5 Things You Should Know About Cannabidiol
- Cannabidiol (CBD) and THC are both medicinal
Many cannabis activists often field questions from interested parties and the media asking which aspect of cannabis is medicinal, THC or CBD? Due to THC’s popularized psychotropic properties and CBD’s medicinal properties, many people are misled into believing that THC serves no true medicinal purpose. In reality, THC has amazing therapeutic properties, including use as an anti-nausea medication, as an appetite inducer and as a pain suppressant.
- There is scientific research on cannabidiol’s effects
For a long time, there was no concrete, scientific evidence of cannabidiol’s medicinal benefits; this made doctors wary when their patients expressed interest in it since doctors are men and women of science. Since then, there have been a number of clinical trials carried out on humans that have been shown to reduce schizophrenic episodes, seizures, and help reduce anxiety.
- Cannabidiol works best with THC
CBD and THC is a power couple and they work best when combined. Studies have established that THC and CBD work synergistically to enhance the therapeutic effects of each component. While you may benefit from a heavier dose of THC or a heavier dose of CBD, you won’t find more relief by using only CBD.
- CBD is not actually legal throughout the USA
Many importers of cannabidiol claim that you will face no legal hurdles if the product contains less than 0.3% TH, unfortunately, the reality is a bit more nuanced. Federal law prohibits US farmers from growing hemp as a commercial crop, but businesses are allowed to sell low-THC, imported hemp products in the USA as long as the products come from the stalk and seed of the plant only.
The problem? Cannabidiol cannot be extracted from hempseed and can only be extracted from the flower, leaves, and a tiny bit from the stalk, which means it falls into a strange gray area.
- All CBD is not the same
Legal issues aside, the flower-tops and leaves of some strains of hemp may be a viable source of CBD, but it is not an optimal source. It requires tons of industrial hemp to extract only a bit of CBD, while CBD-rich cannabis produces it readily.
There is also the matter of toxic contaminants making their way into your CBD oil through the massive amounts of industrial hemp needed to produce CBD.
Synthesized CBD oil, on the other hand, lacks many of the secondary cannabinoids found in cannabis that work in tandem with other compounds to enhance the therapeutic benefits of CBD and THC.