After decades of tabooing Marijuana, it's now been projected as the new elixir of life. Now without getting carried away this plant does hold potential especially with the paradoxical nature of its ingredients. Two major components of marijuana are CBD and THC. Though they occur together but have very opposite effects on the human body. The former causes the stoned reaction and the latter causes ‘the high’.
The recent emergence of cannabinoids has lead to a lot of myths and at this stage they should be treated as work in progress until the real benefits with the backing of some solid scientific research come into light. Here we look in brief at the most frequently ask queries on the subject
What are cannabinoids?
CBD which stands for Cannabinoids, is derived from Hemp or Cannabis plant. The hemp plant is closely related to Marijuana Plant but unlike it consist no THC, hence does not cause any high. It is used more as a food supplement and can be very beneficial in aiding recovery from host of diseases.
Are THC and CBD the same thing?
THC stands for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and the latter is abbreviation for cannabinoids. Though both of the components exist in a marijuana plant but their effect on human body is like chalk and cheese. THC is the ‘high inducing’ component of the marijuana plant and has psychoactive properties. On the other hand cannabinoids is the chilled out cousin and has a relaxing effect. The different strengths of these two components in the cannabis plant has lead to wide variety of strains that can have a very diverse effect from the other.
What conditions does it treat?
Now this is a loaded questions and the answer to which is still evolving. Instead of answering what conditions it can, let’s look to name diseases where it has definitely been helpful. These are Epilepsy, Diabetes, Glaucoma, Anxiety, cancer, ADHD, fibromyalgia, neuropathic and chronic pain, skin and beryllium diseases to name a few. Please use the search box above to find in detail about each disease.
What is the best way to consume CBD oil?
There isn’t a best or worse way, just what works best with your body. If your lungs are tolerant to smoke then vaping is the best choice since absorption levels by the body are high but if that is not the path you would like to take then drops or edibles are a good choice too. Both are easy to consume and have great results.
What is CBD vaping ?
This is one of the best methods to consume cannabinoids. Now vaping should not be confused with smoking as unlike smoking here the ingredients are not burned but heated just enough to extract the compounds from the vaping liquid or leaf, generating lot less smoke and much faster absorption. Generally e-cigs or electronic vapes are used in this process.
Will I get "high" when using CBD product? Is it addictive?
The answer to this is lot dependent on what type of Cannabinoids you are consuming. The one that is derived from Hemp as almost zero THC and does not get you high but the one that is derived from Cannabis will get you high if the particular strain that you use has high THC content. As far as addiction goes there hasn't been lot of cases of overuse especially when you consider, how widely use the adoption has been in last few years. So a fair estimate has to be that it isn't addictive but this should no way be considered a fact and self discretion is advised.
How do I know what dose I should take?
The dose is a moving target but is majorly dependent on the following factors
Type: CBD comes in the form of oil, drops, paste and vaping tincture. Each of them have a different absorption rate by the human body. Hence whatever you choose will decide how much you need to consume.
Severity of the condition: Critical and Chronic conditions needs higher doses.
You weight : Heavier you are, more you need to consume.
Best advice should be to start with a lower dose and increment as per the effects.
I’ve never tried CBD. Where should I start?
The first question that needs to be asked is why do you need to take CBD. If it’s a disease that you need help with, then depending on the severity a dose and method will be decided. In case you are healthy and you want to generally improve your fitness then jury is still out about the effectiveness. In either case we advise drops as the best starting point as they are easy to procure and administer.
Can you get CBD Oil from Cannabis?
Yes you could certainly get it from Cannabis. There are strains like Charlotte's web that are very low in THC and can be a great source. Lot of experts believe that Cannabinoids from weed is lot more potent than from hemp. The presence of other cannabinoids that occur in the marijuana plant seem to strengthen the positive effects.
Is CBD oil legal in all 50 states in USA?
The oil that is made with cannabis is regulated now as cannabis, but the one that is made from Hemp is legal under the 2014 Farm Bill. Cannabinoids can be extracted from both the Marijuana and Hemp, major difference being that the Hemp has no or little THC , the compound responsible for causing high in users. Now the oil extracted from hemp or Marijuana is legal as long as the THC is less that 0.3% . In addition to that in states where Marijuana is legal you do not need a Medical card to get it.