We’re here to help you understand the basics of CBD and you. Think of us like your after school cannabis special. Most cannabis users don't realize the benefits of incorporating CBD into their routine, or how it can benefit you in the long term. Utilizing CBD, just one of over 100 cannabinoids, can help you find even more relief from pain, inflammation, and other ailments. Some research has begun to support that CBD can also help with treatment for some addictions and physical ailments. RSO is a more well known, full spectrum oil that can offer major relief but CBD is often overlooked for the qualities it can provide.
What is CBD (and why the hell does it matter)
CBD, Cannabidiol, is one of over 113 cannabinoids found in the full cannabis plant. It is known to help with both the inflammatory and neuropathic pain pathways in the body and provide intense healing. CBD accounts for up to 40% of the plant's extract. CBD also has a bioavailability, or rate at which it enters your system and reaches the target area, and that number varies depending on how you are using your CBD. For oral, or ingested CBD it has a 6% bioavailability and inhaling brings that number up to around 31%. Next time you pass on the 1:1 or 2:1 products, consider giving them a try.
How does CBD help THC?
The entourage effect isn't referring to mid 00’s television phenomenon. It's the overarching explanation of why CBD and THC (and other parts of the plant) are BFF’s. New studies are finding that focusing on just the THC percentage may be ruining your high. Instead, research has been supporting finding full spectrum products that may also include CBD can offer a better experience. Things like terpenes, CBD content, and even type of consumption can have a varying effect on your smoke sesh. Magazines like High Times have covered the topic of interaction for year's, but more recently it seems this has become a trending topic.
The ABC’s of CBD
There's more than one type of CBD and each has a different effect.
- Full Spectrum
- Broad Spectrum
Each of these offers something different to your body.
Full spectrum CBD oil is simple: it uses every part of the plant to create well balanced relief. Full spectrum is the purest example of the entourage effect. Because Full Spectrum retains more from the whole plant you get even greater benefits like better appetite, lessened anxiety, and better sleep.
Broad Spectrum CBD is similar in make up to Full Spectrum. Where Full Spectrum may contain around 0.3% THC, Broad Spectrum is generally stripped of any trace amounts of THC. While both work wonders on muscle and joint pain, Broad Spectrum is best if you are at all concerned about trace THC.
CBD Isolate is just that, isolated CBD. At this level of processing there is no THC present, and along with that some Terpenes and other compounds are also stripped away. Most CBD Isolate comes in powder form. This is usually the best option for those starting out on their journey with CBD to help with memory, mood, pain or inflammation levels.
So, I should be using CBD with my THC?
The short answer: yes. The long answer: Do you want a better high? Better sleep? That edible was too strong? CBD is here for you. Not only can it help with the come down from back to back sesh’s, it can also help you regulate your system to better process your THC. At UNI we’re big fans of all things plant medicine and that includes the power that CBD can hold. We’ve got exciting things coming in the CBD space and as always, we want to keep you educated and elevated.