In today’s article, we’re going to talk about cannabidiol, better known as CBD, and the different forms in which you can take it and find it on the hemp extracts market.
We will make a brief introduction about the properties and benefits of CBD, referring to several articles that talking about how cannabidiol can be supportive for different pathologies.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, better known by its acronym CBD, is one of over 80 cannabinoids that the scientific community has, to date, identified in Hemp.
CBD was first isolated in the 1940s by a group of researchers from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois.
Together with THC, CBD is the best known molecule and, compared to tetrahydrocannabinol, it differs in a clear way for the fact that it has no psychotropic effects.
It is this characteristic which has brought it to the forefront of public attention, guaranteeing to a vast number of consumers the possibility to take advantage of its benefits without the risk of undesired side effects.
What are the properties of CBD?
The interest of the scientific community for CBD was born with the first studies that have shown its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and neuroprotective activity.
With his research team has discovered that in an animal model it is possible to significantly slow down the course of Duchenne Dystrophy and recover the lost motor functions through those drugs that can regulate the function of cannabinoids produced by our own body.
“With our researchers we have been studying for years the increasing number of molecules that make up the endocannabinoid system and receptors and enzymes connected to it, from a chemical-structural and functional point of view – said Di Marzio in the press release issued by the CNR – in many cases our studies have shown how alterations in this system are associated with various neurological disorders such as dementia, epilepsy, acute and chronic pain, and several forms of cancer.
For some of them, little or not at all treatable from the clinical point of view, drugs that act, among other things, regulating the function of endocannabinoids are having a positive feedback”.
Why do people take CBD?
More and more people are appreciating the characteristics of cannabidiol because of its versatility and use. CBD, taken in different concentrations, can support a wide variety of needs.
According to a study carried out in 2015 published in “Neurotherapeutics”, CBD could be an excellent ally with which to counteract states of anxiety, rather than in cases of dermatitis and psoriasis as also told by a testimony collected by Enecta.
CBD is also effective in more important pathologies, such as in cases of children with drug-resistant epilepsy.
In what forms can CBD be found and taken?
You can find CBD in various forms on the market today. Hemp Seed Oil, with different concentrations of CBD, is one of the products that you can find most frequently if you intend to buy on the web.
Enecta presents on the market the Premium Hemp Extract line with concentrations of 3%, 10% and 24% with the aim of meeting the different needs of users.
The most used alternative to the oil are instead the CBD crystals, which represent the molecule in its purest form, in a percentage equal to 99%.
How is such a pure product obtained?
Starting from the cultivation of hemp Sativa L. plants, the biomass is obtained and chopped and then passed through an extraction site.
The extraction site produces an extract from which the THC has been removed by separation and this extract, in turn, is monitored to assess both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of cannabinoids and their microbiological characteristics.
Once the threshold of 80% purity of CBD within the extract is exceeded, it begins to solidify or, using the specific term, crystallize. It is only at this stage that the first crystals can be detected in the extract.
The refining process continues until everything that is not pure cannabidiol is eliminated and a final extract is obtained that is 99% pure and more: basically, with the crystal we have the pure cannabidiol (CBD) molecule.
Vaporizing a quantity of Crystals as big as a grain of rice we will feel almost immediately the effect of CBD.
Crystals can also be consumed in the kitchen, through food, however by changing the mode of intake, we would not have the same perception.
Cannabidiol can also be taken through Capsules, a practical and precise way with which it is possible, for example, to avoid ‘waste’ that could be generated by taking the oil.
One of the advantages of capsules is in fact that the amount of CBD is standard for each capsule, allowing to control exactly when CBD has been taken.
Differently from the oil, the capsule cannot be taken by sublingual way, mode of assumption for which the bioavailability of a substance is always higher as it is directly absorbed in the systemic circulation, but only by oral ingestion.
Element of strength of this type of product is the reduction of “waste” and “overdose”, as well as convenience and ease of use.
Dripping and spilling of the content is avoided, without dispersion of the CBD present in the content.
Compared to a bottle with a dispenser, they are easy to use for everyone, even for those who have vision problems or do not have a steady hand.
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