What is CBD?
CBD means “cannabidiol”, it is the second most common of the active components of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is a vital component of medical marijuana, it is extracted from the hemp plant, which is a relative of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a marijuana component, it does not cause a “high” by itself.
“Cannabinoid” compounds are found in the resin of the cannabis plant. The sticky resin is concentrated on the thick clusters of cannabis flowers, also called “buds,” which are covered by tiny “trichomes.” This is where everything is happening.
Trichomes are specialized glandular structures that hold a treasure trove of oily compounds, which includes CBD, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and various other aromatic terpenes. Why does cannabis create these oily compounds?
These oily trichomes protect cannabis from ultraviolet radiation and heat. The oil also has antibacterial and insecticidal properties. The stickiness of the cannabis resin provides another defensive layer by trapping insects.
The same oily resin that protects the cannabis health includes components that are beneficial for human health as well. Nowadays the therapeutic qualities of CBD are being examined and confirmed by doctors and scientists around the globe. A non-addictive substance, CBD is one of more than a hundred “phytocannabinoids,” which are unique to cannabis and produce the plant with its strong therapeutic profile.
Most people nowadays are seeking for alternatives to pharmaceuticals with terrifying side effects and seek medicine in synch with natural processes. CBD benefits: relief for chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, and many other conditions.
What is the difference between CBD and THC?
CBD is related to another significant medicinally active phytocannabinoid: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the mixture that causes the “high” that cannabis is known for. These are the two elements of cannabis that have been most studied by scientists. Both THC and CBD have important therapeutic attributes. The main difference between THC and CBD is that CBD does not make a person feel intoxicated or “stoned”. CBD and THC act in different ways on different receptors in the body and brain.
How does CBD oil work?
CBD interact with our bodies in several ways. Firstly, it affects us by mimicking the effects of the “endogenous cannabinoids” compounds in our bodies - so named because of their similarity and connection to the compounds found in the plant of cannabis. The endocannabinoid system plays an important role in managing a broad range of physiological processes that make an effect in our everyday experience – our energy, our mood level, our immune activity, blood pressure, glucose metabolism, bone density and how we experience pain, hunger, stress and more.
How to use CBD extract?
Usage: Pour a few drops under your tongue and wait before swallowing.
Dosing: 2.5-5 mg of CBD is a common starting dose.
Duration: After 6-8 hours, most of the CBD has been metabolized or eliminated from the body.
CBD extract is absorbed instantly into the blood vessels in the mouth and under the tongue. You should wait at least one minute before swallowing the extract. Effects start about after 15-30 minutes. It is best to avoid eating immediately before or after using a CBD extract.