Medicinal cannabis has become very popular over the years as a rather affordable and accessible method of treating certain physical and mental conditions. With its rise in popularity, CBD has also become very popular. With that said, not so many people know about it as an alternative to medicinal cannabis.
CBD can be even more confusing considering that there are many options available in the current market, each one with its own personality. With that said, some products are indeed better at dealing with specific situations than others.
Strains might be better for people with severe cases of pain and inflammation, while tinctures and oils might be gentler than strains to deal with insomnia, and better for it than edibles.
If you are interested in trying CBD for any reason, you might want to know which option is best for you and understand what the basics behind it as a form of medication are, and why it is capable of achieving the health benefits proclaimed by the community.
For that reason, we are here to guide you through the process of understanding CBD as a medicinal compound, as well as all the presentations provided by the market as it is now.
Getting to Know CBD as a Compound
First, let’s briefly discuss CBD as a compound. Mostly known as cannabidiol by the scientific community, CBD is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant along with other 100 cannabinoids. The most important thing to note is that CBD, as well as THC, are the most important cannabinoids in the plant, just because they are the ones granting the health benefits.
These health benefits include a more controlled inflammatory reaction caused by diseases, physical conditions, and injuries. This, of course, automatically leads to a relief in pain as well as an enhancement in mobility on some occasions. It is also capable of providing a relaxing effect that helps reduce stress, and aids during sleep. You can learn more about it in this article.
Now… CBD is non-psychotropic, while THC is. So, all medicinal cannabis-infused or derived products tend to get people high, whereas CBD-based products are capable of providing these health benefits without causing this specific side effect.
How it Works, Though?
THC, as mentioned earlier, is psychotropic, meaning that it can influence the body in a way that affects several of our biological functions. This happens because of a conjunction of neurotransmitters known as the endocannabinoid system, which can directly or indirectly influence our bodies and minds and their reactions to external sources.
Just so you know, these neurotransmitters are linked to many of our body functions, some of them including our inflammatory responses, our hunger, the way we perceive our five senses, the way we perceive our surroundings and the people around us, how we communicate and understand certain messages, and even invigorate us or relax us in a way that helps us achieve a deeper level of concentration or sleep.
Cannabidiol, on the other hand, is very gentle, and although it can influence these neurotransmitters, it does so in a way that doesn’t actually affect our performance and physical or mental responses to external influences.
If you want to know more about the endocannabinoid system, you should check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endocannabinoid_system.
Now that we understand cannabidiol as a compound, what are the presentations we can benefit from available right now?
Cannabidiol-Based Oils and Tinctures
The first presentations we’d like to introduce are both oils and tinctures. They are very similar products since they can be consumed by mouth, usually involving the use of a dropper. This is a very easy-to-manage product, affordable and durable, and it is without a doubt the most popular cannabidiol product in the market right now, simply because of its simplicity.
It can also be combined with other products as well, especially tinctures, which are commonly used along with tea or other similar beverages.
Oils, tinctures as well as edibles are capable of achieving the same results: granting a very durable effect after some time. This effect is often described as intermediate in comparison to smokeable strains.
Now, edibles are the second most popular option. They are a little more expensive and might not last as much as oil, but they are popular among those who want a more discreet choice that can also be enjoyable. The ones that people tend to prefer are cannabidiol-based gummies and candies, but you can also go for cookies and other baked goods.
As mentioned earlier, the results provided by edibles are very similar to those provided by tinctures and oils, since they are absorbed by our digestive systems.
Cannabidiol Concentrated Shatters and Strains
Now, contrary to the previous options, the options showcased in this section are much stronger and are usually recommended for those with very severe conditions. For example, a CBD shatter is a concentrated form of cannabidiol like wax, but more bristly and far stronger. Strains are also very strong, but not as much as a shatter.
They are usually smoked, but strains can be used in various methods. A strain is commonly smoked through a pipe or a blunt created with rolling paper, but shatter requires special equipment to be enjoyed, known as an oil rig, which allows the product to be heated.
Strains tend to grant an effect after 5 to 10 minutes and shatters tend to be much faster, but depends on the method of consumption, the strength of the shatter, as well as how much was consumed.
Both provide a much stronger effect than oil and edibles, but the effect tends to last for less. Of course, this is an advantage for some, but a disadvantage for others, so it is always better to consider your circumstances to choose which option is most suitable for you