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CBD: what are its health benefits and how to use it?

  1. What is CBD 
  2.  Full spectrum CBD oil, broad spectrum or isolated CBD?
  3. Benefits of CBD
  4. How to use CBD: methods of administration
  5. How long does it take for CBD to take effect?
  6. Meet the Paradise Seeds CBD oils: Paradise Natural CBD Oil and Sensi Star CBD Oil
  7. How to grow CBD plants
  8. How to make CBD oil
  1. What is CBD

CBD is one of the active principles of the cannabis plant, to which a myriad of medical applications are attributed, some of which are supported by clinical studies. CBD is a cannabinoid or phytocannabinoid: a molecule manufactured solely and exclusively by the cannabis plant, of which more than 140 different cannabinoids are known. In November 2017, the WHO made public a report stating that CBD does not generate addiction or intoxication to whoever consumes it, nor does it possess the psychoactive potential of THC. We can find high CBD strains of all types: Indicas, Sativas, Hybrids and Autoflowering. 

  1. Full spectrum CBD oil, broad spectrum or isolated CBD?

Not all oils are the same. They do not all contain the same concentration of CBD (5%-10%-20% etc.) nor the same composition of cannabinoids, so the intensity, effects and properties vary. There are currently 3 types of CBD oil, depending on their cannabinoid content:

Full-spectrum CBD oil: contains all the active principles of the cannabis plant – cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids (including THC, in a maximum legal percentage of 0.2% in Europe).

Broad-spectrum CBD oil: contains all the active principles of the cannabis plant (cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids) except THC (the molecule that causes psychoactivity).

Isolated CBD oil: as its name suggests, it contains only and exclusively CBD. 

When the first CBD oils came out, they used to be isolated CBD oils. However, later on, studies affirmed that CBD works better in synergy with the other compounds in cannabis, so full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD oils started to become popular. Paradise Seeds recommends using the broad spectrum CBD oil, as it contains 0% THC and does not generate psychoactivity. 

  1. Health benefits of CBD

It is suggested that CBD has the potential to treat a large number of health problems, as well as to improve personal well-being. It is recognized for its potent anti-inflammatory, analgesic and relaxing effects and is used by people to treat a wide range of pains from muscles and joints, to menstrual and intestinal pains (taken as an infusion, for example) or as a sleep and stress aid. 

CBD binds to the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the body’s endocannabinoid system. This fundamental system is primarily responsible for homeostasis, as well as modulating a wide variety of bodily functions and sensations such as pain, stress, memory, emotions, mood, motor function, nausea, appetite, blood pressure, immune system… CBD has the potential to treat a large number of neuropsychiatric and skin diseases, cardiovascular problems, intestinal disorders, autoimmune diseases, diabetes and obesity problems, as well as various types of cancers. 

  1. How to use CBD: methods of administration

Currently, in Europe and other regions of the world where CBD is legal (USA for example), there are countless CBD products such as oils, tinctures, foods, beverages, topicals, creams, lotions, E-liquids, resins, flowers, cigarettes. However, not all modes of administration are equally effective or serve the same purpose. 

The most recommended CBD products for therapeutic purposes are oils, creams, lotions and food, as they are the healthiest and most effective. CBD Oils and creams are two of the methods of administration with quicker effects. CBD oils, due to their relaxing qualities, are designed for people with sleep problems, as well as general aches and pains. Creams and lotions are recommended for skin and joint conditions, as they are for topical use and do not reach the bloodstream. If you want to start a medical treatment with CBD, consult a doctor first to know the best way to proceed.

  1. How long does it take for CBD to take effect?

This depends on the type of product and the individual. Generally, with oils (taken sublingually) CBD usually takes effect in about 20 minutes. On the other hand, if taken as a food, capsule or infusion it can take up to two hours to take effect. If using an e-liquid with CBD, the effects are usually felt within minutes and give a more intense sensation, but it does not last as long as the above products. Creams and lotions (for topical use) will produce an almost immediate and very localized effect.

  1. Meet the Paradise Seeds CBD oils: Paradise Natural CBD Oil and Sensi Star CBD Oil 

Paradise Natural CBD Oil and Sensi Star CBD Oil, come with different options in terms of concentration and volume (5%/10%, 5 ml/10 ml). Paradise Natural is unflavored, while Sensi Star Natural CBD Oil has been infused with the unique terpenes of Paradise Seeds’ popular Indica, Sensi Star. Our broad spectrum CBD oils have been developed using hemp sourced from EU organic crops, ensuring a quality and safety that many people depend on.

 Our oils are also vegan, gluten-free and are 100% THC-free (certified). This fact is significant in light of increasing studies suggesting that even the legal limits of THC contained in many CBD oils can accumulate in the body and test positive in a roadside drug test or at work. 

  1. How to grow CBD cannabis

Growing cannabis with high CBD or CBD-rich cannabis strains requires exactly the same care as THC strains. There are feminized and autoflowering high CBD cannabis strains, and you can plant them indoors, outdoors or in a greenhouse. If you are looking for help for your CBD cannabis cultivation, in the “growing tips” section of the Paradise Seeds blog you will find a selection of articles on the subject with tips from our expert growers. 

Get your high CBD cannabis seeds from Paradise Seeds now and start planting! In the Paradise Seeds library, you will find cannabis seeds, versions of our popular strains, but with high CBD content such as Nebula II CBD or Durga Mata II CBD; as well as a collection of high CBD cannabis seeds CBDRelief, CBDivine, CBDelight, CBDEnergy, CBDRelax and CBDream

  1. How CBD oil is extracted

Most CBD oils on the market start from a crude extract of cannabis with CO2. There are two levels of CO2 extraction, subcritical and supercritical, the latter being the most used due to its high effectiveness. This crude extract undergoes a process known as winterization (cold extraction) or distillation, which removes plant matter such as chlorophyll and lipids, leaving the CBD extract with the terpenoids intact (full spectrum). 

This crude extract is quite thick and does not have a great taste, but it is full spectrum (contains a full range of cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids). From there, the cannabinoids can be separated, resulting in broad spectrum oils and isolated CBD, which we have seen above. Finally, as hemp tends to have a poor terpene profile, some companies add terpenes, as is the case with Sensi Star CBD Oil. These terpenes will also affect the properties of the oil: myrcene and linalool will produce more relaxation (indica effect), limonene and pinene (found in higher amounts in many sativas) are uplifting.

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