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What Is CBD? Simple, Factual, And Quick Answers

What Is CBD? Simple, Factual, And Quick Answers

Considering how easy it is for some people to become addicted to opiates, it’s no wonder why so many are turning to CBD for help with pain relief and other medical conditions. 

CBD is derived from marijuana and hemp. It is a natural alternative and has been used for hundreds of years for many conditions.

Cannabidiol, CBD, is one of the two most important active ingredients in marijuana. CBD can be derived from both marijuana and the hemp plant. Hemp is a cousin to marijuana and is used widely for its medicinal purposes. 

CBD derived from hemp will not cause you to get high because it contains very little THC. The great thing about CBD is that it has not been shown to have any addictive effects.

What Is CBD Used For?

Two of the most common ailments CBD is used for is anxiety and insomnia. However, it is also being widely used for even more serious medical conditions. CBD has been effective in treating seizures in childhood diseases such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. 

CBD can reduce and even stop the seizures in some cases where anti-seizure medications have not worked. It has only been recently that the FDA approved the first cannabis-derived medicine, Epidiolex, which contains CBD.

Although some believe more studies need to be conducted as to how well CBD helps with pain control, many already swear by it. CBD can be applied to the skin to help reduce pain and inflammation from arthritis. 

Arthritis is a serious condition for so many and using CBD instead of other pain killers is appealing.

What Is The Difference Between CBD Oil And CBD Tinctures?

There are so many new CBD products on the market today, that if you are new to suing it, it can be confusing to understand exactly what you are getting. The different cannabinoids in marijuana and hemp can do different things so it is important to know what are you are buying. 

Both CBD oil and CBD tinctures are usually sold in small brown bottles with dropper tops and are classified as edible.

Tinctures are made when organic matter is soaked in an alcohol and water solution over several weeks or longer. After the desired soaking time has gone by, then the liquid is strained through filters and the plant pulp is left behind. 

CBD oil is made when the extracted compounds are blended with a carrier oil like hemp seed oil or MTC, (medium-chain triglycerides).

What Is The Difference Between CBD Isolate And Full-Spectrum CBD?

CBD isolate simply means that there are no other cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids. It only has CBD. It is the most basic form. During the extraction process involving hemp, all of the cannabinoids and terpenes come out, so extra steps must be taken to glean them from the extract. 

CBD isolate is harder to make because these other hemp compounds must be removed.

Full-spectrum CBD contains a full range of cannabinoids that are extracted from hemp. 

The extract is made into a product that you consume. Many people like using full-spectrum CBD because it contains THC, even though when derived from hemp, it is a very small amount and will not likely get you high.

When one consumes a full spectrum CBD product, it produces what is referred to as the “entourage effect”. This means that all of the cannabinoids and terpenes work better together to create better results for the user.

What Is Broad-Spectrum CBD?

With a broad-spectrum CBD, you get all of the terpenes and cannabinoids from the hemp plant except for the THC. If you live in a state where marijuana is not legal, then you may prefer the broad-spectrum CBD. Also, if you are drug tested where you work, you would not want THC to show up in your test. 

Even though the THC is missing in broad-spectrum CBD, you can still reap most of the benefits of the “entourage effect”.

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