CBD has become one of the hottest products in America. According to a survey taken last year, more than 1 in 7 Americans have tried CBD – and these numbers have almost certainly increased since that time. These numbers have driven CBD growth estimates through the roof, and the industry’s revenue is now expected to double every year for the next three years. This demand helps to explain why CBD products are so popular.
However, CBD products are still relatively new to the legal market: It was only legalized in late 2018 as a result of the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. As a result, many consumers have questions about what exactly CBD is, and what sort of products it is available in.
What Is CBD?
They are often used interchangeably, but the truth is that CBD and CBD oil are not identical.
CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is a specific type of cannabinoid, of which over 100 have been identified. A cannabinoid is a type of chemical compound that interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system. You have receptors for your endocannabinoid system which are found throughout your body, including in your muscles, skin, and organs. Your body produces its own cannabinoids, but other cannabinoids can be ingested and interact with your body’s various cannabinoid receptors, causing a variety of different physiological reactions.
CBD is one of the more common types of cannabinoids.
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is one of the products of the hemp plant. There are a variety of different methods of extraction, but ultimately, this oil is one of the final products.
This type of oil is the base substance. It contains CBD but also has many other chemical compounds, including a variety of flavonoids and terpenes. These compounds interact with the CBD and create its various positive benefits.
Furthermore, depending on the specific type of CBD you purchase, your CBD may or may not have THC. THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, and it is best known for being the active ingredient in marijuana which causes intoxication. To be clear, CBD use will not cause you to feel intoxicated. However, some believe that THC is necessary in order to feel the full impacts of CBD. As such, there are three types of oil available:
- Full-spectrum CBD, which contains THC and all naturally occurring flavonoids and terpenes.
- Broad-spectrum CBD, which does not contain THC.
- CBD Isolate, which is a powdery substance that contains only CBD. It is often used by people who want to create their own CBD concoctions.
A variety of research is still ongoing about the various impact of consuming CBD in any of its forms, but some studies have shown that CBD consumption is associated with a variety of positive benefits, including:
- Pain relief: Numerous animal studies have found that there is evidence to suggest that CBD gel can provides rats with pain relief. Furthermore, the internet is replete with stories about individuals finding relief from a variety of painful conditions.
- Seizure treatment: At the moment, only one CBD-based drug is available for prescription per the United States Food & Drug Administration: Epididolex, which is used to treat two rare seizure disorders in children.
- Depression, anxiety & stress: Some people have found that regular CBD use is associated with an improvement in their mental health. Furthermore, small studies have found that CBD can help them find relief from a variety of anxiety-related issues, including OCD, performance anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety.
- Skincare: One of CBD’s biggest potential benefits are its anti-inflammatory powers. These benefits have translated into potential benefits for skincare, and many have found relief for a variety of skin disorders. Indeed, some groups which are dedicated to skin health have gone as far as to write about how CBD can help people who suffer from a variety of skin disorders, including eczema and psoriasis.
Once it has been extracted from the hemp plant, CBD can be placed into a variety of different forms, including tinctures, lotions, balms, creams, edibles, capsules, and vape oil.
What Is CBD Vape Oil, and What Is the Difference Between CBD and CBD Vape Oil?
CBD vape oil is a specific type of form of CBD ingestion. As noted above, CBD can be consumed in a variety of ways, and many CBD vendors have found a great deal of success at manufacturing CBD into new and unique methods of CBD consumption.
However, CBD vaping remains one of the more popular forms of ingesting CBD. With vape oil, you can get all of the benefits of CBD via vaping. CBD vaping oil is specially manufactured and placed into a vaping cartridge. Like other vaping products, the cartridge is then heated up and turned to steam. That steam can be inhaled by a user.
Furthermore, many vendors have begun to flavor their CBD vaping oil. This allows you to get your dose of CBD while also enjoying whatever flavor you are choosing to have.
Like every form of CBD ingestion, there are pros and cons to vaping. It is one of the fastest commercially available ways of feeling the impacts of CBD, potentially allowing users to feel CBD’s various positive effects in as little as thirty minutes. It can also be done easily via a small vaping pen that can be discreetly carried in your pocket. However, there are a variety of health and safety concerns surrounding vaping.
It is is important to note that regular CBD – which has not been specifically processed for vaping purposes – cannot be vaped directly, even if it is placed directly into a cartridge. In fact, this could be dangerous and cause a serious malfunction of your vape pen.