Cannabidiol (also known as CBD) is the new poster child for people who want to use a natural remedy for many common ailments instead of Over-the-counter medications that may reduce headache pain.
This could include aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen or harder, more severe drugs like Opiates such as Heroin, Codeine, Morphine, Oxycodone (OxyContin), Hydrocodone (Vicodin), and Hydromorphone (Dilaudid).
CBD is one of the 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plants, but it is one of the most important.
Most often, you hear about Tetrahydrocannabinol (aka THC). THC causes the sensation of getting “high” that’s often associated with Cannabis. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. This quality makes CBD an appealing option for those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of THC or certain pharmaceutical drugs.
You can produce CBD from Hemp plants which do not have THC (or less than .3% by law) or from Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid Cannabis plants that include both THC and CBD as well as other cannabinoids. Once harvested, the Hemp flowers can be smoked or growers or producers can make it into an oil. CBD oil is made by extracting CBD, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil. If it is obtained from Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid plants, only the CBD portion of the plant can be used for CBD-only products. This type of CBD is called an isolate.
CBD oil can be added to lotions, tinctures, Vape pens, or Edibles like cookies and Gummies.
It’s gaining momentum in the health and wellness world, with some scientific studies confirming it may help treat a variety of ailments like chronic pain and anxiety.
CBD from Medical Cannabis with THC will be more potent because the more resin in the plant, the more CBD there is to extract. Low-resin industrial Hemp grown for fiber or seed oil is not a great source of CBD for several reasons (as noted by Projectcbd.org – https://www.projectcbd.org/cbd-101/Cannabis-Hemp-law):