The growing awareness regarding medical applications of Cannabis has led to increased research and studies on the subject. There’s no doubt that cannabis has proven to be useful in treating many chronic health ailments. Although, these studies are still in the primitive phase and need more solid evidence to prove, otherwise.
The marijuana plant consists of over a hundred compounds and chemicals. But not all of them are of medicinal importance. Having said that, there are a mere count of six compounds, commonly referred to as cannabinoids, that are promptly used for medical and recreational applications.
Out of these six, Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the ones that have been studied the most. A possible explanation could be the higher concentration of these compounds in cannabis as compared with any other compound.
What Is CBD?
CBD is the non-psychoactive compound that causes more of a relaxing effect on the consumer, whereas, THC is the psychoactive counterpart, that causes the “high”. Cannabis has been decriminalized in Canada for both medicinal, as well as, recreational use.
Though medicinal use of cannabis was legalized in July 2001, it was on 17th October 2018 when the federal Cannabis Act declared recreational use of cannabis as legal. Therefore, allowing the commercial cultivation, packaging, selling, and consumption of marijuana legal throughout Canada.
What Are The Benefits Of CBD?
“The human body consists of 11 vital systems that keep a check on the health and development of the body.”- this is what all of us have studied in high school. But there are a few who know that there’s another system at work that keeps all these systems working to their optimal potential. The twelfth system at work is called the endocannabinoid system.
The system was first discovered in the early 1990s when some biologists were studying the effects of cannabis on the body. The system consists of two types of receptors- CB1 and CB2 receptors. While the CB1 receptors are mainly found in the primary nervous system, the CB2 receptors are commonly found in the peripheral nervous system, especially the immunity system.
Apart from these receptors, there are two other key components of the endocannabinoid system– enzymes and endocannabinoids themselves.
Endocannabinoids are produced naturally in the body and control basic functions such as appetite, sleep, mood, reproduction and fertility, and many more.
The reason, we are discussing the endocannabinoids is that they resemble cannabinoids very closely and work almost the same. In fact, cannabidiol (CBD) functions the same as endocannabinoids. CBD is known for there relaxing and soothing effects. Thereby, treating patients with the dysfunctional endocannabinoid system and relieve them from pain and suffering.
Now that you’ve understood the importance of CBD, its time you understand how to consume it.
There are four ways to consume CBD extracts for the best results.
Smoking Or Vaping
One of the most common modes of consuming cannabidiol is to smoke or vape it. There’s a slight difference in both of these modes of administration.
While smoking usually involves genetically altered weed either rolled in paper or using a bong, vaping involves heating of fluidic CBD extracts with the help of a heating element and inhaling the vapours produced. Both of these methods fall under the same category since the CBD is fused into the bloodstream through the lungs.
What you need to take care of is to look for CBD oil Canada on Google to find the most reliable source of these extracts. This is to ensure that you get only the best quality oil to relieve of your ailment and that too without getting high.
Edibles And Eatables
Alternatively, you can mix your CBD oil in your food. This is considered as one of the most efficient modes of consumption as the extracts are diffused post-digestion. And therefore, offer long-lasting relief.
Many sellers and renowned brands offer there own line of edible products. These include CBD gummies, candies, chocolates and even cookies. With ready-to-consume edibles available in the market you can rest assured of the precise concentration of CBD.
Whereas, if you prefer to cook your own edibles, you need to take care of the concentration. While a precise CBD oil content per gram of cooked food can help heal your body, an excessive amount may lead to some side-effects, on the other hand. Therefore, unless you understand the nitty-gritty of careful measurement, it is best if you purchase the ready-to-eat edibles.
Topical And Transdermal
Another mode of administering CBD into the body is through topical creams. These topical creams have proven results in curing skeletal problems such as arthritis, as well as, some muscular disorders such as neck pain and sore muscles.
On the other hand, a relatively new mode of administration has also been developed that offers much better relief and that too for longer periods of time. Commonly referred to as transdermal patches, these small adhesive patches are embedded with CBD extracts. The concentrates are permissible through dermal barriers and affect the targetted cells directly.
If you are considering the topical or transdermal mode of administration, it’s best that you understand that your skin is not sensitive to these agents. Having consulted with your dermatologist you can get a better idea.
Sublingual Or Tinctures
As obvious by the name, this mode involves administering the medicine directly into the tissues under the tongue. Usually, small amounts of CBD oil are dissolved in an alcohol-based solvent, thus they are also known as tinctures.
A small droplet of this tincture is then placed under the tongue. The tissues below the tongue have tiny blood vessels that absorb this solution. Thus diffusing the medicine directly into the blood.
Since the CBD is not exposed to the complete digestive system, more of it is preserved in tincture form. Therefore, allowing for a quicker response from the medicine, and rapid relief from the suffering.
Having known all of these modes is just half of the journey. What you need to ensure is which one of these methods works best for you. Your concerned medical representative would carefully examine the effects of these different modes and recommend the best one suitable for your condition.