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What is CBD?
CBD is a chemical compound from the cannabis plant. It’s a naturally occurring substance that’s used in products like oils and edibles to give users a feeling of relaxation and has many potential health benefits.
The list of conditions or disorders CBD may help with is always growing. Here are some of the most common conditions people use CBD for:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Epilepsy and seizure disorders
- Pain and inflammation
- PTSD and anxiety
- Opioid withdrawal
Most people have heard of a cannabinoid called THC, which is the ingredient in cannabis that gets users high. Unlike THC, CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and does not cause a high.
What’s the difference between CBD from hemp & CBD from marijuana?
Both hemp and marijuana are from the same genus and species (cannabis sativa). The characteristic of having low THC is the single difference that most rely on to distinguish industrial hemp from marijuana. CBD taken from hemp and marijuana is the exact same compound. Hemp is a legal plant that the United States defines as any Cannabis Sativa L. variety containing THC concentrations of no more than 0.3%
How do I consume CBD?
CBD has many different applications. Below are six of the top ways of consuming hemp-derived CBD.
CBD oil can be extracted from the whole plant of the hemp plant. It’s important to look for an oil that’s not extracted using neurotoxic materials, such as butane, which may leave dangerous residues in the final product. Most brands and the ones represented on this site are extracted by CO2 which is the best method for producing a clean product.
CO2 acts like a solvent at certain temperatures and pressures, however, CO2 doesn’t have the same dangers associated with solvents like leftover residues. Additionally, so many manufacturers are using CO2 as a way to create a pure, clean, quality oil which doesn’t involve more processing.
Ethanol and coconut oil are also used in the extraction process, depending on what the intended use for the oil is. CBD oil can be taken directly or it can be put into capsules to be taken like regular pills.
CBD oil can also be can be baked into edibles or mixed into drinks such as smoothies.
Tinctures are alcohol or vegetable glycerin-based hemp extracts. Tinctures are normally found in dropper bottles and come in many different concentrations of CBD. You can also make your own tinctures. A tincture can be mixed into food/drinks or taken directly.
CBD Topical Products
Topical products such as creams can be applied directly to the skin. CBD topicals can provide pain-relief and anti-inflammatory properties that can be applied to the problem area. CBD topicals can aid in reducing inflammation, which can particularly help people who suffer from conditions such as arthritic joint pain, back pain, head aches, and muscle aches.
You can vaporize ejuice (vegetable glycerin based juice used for electronic cigarettes) that is infused with CBD. Vaporizing allows for the effects of the CBD to be felt quickly. This form of consuming CBD is particularly helpful when you need fast-acting relief. Some brands have concentrated CBD formulas that can be added to your favorite flavor of ejuice.
CBD concentrates are an excellent approach to getting higher doses of CBD into your system quickly and efficiently. You can use a vape pen that is designed for concentrate or you can use an oil rig. An oil rig is a smoking device where you heat up a piece of metal called a nail. Heat this up with a torch and “dab” the oil onto the nail with a utensil while inhaling to get immediate effects.
Sublingual sprays are concentrated hemp CBD tinctures that are meant to be used by being sprayed under the tongue. Sublingual sprays can be especially helpful for administering CBD to your pet’s food. Make sure you get CBD oil or spray that is formulated for pets because it is usually food flavored so it will be more appealing to them.