What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

June 6, 2019

Cannabidiol, commonly abbreviated to CBD, is a non-psychoactive, natural compound in cannabis. It's used to help treat a variety of medical conditions and known to help adolescents combat seizure, pain and nausea disorders. The properties in CBD help reduce inflammation and are ideal for those that wish to treat debilitating conditions without feeling “high”.

Where CBD Comes From

CBD is found in the seeds, flowers and stalks of hemp and cannabis plants. There are more than 85 different types of cannabinoids in cannabis. Cannabidiol is the most prominent cannabinoid in cannabis. The US National Institute of Health has a patent for CBD due to its antioxidant and neuroprotection properties.

CBD is found in hemp, which is grown to have little to no THC in it, as hemp is commonly used to make fibers and textile products. CBD is also found in cannabis plants, which do contain varying levels of THC in them. THC is the property in cannabis that causes psychoactive effects, such as euphoria, hunger and relaxing effects.

Conditions CBD Helps

Cannabidiol is great for treating pain disorders like arthritis that derive from inflammation of the joints in the body. You can combine a CBD strain, such as Charlotte’s Web as an example, with a THC containing strain to reduce the symptoms of multiple medical problems without serious side effects.

CBD can assist with calming severe nausea. It works faster than pill-form pharmaceuticals since those have to digest in your body before they take effect.

CBD strains are also very helpful with seizure disorders, including general seizure disorder and epilepsy. In some states where medical cannabis is legal, CBD products are approved for use by adolescents. Some children have benefitted from using CBDs as a complete stoppage of seizures following the daily use of CBD.

Types of CBD Products

One of the benefits of CBDs is that the types of products available give patients more options for relief. You can use a CBD tincture, which is the CBD oil blended with alcohol. CBD oil can be taken as-is and can be used by patients of virtually any age.

There are strains specifically grown for their high CBD percentages such as the aforementioned Charlotte’s Web, but AC/DC and Arianna are also high CBD containing strains. You can obtain CBD strains in dry flower form for smoking like you would with THC containing cannabis.

Topical rubs containing CBD are great for those with chronic pain disorders. Combining the CBD oil with natural essential oils and beeswax keeps the product natural and safe for nearly anyone without an essential oil allergy to use.

If edibles are your cup of tea, you can also find or make edibles with only CBD in them. These provide longer relief from seizure episodes, severe nausea and joint pain.

Are CBDs right for you?

It's a good idea to try a CBD product at least once, on its own, to determine if that's an option for you. For those that have medical cannabis cards but cannot use their medicine while at work, CBD edibles, tinctures, vaporizers (portable or tabletop) or oils are ideal. You will have relief without having your head in the clouds.

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