by Blair Hanemayer
What is CBD?
CBD is one of over 60 compounds found in cannabis that belong to the class of molecules called cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are chemicals that trigger the cannabinoid (and other) receptors in the brain and body. In addition to the phyto-cannabinoids produced by the plant, there are endogenous cannabinoids that occur naturally in the body, as well as synthetic cannabinoids created by pharmaceutical researchers.
Does it get you “high?”
In fact, CBD is a non-toxic, non-euphoric substance that doesn’t make people feel stoned. As a result, CBD has enormous therapeutic potential. One cancer patient described CBD-rich cannabis as “relaxing but not intoxicating.”
“The reappearance of CBD-rich cannabis in California and other medical marijuana states is a major breakthrough for patients, dispensaries, legalization advocates and many citizens who could benefit therapeutically from cannabis. CBD may enable those who don’t like the ‘high’ to be more comfortable using cannabis as a medicine.”
Dr. Lester Grinspoon, Professor Emeritus
Harvard Medical School
What can it be used for?
CBD has strong anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasm, anti-convulsant, anti-psychotic, anti-tumoral, and neuro-protective properties. CBD directly activates serotonin receptors, causing an anti-depressant effect, as well.
Scientific and clinical studies have shown that CBD could be therapeutic for many conditions, including:
Is this legal?
In states that have legalized medical marijuana, CBD-rich products are available in many forms: herb, edible, topicals, tinctures, extracts, and capsules. As a result, these beneficial products are growing rapidly in the health marketplace for natural solutions & therapies.
CBD-rich oil extracts and other CBD-infused products are poised to play a more prominent roll in the burgeoning medical marijuana industry, as providers and product-makers increasingly cater to a broad constituency in an effort to attract new clientele.
What type of cannabis therapy is best for you?
Cannabis Oil Extracts can be taken orally, sublingually or applied topically. Concentrated cannabis oil extracts can also be utilized as an ingredient to vaporize or cook with. Some cannabis oils come with an applicator for measured dosing. These oil extracts are very potent. The time and onset and duration of effect may vary depending on the method of administration.
For more information on what CBD product is best for you visit projectcbd.org.
What to look for:
Clear labels. Look for product labels showing the quantity and ratio of CBD and THC per dose, manufacturing date and batch number (for quality control).
Lab testing. Look for products that are tested for consistency, and verified as free of mold, bacteria, pesticides, solvent residues, and other contaminants.
Quality ingredients. Select products with quality ingredients. (No corn syrups, GMOs, transfats, preservatives, and artificial additives).
Safe extraction. Avoid products extracted with toxic solvents like BHO, propane, hexane or other hydrocarbons. Solvent residues are especially dangerous for immune-compromised patients. Look for products that entail a safer method of extraction like supercritical CO2.
Products made from organic cannabis not industrial hemp. Compared to high resin cannabis, hemp is typically low in cannabinoid content. A huge amount of help is required to extract a small amount of CBD, raising the risk of contaminants because hemp, a bio accumulator, draws toxins from the soil. The robust terpene profile of whole plant cannabis enhances the therapeutic benefits of CBD.
Don’t forget about our furry family members!
Possible uses for full spectrum CBD Products FOR ANIMALS:
Calming & Anxiety
Loss of Appetite
Skin & Coat
Thunder & Loud Noises
Find CBD extracts locally!!!
Wildberry Health Foods & Pet Wants (Eatonton Road) carry multiple lines of products for you, your family, and your pets. Stop by and discover what could be applicable for your health!
Content Compiled from ProjectCBD.org