The most popular cannabinoid to-date is THC mainly due to its psychoactive effect, but Cannabidiol (CBD) is fast catching up, thanks to its therapeutic benefits minus the couch-lock, paranoia and giggling effects.
CBD is among the several natural occurring chemical compounds found in cannabis. According to California-based marijuana delivery service, Eaze, they had to quadruple their CBD oil production in 2017 as there was an “exceptionally” high demand for the cannabinoid. Israeli firm Tikun Olam, a leader in medical marijuana, also referred to their highest CBD strain Avidekel as their ‘golden child’. It is likewise considered by Rolling Stone as among the five best strains of 2017.
Some of the reported benefits of CBD include relief from joint pain, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, menstrual cramps, nausea, seizures, plain old moodiness, and bowel inflammation. Nowadays, over 50% of adults in the US and 16 countries across the world have legal access to medical marijuana while 9 states, including Washington, DC., have legalized recreational marijuana. With marijuana’s march into the mainstream continues, CBD has risen as a quick gateway for folks who wish to dive into the weed’s therapeutic benefits, yet may be doubtful of getting stoned.
There are many ways to use CBD. Similar to marijuana, there is no limit to how you can take CBD. You can drop tinctures under your tongue to help you have a goodnight’s sleep or whip CBD-enhanced raw cacao butter into hot milk to relieve cramps or massage a stiff neck with a scented CBD lotion. There are now brands offering CBD cocktails such as the “Stoney Negroni” being offered at a restaurant in West Hollywood. There are also rose-scented balms you can rub onto your lips.
For a more conventional approach, CBD is likewise available in sublingual sprays, droppers, and soft gel capsules. In fact, a CBD sublingual spray is being prescribed in over 20 countries outside the U.S to treat multiple sclerosis and manage some of their symptoms including stiffness and muscle spasms.
And obviously, considering that CBD can be obtained from the flowers of plants, anyone can simply go ahead and smoke it the traditional way. You can simply obtain a high-CBD strain of the weed and roll it into a joint or light up a bowl. In case you don’t want the hassle, you may vape distilled CBD oil in a vape pen which can vibrate to alert you as soon as you’ve reached the suggested dosage.
How does CBD work?
CBD is not psychotropic, which means it does not have mind-altering effects or is unable to produce a euphoric feeling, yet it still works on the human brain. The compound does not activate the cannabinoid receptors in the brain the way THC does, yet it targets various proteins in the brain and nervous system in charge of regulating cell activities across the body. Through its interactions with the signaling systems of the brain in different means, CBD can offer relief from nausea, anxiety, and pain. Aside from the brain, CBD can benefit the immune systems and the bones and can work across the body as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which could aid in protecting cells from damages brought by neurodegenerative diseases. With all these benefits mentioned, it’s not surprising that the CBD market is booming in unprecedented levels.
Similar to other medications, CBD has varying effects on everybody who takes it. In order to find out how it works, there’s no better way than trying it. While some users reported experiencing an upset stomach and drowsiness, studies have shown minimal effects.