The author of a Harvard-led systematic review of 28 studies examining the efficacy of exo-cannabinoids (cannabinoids formed outside of the body, i.e. from the plant or synthetically made) to treat pain and other medical issues concluded, “the use of marijuana for chronic pain, neuropathic pain, and spasticity due to multiple sclerosis is supported by high-quality evidence.”
I have spent the last year + researching over 200 CBD companies and their products. I learned how the CBD is extracted, the difference between IH (Industrial Hemp) and THC producing cannabis that is harvested early, so that is is given the legal term Hemp, but technically it is the marijuana plant, etc. First, I chose not to take CBD orally, because of how the body breaks down CBD, when you digest it, it goes through the liver first, meaning less than 20% of what you take ends up in your body. Very expensive!! With vaping CBD oil about 70% makes it right into your bloodstream. With the CBD wax/shatter/dab, it is the same. So I stopped the oral route altogether. If you would oral or vape (inhaling vapor, no combustion), you want to look to see or email the company to ask how they extract the CND, and ask if they use CBD frown in the US. I highly suggest CBD frown in the US! The old law had people growing it overseas, and shipping it here to be extracted. Make sure no solvents were used to extract the CBD, like Butane. Whatever they tell you about how they extract it, look it up! This is a MUST! The most common ways to extract are via CO2 extraction using cold temperatures sometimes called subcritical or supercritical temperatures, same with ethanol extraction, there is no solvent in that either. Please research online both methods. There are a couple of other methods, one comes to mind, but it does not stay fresh long, and I cannot recall the name, I have not found any products which use that method, which is why I cannot name it. After making sure it is not done with anything dangerous, you want to make sure they have batch lab reports that check for heavy metals, mold, and how much CBD,CBG,CBC, etc is in the product. CBD, Cannabidiol is the most common Cannabinoid found in the marijuana or hemp plant. Did you know that IH contains a very small amount of THC? it is at or under.3%, so it is low, but it does help the CBD work.
But, uh, what is it that CBD is supposed to do? I visited a cannabis dispensary in Boulder to find out what the hype was all about. After passing an ID check, I was introduced to a “budtender” who pointed me to an impressive array of CBD products — tinctures, skin patches, drink powders, candies, salves, massage oil, lotions, “sexy time personal intimacy oil” and even vaginal suppositories to treat menstrual cramps.