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Cannabidiol or “CBD”
CBD is a cannabis compound that is believed to have significant medical benefits; it does not make people feel “stoned”. Scientific and clinical research—much of it sponsored by the US government—underscores CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective and neurogenic effects - it is an analgesic (pain relief), anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-convulsive, anti-depressant, anti-insomnia, and can provide a host of other benefits.
Cannabinoids are the many different chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant.
The physical act of applying flame/fire to cannabis. Combustion activates the cannabinoids in the flower for delivery to the body.
These are edible goods infused with cannabis extracts. Edibles range from baked goods such as cookies and brownies to flavored coffee drinks, tinctures, breads, and candies.
Cannabis flowers are the hairy, sticky, crystal-covered bits that are harvested and dried to be used as medication.
Hybrids and cross-breeds of indica and sativa strains produce cannabis varieties that carry some characteristics of each parent. For example, adding sativa to indica strains adds mental clarity effects and decreases sedation effects.
Indica strains of cannabis can be effective to provide relief from chronic pain, insomnia, muscle spasms and tremors. Indica strains are considered relaxants and can be effective for treating the symptoms of medical conditions such as anxiety. Indica strains may cause sleepiness, so many patients prefer to medicate with this type of cannabis at night. (Compare “sativa”)
Sativa strains of cannabis can be effective to provide relief from chronic pain and migraines and to relieve nausea. Sativa strains can also stimulate appetite and may relieve depression. Sativa strains may increase alertness and bring about feelings of optimism, so many patients prefer to medicate with this type of cannabis during the day. (Compare “indica”)
THC is the active ingredient in cannabis that causes the "high" feeling. It is is a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory, an anti-spasmotic, and it can help relieve nausea and stimulate the appetite.
A topical is a type of cannabis product such as a lotion or a cream to which the active properties extracted from cannabis flowers have been added. Topicals are applied to the skin. The medicinal properties are absorbed through the skin and can alleviate muscle aches, chronic soreness, and ailments like dry skin.
A vaporizer is a device used to consume cannabis. It heats either flowers or cannabis-infused oils to a temperature that produces a cannabinoid-laced vapor to inhale. There are many different models of vaporizers on the market - enough variation to suit any consumer.
Vaping (using a vaporizer in consume cannabis) produces near instant effects, and uses heat rather than combustion to deliver cannabinoids to the body. With vaping, there is no smoke to ingest. (Compare “combustion”)