CBD (Cannabidiol) has become the saving grace for pain suffers. Most importantly, it can be used as a relief medically from chronic pain, stress, diabetes, PTSD, depression or schizophrenia. Also has neurological effects and fights cancer properties, antibiotic infections and can be used as a treatment for alcoholism.
Its apparent from dispensary owners and LP’s that the increased request for CBD is growing. With its ability to be used to treat a range of conditions without the high the popularity is growing. As a result, it is drawing patients, researchers and growers to investigate further.
So, What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol is one of 113 active cannabinoids in the marijuana plant. It is a major part of the plant and does not appear to have any high effects. It is a molecule making a breakthrough in nutrition and medical treatment. Found through the seeds, stalk and flowers of the plant its naturally occurring characteristics make it easy to extract.
What does CBD do?
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The Main Purpose of CBD
First of all, the body runs a system called the endocannabinoid system. The ECS is a network of cell receptor proteins. It is one of the greatest neurotransmitters in the system and contributes to mood, memory, reproduction, pain reception, sleep, appetite and much more.
Four primary focuses of the ECS include neuroprotection, stress recovery, immune balance and homeostatic regulation.
CBD’s job is to enter the ECS system and balance it to produce therapeutic effects. Therefore, it is able to interact with cells in the bodies putting the cannabinoid receptors to work.
How Else Does CBD Work?
CBD still has a lot of scientific work to be done but what research does show is this cannabinoid works directly with several other receptors.
Vanilloid receptors which are important for pain. Adenosis receptors which are important for sleep cycle, and serotonin receptors important for mood and stress. These receptors are heavily concentrated in the nervous system or in organs of the body.
THC VS CBD
A quick lesson on the difference. CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) both connect on receptors in the body. THC is the psychoactive high working with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the central nervous system. Furthermore, cannabinol works on regulating the receptors and interaction between THC and body receptors. Also, it modifies the psychoactivity of the THC.
CBD Strains To Check Out!
One of the most well known CBD strains created is Charlotte’s Web. Created for a child named Charlotte who suffered severe epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome. Low in THC, it has a very little psychoactive effect. It gives a relaxed and uplifted feeling with happy effects. Helps for staying focused and creative. Medically reduces pain, stress, helps with sleep disorders and battles seizures.
A new strain in the cannabis community this 50/50 hybrid is a life saver for mental health. Cannatonic has a citrus flavour with a CBD starting at 17%. It helps to sooth the body and works on mental focus. Those suffering from migraines, gastro issues and spasms have reported this strain beneficial.
Ringo’s Gift is a hybrid strain with a 24:1 THC ratio. It has a CBD of 15%-20% with minty pepper flavour. Known for the ability to battle GI disorders, migraines, spasms and Parkinsons. Named after cannabis activist Lawrence Ringo, this strain has proven cerebral, full body relaxation without the “couch locked” feeling.
How To Use CBD
Smoking or Vaping
Grab the best smokable strain, grind it up and then use in it a joint, bong or blunt. You can use a Vape Pen for Flower and also load it up and use all day. Either way the smoke it less high and more relief.
Capsules come in a variety of sizes from 10mg to 150mg. An easy to use product that is made from CBD plant matter in conjunction with coconut, cherry or hemp oil. This a great options for those who do not want to smoke but want to keep it discrete and pain-free.
An amazing product that has amazing health benefits and works with natures superfood. CBD infused Coconut Oil helps the body with Omega 3 and Omega 6, it’s all natural and roughly 150mg in a jar. Beneficial for conditions such as nausea and eating disorders and useful on skin, in food, and even a deodorant replacement.
Liquid extractions have become more popular are those suffering from severe pain seek out alternatives. Tinctures come in liquid THC or CBD form and can be applied under the tongue for best results. Tinctures come made with an alcohol base, hemp oil, coconut oil or oregano oil for maximum absorption. Range in milligram size but roughly 150mg to 1000mg per bottle
Topicals and Therapeutics
There are many new products coming out for the cannabis community. Seems like CBD is growing in popularity and it does not need to be smoked to get the benefits. Many patients suffering from pain benefits from topicals and therapeutics such as lotions, bath bombs and relief creams. Mota and Miss Envy sell options such as Soap and Spray, Chocolate and even find Animal Products too.
The Future of CBD
Understanding that neurological effects are always hard to deal with is the first step. Practising patience while trying to spark new questions and find new answers is the second. Above all, cannabidiol is very complex and has more to it then scientists have found. CBD works hand in hand with complicated disorders it’s it’s crucial to continue research for treatment. As a result, Researchers are working hard to continue to understand more about CBD’s therapeutic potential, so patients can finally benefit.