While many states have started reforming the laws on marijuana and cannabis plant, some states have already legalized it both in recreational and medicinal use. With huge popularity and demand, a lot of people want to get more information about this substance. We will use this article to help you to understand it better, as well as how it can help you.
We do not encourage you to start taking CBD on your own, especially if you do not live in the state where medicinal use is allowed. We purely offer informational content so you could educate yourself.
Why is CBD popular?
It became highly popular due to the various cases of people who managed to treat cancer, mental conditions and other physical problems with this substance. In the beginning, no one did know about since THC was a villain that everybody was pointing fingers to.
From the moment that it became known, the industry had seen an opportunity to commercialize it. So, that is how CBD-infused food came to exist and everybody wanted to try it. Especially because it did not offer “high” feeling, while you could treat your condition with it.
CBD VS THC
A lot of people confuses when somebody mentions CBD and THC, which are similar but also quite different substances. CBD stands for Cannabidiol, which is present in every cannabis sativa plant, though some have higher and some have lower concentrations of it.
It also does not get you high. On the other hand, THC or tetra-hydro-cannabinol is the main compound of weed and it is the substance that offers that “high” feeling. So, THC is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana and therefore it relaxes, makes you sleepy and induces hunger.
Forms of CBD
Though it is hard to separate it from the rest of compounds, which are in abundance in cannabis plants, the most common forms of CBD are CBD-infused food and drinks. Though these were not available in so many different forms in the beginning, things have changed now.
Therefore, you can get cold brews that contain cannabidiol and can be used for the treatment. Also, you can find cocktails, edibles (cookies, brownies, pies etc.), oils and tinctures. The oils and tinctures are the most common forms used for the treatment, while food and drinks are more for the “recreational users”.
What influences the effectiveness of CBD?
Several things influence the overall effectiveness. Bioavailability plays a huge role as the CBD sticks to cannabinoid receptors and persons who do not have these “boosted” may not feel that much of the effects. Also, the dosage plays a crucial role since it is hard to determine the right dosage.
The higher dosage means stronger effects. In addition, if you have a slow metabolic rate, it may take up to several hours before the compound takes an action. But if you have a good metabolic rate, you should feel the effects in less than 30 minutes.