CBD — A Quick Primer

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Why CBD?

CBD is an incredibly versatile substance and can be consumed in a variety of different forms.  Whether infused in coffee or tea, massaged into the skin via lotions and salves, or even inhaled, CBD is the product of choice for many to help ease what ails them. While it isn’t a magical cure-all, recent studies have shown that it can at the very least have significant pain relieving properties.  Because many CBD users attribute an increase in mental wellbeing to their usage of CBD products, people are starting to flock to CBD-based remedies for themselves, their loved ones, and even their pets!

CBD vs. THC

Early in the 21st century, CBD and THC were pushed to the forefront of a national debate on the re-legalization of recreational marijuana. Although proponents for and against this push were very firmly entrenched in their positions, not many had more than a surface-level knowledge of marijuana vs. hemp, or the differences between CBD and THC. Because there still seem to be a number of questions and common misconceptions about hemp and marijuana in general, we wanted to take a second to clear the air regarding CBD.

What are CBD & THC?

CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two of over one hundred different cannabinoids found within cannabis. Hemp refers to strains of the Cannabis sativa plant that consist of very low THC content; whereas, marijuana refers to cannabis plants that are above a certain threshold of THC percentage. TCH is responsible for inducing the psychoactive effects commonly seen in marijuana when ingested or smoked.

Hemp is an incredibly fascinating subset of the cannabis plant, because it can form the basis for a whole host of products. The CBD-based oils or lotions we all know and love are just scratching the surface. Marijuana, on the other hand, is typically only created with recreational or medical consumption in mind.

Legality

Cannabis has sat in an odd sort of legal limbo since conversations on legalization took place, prompting Colorado and Washington to lead the charge to re-legalize recreational marijuana usage in 2012. Hemp, however, has found itself much more widely accepted than its psychoactive cousin. Legalization permitting the industrial growing of hemp for commercial products such as CBD oil was formally passed at a federal level last year, after the “Farm Bill” of 2014 legislation allowed industrial hemp to be used in a research capacity. Alongside a Congressional ruling from earlier this year protecting the autonomy of states to dictate their own laws regarding hemp and marijuana, cannabis as an up-and-coming industry seems to be here to stay.

What Can’t CBD do?

CBD can’t replace long-term medication.  While initial research into CBD’s medicinal properties is incredibly positive—so positive, in fact, that an experimental drug known as Epidiolex has been developed for young children suffering from seizures—there’s still a long way to go before a strict determination on CBD’s full medicinal capacity is made. Like other analgesic lotions and salves, CBD-based products can be an amazing addition to pre-existing healthcare strategies, but shouldn’t be relied on as an independent cure-all.

CBD’s variety of uses make cannabis a plant that has an incredibly bright future ahead of it. Its potential for usage in everything from paper and clothing to the tinctures, lotions and CBD-infused snacks enthusiasts all know and love practically promise long-term success for CBD, which is excellent news for all of us!  It also makes now a perfect time to dive stop into Vapor Doc’s Lake Worth or Deerfield Beach locations to learn more about these products from some of the most knowledgeable specialists around! On the other hand, if you’re already convinced and just want some of the best products around, our online store is stocked with some of the highest-quality products around!