CBD(cannabidiol) is a chemical compound found and extracted from the flowers and buds of cannabis or hemp plants. It does not cause intoxication or the high feeling you get from cannabis which is caused by THC. CBD has been credited with helping numerous medical problems from epileptic seizures to anxiety to inflammation and sleeplessness. It is important to state that these claims are still being investigated and studied.
WHAT IS CBD?
IS CBD LEGAL?
CBD is legal nationwide if it is derived from hemp. This includes all hemp-derived CBD products like edibles, oils and ointments. However cannabis-derived CBD does not have the same legal status in all states. In some states, CBD derived from cannabis is completely legal; but in most states, its legality depends on a number of different factors and conditions.
HOW DOES CBD WORK?
Our bodies create their own cannabinoids. These are called endocannabinoids. They help support our endocrine system which regulates things such as appetite, pain sensation, mood, memory, immune system functions, and inflammation control.
CBD acts as a kick starter for these cannabinoids to keep the receptors working at optimal capacity and to help the functions of the body’s central regulatory system. CBD is not intoxicating like THC. It does not provide a “high” feeling no matter how you consume it.
Hemp derived CBD oil is extracted using several different methods. The most popular being supercritical CO2 extraction. This involves filtering hemp biomass through a series of chambers that can isolate the CBD oil. Oil is a very popular choice since it is very easy to dose and is absorbed quickly into the bloodstream.
Usage: CBD oil is usually taken sublingual(under the tongue). This method allows for CBD to be absorbed into your bloodstream instantly. The effects should be felt between 5-20 minutes.
A topical is something like a cream, lip balm or salve and is used for its skin benefits. These products have claimed to help people with psoriasis, acne, inflammation and chronic pain like arthritis. There is still research being done to prove these claims.
Usage: Each topical product may have different recommendations on usage, but generally you just rub it on the target area and that's it. You have to be careful which product you buy since they may not have implemented a technology to actually transfer the CBD through dermal layers. It usually takes about 10 minutes to feel the effects.
CBD capsules are in a pill form. They can be small white pills or gel capsules. This is probably the easiest way to consume CBD. It doesn't require you to taste the extract and doesn't require you to measure your dosage every time.
Usage: This varies depending on the brand and product. You should follow the dosage instructions the specific brand or product you purchase. Consuming CBD takes about 30 minutes to 2 hours to kick in.
CONCENTRATES / ISOLATES
CBD Isolate is basically a product that has been isolated from the plant compounds. Using a process called chromatography, the plant materials are removed. The result is a white powder comprised of at least 99 percent CBD. The other cannabinoids and plant terpenes are removed. CBD isolate is flavorless and odorless.
Usage: CBD isolates can be consumed in a variety of ways. You can eat it, dab it, smoke it , vaporize it, make your own tincture, rub it on your skin, or bake with it.
Vaping is a very popular way to consume CBD, however it may not be the most effective. There still needs to be more scientific studies done to confirm how vaping CBD may effect the body. CBD vape juices are similar to that of normal vape juices, they come in many flavors and strengths.
Usage: To use vape juices you must own a e-cigarette, vape pen or vaporizer. The liquid can simply be added to your chosen device and vaporized.
*If you are considering consuming CBD based on this information, please do so at your own risk and consult your physician.*