This decade has overseen a seismic change in the marijuana world, with focus turning away from psychoactive THC and onto the non-intoxicating, yet incredibly useful cannabidiol (CBD). Dispensaries, online communities and even the media are now picking up on the immense potential of the CBD compound, which can be used to helped with many mental and physical conditions. The development of the cannabis industry in recent years means that consumers can now take CBD in several different forms.
When you purchase a cannabis strain, you’ll likely be made aware of its cannabinoid profile, by being given the percentages of THC and CBD. Recreational strains are often very high in THC, but as CBD awareness has grown, dispensaries are increasing the availability of high-CBD strains, such as Harlequin and Charlotte’s Web.
CBD-dominant strains won’t make you euphoric, however they can act as natural mood boosters, potent relaxants and help to ease anxiety.
High-CBD bud is a favorite in medical spheres. Some users choose to smoke it, but dry herb vaporizers are healthier and offer a more clear-headed experience.
It was CBD oil that helped to advance the medical cannabis case when it was featured in Dr Sanjay Gupta’s CNN documentary Weed. CBD oils, manufactured by CW Hemp, were administered to 6-year-old Charlotte Figi to medicate her Dravet syndrome, a rare epilepsy. The oil had an astonishing effect, dramatically reducing the number of seizures Charlotte suffered.
The vast majority of CBD oil products are derived from industrial hemp. Some are made using CBD isolate, but the best are made using the entire extract of the plant – these are known as “full-spectrum” oils and contain other cannabinoids and terpenes to encourage the synergistic entourage effect.
CBD oils are also popular with sportsmen. UFC fighter Nate Diaz was spotted vaping CBD at a press conference after a fight. Olympians are also permitted to use CBD now after the World Anti-Doping Agency took the compound off its prohibited list at the beginning of 2018.
If you’re finding that high-CBD cannabis flower and CBD oils aren’t potent enough for you, then CBD concentrates may suit your requirements better. Shatter and wax products are great for dabbing with, and CBD-isolate crystals can also be very powerful. Concentrates used to be primarily high-THC and for the recreational market, but medicinal circles have also picked up on the benefits.
Want to enjoy the therapeutic qualities provided by CBD: look out for Harlequin (see the profile of Harlequin), Sour Tsunami, Charlotte’s Web, Cannatonic and other high-CBD strains. Whether you smoke, vape or dab, you’ll undoubtedly find these strains rewarding.
The range of cannabis products available has expanded remarkably in the past few years. In addition to regular cannabis flower, we now have high-CBD flower, edibles, oils, concentrates and more. Cannabis users have never had it better.