CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, is a compound that comes from Cannabis Sativa plant and is found in the class called “cannabinoids”. Contrary to the myth that CBD can get you ‘high’, the compound comes from the non-psychoactive part of the plant and therefore, does not lead to euphoria.
Although the FDA has only approved CBD for use in patients with certain kinds of epilepsy, many people have used CBD to assist in certain ailments such as anxiety, chronic pain, arthritis, insomnia, PTSD, spasms, nausea, and multiple sclerosis to name a few.
How can CBD be consumed?
CBD is available in different forms for consumption. Some of these include tinctures, vape pens, lotion, edibles like gummies and capsules. Depending on personal preference, CBD can either be applied topically or ingested. Lotions can be used to provide pain relief from arthritis, muscle strains, and sprains. Tinctures, gummies, and capsules may be used to help manage anxiety, chronic pain, arthritis, insomnia, and other conditions. Before purchasing any CBD product, always check if the retailer has a certificate of analysis from a 3rd party. Analysis certificates are typically available on the company’s website. Alamo Remedy products are tested by an independent 3rd party to ensure potency and purity. You can see the results on our website here: https://www.alamoremedy.com/testresults
Is CBD safe?
In a recent publication, Harvard Health stated there have not been any reports of public health related problems in association with pure CBD. However, there are certain side effects individuals can experience depending on the intake, from mixing of CBD with unknown elements, or any other factor that affects its properties. The side effects include nausea, fatigue and irritability.
The FDA recognizes the potential therapeutic benefits that cannabis derived compounds can offer. However, more research is needed before practitioners can comfortably recommend CBD for their patients. So, while it might not be harmful to try, there is no standard dose recommendation for CBD’s safety and it is up to the discretion of an individual willing to try the compound. Each individual responds differently to CBD and it is best to start slow and adjust dosage accordingly.
How is CBD extracted?
Similar to the methods of consumption, there are several ways to extract CBD oil from CBD rich plants. Some of these include CO2, liquid solvents, winterization or short path distillation. Taking high pressure and low temperature into consideration, CO2 is used in closed-loop extractors to absorb oil and flavors of the plant. At the end of the process, CO2 returns to the gas state, leaving behind oil.
Another method of extraction is liquid solvents. Liquid solvents work in the same way as CO2 extraction but might leave residual in the oil which affects the quality and flavor. But if done right, liquid solvents offer a cheaper alternative for extraction.
Olive oil is also used to extract CBD oil but it is perishable when infused and requires care in terms of storage. This method comes with its own downsides which primarily include using a large amount of oil to get the desired result because unlike CO2, olive oil cannot be evaporated out of CBD oil.
Winterization and short path distillation are two different methods but both are used to remove extraneous substances that might remain post oil extraction. The former relies on alcohol while the latter uses boiling point of compounds to get rid of any remaining substances or impurities.
In short, there are many useful benefits to CBD which vary in each individual. Many states have legalized CBD to sell and consume. Try it out for yourself to experience the benefits!