In recent years, much has been heard about CBD and products made from this element. For this reason, at Eurogrow we want to explain a little about what CBD is and what it is for.
CBD or cannabidiol is one of the main components of marijuana and is present in greater concentration in the resinous bud, making up 45% of the extract of the strain.
It is good to be clear that it is not the only cannabinoid that you can find in cannabis plants. Currently, approximately more than 113 exclusive cannabinoids of marijuana plants have been discovered, among which the most prominent are CBD, CBG, CBN and THC.
CBD is a natural organic compound that does not produce psychoactivity, nor is it psychotropic and has unparalleled therapeutic potential.
There are so many benefits of this cannabinoid that researchers are trying to clarify its benefits, properties and its ability to alleviate the symptoms of different pathologies in patients.
How is CBD extracted from the cannabis plant?
CBD extract is extracted in different ways. Among them are methods of neurotoxic solvents such as butane (BHO), hexane, propane or other hydrocarbons, but sometimes they leave residues that can harm your health.
The safest procedures are extraction with supercritical and subcritical CO2. Where carbon dioxide is used at a fairly low temperature and high pressure. The CBD that is extracted in this way is potent. However, this way of extracting cannabidiol requires experience and expensive equipment.
It can also be extracted with food-grade ethanol, home equipment, and a safe solvent, though this destroys the plant waxes that can benefit your health.
Another way to extract CBD is with the use of olive oil. In this way the exposure of organic solvents is totally avoided. This method is inexpensive. But, the cannabidiol that is obtained is perishable. Therefore, it should be stored in cool, dark and moisture-free places.
THC the same as CBD
Many people tend to confuse these two cannabinoids, but the truth is that even though they are found in the same plant and both contain therapeutic properties, they are totally different.
It should be noted that marijuana or cannabis contains more than 500 organic elements and as we mentioned, at least 113 of them are cannabinoids that are recognized for their therapeutic qualities, the best known being THC and CBD. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is a psychotropic substance found in cannabis and is what causes the psychoactivity for which marijuana is known.
CBD is the opposite, it does not produce psychoactive effects. However, both components have fantastic therapeutic power and their effects are of great intensity when they work together, since the analgesic and anticancer effect is enhanced. Likewise, CBD is responsible for counteracting the psychoactivity of THC.
What is CBD for?
CBD helps improve a wide variety of health problems such as inflammation, lower anxiety levels, pain, improves sleep disorders, among others. It is that as research is carried out, more benefits are discovered and they are increasingly known as helping our body. On this website they explain to us perfectly what CBD is for.
For its part, the Pharmacology Association of the United Kingdom approved a variety of benefits such as antidepressant, anticancer, anticonvulsant and anxiolytic.
In addition, it can be of great help in reducing nausea, vomiting and psychotic problems such as schizophrenia. In the case of skin problems, it has been discovered that CBD contributes to cell regeneration, helps fight free radicals, cancer and tumor cells.
How can CBD help you?
Although all the beneficial properties of CBD are not yet known exactly, it is known that it is a fantastic:
• Among others.
According to the clinical studies carried out, it has a great therapeutic value to improve the symptoms of different pathologies such as:
• Chronic pain.
• Cancer: brain, pancreas, skin, liver, breast, and prostate tumors, among others.
• It is of great help in palliative treatment, since it significantly improves the symptoms produced by chemotherapy. As for nausea, insomnia, vomiting and physical pain.
• Helps you control obesity and diabetes.
• Say goodbye to the pain caused by arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.
• Contributes to regular cardiovascular disorders.
• Reduces the symptoms of chronic inflammatory skin diseases, such as acne, dermatitis and psoriasis.
• The use of CBD is perfect to combat neuropsychiatric diseases: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), schizophrenia, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcoholism.
• Improves neurological disorders: Parkinson’s disease, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease.
• Has demonstrated effectiveness in movement disorders, refractory epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and cerebrovascular accident (CVA).
• Fights inflammatory bowel diseases: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
In the current market, you find a wide variety of products made from cannabidiol, these are some of them:
Its presentation is in drops, capsules and aerosol. It can be applied topically like creams.
The concentration of CBD varies according to the use you want to give it, that is, 5% for mild pain and pathologies, 10% for acute pain and 15% or more for chronic pain.
You find them in different presentations such as gel capsules, capsules, tinctures, pills, among others.
The effect produced by these supplements is similar to that of foodstuffs and the concentration, like oils, depends on the pathology.
They are the most used, you can buy them in balms, lotions, ointments and ointments. Its application is topical and CBD levels range from 5% to more than 50%.
They are effective in improving pain, infections, inflammation and skin conditions.
CBD E-liquids are used in electronic cigarettes and vaporizers and are perfect for flavoring a given space. They are of great help to reduce anxiety, depression, insomnia, reduce pain.
Usually the concentration is 2.5% CBD.
It is obtained from the resin that is extracted from the trichomes of marijuana strains. So it contains a very significant amount of cannabis.
The concentration of CBD is quite high and its preparation is a bit complex, which means that it is more expensive.
They are concentrations of CBD that do not contain THC, it is a way to take advantage of pure or full spectrum CBD, since it is obtained directly from the resin.
Its effect is almost immediate, it is of great help to improve disorders of the mind and body. Crystals are an alternative for those who want to use CBD on a daily basis.
Despite the fact that the intake of these products has not been legalized in Spain, both in grow shops and in virtual stores you can find CBD in different presentations such as the famous jellies, chewing gum and candies of different flavors that reduce the bitter taste of cannabidiol. without losing its properties and benefits.
Believe it or not, some brands have their CBD lines especially for pets. Its use is similar to that of humans, what can vary are the levels of CBD. It has an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, anxiolytic effect, among others.
CBD Side Effects
In the same way that drugs and products made from CBD can cause side effects. But they are very mild and are produced by excessive consumption of it, that is, by exaggerated doses of the product.
Side effects can be mild such as:
• dry mouth
• Low blood pressure.
• Loss of appetite.
If you use the correct dose orally, CBD will not be a risk to your health. When consumed in excessive doses, it can cause liver damage.
In the case of topical use, incidents of side effects are not yet known. However, it is important to apply the dose indicated by the manufacturer in any of its presentations, to avoid side effects.
- Whatever the reason for which you want to buy CBD products, it is recommended to consult with a doctor before beginning to enjoy the product.
- Cannabidiol is contraindicated in pregnant or lactating women.
- Although there are pediatric CBD medications to treat epilepsy such as Epidiolex, other formats are not safe for children.
- Patients with liver problems should use a minimum dose of CBD , if used orally.
- You should be very careful if you use CBD-based products in combination with other herbs or supplements. This can lead to drowsiness or dizziness.