ABOUT CBD AND ITS BENEFITS
CBD comes in many forms. Find what is right for you.
Cannabidiol—CBD—is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis is non-psychoactive or less psychoactive than THC-dominant strains makes it an appealing option for patients looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria.
Scientific and clinical research—much of it sponsored by the US government—underscores CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. Further evidence suggests that CBD is safe even at high doses.
“CBD-rich” versus “CBD dominant:” By “CBD-rich,” we mean a cannabis strain or product that has equal amounts of CBD and THC, or more CBD than THC (usually at least 4 percent CBD by dry weight.). By “CBD-dominant,” we mean strains or products that are CBD-rich but have very little THC content.
Types of CBD
As the demand for CBD grows, more and more products are being released to allow consumers to choose their desired administration methods. Check out some of the variety in CBD products below:
CBD isolate, or CBD crystals, is CBD in its purest form, generally around 98 to 99 percent. Crystals can be dabbed, made into a tincture, or as an edible by adding them to a high-fat food like butter or oil.
When strain specific terpenes are added to an isolate, a terpsolate is born. Terpenes give cannabis its unique smell and may add antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and other qualities to the isolate, depending on the terpene.
CBD Topicals and Salves
CBD topicals can take the form of shampoo, lotion, soap and many other delivery methods, making them great for incorporating CBD into your daily regimen.Frequently designed to help aches and pains or soothe irritated skin, adding CBD to a topical or salve can reduce inflammation, help to regenerate cells and act as an analgesic.
Similar to cannabis concentrates containing THC, CBD extracts can also be made into a wax and dabbed. Inhaling the vapor produced by dabbing CBD gives the benefit of feeling the effects almost instantly, and also allows for quick dosage adjustments. However, it is best to start small, slow and see how it goes.
CBD edibles come in the form of gummies, chocolates and baked goods and are a great way to administer CBD easily without the need for inhalation.They are also an easy way to take CBD on-the-go and incorporate it into an active lifestyle. While CBD is non-psychoactive, it’s still best to go slow and wait to monitor the effects before taking more.
CBD Pills, Capsules and Tinctures
Pills, capsules and tinctures are all discreet ways to administer CBD. Often touted as a “nutritional supplement,” they are considered a neuroprotectant and can have calming and anti-anxiety benefits.
CBD for Pets
CBD has shown to be very beneficial in pets and have similar effects as seen in humans. This is because animals, dogs in particular, have many of the same brain receptors as humans. Hemp-derived CBD for pets has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, anti-anxiety and anti-nausea qualities.While more research is needed surrounding the effectiveness of CBD in pets, many people have treated their pets with CBD and found the results to be worthwhile.