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If you do a Google search, you will certainly be able to find people who think distillates are too pure, and that full-spectrum oils are more effective. But in light of the (as yet) inconclusive evidence, we prefer a distillate. The process of distillation allows the manufacturer an incomparable degree of control over the finished product. It’s also odorless and tasteless, so those tinctures tend to taste better.
Moreover, scientists at the Cajal Institute showed promising results in regards to CBD and Multiple Sclerosis. They used animal models and cell cultures to find that CBD reversed inflammatory responses; within only ten days, mice that were used in the study had superior motor skills and showed progression in their condition. To date, there have been well over 20,000 published scientific articles on cannabinoids and their related effects on all sorts of medical ailments.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally-occurring compound found in cannabis. It’s known for therapeutic properties and has no psychoactive effects. CBD oil is typically extracted from cannabis plants using either CO2 or ethanol extraction methods. It’s then incorporated into common CBD oil products, including tinctures (drops), vape liquids, gummies, capsules and topical creams and lotions. CBD oil derived from hemp has less than 0.3% THC so is federally legal in the U.S. and can be purchased online or in some local stores. CBD oil derived from marijuana has more than 0.3% THC so can only be purchased at licensed dispensaries in states where medical marijuana is legal.
The reason for the low THC content in hemp is that most THC is formed in resin glands on the buds and flowers of the female cannabis plant. Industrial hemp is not cultivated to produce buds, and therefore lacks the primary component that forms the marijuana high. Furthermore, industrial hemp has higher concentrations of a chemical called Cannabidiol (CBD) that has a negative effect on THC and lessens its psychoactive effects when smoked in conjunction.
The aforementioned entourage effect is the main reason behind the efficacy of whole plant extracts. There are over 100 ‘identified’ compounds in the cannabis plant. While most of these compounds have their own therapeutic benefit, they combine synergistically to provide far better performance than any single compound alone, and that includes CBD. Here are a couple of examples of conditions that benefit from the entourage effect:
THC does typically come with a long list of health benefits, but the clinical use of this cannabis compound is often limited by its unwanted psychoactive side effects in people. For this reason, interest in non-intoxicating phytocannabinoids, such as CBD, has substantially increased in recent years. In fact, CBD is being used in conjunction with THC for more favorable effects.
In general, the majority of people end up using higher-strength products for pain than they would for things like anxiety, stress, or depression. The majority of today’s best CBD oil manufacturers offer tinctures in three different “potencies,” usually in 100, 300, or 600 mg options. Many people start on a middle ground with a 300 mg option, and work your way up from there, but it is extremely important to consult with the brand you are purchasing from before consumption.
Another field in which CBD is creating a buzz is in the area of mood disorders like anxiety and depression. Both conditions have been treated with a variety of medications, courtesy of Big Pharma, that have had varying levels of success. Again, the long list of side effects can be off-putting to someone who just wants to get through the day without the sweaty tension of anxiety or the gray haze of depression.
“I originally purchased 750mg and have used the entire bottle..I have noticed I am a lot calmer, less anxious. less headaches/sinus and have been sleeping better too..my joint pain has been less so have gone to the 750mg now to monitor pain levels and to really boost my own indocannibinoid system to the level I need to be to get the full healing effects…