“CBD-rich” versus “CBD dominant:” By “CBD-rich,” we mean a cannabis strain or product that has an equal or greater ratio of CBD to THC. “CBD-dominant,” refers to strains or products that are CBD-rich but have very little THC content.
Cannibas versus Hemp derived CBD: While all CBD products are made from the Cannabis sativa plant, there are two main strains; cannabis (also interchangeably called marijuana) and hemp. Although they are the same species, cannabis plants have more than 0.3% of THC – the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. In contrast, hemp contains 0.3% or less of THC, meaning that it does not cause intoxication. This is an important difference since the main reason marijuana is widely considered an illegal substance is because of its psychoactive properties.
Hemp-derived CBD products are legal under Federal Law in the United States. Laws governing the use of cannibas-derived CBD vary by state. In Michigan, cannibas-derived CBD is legal with medical perscription.
It should be mentioned here that, while hemp-derived CBD is perfectly legal, the majority of hemp is grown industrially for its fiber. Hemp is known for it's ability to absorb environmental toxins, which is wonderful for soil remediation, but not so good for producing quality and clean CBD. So, it is of utmost importance to source hemp-derived CBD from a trusted, clean source that participates in independent third-party testing.
Scientific and clinical research 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-dominant strains and oil extracts can facilitate dramatic improvement in some children with intractable seizure disorders.
CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective and neurogenic effects. Its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at research centers around the world. Further evidence suggests that CBD is safe even at high doses.
It’s no longer a question of whether CBD works—today the key question is how to use it for maximum therapeutic benefit.
The most appropriate delivery system for CBD is one that provides an optimal dose for a desired duration with few unwanted side effects. While various delivery systems are used, most patients prefer a non-inhalation delivery route. CBD-rich cannabis oil products can be taken sublingually, orally in various forms, or applied topically.
Cannabis therapeutics is personalized medicine. An effective dosage can range from as little as a few milligrams to a gram or more. There is no single ratio or strain or product that’s right for everyone. Optimize your therapeutic use of cannabis by finding the proper combination of CBD and dosage that works best for you.
~To Your Health
Michelle Närhi, BS, ND, CNHP