Recently, we published an article discussing cannabis oil and the power of cannabinoids. While THC is the most famous cannabinoid of the bunch, cannabidiol (CBD) is a close second that is no less important when it comes to uncovering both the medicinal and recreational potential of the cannabis plant.
No Need to Get Stoned
CBD is a unique essential oil in that it doesn’t actually make you feel stoned and can actually counteract many of the psychoactive properties of THC. This simple fact has made CBD-rich cannabis and CBD oil an attractive alternative for patients dealing with depression, migraines, anxiety, psychosis, and even fibromyalgia. Even the federal government which has infamously harsh anti-marijuana policies, has sponsored substantial research into the medical applications of CBD.
There are a number of different ways to experience the wonders of CBD. The most common is by smoking CBD-rich cannabis strains. The most famous is Harlequin, a sativa strain with a CBD:THC ratio of 5:2, making it one of the most CBD-dominant strains in existence. There’s also Ringo’s Gift, a hybrid named after Lawrence Ringo - the cannabis activist and CBD pioneer.
Another popular option is CBD oil. CBD oil can be consumed as a tincture or as a vape oil when used in conjunction with the right terpenes. Most CBD oil is derived from hemp, a member of the cannabis family that is distinctly different than marijuana. Unlike marijuana which looks like a short bush, the hemp plant is tall and skinny, with most of its leaves concentrated at the top. At the moment, the legal status of CBD oil is murky to say the least. In states that have legalized marijuana, CBD is easliy accessible. But for the rest of the country, the legality of CBD oil varies. Some states even have special exemptions for CBD given its medical effects.
Hemp can also be used to create hemp oil. Hemp oil, a popular vaping alternative to high-THC oil, has a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD and produces a mellow yet effective high that can be used to deal with depression, migraines, and fibromyalgia. If you’re looking to try cannabis oil, hemp oil is generally regarded as a good starting point, since its even mixture of THC and CBD ensures that its psychoactive effects won’t be overpowering. Advances in distillation techniques have also led to the creation of pure CBD oil which, as its name suggests, is composed almost entirely of CBD isolate.
Caryophyllene Oxide: Terpene or Cannabinoid?
In addition to CBD, there is another very important compound found in cannabis that has puzzled researchers for decades - caryophyllene oxide. Caryophyllene is what gives black pepper its spiciness. It’s also a prominent compound in cloves, basil, and rosemary. What’s so unique about it is that it is a terpene that is also able to interact with the endocannabinoid system. It is currently the only known terpene with that property. This means that caryophyllene can generate many of the same effects that CBD is known for. In particular, caryophyllene has been shown to be an effective anesthetic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory agent. Caryophyllene is on its way to becoming a staple of the medical cannabis community.