What is CBD? The Comprehensive Guide
If you follow vaping or the marijuana industry in general then you’ve probably heard about CBD, aka, cannabidiol. You may have heard how great it is for all sorts of ailments. You’ve probably heard terms like entourage effect, hemp based, marijuana based, and so on. What does any of it mean?
That’s what this CBD series is all about, it’s here to provide guidance on all the unique qualities of CBD. Or to put it more clearly, it’s going to tell you everything you want to know, need to know, and don’t know you need to know about CBD. Now here’s what you can look forward to in this series.
An Introduction to CBD
In your introduction to CBD, you’ll discover that CBD and THC are both compounds in the marijuana plant but only THC has the psychotropic properties that gets people high. CBD doesn’t have any psychotropic effects and has a lot of medical benefits that a lot of people find useful. CBD can come from the marijuana plant or the hemp plant, the difference being that CBD from hemp is legally available in all 50 states while marijuana based CBD is not.
The reason is that marijuana is still listed as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning that it’s illegal at a federal level, though individual states can legalize it if they choose. Hemp contains 0.3% THC or less, so it is legal across the country, the same goes for any products derived from hemp, that includes any hemp based CBD products.
The Benefits of CBD
You might get the impression that CBD is some kind of wonder drug based on what you’ve heard. It isn’t because no drug is, or can be, but it is pretty incredible and can offer several benefits to a wide variety of people. Here are some of the things CBD can be used to treat:
- Anxiety and stress
- Chronic pain
CBD can treat other medical problems as well. It can also confer a general sense of relaxation, focus, and well-being. There is a lot of research already done on CBD so far and more to be done in the future, so it is possible that we have yet to uncover the full potential of CBD.
How to Use CBD
What are the different ways to use CBD? A better question might be, “Are there any ways in which you can’t use CBD?” It seems like you can put CBD in practically anything, here is a very, very small sampling of the numerous ways in which you can use CBD:
- CBD chocolate
- CBD gummies
- CBD tincture
- Oil vaporizers
Each method delivers a different amount of CBD to the user regardless of the amount listed. So, what is the most efficient means of delivery for CBD? It depends on what you’re using it for. Edibles are great for the more casual uses of CBD, like it’s use as a relaxation or sleep aid. Medicinal uses are better served by capsules or tinctures. For adults, oil vaporizers can serve both casual and medical purposes well.
They can be pretty convenient and versatile too. A device like the KandyPens Rubi can function as both an e-cigarette and an oil vaporizer. While the HoneyStick Squeeze Box Phantom can vape both wax and oil. Both vaporizers are also small enough that they can be carried practically anywhere. Basically, oil vaporizers are among the better ways of using CBD oil.
How to Make CBD Oil
You can make CBD oil in a variety of ways, some of them are fiendishly complicated but we keep things simple for you. The Rick Simpson and ethanol extraction methods can, but probably shouldn’t, be done at home. That’s because they both involve combustible material and open flames, a dangerous combination. Also, unless preparation is very thorough and diligent they could become contaminated, so they’re best left to the professionals.
The same goes for the other method of making CBD oil, supercritical CO2 extraction. The reason is different here though, CO2 extraction is safe and pure. However, the equipment needed for CO2 extraction is super expensive. So, unless you have tens of thousands of dollars lying around, leave this method to the pros.
High CBD Marijuana Strains
CBD oil can be made from the hemp plant or the marijuana plant, basically hemp has a lot of CBD and very little THC. The amount of THC and CBD in marijuana plants varies but some strains have more CBD than THC, making them a good choice for the production of CBD oil. Here are some of the strains to look out for:
- Charlotte’s Web
Despite having more CBD than THC, the oil created from these strains is not always as widely available as the CBD oil made from hemp. Even though most of those oils have 1% THC or less—not enough THC to get anyone high—most of them have more than 0.3% of THC. And 0.3% THC or less is what qualifies any marijuana based product for legality in the United States.
CBD for your Pets
Yes, CBD can benefit animals as well as humans, maybe it really is a wonder drug? Okay, it still isn’t but CBD can help pets in much the same way that it can help humans. That means it can help them with seizures, anxiety and pain relief. How do you administer CBD to your pets? Very carefully. Seriously though, you can use tinctures or various CBD infused edibles for your pooch or feline. Just make sure to consult a veterinarian beforehand.
A Comprehensive Guide to CBD: The Conclusion
This is just a brief summary of what CBD is all about, if you really want to know more, just start at the introduction to CBD page and move on. Or you can start at any page you want really, it’s all up to you. Just know that everything you need to know about CBD is in these pages, so get started!