The only intoxicating cannabinoid known for its euphoric and mind altering effects present in Cannabis sativa L. is THC. Alternatively, a lesser known but increasing in popularity is the cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD) which is non-intoxicating, has a good safety profile and a very wide range of therapeutic actions. Understanding the delicate balance of the ratio between CBD and THC is one of the most frequently asked questions from consumers seeking to buy CBD products online.
Botanical Classification of Cannabis
The Cannabaceae family includes over 170 species including Cannabis (cannabis and hemp), Humulus (hops) and the largest being Celtis (hackberries). That being said, it has become confusing as to the distinction between cannabis and hemp derived phytocannabinoids. The molecular structure remains consistent regardless of the genus; Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica or Cannabis ruderalis, which are distinguished based on appearance and environment. Hemp specifically, is more abundant in cannabidiol which allows it to be isolated in such a way to detach THC concentrations.
Is CBD Oil Psychoactive?
Depending on the method of extraction and what subspecies of Cannabis sativa is used in production, some CBD oils may have higher trace amounts of THC which may cause intoxication. Organic oil derived from mature industrialized hemp stalks has less than 0.03% THC which is non-psychoactive and creates a variance in mechanisms altered within the Endocannabinoid System to regulate the body back to homeostasis. Some of the herbal actions of cannabidiol includes: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anxiolytic, immunomodulation and neuroprotectant which can be beneficial in many ailments of present day.
What is the Best Application?
There are various products on the market containing cannabidiol (CBD) including: oil based tinctures, vaporizers, capsules, beverages, foods, topicals and many more. Depending on the specific use the application may vary or be used in conjunction with each other. As cannabinoids are lipophilic (fat soluble) there is research outlining sub-lingual oil based tinctures are most effective in terms of absorption as it is a first pass through the blood stream and bypasses the Gastrointestinal Tract. It is up to the consumer to determine their application of choice and know that the options are there to explore the many therapeutic benefits of CBD.
What is the Appropriate Dosage?
The Endocannabinoid System varies in tone between individuals, those that are clinically more deficient may require more time for levels to adjust in the body, those who are not may notice effects onset of dosing. Each initial product requires adjustment in terms of milligrams needed to achieve specific results and address individual concerns, let it be known as a natural supplement please be patient and give your body time to adjust.
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