As promised, we’ll now be taking a look at another roundup of fascinating facts on CBD. Despite having grown enormously in popularity in the last couple of years, there’s still way too much misinformation and misunderstanding among the masses.
Feast on the following and find out a thing or two about CBD you most likely never knew:
6. CBD is Not Always Present in Cannabis Plants
CBD is one of the most prevalent cannabinoids in any number of strains. But there are also endless commercially available strains that contain levels of CBD that are too low to even be measured. This is because from the 1980s onwards, cannabis breeders worldwide invested heavily or exclusively in the development of strains with as much THC as possible, while eliminating CBD from the equation.
This is, however, a trend that has seen a complete 180 turnaround over the past couple of years. As the popularity of CBD grows, more breeders than ever before are focusing their efforts on CBD-heavy strains. Some with next to no THC whatsoever, others with a more balanced composition of THC and CBD.
7. CBD Topicals Can Be Quite Effective
Some of the most popular CBD products on the market right now are those that can be smoked or vaped the traditional way. Alongside these more common consumables, there’s also a growing market for CBD topicals. Examples of which include gels, ointments, transdermal patches - all designed to provide a measured dose of CBD to the required area.
Far from a fad, there’s evidence to suggest that CBD topicals can be surprisingly effective. Particularly where conditions like inflammation, itching and painful skin irritations occur, topicals can get the active ingredients to the affected area much faster. Results (of course) vary from one patient and product to the next, but CBD topicals are nonetheless gaining a huge following all over the world.
8. CBD May Be Beneficial for Animals
For the time being, vets are not generally willing to recommend CBD products for pets. However, extensive research has shown that plenty of other animals have similar endocannabinoid systems to those of human beings. In addition, there’s growing evidence to suggest that cannabinoids like THC and CBD affect various different animals in the same way as humans. In which case, CBD could have wide-reaching therapeutic properties for cats, dogs and even horses.
Still, it’s likely to be some time before CBD products for pets become an everyday norm. There’s still insufficient formal proof available for vets to agree on the suitability or otherwise of CBD. Unless otherwise instructed by your vet, therefore, think twice about feeding your pets your personal CBD stash.
9. CBD Can Be Found in Flax Seed
Contrary to popular belief, cannabis plants are not the only source of CBD.Recently, a team of Polish scientists discovered that there are actually variable concentrations of CBD in the flax plant. Or at least, a terpenoid that appears to have almost identical properties to the cannabinoid we know as CBD.
This would seem to suggest that if CBD (or the equivalent thereof) is present in flax, it may also be present in any number of other plants. Something that could transform the way CBD is produced worldwide.
10. CBD is Still Illegal in a Lot of Places
Last up, extensive misinformation regarding the properties of CBD have led to all CBD products across the board remaining illegal in some countries. Most CBD products with next to no THC have been legalized across much of the world, but all types of CBD (recreational and therapeutic) are still illegal in a long list of countries.
Hence, it’s inadvisable to simply take things for granted when visiting a place you’re not familiar with. Even if you’re planning to take, buy or use CBD products purely for therapeutic purposes, you’ll want to make sure ahead of time you won’t be getting yourself in trouble by doing so.