Medicinal and recreational cannabis have been on the rise over the last couple of years ever since they were legalized in many countries all around the world. It is not only used as a form of treatment for a wide range of physical and mental conditions, but also as a form of recreation or as a form of boosting one’s creativity.
However, when it comes to using it as an actual form of medication, a lot of people are rather reluctant of it mainly because of the negative connotations it has had for decades, and, the fact that it can still get you intoxicated to a certain extent.
Being high is not as bad as people tend to believe, but it can still affect your performance in multiple activities and make it impossible for you to do certain things such as driving, making it a not reliable choice for a lot of people.
Here’s where CBD enters the play. As an alternative to medicinal cannabis, CBD-based products are known for not getting you high and providing all the health benefits medicinal cannabis can provide. You can find a lot of different types of products created using CBD, like the ones shown at cheefbotanicals that are specialized for medical treatments, such as gummies, oils and smokeables like flowers.
But how does it work? And is actually as safe as reliable as people portray it to be?
Why CBD is Much More Dependable
The cannabis plant has two main compounds, which are CBD, the short name for cannabidiol, and THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, and they are both the main two compounds that provide the plant with its many properties
However, THC is the one compound that makes the plant psychoactive, thus, it is the compound that gets people high. Higher levels of THC, of course, means a much stronger and long-lasting effect, but the contrary is also applicable.
And that is why most CBD-based products are actually derived from the hemp plant instead. The hemp plant is a familiar type of cannabis that is known for containing higher levels of CBD and really low levels of THC, and as shown at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp, it only reaches up to 0.3% of its chemical structure.
Thus, all of the products created using cannabidiol as its main compound are actually incapable of getting you high, thus, they are lot more reliable than your regular cannabis-based medication or product.
But what are the actual benefits of it, and how do you choose the right product for your specific circumstances?
The Actual Benefits of Cannabidiol
Just so you know, cannabidiol provides various health benefits that can be categorized as both mental and physical, but the main reason why people go for cannabidiol is because it is easily accessible, affordable, and quite safe. Its side effects, in comparison to more traditional medications, are harmless, and can be easily avoided by properly managing the dose.
Though, the reason why people get cannabidiol in the first place is because of its capacity to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation, which is a huge advantage for senior people that are very prompt to suffering from inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and other pain-inducing conditions.
And according to the community, CBD is incredibly efficient when it comes to arthritis, pain and many other complications to the point of being used by hospitals to treat patients dealing with diseases and very harsh treatments like chemotherapy
But there’s more than just that. Cannabidiol can also be used for other things, and the most popular uses of cannabidiol besides alleviating pain and reducing inflammation, are:
- Reducing anxiety
- Improving quality of sleep
- Calming down panic attacks
- Reducing stress levels
Choosing the Right Product
As the title of this article says, you can pick from multiple forms of products in the current market. Although all products you can find share a lot of similarities, there are some small differences that can make a product a lot more viable for you than others.
The main three categories you can find are edibles such as gummies, oils (or tinctures), and smokeable products such as flowers. Let’s showcase the main points of each category to help you decide which one is more suitable for you.
- Oils: Oils and tinctures are without a doubt the most popular choice for the regular CBD user, and the reason for that is because they tend to be a little bit cheaper, and they last for longer. They are also much easier to find since they are produced in more quantities.
Oils and edibles share similarities in the way they work. They usually take around 30 minutes to kick in and provide a reasonable effect for around 3 to 5 hours.
- Edibles: As mentioned earlier, they provide the same effect as oils, mainly because they are absorbed into the system through the stomach. Now, the main difference between oils and edibles are that edibles, like gummies, cookies, and candies, tend to be a little bit more expensive, and have a much shorter expiration date.
On the other hand, edibles are more practical, appetizing, and a lot more discreet, which is something a lot of people look for when it comes to consuming CBD-based products.
- Smokeables: Smokeable like flowers and vaping oils are a lot more different than oils and edibles. Firstly, you usually need special equipment or preparation to take them, and you can’t just take them anywhere since some places don’t allow you to smoke.
However, smokeable do provide a much intense effect that kicks in after 5 to 15 minutes and lasts for around 1 to 3 hours. This effect is a lot stronger than the effect caused by edibles and oils, making it a more viable choice for people suffering from very acute pain and inflammation.
Ideally, you should pick a product based on your circumstances, and of course, your tastes. Just understand that all products are capable of providing the benefits of CBD, so you might want to give them a try one by one to choose the one that suits you the most!