Introduction to CBD Products
CBD or Cannabidiol is just one out of over 100 cannabinoids which are identified and derived from the plant of Cannabis. CBD products are now available for retail sale in Malta. This has opened up an opportunity for us to offer you a wide range of products which are very well-known across the medical industry as highly beneficial, both for treating specific conditions, as well as casual use for general improvement of people’s day to day lives.
You might have a lot of questions in mind, such as whether or not these products are going to affect you negatively, or if they’re going to make you feel high, or even what sorts of conditions these products are able to treat - not to worry though. All your questions will be answered in this text, which will explain what exactly CBD is used for, its short and long term effects, and even go into detail about the specific products we are going to offer. So without further ado, lets delve into building a better understanding on CBD products and their benefits.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol is the second most commonly used and sought after chemical compound that is produced by the cannabis plant, right after THC, or Tetra-Hydro-Cannabidiol. The two compounds are very different from one another, and also have very different effects when used.
THC is what recreational cannabis users generally search for, and it’s the compound that makes you feel high or stoned when ingested or smoked. THC focused products generally contain very small amounts of CBD, which is why CBD-focused products are becoming more and more popular on the market.
CBD use, as opposed to THC, does not carry any psychoactive effects, which means it will not put you in any different state whatsoever, and users will remain sober allthroughout their use, regardless on how they take it, whether smoked or ingested or otherwise. Instead, CBD has a much more passive approach, that is much more focused on being medical, rather than being used for fun or recreational use.
In fact, most CBD focused products generally have very little to no THC content within them, ranging from 0 to 0.2%, depending on the methods of production.
What is CBD used for?
Lets start off by saying that there has not been enough scientific studies made around the use of the cannabis plant for medical reasons just yet, as its acceptance as a medicinal plant and not a recreational drug is still in its infancy all across the globe. This means that the information we have is what scientists have been gathering in the last few years, and obviously, scientific research takes decades in order to properly understand and solidify a concrete global opinion on the long term effects of a substance towards the human body.
So lets start with what we know for a fact, the most common casual medical uses for CBD products are the following;
- Alleviating Chronic Pain
- Relieving Anxiety
- Treating Inflammation
- Helping regulate sleep with Insomnia
There are also more specific uses for CBD, as mentioned in the examples below.
- A specific study also revealed that cannabidiol causes pain relief by reacting with certain receptors of the endocannabinoid system. These receptors regulate moods, memory and even pain, in addition to many other physiological and cognitive functions.
- There is also ample evidence that CBD is very successful in treating epilepsy and was even used to stop certain seizures from happening, either prior to an attack, or even in the middle of one.
- There have also been studies around its potential benefit towards cancer patients, especially those using chemo therapy. This is because it’s deemed useful against chronic pains as well as helps regulate your digestive system, increasing appetite.
According to the World Health Organization, the ultimate potential of this medicinal plant is yet to be discovered, as many more studies need to be made in terms of clinical research.
We know for sure that there is a lot more to be found around such a beneficial plant, and we’re looking forward to learning and sharing all the information we can get around it, to keep users well-informed.
Different types of CBD products
There are currently four main types of CBD products one can buy off the shelf nowadays. We will explain each one in detail.
The CBD compound is most commonly extracted from the fresh cannabis plant in the form of an essential oil, which is then diluted to a certain level of mg/ml (milligrams per millilitre). The oil extract is the most popular way that people use CBD, as you only need to ingest a couple drops in order to get the beneficial medical effects from it. You can either add the drops of oil onto the top of a meal, mix it in with a drink, or even drip it straight onto the bottom of your tongue, if you don’t mind the taste. CBD oil can also be vaped, if it is diluted in vaping base.
Please note that there are specific CBD liquids which contain oil that can be vaped and it is not suggested to put normal non-vapeable CBD oil into your vape, as this can damage your device.
CBD flower is the harvested bud from a cannabis plant which is genetically modified and bred specifically to produce high levels of CBD with as little THC as possible. This is the least processed product you can get in terms of CBD products and you cannot go more organic than the plant itself, cut, dried and cured to perfection.
CBD flower is the closest you can get to using actual weed or buds, yet still excluding all the psychoactive effects. The flower can be used in multiple ways, either added as a supplement to food or even smoked in a joint.
CBD hash is like normal hash, except its main substance is CBD, not THC. Hash is made by filtering out the unneeded plant matter from the flower produced from the cannabis plant, and keeping a fine dust which contain the highest levels of CBD compound. This fine dust is then compressed under heat in order to give it a solid brick-like structure.
Hash is normally used when someone who likes to smoke cannabis wants something with a higher concentration, as when buds give you up to 20% desired compounds, well made hash can increase that up to levels as high as 60%
CBD Isolate, also known as dabs or wax, is a special kind of hash made from a particular filtering process that is a lot more extensive, and gives more concentrated results. These sorts of concentrated hash are also found in different types known as resins, rosins, shatter and more.
You can find isolates of between 70% and 99% concentrated, and these are usually for the heavy, hardcore smokers who want to try something that packs a good punch, and gives out a nice unique flavour unlike anything else you can smoke.
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