Even with the foreseeable legalization of Cannabis, the healthcare industry has been slow to react. Holistic health care practitioners in oriental medicine have, for a long time, been aware of CBD’s potential in alleviating several ailments, including chronic pain and improving mental health.
CBD stands for cannabidiol and is the most abundant compound in the Hemp variant of the Cannabis plant. Marijuana, its notorious cousin, also contains it, but Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is more abundant in its case.
Recently, CBD has been found to have several health benefits, and it’s true potential is finally being recognised in western medicine. In this article, we look into some of the different forms CBD has taken on in 2020.
CBD in Medicine
There are several forms of CBD that are being used in modern medicine. Since the compound has been found to ease pain and inflammation, offer relief from certain types of epilepsy, and even aid in combating some mental illnesses, CBD is starting to be found in more products coming out of the pharmaceutical industry. There is an ongoing debate as to whether CBD should be legal for general consumption – like any other supplements – or whether it should remain restricted to people who need it for approved medical conditions.
I’m sure we don’t have to tell you our opinion on that… (…But just in case, we think it should be openly accessible by everybody!)
In places like the U.S, where the CBD industry was given to the free market, we’re seeing leaps and bounds in innovation when it comes to the ways that CBD is being consumed.
Here’s the two major types of CBD going around in countries where it’s legal!
This is a form of cannabidiol, the main non-psychoactive cannabinoid present within the plant. Unlike the full-spectrum product, which can legally contain up to 0.1-1% of THC (depending on the country and state), the isolate is completely free of all other compounds in the plant. It is a great alternative for people interested in cannabidiol but want to avoid ingesting any tetrahydrocannabinol or other terpenes and cannabinoids in hemp. It most often comes in powder or crystalline forms with no distinct taste or smell.
This form contains cannabidiol along with all other compounds extracted from hemp, aside from THC. Apart from CBD, there are a range of other related and beneficial components within the plant that are not psychoactive. They include:
- Cannabinol (CBN)
- Cannabidiol acid (CBDA)
- Cannabigerol (CBG)
- Cannabichromene (CBC) etc.
Much like the specific type of extract you’re looking for, the method of delivery may vary depending on the type of condition that you’re looking to treat.
These use a tincture of CBD extract and is often combined with ethanol. The alcohol aids in extracting cannabinoids from the flower. With a spray, CBD can be dispensed beneath the tongue or inside the cheek.
This delivery method involves inserting rocket-shaped capsules into the rectum or vagina. It is an alternative to oral medication for a couple of reasons. Drugs reach the bloodstream through this route faster than with ingestion, and effects are heightened. For this reason, this method is often used when trying to combat heavier conditions, or if a patient cannot ingest a liquid, arsoel, or capsule for any reason.
CBD oil is the most common delivery method. In countries where it is legal, people may even find it in groceries and drug stores. It can be ingested on its own or dispersed within food. Topical application is another route of administering the oils.
CBD in Wellness
There is a growing awareness of the benefits of CBD oils to wellness. This oil can be massaged into joints to soothe chronic pain. Its anti-inflammatory properties can also be used to improve skin health by soothing and nourishing the skin. Not to mention simply using the oil as if it’s a supplement offers many benefits to general bodily functions.
The food industry has finally caught up with the developments involving CBD. These health foods can be used as natural alternatives to sugar, alcohol, and opioids because they act on the endocannabinoid system in the brain and body to produce a “feel-good” effect without impairing one’s operational abilities.
Drinks infused with the compound are a straightforward and pleasurable way to get the benefits of this compound. There are several variations, including coffee, lemonade, tea, and water. Even in small doses, as long it is taken regularly, physical and mental health improvement can be derived.
CBD Transdermal Patches
This is a very convenient way to monitor how much CBD you take each day. These highly adhesive, waterproof patches are hypoallergenic with easy application. All you have to do is peel and stick them on your skin. They also have the advantage of being discreet. Whether at work or walking through the streets, you can benefit from CBD.
CBD is not new to medicine. Its use for hundreds of years has been widely documented across cultures throughout the world, for thousands of years. With more time and interests, CBD has a great deal of potential to give people more avenues to lead healthier, happier lives.
What’s your experience with CBD been? Have you used it to treat a particular condition, or have you simply used it like a supplement with noticeable benefit?
Tell the world about it in the comment section below!