What is CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) a compound found in cannabis and hemp plants with therapeutic benefits. It is not psychotropic (it does not make you feel stoned) – in fact, it might be able to counteract the psychoactivity of THC. CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory, a strong antioxidant, an antidepressant, and a neuroprotector. It is being tested for use in the treatment of many other chronic conditions.
Where does CBD come from?
Mainly from the leaves, resin or flowering tops, but not the stems, of cannabis and hemp plants.
How is CBD extracted from the plant?
CBD oil should be extracted without toxic solvents and formulation with no artificial ingredients, chemical preservatives, thinning agents or corn syrup. A common practice uses carbon dioxide (CO2) under high pressure and extremely low temperatures to isolate the oil.
How does CBD work?
The body produces endocannabinoids, neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system. CBD can reduce pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters.
What is the Hemp derived vs. marijuana derived CBD?
A cannabis plant with less than .3% of THC is considered to be a hemp plant. Previously hemp was low in CBD and used primarily for its fibers. Now plants are being grown that are high in CBD as well as terpenes and flavonoids. It is legal in all 50 states. Marijuana also contains CBD as well as higher levels of THC.
What is the difference between CBD rich vs CBD dominant strains?
CBD rich is a strain or product that has equal amounts of CBD and THC, or more CBD than THC. CBD dominate is a strain or product that is CBD rich but with very little THC content.
What are the possible side effects of CBD?
Nausea, fatigue, diarrhea
What kind of unsubstantiated claims are currently found in the marketplace?
The FDA has sent Cease and Desist letters and fined a number of companies selling CBD that claimed it could curve or reverse cancer. The FDA has approved only one marijuana-based drug, Epidiolex, that contains a synthetic form of cannabidiol that is used to treat Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, which are forms of epilepsy. There is anecdotal evidence that CBD combined with THC can treat many different cancers but there have not been enough scientific trials to claim this as fact.
What are the delivery options and their effectiveness?
Vape pens inhaled CBD tends to enter the bloodstream faster than other forms – but make sure the pen is solvent-free and be mindful of dosage/inhale/draw.
Tinctures, Drops or sprays are the next in line and can be effective under the tongue (hold for 30 seconds before swallowing) or sprayed inside the cheeks.
Topical Rub creams or oils can be used on sore muscles or inflammation for relief.
Edible Food and drink infused with CBD take longer to go into effect since they are absorbed more slowly and precise dosing is often harder is you’re buying a prepackaged product.
How much Grandma’s Natural Remedies oil should I use?
As with all CBD products it is best to start small and increase as needed. Since Grandma’s Natural Remedies are a topical oil you will feel the effects fairly quickly (usually within 10 – 15 minutes). Every person is different so you will need to listen to your body. Start with a few drops. If you have a painful area you can put the oil directly on that spot. We have found putting it on your face can help with sleep and anxiety since breathing in the essential oils will also facilitate your experience.
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