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Marijuana illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Cultural history of marijuana 

One of the most controversial and talked about topics over the course of recent human history has been marijuana and its consumption. It has been the topic of debate for a number of years now as it was always considered a drug that could be potentially dangerous to a person’s health, much like any chemical drug might do. 

All of this controversy led to the recreational use of marijuana being banned practically worldwide, and the medicinal use only available to those who were absolutely desperate for it. Today, many states in America have legalised both just the medicinal use and even the recreational use as well, making the market grow insanely and be massively successful. This has led to exciting new inventions for those with an interest in the marijuana culture, like vaporizers, electric grinders, or even electric dab rigs. While people may know these basic facts, they might not know the actual cultural history that comes surrounding marijuana, so if you want to learn more, here is some information about the cultural history of marijuana. 

Ancient times

Marijuana, also known as weed, cannabis, or pot, has an incredibly long history that could consider it to be an ancient drug. Most countries and cultures didn’t intend to grow the plant and make use of it in order to feel a high, but rather for medicinal purposes. It is said that it was most likely to have been discovered somewhere in Asia all the way around 500 BC. 

Earlier hemp plants are known to be native to Asia and are slightly different to the cannabis plants that we make use of today that have been specially grown with different strains to feel different and more intense highs. Typically, beyond its medicinal use, hemp fibre was used to make paper, clothes, and ropes and even provide food from the seeds. 

It has also been seen to have been used ceremonially with the graves of shamans in both Siberia and china having burned cannabis seeds in them, dating all the way back to 500BC

The 19th century

Moving forward with technology and research, in the early 1800s an Irish doctor who was studding in India discovered that marijuana extracts would help people with severe stomach pain and nausea who were likely suffering from cholera. Throughout the 1800s these extracts were sold by doctors and pharmacies all over Europe and the USA as treatment but there were problems that had been noticed. 

Through further research is was discovered that the source of the problems was THC, a chemical compound within the marijuana plant that has psychoactive properties. Before this discovery, marijuana was considered a miracle plant that as curing people of all sorts of ailments. 

The 20th century

Moving in to the 20th century, this is when things started going downhill for the marijuana industry with the Marijuana tax Act being imposed in 1937 as a way to heavily tax those who sell, are in possession, or use marijuana and ultimately ban the product. Later on in the 1900s there was a big stigma placed around the use of marijuana classifying it as a drug in the same category as that of heroine, LSD, and cocaine, all of which are chemical that can be harmful to the body. 

With every single part of the marijuana plant now being illegal, some people lost their means of natural medication and had to go through a lengthy process and fight in order to get the right to at least have marijuana for medicinal purposes. To this day, some places will still only allow people to buy marijuana from dedicated dispensaries and only if they have a medical marijuana card allowing them to do so. 

2021

2021 has seen the insane growth of the marijuana market practically worldwide. Today, there are states all over the US and countries around the world that have started to legalise the recreational use of marijuana. Now, because we are living in a time where technology is ever evolving and research is more easily done than ever, there are so many new and innovative ways to consume marijuana and so many different accessories available on the market for cannabis lovers to make use of and try out. 

There are many different methods of delivery from oral, to inhalation, to even topical. With all this, there are more and more health benefits being discovered almost daily making marijuana a great alternative to modern medicine and for those who would rather be using something more natural. 

Cannabis, 360 MAGAZINE

High Times x RWB

High Times partners with Red, White & Bloom to rebrand and develop dispensaries in Michigan, Illinois, and Florida

Hightimes Holding Corp., the owner of High Times®, the most well-known brand in cannabis, today announces that it has entered into a series of agreements with Red, White & Bloom, Inc., also known as RWB, with the goal of the branding of High Times dispensaries and development of cannabis based CBD and THC products in the States of Michigan, Illinois and Florida.

RWB and its investee will use the Hightimes™ trademark, logo and brand to rebrand its 18 planned and operational dispensaries as High Times stores. Together, such stores represent more than 20% of the cannabis market share across the state. RWB’S Investee is the leading cannabis company in Michigan, with dispensaries, indoor/outdoor cultivation and product manufacturing established over the last two years. In addition, as a result of the acquisition of Newco, RWB will also acquire the rights to brand retail and medical dispensaries and products in the states of Illinois and Florida, and may utilize RWB’s 3.6 million square foot facility in Illinois for the production of CBD products and whole hemp flower strains for distribution nationally.

In addition to transforming the dispensaries to become High Times branded destinations and launching delivery capabilities in select locations, High Times branded vapes, tinctures, topicals, and edibles will be available within both owned dispensaries and other third party outlets. The company has aggressive growth plans and is entering the market at a time when the retail landscape has been significantly changed.

“High Times is a 46-year-old brand with an immense amount of recognition and credibility across the world,” said Peter Horvath, Chief Executive Officer of Hightimes Holding Corp. “Licensing the High Times name, advising on dispensary operations, and providing input on product development allows the company to drive significant revenue from licensing fees without assuming the complexity associated with owning and operating dispensaries and scaled cultivation and manufacturing facilities nationwide. RWB has built an incredible and expansive retail footprint in a quick time frame that we can strengthen through applying the High Times Brand.”

The Hightimes subsidiary holding the Hightimes™ trademark, logo and brand worldwide sublicensed such intellectual property to a new subsidiary, Newco, for the purpose of using and branding retail and medical dispensaries and products in Michigan, Illinois, and Florida. Under the terms of the agreement, the Hightimes Licensing Company sold RWB 100% of the equity of Newco. In return, the Hightimes Licensing Company will receive $15 million of RWB common shares which are expected to trade on the Canadian Securities Exchange and may receive an additional $5 million of RWB common shares in the future. In addition, the Hightimes Licensing Company expects certain Minimum Guarantee payments during the term of the agreement and any renewal period.

Hightimes Holding Corp. has also recently announced the appointment of CEO Peter Horvath and its planned acquisition of 13 California dispensaries from Harvest Health & Recreation, one of the largest multi-state operators in cannabis. Through these initiatives, High Times intends to become one of the largest cannabis companies in California, and is working quickly to do the same in Michigan, Illinois and Florida.

About High Times

For more than 45 years, High Times has been the world’s most well-known
cannabis brand – championing the lifestyle and educating the masses on
the benefits of this natural flower. From humble beginnings as a
counterculture lifestyle publication, High Times has evolved into
hosting industry-leading events like the Cannabis Cup and the High
Times Business Summit, while providing digital TV and social networks,
globally distributed merchandise, international licensing deals and
providing content for its millions of fans and supporters across the
globe. In the world of Cannabis, High Times is the arbiter of quality.
For more information on High Times visit their website here.

About Red White & Bloom

Red White & Bloom, building on its first mover advantage (through its
investments and pending acquisitions in the states of Michigan,
Florida, Massachusetts and Illinois) is a multi-state operator that
enters markets at scale. The Company’s portfolio (following completion
of the pending acquisitions) will include superior brands and
proprietary product development capabilities, focused on a “house of
brands” strategy in both cannabis as well as hemp-derived products.

Navigating The CBD Marketplace  

CBD has undeniable skyrocketed in popularity over the last couple of years. The passing of the 2018 Farm bill paved the way of fully legal sales of CBD oil derived from industrial hemp. More and more people are experiencing the incredible powers of this natural plant. We are here to help you learn more about CBD and how to navigate the CBD marketplace. How can you tell which brand is the right fit for you? We have you covered from start to finish in this post.

The Basics About CBD 

CBD is one of over 100 different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant family. Oftentimes consumers relate THC and CBD hand in hand, however this is incorrect. Although they may be part of the same plant family, they have some very different attributes. The most significant being that CBD does not give users an intoxicating “high”. This means that users get to feel the medicinal benefits of CBD without any unwanted intoxicating side effects. 

For those looking for a non-intoxicating experience, we recommend using broad spectrum CBD products. This type of CBD has all of the attributes as full spectrum CBD, just without any THC. Broad spectrum products are also great for users who get drug tested and cannot afford to test positive. 

We understand that the CBD marketplace can be slightly overwhelming with all of the different terms and options. There are currently over 1000 different brands in the industry, so navigating this space is especially tough. The quality of CBD varies greatly as well, quality is often determined by cultivation practices and extraction methods in the CBD industry.  Here are some of the most important factors to keep in mind when shopping in the CBD marketplace. 

Transparency

Trust truly does come from transparency. You want to go with a brand that stand behind their products. Each CBD product you are looking to purchase should have third party laboratory results that are easily accessible and up to date. Our rule of thumb is that the test date should be within 18 months. We also highly suggest staying away from any brand making outrageous claims such as can help cure cancer or arthritis. These companies are going against FDA rules and are simply in the industry for short term monetary gains. 

Made in the USA 

You want to make sure any CBD product you consume is made from hemp grown here in the USA. Hemp grown domestically is subject to rigorous quality control and growing standards. We urge customers to avoid CBD products that use hemp grown overseas in placed like Germany and China which usually do not have as strict guidelines. Plants grown overseas often times use harsh pesticides and heavy metals, that can be detrimental to human health. 

Customer Service 

Many consumers are new to the CBD industry so being able to have access to customer service either via email, chat or phone is a must. Also having customer support can help you deal with any issues that may arise.  

One company that checks off all of these important guidelines is GoGreen Hemp. GoGreen Hemp has been serving THC-Free CBD oil to consumers since 2016. They have full traceability from seed to sale to ensure “what is on the label is what is in the bottle”. All of their plants are grown here in the USA, and have some of the strictest quality control measures in the industry. 

When it comes to first time CBD Oil users GoGreen Hemp recommends either their best-selling CBD Oils or CBD gummies. Below you will find some of these recommendations: 

CBD Gummies – GoGreen Hemp CBD infused gummies come in various forms and strength levels. Their strongest edible is their 25mg Peach Rings which are both delicious and effective. 

CBD Oil Tincture – GoGreen Hemp CBD Oil Tinctures also come in various strength levels and flavors.  

These are just a few of the many THC-free products GoGreen Hemp has to offer. We hope this article has been beneficial and go out there and give CBD a try! 

How to Choose the Right Form of CBD

CBD has become a favored natural treatment for depression, anxiety, insomnia, pain, and even epilepsy. With numerous health claims, there’s still a lot of exploration into the properties of this natural remedy. 

If you’re interested in trying CBD, the options can be overwhelming. Here’s how you can choose the right form of CBD for you.

Ingested vs. Topical

One of the main questions people ask when trying to choose the right form of CBD for their needs is whether they should ingest it or use it topically. It ultimately depends on why you’re using CBD.

While applying topical CBD will result in a bit of absorption to the bloodstream, it won’t have the same effects as ingesting it. Topical applications are great for spot treating issues, such as skin disorders or fitness-related muscle pain. Ingesting CBD is better for mental health ailments and overall changes to your system.

Tinctures

Tinctures (AKA, CBD oil) are one of the most common ways to buy CBD. In this concoction, the CBD is blended with a carrier oil to be taken orally under the tongue. When you use CBD oil, you can expect quick results. 

Tinctures are versatile and can be used in a variety of ways. Many CBD enthusiasts put a few drops in their morning smoothie or use it to make edibles.

Edibles

Rather than making your own edibles, you can buy the premade variety. These are already measured out into a set dose and easy to transport and consume. Edibles come in many forms, from chocolate bars to baked goods to CBD gummy options for kids with anxiety. 

Capsules

Capsules consist of CBD oil in pill form. Many CBD users love the convenience of the capsules and the slower release and sustained effects than they experience with a tincture.

Vapors

Vaporizing and inhaling a CBD isolate is the fastest acting form of CBD. When vaporizing, an isolate is used, which is a powdered version of pure CBD. Some find the instant effect too powerful and overwhelming for their needs.

Salves

Salves are one of the best topical applications of CBD. You can use a CBD salve as a muscle and joint rub, targeting arthritis flare-ups and post-workout muscle soreness. The anti-inflammatory effects of CBD and targeted approach are what make salves so desirable for some. In many cases, using a salve has no effects on one’s mental state, which is excellent for daily use.

Sprays

Sprays are a less common form of CBD. This form of natural remedy is great for people suffering from psoriasis or eczema. The sprays are gentle and soothing without leaving a residue or requiring any rubbing. Some sprays are even used for cosmetic purposes, to reduce redness and fine lines in beauty products.

Roll-On Oil

When looking for the right CBD product for you, you might stumble across a roll-on applicator. This form of CBD uses a roller ball to apply a CBD tincture blend topically. It can be used to treat skin ailments and for targeting tense muscles without leaving a residue.

Choosing a form of CBD is a decision that comes down to needs and personal preferences. Use this guide to help you determine what application could be right for you.

Alejandra Villagra, CBD, 360 MAGAZINE

How CBD Oil is made: The Ultimate Ethanol Extraction Guide

Recent medical research shows that Cannabinoid (CBD) has the potential to ease symptoms of various ailments such as cancer, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis and more. CBD, which is one of the 85 different compounds that naturally occur in a cannabis plant, is growing in popularity for its medical applications. 

CBD products act as:

  • Antioxidants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Anti-inflammatories

The users cannot gain these benefits from just buying a hemp plant from a supplier. The compound that offers these excellent benefits must be extracted and transformed into a consumable product by a professional. 

Ethanol extraction is one of the best methods to extract CBD oils. 

How Ethanol Extraction Process Works

The ethanol extraction method involves introducing a solvent (ethanol) to the hemp plant to extract the cannabinoid. Ethanol then helps dissolves the natural chlorophyll of the hemp plant along with essential oils and cannabinoids. This results in a green-colored CBD oil. A simple filtering process helps remove the green discoloration. 

Additional steps after extraction

The CBD extract must pass through a few other processes before it is ready for pet and human consumption. 

  • Decarboxylation

This is the process that helps activate CBD oil. Before this process is done, the extract is still in an inactive form, and the CBD and THC present in the plant haven’t reached their full potential. 

These phytocannabinoids are in an acidic state, which is better known as cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA). The elements must pass through the decarboxylation process to make the inactive components active and get a high-quality end-product.

  • Winterization

Winterization is the process used to remove unwanted fatty acids, chlorophyll, plant materials, terpenes, and cannabinoids found in the CBD extract. This act helps dissolve non-polar substances (such as hash oil) into a polar substance (in most cases, ethanol) at sub-zero temperatures. 

The process forces lipids (fatty acids) and waxes from the crude extract to the uppermost part of the mixture. Then, they are removed through a simple filtration process.

Downsides of Ethanol Extraction

Ethanol readily mixes with water which breaks down water-soluble molecules such as chlorophyll. Unfortunately, chlorophyll is one major “undesirable” ingredient. The ethanol extraction method can produce a green, grassy product which is also undesirable. 

Some industry leaders like Capna Sytems have invented ways to reduce the need for additional processes during the ethanol extraction method. For example, by using multiple ethanol extractions, they mitigate the presence of chlorophyll among other undesirables.

Why Ethanol Extraction is the Safest Method

According to the FDA, ethanol is the safest method of extraction and is already being used in the extraction of many other conventional medicines and foods. 

The main aim of extraction is to produce cannabinoids that are not just pure but also highly concentrated for pet and human consumption. Unlike other methods of extraction, ethanol extraction provides a high-quality end product with up to 99% purity. Also, it is one of the cheapest and most efficient methods available.

Caroline Hodge, 360 MAGAZINE, cannabis, unions

How to decarb cannabis to release its psychoactive ingredient

What is the process of decarboxylation or decarbing cannabis? Learn about the active elements of cannabis.

When you’ve ever thought about how to decarb wax; have you been aware that the cannabis plant in its natural form is not psychoactive? As it naturally grows, there is no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive element of weed, in the cannabis plant.

It is only when it is heated, during a process of decarboxylation that it becomes ‘active’. Heating converts inactive THCA into active THC. Get this bit right and you’re on your way to ‘how to decarb wax’.

But, what if you are not going to burn your weed to get high? You will have to carry out a separate process of decarb by putting your weed in the oven; even before you use it in cannabis edibles.

How does this work? Well, the heat removes carboxyl from the THCA which then transforms into psychoactive THC. The same process is carried from CBDA to CBD.

What’s Best; Decarbed to Raw Weed?

You want to use decarbed cannabis to get the benefits of THC and CBD. However, there are benefits also from the non-active THCA and CBDA. These both have anti-inflammatory properties that can be of benefit for medical purposes.

To enjoy these benefits you need to take your weed directly from the fresh plant. Do not dry or cure them and, if you want to store them for a few days, you can put them in a fridge. You should not refrigerate them for more than a few days, however. So, it is best to mix it up as a smoothie or tea. If you are going to mix it with a tea or hot drink, be careful as decarbing can occur with the high temperature.

As well as THCA and CBDA, raw weed contains terpenes and phytonutrients which are both healthy and provide non-psychoactive benefits. Because of this, they can be used in treating illnesses or ailments in children.

In its raw form, cannabis contains hundreds of non-psychoactive cannabinoids, the most abundant of which is THCA. For this reason, many people prefer actual cannabis to synthetic THC in some medications. These tend to have just delta 8 THC, without the other beneficial elements of fresh weed.

Decarbing not only activates THCA to THC; it also transforms CBDA into CBD and carries out a similar process with other cannabinoids.

What Temperature Does Decarboxylation Take Place In An Oven?

The required temperature for decarbing in an oven depends upon the time you want to spend on the process. It also depends on what sort of flavour you want from your decarbed weed.

Decarbing at lower temperatures for a longer time will preserve terpenes, making your weed smell and taste better.

A common method of decarbing is as follows:

  • Preheat your oven to 220 – 300F
  • Break up your weed into small pieces
  • Spread the pieces onto a baking tray
  • Heat for 30-60 minutes
  • Remove tray from the oven
  • Allow to cool
  • Grind by hand; with a grinder; or food processor.

Your decarbed weed should now be coarsely ground, but not to a powder. You can now use your THC-laden weed through a variety of consumption methods.

Caroline Hodge, 360 MAGAZINE, cannabis, unions

Why MCT Oil Is Used in CBD Products

Like many people around the globe, you may have heard a lot of good things about CBD oil over the recent years. A rising number of people have come to learn about CBD because of the increased level of interest from the press, the positive results of research and studies, and the changes in legislation that have taken place in various states and destinations.

If you are new to the world of CBD oil products, you naturally want to learn more about the product before you decide whether it is something that is right for you. This includes looking at the benefits of using CBD oil such as combatting anxiety and stress, looking at how CBD oil could help you to improve your quality of life, and finding out more about the different methods of using CBD oil. You may also be interested in specific questions such as why MCT oil is used in CBD products. This is something we will look at a little more closely in this article.

The Role of MCT Oil

The speed at which CBD is absorbed can depend on various factors such as the method you decide to use in order to take CBD oil. There are various different methods you can choose from such as a CBD oil tincture, CBD supplements, and CBD capsules. Naturally, those who use CBD oil products want to make the most of them and one of the things that can help with this is the use of MCT oil in CBD products.

MCT oil can be very useful in terms of increasing the benefits and absorption rate of CBD oil products, particularly when you are using products such as supplements and capsules. So, why is it used in products such as these? Well, the presence of MCT oil helps to boost the bioavailability of the CBD and means that more of the CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream. This then means it increases the benefits, as you will feel the effects of the CBD more quickly.

MCT oil has enjoyed increased popularity over recent years among the health-conscious. They are made up of chains of saturated fatty acids that are known as triglycerides. There are various different sources of MCTs such as palm oil and coconut oil. In fact, MCT oil is often used in dressings, smoothies, and recipes because of the health benefits it offers.

In terms of being used in CBD oil products, MCT oil can help to ensure faster delivery and stronger effects. As mentioned earlier, the rate at which CBD oil is absorbed into the body depends on the method used, and some methods, such as supplements and tablets, can be slower than others. Using MCT oil helps to combat this issue as it becomes a form of carrier for the CBD oil, so more of it gets into the bloodstream.

So, as you can see, MCT oil can play a vital part in CBD products, which is why it is considered a valuable addition to many CBD products.  

Szemui ho, 360 MAGAZINE, relaxation, cbd, vacation, holiday, paradise, calm

Which CBD Product Is the Best? 

Cannabidiol (or CBD for short) oil is derived from the cannabis plant. Although CBD is from cannabis, it does not get you high. It does have many therapeutic benefits and can be used to ease the symptoms of conditions such as anxiety. Different people have different responses to CBD oil, so it’s essential to try the oil for yourself to see what positive or negative effects you get. The following guide gives you some options to consider to choose the best CBD product for you.

What Are the Most Common CBD Products?

The CBD industry is growing by leaps and bounds. There are many preparations and products on the market, but CBD oil taken sublingually is one of the most popular CBD products. Vaping CBD is another common CBD product with its popularity growing as CBD becomes more mainstream. CBD products for animals are also becoming quite common. 

Aspects That Determine the Efficiency of a Product

The CBD industry is almost entirely unregulated to date. So it’s up to the consumer to ascertain what they are buying and using. Dosage amounts that are too low will not achieve the ‘optimum’ level for an individual, and they may subsequently feel no effect at all. Finding the correct dose of CBD to achieve your optimum results can take trial-and-error. Most proponents recommend starting with lower dosages and increasing the dosage if needed. 

You can find a range of concentrations available, from 100 mg up to 3,500 mg, which are recommended for a dosage of between .5 ml and 1.0 mil under the tongue. You may find that it’s easier to get a controlled dosage with edibles like gummies or capsules than with oil, which is delivered by a dropper. Users also find that more product is delivered by ingesting than via vaping.

Sublingual Consumption

There is a vein under the tongue called the sublingual gland. When a substance is administered under the tongue to the sublingual glands, it gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream, which is referred to as sublingual consumption or sublingual administration. Common sublingual consumption methods include CBD tinctures, CBD lozenges, and CBD sprays.

Bioavailability

Bioavailability refers to the proportion of a substance that enters the circulation when introduced into the body and thus will have an active effect. It’s basically the rate at which a substance is absorbed into the bloodstream. Bioavailability is an essential measurement tool since it determines the correct dosage administration of a substance. Sublingual CBD products generally have high bioavailability. 

Duration of Effect

It typically takes 15–30 minutes to feel the effects of a CBD tincture, and the effects are known to last between 4–6 hours, though it is partially a factor of how potent a dose is taken. 

Ingested CBD, either using edibles or capsules, takes a bit longer to have an effect, but the results will also last longer, compared to other methods of taking CBD. This is because when CBD products are ingested, it takes a while for them to be digested and then processed by the liver before making it to the bloodstream. Once they are in the bloodstream, you can start to feel their effects.

Convenience

Finding a CBD oil product that is convenient for you to use will determine its effectiveness. You needn’t make a trek to the store to buy CBD oil, as there are a plethora of online retailers with all the products at your fingertips. 

CBD edibles are one of the most convenient ways to use CBD oil, as you don’t need to worry about a cream, which requires time to apply, or vaping, which requires equipment. CBD capsules are often considered the most convenient, but CBD gummies are increasingly popular and very convenient. 

The market is so large that there are now CBD products for any indulgence, including CBD-infused soaps, bath salts, lip balm, eye cream, and other ways to take part in CBD’s benefits according to your fancy. Note that some products available in one state or country are not guaranteed to be available in the next.

Cost

According to HuffPost, price is often a marker of purity. They advise that if you see a CBD oil that claims to have a 100-milligram potency for less than $40, it’s likely that the CBD is not pure.  According to another source, a 1-ounce, or 30-milliliter, bottle of CBD oil may cost anywhere from $30 to over $200. What makes the discrepancy? Well, the potency of a bottle can greatly affect the price, as well as where it is manufactured. When trying to decide if a CBD product is priced right, you can ask the following questions: 

  • Is it grown organically
  • Is it grown domestically? 
  • What are the product reviews?

You can look for certificates of analysis (COA), which have to be issued by a licensed laboratory, which tests for potency and safety. This certification is pricey for companies and may add to your cost.

Method of Consumption

To complicate matters, there is a wide range of methods to experience CBD oil. You can ingest sublingually (as in various terpenes) or use edibles such as capsules, gummies, syrups or CBD infused coffee or tea. You can deliver CBD products via inhalation with vaporizers, smokeables, or topicals on the skin. Topicals vary, too. You can select CBD topical cream or sprays. The effects of each method differ from one individual to individual. 

Conclusion

The best CBD product is the one that suits you for cost, convenience, and outcome. Remember that you can expect very different results, depending on dosing, the condition that needs treating.

Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

4 reasons CBD is amazing for your health

CBD is now available across America in a whole variety of forms, including oils, gummies, and even body creams, all promising amazing therapeutic effects that pharmaceutical drugs simply cannot offer. Millions now take the hemp product on a daily basis, thanks to its ability to completely change how the user is feeling both on the inside and the outside.

Here are 4 reasons why CBD is amazing for your health.

Helps soothe anxiety

Around 40 million adults across the US are affected by anxiety disorders which leave them stressed and on edge for large portions of the day. While around one in six takes pharmaceutical drugs to help them through bouts of anxiety, it can cost over $80 a month and sometimes shows to be little or no help.

CBD has now shown to be a great treatment for mental health disorders, helping the body to produce more of its own natural cannabinoids and dopamine to relax the mind. This can also help patients to sleep better at night, too, which in turn works as a mood-booster.

Relieves pain

According to CBD Kyro, patients report pain as one of their top reasons for taking CBD. Cannabidiol is full of anti-inflammatory properties which help to reduce discomfort throughout the body and relax the user, making everything from muscle aches to chronic pain easier to deal with.

A large proportion of patients take CBD for arthritis, as it is known to reduce the frequency and intensity of their pain. Although it is yet to be approved by the FDA, one of CBD’s best uses is its ability to relieve muscle and joint aches.

Treats epilepsy

Following extensive clinical research trials, the FDA approved CBD oil medication Epidiolex for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy back in 2018.

It followed the case of Charlotte Figi, a young girl from Colorado who suffered from Dravet Syndrome. Within a matter of weeks of taking CBD, Charlotte went from having up to 300 seizures a week to just two a month. The FDA had no choice but to take notice. Epidiolex was the first drug approved to treat Dravet syndrome.

Improves skin

While CBD is great for helping with health problems on the inside, it has also taken over the cosmetic world, too. CBD contains anti-oxidant properties which can lessen the appearance of wrinkles and help to keep the skin hydrated. Its anti-inflammatory properties discussed earlier step in to help with acne, too, reducing breakouts and redness by calming the skin.

CBD can also work to decrease the overproduction of sebum- a type of oil that is responsible for causing breakouts to appear on the face and neck. Daily CBD Mag also adds that CBD oil can also improve the strength and appearance of hair and nails.

Note

Unlike cannabis, CBD does not contain the chemical THC which is responsible for causing psychoactive effects. This is why it is generally considered safe for most people and even animals. When looking for a suitable CBD product, make sure it contains no more than 0.3% THC. 

CBD Buying Guide – How To Find The Best CBD Oil

In the medical industry, CBD oil has been the talk of the town as of late. It has shown to be an effective treatment for all sorts of conditions – from opioid addiction, depression and anxiety to muscle pains as well as epilepsy-related seizures.

Yet, this seemingly wonderous cure is not exactly “plug and play.” There are different ways of extracting CBD oil from marijuana plants, and many oil types out there, each carrying unique properties of their own. This means you will have to do some research to find the best CBD oil for your needs.

The first thing you should do before buying is to check your state laws regarding the legality of the products on offer. Some states allow for prescription-based CBD oil with under 0.3% THC concentration, whereas certain places allow for over the counter purchase of CBD products containing high amounts of THC.

There are three categories of CBD products on the market: Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and CBD Isolate.

Full Spectrum

CBD oil is only one ingredient that can be sourced from any given hemp plant. There are dozens of chemical compounds of the marijuana plant, which can prove more effective when taken in combination with one another – also known as the entourage effect.

Full Spectrum CBD refers to products containing a broad range of cannabinoids and terpenes present in the hemp plant. As such, they provide the most potent effect in treating your medical condition.

The downside, for some, maybe the fact that trace amounts of THC are present in full-spectrum products. While they are often in low amounts, not nearly enough to get you “high,” consistent use may get you flagged on drug tests. What’s more, some states make the sale of THC-infused oil flat out illegal or may require a prescription from a licensed physician.

Broad Spectrum

New strides in CBD processing technology have paved the way for high-quality oil extracts with no trace amounts of THC, classified as Broad-Spectrum CBD Oil.

Broad-spectrum oils still contain all the useful terpenes and cannabinoids present in the hemp plant, mirroring full-spectrum products. Through additional post-processing, all traces of THC are removed from the oil.

Therefore, it’s recommended that you consume broad spectrum oils if you do not want to consume THC for whichever reason.  

CBD Isolate

Before the production of broad-spectrum CBD oils was not yet possible, CBD isolates were the solution for individuals who couldn’t consume trace amounts of THC in their product.

The process for creating CBD isolates removes all terpenes and cannabinoids previously found on the hemp plant. The end result is 99%+ pure cannabidiol product.

However, since all other useful compounds from the plant are removed in the process, CBD isolates are much less effective as a treatment for relevant medical conditions. As such, your best choice for THC-free oil is broad-spectrum, rather than CBD isolates, if you can get your hands on one.