Worldwide, the cannabis market is huge. Growing bigger daily. In California, it is just massive. Much of this growth is due the widespread use of lab-tested CBD oil products. According to Forbes, a recent study puts the cannabidiol, or CBD, market at around $20 billion by 2024. That is just CBD, an extract of cannabis, and does not include cannabis sales. That is an astounding figure. Why is it so popular?
Cannabidiol is one cannabinoid of many found in cannabis plants. It is the most common for therapeutic use, with CBD effectively treating a horde of conditions in medical patients. However, not all CBD is the same. Full spectrum CBD is the most widely in use, but you can also find broad spectrum CBD, and even CBD isolates. Just what are the differences between them?
Medicinally, full spectrum CBD is the most effective. It has the most to offer patients. In fact, it is best for preventative use too, as well as general health improvement. While it contains CBD as its primary active ingredient, it contains other cannabinoids too, including tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, in minute traces. Of course, THC is psychoactive, but only in sufficient quantities.
Full spectrum CBD does not contain enough THC to make you stoned. Just enough to benefit from the medicinal properties that THC offer, along with the therapeutic benefits of other cannabinoids it contains too. As the U.S. National Library of Medicine says, this combination of all cannabinoids, even terpenes and flavonoids, working together promises the synergistic healing of the “entourage effect.”
However, broad spectrum CBD is also available. Unlike full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum does not contain THC. It still has all the other cannabinoids and active compounds, such as terpenes and flavonoids, but it does not have any trace of THC. You still benefit from the “entourage effect” of all available cannabinoids, but it will never contain any THC. It is safest for drug screening.
Then, you also get CBD isolates, which contain CBD exclusively. No other cannabinoids. No terpenes. No flavonoids. Nothing, but CBD. Certainly no THC, so you cannot get “high” either. Isolates are not as popular, or as effective, as full or broad spectrum CBD, but they are ideal for those wanting only the benefits of CBD on its own, which are many, notable, and helpful for certain conditions and medications.
CBD works by interacting your body’s own endocannabinoid system. Turns out, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, that cannabinoids work much the same way as endocannabinoids. They bind to and interact with endocannabinoid receptors to boost and maintain homeostasis, or healthy balance of all the body’s systems. In this way, it is able to relieve most health issues effectively.
Many studies now prove CBD capable of relieving anxiety, all types of anxiety, including the worst of it. Generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks; CBD can help sufferers enormously. It actively changes anxiolytic brain chemistry, treating anxiety at its cause.
Studies find CBD treating all epilepsy-related seizure disorders. It is a powerful anticonvulsant, able to reduce both severity and frequency of seizures. What is more, THC has anti-epilepsy properties too, making full spectrum CBD especially helpful for those suffering from epilepsy, both kids and adults.
A study in the Clinical Hemorhealogy and Microcirculation journal found CBD decreasing inflammation and other symptoms of diabetes in mice. Although clinical trials are still underway, diabetics laud CBD for its ability to lower insulin resistance and make Type 1 diabetes easier to live with and manage.
Studies find CBD killing cancer cells in laboratory tests. They also find it stopping metastasis, or cancer spread, and shrinking tumors notably. The U.S. National Library of Medicine published findings that suggest might well become the next effective anticancer drug. It also relieves all cancer symptoms.
Plenty of evidence shows CBD treating acne and other skin problems, including rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, and others. It relieves underlying inflammation causing these issues, and it lowers sebum production in glands. It also cleanses the body from inside to improve skin health.
CBD has powerful antiaging properties. It aids in the process of rejuvenation by improving the skin’s ability to remove dead cells and grow new ones. It also increases collagen production, improving skin elasticity in the process. It is also an antioxidant capable of fighting age-enhancing free radicals.
The painkilling effects of CBD are widely recognized already. Its ability to relieve all types of pain, especially chronic and neuropathic, is possibly the most famous and common use. Folks use CBD to treat arthritis, as well as to relieve pain-causing inflammation in the body. It also works for localized pain.
CBD both slows Alzheimer’s progression and reverses the damage it causes. At least in mice studies, it does. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, CBD allows sufferers to remember better, navigate easier, and it does so by repairing damaged communication pathways in the brain.
The antispasmodic properties of CBD are able to relieve muscular issues suffered by those with multiple sclerosis and other muscle-degenerative conditions. It treats muscle spasms very effectively, and it lowers the frequency of spasmodic attacks too, as well as the severity and painfulness of them.
Several recent studies show CBD capable of helping smokers quit tobacco. Inhaling CBD, especially vapors, helps to reduce cravings and all other withdrawal symptoms. It actually destroys the urge to smoke nicotine, helping millions of folks quit safely and effectively, never to return to smoking.
You can find lab-tested CBD oil products near everywhere you go. If derived from hemp, full spectrum CBD is federally legal, available in dispensaries, drug stores, even supermarkets these days. You can even buy CBD oil online from trusted and reputable suppliers. However, not all CBD is equal. Some is of poor quality, completely ineffective. Make sure it comes with a Certificate of Analysis to know what you get.