CBD - what is it and how do we use it?
What is CBD?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol, which is one of the active compounds in cannabis. It is not the most active or well known compound in cannabis, that title belongs to Tertrahydrocannabidiol, aka THC, the psychoactive cannabidiol.
Who is it for?
Anyone who is has aches, pains, mild depression, nausea and trouble eating can benefit from cbd. You should check with you doctor first as there can be interactions between other pharmaceuticals.
What does it do?
CBD comes in two varieties; CB1 and CB2. CB1 has receptors all over the body, but primarily in the brain. The receptors mainly affect pain, emotions, mood, thinking, appetite and memory. CB2 directly combats inflammation and pain throughout the body.
Using CBD correctly can have direct pain killing and anti-inflammatory effects on the body. Often in lieu of other pain killers with more serious side effects. It can also be an alternative to other drugs that may have negative interactions with other prescriptions.
CBD has had success treating epilepsy and similar neurological problems. The compound also been found useful in treating anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety, panic and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
It has been used to combat cancer, as it helps the body contain and suppress tumors. As added benefit it also can alleviate some of the depression and loss of hunger associated with cancer and cancer treatments.
Where does it come from?
CBD is derived from cannabis plants, recent developments in breeding have allowed for plants with more CBD and considerably less THC. Hemp plants, which are the same species are also good sources of CBD. In the future it may even be possible to mass produce CBD with genetically modified bacteria, yeasts or molds. Chemical synthesis is also currently being tested, but may be cost prohibitive if possible.
How do I get it?
The easiest way for many people is to smoke cannabis, but it can be absorbed through your stomach as well. Edibles with CBD are good option to get reliable and useful results. There are also pills that have specific milligram amounts for prescriptions. Tincture derived from plants can be used topically or ingested orally, check with your doctor about instructions. CBD bars can also be rubbed on skin for immediate relief. Even your mammalian pets can benefit from CBD products that are specialized for them.
Cannabis and CBD products are regulated differently all over the world, but the easiest way to get a high CBD strain is to grow your own to maximize quality and assure that it meets your standards.
If you are curious about CBD and want to grow your own high CBD strain but have questions, feel free to give us a call directly at: 416-530-7750 or drop by the shop at 1332 Bloor Street West, Toronto.