredients like butane. CBD oil can be taken directly or put into capsules to swallow.
Tinctures are alcohol based extracts that have less concentration than oil. Tinctures will come in a little bottle with a dropper. The tincture can be taken directly into your food and drink. Tinctures come in all different varieties with some offering only CBD tinctures and others also sell a combination of CBD and THC.
CBD TOPICAL PRODUCTS
Topical products are creams or waxes that can be applied directly on to the skin. CBD topicals have amazing anti-inflammatory properties as well as pain relieving properties. Topical creams are not psychoactive which makes it great for people who suffer from joint problems and arthritis.
Vaporizing helps for quick relief since the effects are felt quite quickly. It is much better than smoking it since smoking cannabis combusts it and vaping only heats it. There are many options for what kind of strain would work best on you. You can find CBD isolates of a combination of CBD and THC
CBD Dream – $180
Grown in British Columbia, this Sativa based strain can have CBD levels of up to 15%, that means that this is optimal as far as pain mitigation and overall medical usage. Having little of the psychoactive effects of those with high THC content, this is a great form of medical therapy.
Lifestyle CBD – 99% Pure CBD Isolate – $70
CBD crystals are more than 99% pure and are extracted from hemp or cannabis. CBD crystals have a broad spectrum of uses, that for consumers include: mixing with your favorite e-liquid, mixing with a carrier oil, baking & dabbing.
Green Island Naturals – CBD Honey Tears – $45
Indications: 1/20 of an applicator (25mg) is an average dose, avoid consuming more than the suggested serving at one time before you understand how THC affects you. Can be eaten as is, mixed into foods or applied topically. Store under 30 degrees celcius.
Twisted Extracts Pineapple Jelly Bomb (Pure CBD) – $13
Optimize your endocannabinoid system with the benefits of pure CBD. Each mouth watering Jelly Bomb has a powerful 80mg of CBD per piece. Ideal for achieving optimal endocannabinoid benefits without any heavy stoned-like effects and each delicious piece can be divided into eight pieces to customize dosing options for your specific needs. These Jelly Bombs can assist with general pain and inflammation, fractures, nausea, appetite boosting, Crohn’s, seizures, depression, anxiety and PTSD. This delicious product is available in Pineapple and Peach flavours.
Brio CBD Bites – $10
These scrumptious coconut, lemon & cranberry cookies are a convenient way to get your daily dose of CBD.
Gluten free, Vegan, Organic, Nut free, Dairy free, Soy free, 100% THC free.
Each package contains 2 cookies. Each cookie contains 20 mg of CBD.
High Hemp Organic CBD Herbal Wraps – $5.50
“High Hemp Organic Wraps is the first ever Hemp Herbal Wrap, made from sustainably grown European hemp. Imported from the Netherlands, this is the best alternative to all the harsh toxic ingredients used in traditional wraps today. You have the smooth taste of traditional hemp rolling paper, but the even slow burn of a traditional tobacco wrap. We offer our clients the best of both worlds with our patent pending formula. High Hemp Organic Wraps is certified organic, tobacco free, GMO-free, and gluten free. These measures give our paper some of the highest purity ratings in the market today! We have tested positive for low dosages of CBD, making our paper first of its kind!”
Nowadays more and more research institutes have started to investigate the benefits and side effects of Hemp and Cannabis. A lot of this research is very promising so in the future, we will probably see more variety of CBD products being. This has largely been due it’s increased popularity in the holistic medicine area.
This also means that because there is a boom in CBD products that quality can be questionable sometimes. Products can enter the market unchecked which could mean that they have harmful ingredients in it or that the process of purification was corrupted. Always make sure you buy from respected brands that are very open about their production and process.
It will take a couple more years to receive more concrete data about CBD since clinical trial takes a lot of time and need big funds. But you can start by supporting brands that have proper labelling.
CBD has many potential benefits but it’s advised to discuss this with your health care provider if you want to start a CBD treatment although many people also self-medicate and have reported numerous benefits especially with treating inflammation.