CBD 101: What You Should Know

September 22, 2019 iceheadshop

CBD has gone mainstream and is showing up in places you may not have dreamed up! But what is CBD, and why is it being added to so many different products today? Let's take a closer look at this compound and various aspects surrounding it. First, let's look at exactly what CBD is and where it comes from!

What is CBD

CBD is short for what is scientifically known as cannabidiol. CBD is one of over a hundred cannabinoids found in the cannabis and hemp plants. This cannabinoid was first isolated by a team of researchers back in the 1940s. Its claim to fame, however, has only come into light in recent years.

CBD started to receive mainstream recognition after a prominent neurosurgeon by the name of Sanjay Gupta was featured in a special on CNN regarding a little girl by the name of Charlotte Figi. Charlotte had suffered from hundreds of seizures daily before CBD was incorporated into her medical treatments.

Thanks to CBD, she was able to put her seizures at bay and gained a higher quality of life. The high-CBD strain of cannabis that Charlotte utilized was giving her namesake, Charlotte's Web, and has since helped hundreds if not thousands of individuals find relief.

CBD from Low-THC Hemp Strains vs. CBD from High-THC Cannabis Strains

CBD can be obtained from both low-THC strains of hemp as well as high-THC strains of medicinal cannabis. While many people say that CBD is CBD no matter where it comes from, according to experts such as the National Hemp Association, there is one significant difference in CBD from each of these two sources. That difference is the concentration of CBD per PPM. PPM stands for Parts Per Million. CBD from hemp has 25 parts per million, whereas CBD from high-THC medicinal cannabis strains has a concentration of 150,000 parts per million.

For this reason, some individuals do not find the same benefits when utilizing a product derived from industrial hemp (low-THC strains) in comparison to using a full-spectrum product derived from a high-THC strain of medicinal cannabis.

Pros and Cons of Consuming CBD

Consuming CBD comes with many benefits. However, there are some things that you should consider before adding CBD to your health and/or beauty regimen. Let's take a closer look at the pros and cons of consuming CBD.

First, let's look at some of the things you should be aware of what may be considered a con of consuming CBD. These aspects, however, are commonly only associated with vaping CBD oil and not with CBD directly.

  • When vaping CBD oil, there is a chance that the oil was made utilizing Propylene Glycol, a common thinning agent. If so, there is a slight increase in the possibilities of carcinogens being present when consuming cannabis through inhalation methods.
  • As with anything that is consumed through inhalation, the risk of it sending someone into a respiratory attack is much higher for individuals that suffer from things such as Asthma and COPD. If you suffer from respiratory issues, perhaps a consumption method other than vaping would be the best choice!

 

Now that we have that out of the way let's look at the many ways in which one may benefit from consuming CBD! Below you can find a list of reported health benefits from consuming CBD. Many of these reports are also backed by scientific research which can be found by doing a quick internet search of CBD research.

  • Reduced Pain
  • Reduced Inflammation
  • Reduced Anxiety
  • Reduced Depression
  • Reduced Stress
  • Reduced Insomnia
  • Contains Antioxidant Properties
  • Reduces Symptoms of PTSD
  • Relieves Nausea and Vomiting
  • Relieves Neuropathy
  • Improves Skin Conditions Including Acne
  • Reduces the Occurrence of Seizures
  • Addiction Help
  • Helps in Digestion
  • Reduces Risk of Diabetes and Obesity

How You Can Consume CBD When it comes to how you can consume CBD, it seems as if the options are almost limitless. Here are the most common ways of consuming CBD.

  • Vaping
  • Infused in Food and Beverages
  • Sublingually Under the Tongue
  • Capsulated
  • Smoking
  • Topically
  • Transdermally

Why Many Are Choosing Vaping as Their Preferred Consumption Method

So now that you know what CBD is, where it comes from, the benefits it may offer, and the potential risks of consuming it through vaping, let’s look at why many consumers choose to vape CBD in comparison to other consumption methods.

  • Vaping offers benefits much faster than other methods. In fact, many consumer report feeling the effects within just minutes.
  • Vaping is much safer than smoking, and CBD vape juice or CBD vape oil is available in many pleasant flavours.
  • Vaping is quick, easy, and discreet, unlike smoking, which leaves a lingering odor in most cases or eating an infused product that is packed with sugar!

 

No matter how you decide to consume CBD, you can find the products you need here day and night at Ice Headshop!

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