A Crash Course in CBD Oil, Part 1

A Crash Course in CBD Oil, Part 1
Since my column “Easing My Pain With CBD Oil” was published a few weeks ago, I’ve received a lot of emails and comments with questions about this mystical oil. I thought it best to write another column to provide information and resources. But just one post won’t do this subject the justice. So, this is the first of two columns explaining CBD oil in more detail. I hope I am able to provide you with enough data to help get you started. First, let’s begin by explaining exactly what CBD, or cannabidiol, is. It is "a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel 'stoned' and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC," according to Project CBD, a nonprofit educational news service. Cannabinoids, such as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), interact with receptors in the body to produce a wide range of effects that can include the feeling of getting stoned or high. Technically, according to the CBD Project, it "acts through various receptor-independent channels — for example, by delaying the 're-uptake' of endogenous neurotransmitters (such as anandamide and adenosine) and by enhancing or inhibiting the binding action of certain G-coupled protein receptors." I am not going to go into depth regarding the science and how it works in our bodies, but for a very good explanation, please visit the LeafScience website. Purchasing CBD oil for the first time can be a little intimidating. First, you need to know the difference between isolate and full spectrum. Full-spectrum CBD includes all the cannabinoids that are present in the hemp plant. This can also include small amounts of THC. Isolate means that the CBD has been separated from the other cannabinoid compounds and it is in its purest form. Keep in mind that you may
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  1. Najla says:

    Very good information for people starting to get familiar with the medicinal uses of mj. I have been using CBD oil in the past year. It works pretty well as long as I am not having an awful flare , and I am only dealing with “regular” level of pain that really does not bother me too much. I first tried it on a vape, and it worked ok.
    I found out later that a mix of CBD and THC works the best for my bad flares. I recently found a liquid form of CBD and THC that can be used in different ways from vape to edibles: as they are isolates, they are sold in separate, so I can vary the CBD/THC ratio. I mix them in a smoothie, with ratio CBD/THC varying depending on how much pain I have (the more pain the more THC I get) . I avoid high amounts of THC because I do not like to get high.
    I also use a topic CBD lotion, and it helps me a lot when I have low to moderate pain.
    People react differently to meds, so I would recommend people to start small, and increase as you feel it´s better for you, especially when mixing CBD and THC.
    I am lucky to live in California, where cannabis has been recently legalized for all people over 21 without a prescription, so I do not get worried if my employer will test me for it, as it is not considered an illicit drug anymore. I also have a med mj prescription, but it is always better (at least for me) to know that what I am doing is completely legal.

  2. Katherine says:

    I have a vape for CBD and I have a wonderful ointment, I have used the capsules and they are pricey, the liquid I mix with honey.I get quality products from Palmetto Harmony they have a website online.

  3. Sharon says:

    Australia have started growing it, and i believe patients with cancer are the only ones so far allowed it, and they need to be in hospital.Doctors here wont even listen to me, regarding it.Everyone is crying out to try it for our pain.

  4. The best full spectrum CBD is found naturally contained in the cannabis plant, more specifically the flowering tops of the cannabis sativa and cannabis indica plants, better known as Marijuana. It is a shame that we have to find workarounds to experience the medicinal qualities of this plant as was better known as a medicine than a dangerous drug up until about 80 years ago. There is nothing at all dangerous about this plant. Slowly, we are changing state laws, hopefully, a descheduling and re-regulation will help make this plant as medicine available once again, without the risk of a prison sentence.

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