What is Cannabidiol or CBD?

What is CBD and where is it found?

Cannabidiol or CBD is a compound found in cannabis buds. It is known for its numerous significant medicinal benefits. CBD is one of the more than 85 chemical compounds called cannabinoids. Cannabinoids play a role in the brain, affecting neurotransmitter release. Endocannabinoids are naturally found in humans and animals while phytocannabinoids are found in cannabis plants. Cannabidiol (CBD) doesn’t have a psychoactive effect life THC. It rather gives the person a healing effect and comes with minimal side effects; no risk of lethal overdose.

What medical conditions can CBD treat?

All though this is a thorough list there are many more ailments that can be treated with CBD. Cannabidiol is used in the following treatments for: anti-inflammatory pain, antiemetic, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, anti-psychotic, pain, anxiety arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, antibiotic-resistant infections, neurological disorders, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and Dravet’s Syndrome.

Making CBD more pure with a process called roto-vaporization

There are some cannabis strains that offer relatively higher levels of CBD content in the buds and could be further refined with roto-vaporization. Many medical cannabis patients in large doses have found CBD to be helpful and still be able to remain functional in daily activities since they are not stoned. Since CBD doesn’t bring the psychoactive effects of THC, it has currently being used as a treatment in some serious medical conditions in children. CBD has been found to be very effective in the treatment of a variety of medical ailments and conditions. CBD has also been shown to stimulate bone fracture healing in laboratory animals.

What is meant by “CBD-rich” versus “CBD dominant”?

“CBD-rich” versus “CBD dominant”: By “CBD-rich,” we mean a cannabis strain or product that has equal amounts of CBD and THC, or more CBD than THC (usually at least 4 percent CBD by dry weight.). By “CBD-dominant,” we mean strains or products that are CBD-rich but have very little THC content. As mentioned before, one can separate out THC and CBD by a process referred to as roto-vaporization. This is due to the fact that CBD has a higher boiling point.

Boiling Points of THC and CBD:

  • THC has a boiling point: 157 C (314.6 degree F)
  • Cannabidiol (CBD) has a higher boiling point: 160-180 C (320-356 degree F)

What is the optimal dose of CBD?

The optimal dosage levels of CBD are uncertain due to the lack of human studies. Chronic high doses of up to 1500 mg of CBD per day are well tolerated and produce no noticeable physiological effects. However, there is evidence to suggest that the medical benefits of CBD disappear when dosages become excessive. For inhaled medical use, most users prefer varieties with THC:CBD ratios between 2:1 and 1:2. Extremely low-THC cannabis varieties are useful for making CBD extracts and tinctures. Unlike THC, CBD does not show up positive on standard drug tests testing for cannabis.

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