If you’ve been paying any attention to natural health remedies or to the legalization of marijuana, you’ve heard of CBD. However, if you haven’t taken the time to look into it, it may seem like a confusing part of the equation. Often used interchangeably with a number of other terms, CBD is actually a compound that can be extracted from either hemp or marijuana, and is used for a variety of reasons. Here’s a few of the basics to get you started.
Hemp vs Marijuana
The terms hemp and marijuana are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same. Both plants can have compounds extracted, but that doesn’t always make them CBD. Let’s start by taking a look at how they get confused. Hemp and marijuana are both varieties of cannabis. The biggest difference is that hemp refers to varieties that have less than 0.3% THC and marijuana refers to varieties that have more than 0.3% THC. THC is the compound that induces the “high” that many people experience while taking marijuana. CBD is extracted from hemp, not marijuana. CBD contains less than 0.3% THC and does not have psychoactive properties.
Why People Use It
CBD has multiple uses, and has found a lot of popularity recently. In the past, many people have championed the effects of medicinal marijuana, but haven’t been huge fans of the THC included. CBD brings all of those benefits, while eliminating the concerns of using THC. While studies of the effects are still ongoing, recent publications have showcased evidence that suggests there is value in using CBD to treat issues such as anxiety and epilepsy. The most common uses for CBD include pain management, insomnia, anxiety, and depression.
How to Use
Depending on why you are using CBD, there are multiple ways to use it. If you are dealing with sore muscles and joints, you can use a cream to alleviate your discomfort. However, most people prefer to ingest it orally, especially if their issues aren’t localized to one small area. There are multiple forms to choose from to ingest as well. The most popular form is CBD oil or a tincture. This can be added to a favorite recipe, like a smoothie, or just taken straight. There are also CBD gummies and capsules, if you want something that is pre-measured for you. It all depends on what you prefer.
It may seem overwhelming to get started with CBD, but a little information can do a lot to help you sort out your options. Just make sure to talk to your doctor before starting, especially if you already take any medications!