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A Crash Course in CBD

CBD Hemp oil is an emerging trend in the area of alternative medical treatment. As a relatively new treatment to some, CBD faces a few misconceptions and questions. What is it? Where does it come from? How do you use it and what does it do? Let’s start by saying, “First off, CBD does not get you high.” As a potential patient or person researching for a patient, it’s important you know the facts.

CBD is created in the hemp plant (the male counterpart to the female marijuana plant) through the process of photosynthesis. CBD occurs as the most abundant natural molecule in the hemp plant and the second most abundant in the marijuana plant.

“But wait, I thought you said it doesn’t get you high?”

CBD – cannabidiol – is a cannabinoid like THC – tetrahydrocannabinol. It differs in that CBD does not deliver the same aftereffect as THC. Whereas THC will deliver a psychoactive high, CBD will not. Users of CBD do not experience a sense of euphoria or perception-altering; instead, users normally report a sense of general well-being. It is common for CBD patients to medicate after a long day of work. For patients with anxiety or depression, CBD can act as an antidepressant. While they are both cannabinoids, CBD and THC have different molecular makeups, and as such, they interact with the brain and body in alternate ways.

It interacts with the body through the endocannabinoid system – a series of cannabinoid receptors spread throughout the entirety of the human body. CBD binds to these receptors and has been proven to have myriad medical benefits. The most promising medical applications are still being developed and tested. In different trials, CBD has been shown to have positive effects on people with epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, PTSD, depression, and anxiety.

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“Wow! So, do you just smoke it?”

Not exactly. CBD is a pure extract taken from the hemp plant. Providers produce it through a series of careful extraction, isolation, and purification. Small batches can be made using a little bit of home equipment and ethyl alcohol. (Note: CBD extraction is a very delicate process and should only be attempted by experienced professionals.) At the end of the process, you’re left with a dark-gold, amber substance. This is your medicine, CBD oil.

CBD can be ingested through vaporization – heating up the oil in a vaporizer and inhaling. This is a favorite method of many patients suffering from psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Other methods include swallowing the oil in wax capsules or taking a few drops sublingually (hold it under your tongue for 60 seconds for optimum effect). Tinctures and ointments can be made for sublingual and topical application. Bath soaps, shampoos, and lotions are just a few natural products made from organic hemp CBD. Once you consult with your caretaker or medical provider and decide which method is best for you, you’ll find a world of possibility awaiting. Use your best judgement to decide your dosage and application, and most importantly, make sure you’re comfortable with your treatment and enjoy life.

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