What is CBD, and why do people vape it?
When it comes to CBD or cannabinoid, any vapers wonder what all the fuss is about. The automatic assumption is that this strange new, line of products is some sort of high-inducing cannabis oil whose manufacturers are successfully marketing their pot products due to some sort of legal loophole.
Consumers are now seeing CBD-enhanced lotions, cosmetics, and soaps in their local stores. The Coca-Cola Company is considering a new line of CBD-infused beverages. And local coffee shops are even introducing CBD-laced lattes to their menu boards. So, what exactly, is CBD, and why are people so interested?
What is CBD made from?
First of all, there are two different variations of CBD products – those derived from the hemp plant and those derived from the cannabis plant. The hemp plant is a close cousin of the cannabis plant, and both produce over one hundred different compounds called “cannabinoids.”
One of those cannabinoids is cannabidiol (CBD), and perhaps the most notorious and controversial is called tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. It’s the THC content of CBD products that can produce varying levels of psychotropic effects or induce the sensation of “feeling high.”
The hemp plant has significantly less THC than the marijuana plant – about 100 times less. Conversely, the marijuana plant contains significantly less cannabidiol than the hemp plant. Due to these vast differences in THC content, the U.S. government regulates each product very differently.
For example, it is perfectly legal to manufacture and sell marijuana-based CBD products as long as the THC levels remain at or below 0.3%. These products are also exempt from many of the more aggressive regulations concerning marijuana as a federally control substance.
Since both hemp-based and marijuana-based CBD products are currently appearing on the market, vapers should be cautious when selecting among the various options. Even though marijuana-derived CBD oils can be sold over-the-counter legally, they are still much higher in THC comparatively, which means that they may get the vaper high to some extent.
What are the health benefits of vaping CBD?
Many consumers are turning to vaped CBD for a variety of reasons. It’s ability to improve sleep, aid in muscle recovery after strenuous workouts, and regulate the uncomfortable symptoms of arthritis are just a few of CBD’s more well-known health benefits. As the rise of the cannabis and hemp legalization movements of the past several years continues to spread across all 50 states, scientists are conducting more and more research in these fields. As a result, researchers are now indicating that CBD has the unique capacity to help patients manage all kinds of ailments, including the following.
- Chronic Pain
- Issues of Inflammation
- Sleep disorders and Insomnia
- Chronic depression
- Anxiety disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Autoimmune diseases
- Muscle sprains and strains
- Acnes and dermatitis
- Chronic depression and anxiety disorders
- Accelerated muscle recovery resulting from high-intensity fitness workouts or other physical activity
- Regulatory arthritis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Huntington’s chorea
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Nausea and vomiting, perhaps related to chemotherapies
- Cardiovascular disorders, including atherosclerosis and arrhythmias
- And so much more
The latest research that is currently ongoing involves the already-proven neuroprotective capabilities of CBD products. A group of German scientists now suspects that cannabidiol therapies may stimulate brain cell rejuvenation. If this theory pans out, then this would be good news for patients suffering with medical diagnoses with symptoms that include cognitive memory impairment, like Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and Alzheimer’s Diseases.
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