The Federal Cannabis Act came into place on 17th October 2018, making Canada the second country in the world to make the cultivation, acquisition, possession, and consumption of recreational marijuana legal. This has made it possible for cultivators and seed banks to create high CBD strains for people looking for a break from THC.
Before we get into the different forms of CBD (cannabidiol) in the market, let’s take a quick brush through the basics.
Cannabis plants- both hemp and marijuana- contain a class of active hydrocarbons called cannabinoids. Some of these are active compounds that elicit different effects and responses. Others, like terpenes which generally won’t get you high, give off unique scents and flavors, thus greatly elevate the smoking experience.
THC and CBD are the most abundant cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. CBG and CBN are also growing more popular and are paving a way for themselves in the market. THC is known for its mind-blowing high effect; cannabidiol, on the other hand, is non-intoxicating, meaning it won’t get you high.
Over the past few years, cannabidiol has been featured in numerous scientific journals and is currently all over the internet. Therefore, you may be wondering: what does CBD stand for?
CBD- short for cannabidiol- is a cannabinoid that’s present in hemp and marijuana plants. If you learned about CBD on the internet, you’ve probably come across the countless articles written about its benefits on physical health, mental health, and wellness. Now that we know what CBD means, let’s take a look at whether all the hype holds true.
According to these statistics, CBD oil was administered in 9% of all medical cannabis sessions tracked by Strainprint in September 2019. Cannabidiol is touted to have a great deal of physical and mental benefits, and it’s no wonder so many people have incorporated it into their daily lives.
While cannabis has been used for centuries, the cannabis industry is relatively young; owing to the legal status of marijuana just a few years ago, there isn’t nearly enough scientific research on the subject. This makes it incredibly difficult to ascertain whether any of these benefits of CBD are rooted in fact. That said, early studies suggest that Cannabidiol may indeed improve your life in the following ways:
Epilepsy is a rather unforgiving brain disorder that results in seizures, fits, and convulsions. This condition affects a good chunk of the population, many of them children below age 16. Although medication for epilepsy exists, it’s only used to control the seizures, not stop them from happening.
Preliminary research suggests that CBD may help reduce neuron excitability, a feat that makes it helpful in reducing the occurrence of seizures. This goes a long way in improving the quality of life of the people suffering from this condition.
A notable story in this realm is that of Charlotte Figi, the young angel that bravely battled with Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of early childhood epilepsy. After exhausting all medical channels, her family opted to look into how medical marijuana, especially CBD, would help ease her condition.
Before she began CBD treatment, she was severely ill, suffered 300 grand mal seizures a week, and was constrained to a wheelchair. Taking a high CBD and low-THC oil helped clear these symptoms, giving the young girl a reprieve from her condition.
Cannabidiol has changed numerous people’s lives, and stories like Charlotte’s prove that the fight has only just begun.
Anxiety is a challenge that assails a huge portion of the Canadian population. Its symptoms can be quite crippling; therefore, there is an urgent need to solve this problem.
According to these statistics, more than 41% of Canadians aged 18-29 were diagnosed with anxiety by a medical professional. AnxietyNew studies suggest that CBD is an effective, accessible, and affordable way of dealing with anxiety- or at least its symptoms.
CBD may help control anxiety by altering how your brain receptors respond to serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter responsible for appetite, sleep, happiness, consciousness, and even arousal. Individuals suffering from chronic depression and anxiety have been found to have low levels of this neurotransmitter.
By changing how your brain receptors react to serotonin, cannabidiol helps control anxiety. It may also help reduce sweating, stomach discomfort, heart palpitations, and other symptoms of anxiety.
Everyone has had a moment in which it was difficult for them to go to sleep no matter how hard they tried. While such nights are far in between for most, people suffering from insomnia live through them more times than they care to remember.
Insomnia is a sleeping disorder that makes it hard for people to fall and stay asleep. This implies that they barely get any rest, which can significantly impinge on their productivity and enjoyment of life.
CBD helps reduce the levels of cortisol- a stress hormone that is generally more abundant in the systems of insomniacs, making it hard to fall asleep. In doing so, the cannabinoid can make it possible for people suffering from insomnia to get the rest they need.
When cannabidiol is extracted from industrial hemp and high-content marijuana strains, it is processed and used to manufacture various CBD-based products. These products come in different forms; in this section, we’ll break down some of the more common forms of CBD.
There’s nothing like the steady rush of a good Sativa, setting in at your feet and finding its way up your body. Many people love cannabis for its THC- that is, the psychoactive component responsible for the euphoric effects of marijuana. Other cannabis users prefer to avoid THC as it’s been found to cause or aggravate anxiety in some people. For such people, high CBD strains are a blessing.
Many seed banks and cultivators are introducing high-CBD strains to the market. These strains typically contain as much as 20% cannabidiol and may also contain trace amounts of THC. So, what are high-CBD strains good for?
High-cannabidiol strains are a fast and quick-acting means of administering CBD. Smoking and vaping are some of the more potent ways of consuming cannabidiol and elicit rather strong effects. Like other CBD strains, Pure Sun CBD from Pure Sunfarms offers a reprieve from the heavy punch of Indicas and the sometimes anxiety-filled stimulation of Sativas. It has 14% CBD and 1% THC and will leave you feeling relaxed, calm, and happy.
Salves and ointments are generally processed using wax and oils, thus come in an almost solid state. Due to their thick consistency, ointments and salves are absorbed much slower. They may, therefore, need to sit on the skin much longer than lotions for them to be effectively absorbed. However, the one upside to this is that their effects tend to last as long as 6 hours, even though they may take a while to set in.
Creams and lotions are different from ointments and salves in regards to texture. While salves tend to be thick and waxy, creams generally have a moisturizing element. These creams are made using CBD extract and a carrier oil such as hemp or lavender, which helps seal in the moisture in your skin.
CBD lotions and creams are applied directly to the skin, thus are a quick and convenient way of consuming cannabidiol. These creams help provide relief from pain, inflammation, and muscle cramps. They are also quite ideal in dealing with acne and other conditions of the skin.
Our bestselling Transdermal CBD Cream by LivRelief contains about 250 mg of cannabidiol. It also contains a good number of terpenes, thus has a mild tropical scent. This cream is easy to apply and its effects kick in rapidly. If you’re looking for a strong CBD cream that best suits your needs, look no further.
Like THC, CBD is soluble in fats and not water. It is, therefore, possible to formulate a CBD extract and then use this extract to prepare edibles, gummies, and even teas. CBD edibles are ingested orally and digested in the stomach before being metabolized in the liver and then absorbed into the bloodstream. For this reason, it may take quite a while for their effects to kick in.
We currently have the best CBD edibles in stock. Developed by Aurora Drift, Peach Serene CBD Soft Chews will leave you feeling calm, happy, and relaxed. They have a fruity flavor and scent, thus are a pleasant and tasty way of consuming cannabidiol. Each of these gummies contains 10 mg of cannabidiol. They come in a pack of 5 pieces and can therefore be spread out over a period of time or eaten with a group of friends.
These oral capsules are a quick and favorable method of consuming cannabidiol, especially if you’re on the go. These capsules typically contain an extract of CBD mixed with a carrier oil and packaged in a gelatin-based shell. (Remember the cod-liver oil caps we took as kids?)
Softgels capsules are airtight, thus preventing the cannabidiol oil from damage by air or sunlight. Most people also find soft gels easy to swallow, making them the perfect way of consuming CBD oil.
If you’re looking for CBD gel caps, Redecan has got you covered. CBD Gems, a high-quality product from the company, contains about 10 mg of CBD and 1 mg of THC per capsule. The pack contains 15 capsules of CBD- depending on your usage, this may be enough for a week or more.
As we’ve mentioned before, cannabidiol is not soluble in water, hence the need for carrier oils. Its limited solubility greatly impedes its bioavailability, that is, the body’s ability to absorb it and respond to its effects. Ripple, a cannabis company dedicated to making premium quality and accessible cannabis products, ingeniously found a way around this stumbling block.
The company figured out a way of making CBD easier to absorb. They did this by processing cannabidiol into fine particles and taking it through emulsification afterward. This helps transform CBD extract into a CBD powder that dissolves easily in water.
Ripple’s Dissolvable CBD Powder has 4.5 times more bioavailability than typical CBD oils. Thus, it can be added directly to foods and drinks; since they are odorless and tasteless, they won’t affect the flavor of your food. This CBD product comes in a 4 pack, each containing 10 mg of cannabidiol and 1 mg of THC.
Much like THC, people respond differently to different doses of CBD. Everyone has an optimal point that works best for them; after you’ve used CBD products for a while, you’ll come to a sweet spot that works best for you.
That said, all our products have their cannabidiol content clearly marked on the packaging to ensure you know exactly how much CBD you’re consuming.
That was a long ride! cannabidiol is an incredibly wide subject, and it’s not surprising there’s so much information to exhaust. It’s a wonder that one compound could have so many benefits, but such is the beauty of life. Whether you’re looking for the best way to take CBD for sleep or calm symptoms of anxiety, we’ve got you covered.
Taking high CBD cannabis products, along with some THC ensures that you are benefitting from the two worlds, ie, the entourage effect. This refers to cannabinoids, terpenes, and other natural compounds in weed working in perfect synergy to benefit you even more.
Now that you know what CBD is good for, you’re probably considering trying out one of the cannabidiol products we mentioned above. You should. We’ll be Stok’d to serve you!