Chances are you’ve heard of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound in cannabis. But another piece of the cannabis puzzle is having a moment—cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is the therapeutic, non-psychoactive compound that has neuroprotective properties. It’s not only been shown to help ease pain, reduce anxiety and depression, but CBD also appears to manage a number of chronic conditions including cancer, diabetes and arthritis. It works to balance the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating a number of important bodily functions like memory, immune function, appetite, sleep, mood and motor control.
CBD-dominant products are great for people who don’t want to feel high—many people microdose with a CBD-dominant medicine during the day to manage their condition while still being able to take care of their daily responsibilities.
Folks used to consuming THC-dominant cannabis might not think they have much use for products high in CBD, but you don’t have to have a pressing medical condition in order to benefit from all of the healing effects of the compound.
Whatever your situation, check out these products and see how they might be able to fit into your normal routine.
Lord Jones Pain & Wellness Pure CBD Lotion An infused topical may be just what you need if you suffer from chronic pain. It can be used to:
Each bottle of this soothing lotion comes packed with 100 mg of CBD and no THC. Each pump measures out 2 mg of CBD so you can easily keep track of your exact dosage.
Emerald Alchemy 20:1 CBD Tincture A tincture is cannabis-infused alcohol that can be taken alone sublingually (under the tongue); eaten by adding to foods such as sauces, soups and dressings; or imbibed when added to juices or teas.
Emerald Alchemy’s high CBD tincture can:
Each dropper full contains 20 mg of CBD and 1 mg of THC, so there will be almost no psychoactive effects, but you’ll still benefit from the powerful combination of both healing compounds working together.
Bloom Farms ACDC Cartridge Vaping is a quick and discreet way to medicate whether you’re at home or out and about. Bloom Farms ACDC vape pen uses ACDC, a highly therapeutic strain that’s an effective mood booster without any psychoactive effects. This balancing strain is good for daily use and won’t leave you feeling drained or low on energy after a few puffs. It’s also good for:
The Venice Cookie Company Sugar-Free CBD Zinger If you’re trying to cut down on sugar, clean up your eating habits or just being more conscious about the ingredients in your cannabis-infused treats, this vegan cookie is a sensible choice that won’t make you miss dairy at all. It’s soft, chewy and full of flavor from lemon, ginger and turmeric, a spice that’s also known for its anti-inflammatory benefits.
A whole cookie has 100 mg of CBD and 15 mg of THC. The suggested dosage is about 1/10 of a wedge of the cookie which has 10 mg of CBD and 1 to 2 g of THC. As with all edibles, it’s best to start with the lowest dosage, wait at least two hours to see how you feel and then have another small piece. Repeat this process until you achieve your desired experience and then save the rest for next time.
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