Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, has become highly demanded in the wellness market. Consumers who use it claim it reduces pain, inflammation, anxiety and depression with no known adverse effects. The miracle cannabinoid can be ingested, smoked, applied topically or used as a soak.
CBD bath bomb anyone?
The adaptogenic-like cannabinoid works on the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which regulates many of our physiological processes. In an article written for cannabis reform group, NORML, Dr. Dustin Solak referred to the ECS as the bridge between the mind and body.
By understanding this system we begin to see a mechanism that explains how states of consciousness can promote health or disease. — Dr. Dustin Solak
The ECS is often examined for its relationship to stress — a common factor underlying most health issues. CBD is promoted for its ability to balance the ECS and as a result helps to manage our stress response, fear and anxiety.
Perhaps garnering CBD the most attention is its ability to reduce the amount of convulsive seizures occurring in epileptic children. In a study that measured seizures as severe — which involve a loss of consciousness, stiffened muscles and jerking movements — children taking CBD scored higher by 23 % for a decrease in seizures as compared to children who took a placebo.
The famous CBD heavy strain, “Charlotte’s Web,” was named after Charlotte Figi who began having these seizures at the age of three. When using her strain, Charlotte’s seizures decreased from 300 a week to 2-3 per month. In 2013, Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s front facing doctor, endorsed marijuana after interacting with Charlotte and her family. His shift on opinion ignited a global conversation and influenced the progression of marijuana laws around the country.
Contrary to popular belief, Charlotte’s Web is a hemp-derived product with little to no psychoactive effects, making it great for those who don’t want their medication to affect their daily tasks. –Leafly
CBD can be extracted from both cannabis and industrial hemp plants. Hemp derived CBD is available in all 50 states and more accessible because the hemp plant, itself, contains less then .3% of THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid). Unlike THC, CBD does not get you high. This alone has made CBD all the more desirable.
Cannabis derived CBD products are usually sold in a ratio format that includes THC. For example, you might make a purchase that markets a CBD product as a 10:1 (CBD:THC) or a 1:1. Research on these ratios has only just begun, but it is believed that more therapeutic coverage is available when the numbers are closer.
CBD works best when maintaining a frequent dose overtime as opposed to one heavy dose every few days or once a month. If you are new to this medicine, start with a small dose and increase the amount of milligrams you’re taking each week until you’ve found relief. If you’d like to try something paired with THC, start with a high CBD product (the higher the CBD, the lower the psychoactive effect) and gradually add more THC. When using THC, “proceed cautiously, especially if you have a history of alcohol or drug abuse, mental illness, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or are taking other medications.” – Project CBD
As with any new supplement, consult with your doctor before introducing a new remedy. Be sure to find a canna-friendly doctor as many practitioners are still caught under the spell of prohibition.
Arcanna Flowers is breeding new strains with hopes of achieving a 1:1 ratio in the near future! In the meantime, if you’re interested in trying a strain from one of our farms, at Mendocino Generations, we recommend: The Gift by UV Organics @ 25:1, Harle Tsu by Moongazer Farms @ 25:1 or Cherry Sue, by Hummingbird Farm @ 2:1.