Maybe you’ve heard of cannabidiol (CBD)…
…but it could be that you don’t know much about it?
Or perhaps you have no idea what I’m talking about.
Either way, CBD is beginning to create a real buzz in the world of natural health — especially as more and more people turn to nature searching for the answers to what ails them.
The Science Behind Cannabis + CBD
Although much of what is being learned about cannabis is in a renegade + resurgence phase. So much of the research has been focused on tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD)…two of the most common cannabinoids (medicinal compounds) — out of the more than 100 cannabinoids — present in the chemical make up of the cannabis plant.
To put it simply, CBD is defined by Michael Backes in his book Cannabis Pharmacy as a “non-psychoactive cannabinoid with broad medical applications; the second most common cannabinoid produced by the cannabis plant.”
Here’s the best answer to the question “What is CBD?” that I’ve found ::
Cannabidiol — CBD— is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis doesn’t get one high makes it an appealing treatment option for patients seeking anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, and/or anti-spasm effects without troubling lethargy or dysphoria.
Scientific and clinical studies underscore CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrated neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere.
Extensive preclinical research – much of it sponsored by the U.S. government – indicates that CBD has potent anti-tumoral, antioxidant, anti-spasmodic, anti-psychotic, anti-convulsive, and neuroprotective properties. CBD directly activates serotonin receptors, causing an anti-depressant effect, as well.
A preclinical study by Dr. Sean McAllister and his colleagues at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco reports on how CBD kills breast cancer by down-regulating a gene called ID-1, which is implicated in several types of aggressive cancer. Silencing the ID-1 gene is thus is an excellent strategy for a cancer treatment.
And clinical studies conducted outside the United States have shown that CBD is an effective painkiller – particularly for peripheral neuropathy associated with cancer, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, arthritis, and other neurodegenerative conditions.
–What is CBD? by www.projectcbd.org
I mean wow!!!
What an amazing blessing from nature!
It never ceases to amaze me that all of our needs have the ability to be met within all that has been provided for us by the Earth. Likewise, it never ceases to amaze me humanity’s ability to control + regulate + withhold these gifts from us…all in the name of greed.
Nevertheless, the tide is turning.
And I’m super thankful, because there is some question among researchers as to the efficacy of isolated CBD. You see, the issue is, CBD seems to work best (in synergy) with THC and all of the other cannabinoids of the cannabis plant — imagine that…just as nature designed it! Yet, it’s all so early in the discovery phase and there’s so much to learn and there’s still so much that is misunderstood.
Thankfully for those of us who live in states with medicinal marijuana laws in place, there is greater freedom.
Freedom to explore, test, and discover.
For the population at large…there are more and more ways developing to utilize the medicinal benefits of hemp + CBD without the need for marijuana.
Isolated CBD is legal in all 50 states of the U.S. And the best way that I have found to harness the medicinal power of CBD-rich plant material is through topical use.
In addition to sourcing newer CBD-rich cannabis strains, I have been able to source organic hemp CBD buds, leaves, and seeds from a reputable company online (click here to purchase). This product is a great universal legal choice and it’s THC-free.
And today I want to share with you my process for making CBD-rich herbal oil.
I use this oil topically in a variety of handcrafted recipes for salves, body butters, and creams — those that relieve pain, reduce inflammation + muscle spasms, and function as a sleep aid.
The results have been nothing short of incredible! In the coming days I will share my recipes for the CBD-rich topicals I am enjoying…but for now, let’s start with the oil.
Homemade CBD-Rich Herbal Oil
*It is important to choose as many organic ingredients as possible. I have linked to the products I use personally for this recipe.
- 1 cup organic, high-quality oil (I like to use a 50-50 blend of this AMAZING organic olive oil + this AMAZING organic coconut oil)
- 7-14 grams Organic Hemp CBD Buds, Leaves
- Crumble, cut up, or grind the buds, leaves, and stems of the plant material.
- Put the herb into a small (8 oz.) glass canning jar + cover with the oil of your choosing + screw on the lid.
- Using a pot, made with some sort of non-reactive material, make a water bath by placing a small piece of cheescloth or a piece of scrap cloth on the bottom of the pan, then place the glass jar full of herb + oil on top. Fill the pot with 2-3 inches of water. Note :: Do not cover the jar with water.
- Slowly + gently bring the water in the pot to just below boiling. Note :: 98 degrees Celsius or just below 212 degree Fahrenheit is perfect.
- Allow the jar to bathe in this water temperature for 2-3 hours. Be sure to shake the jar periodically throughout the process.
- Turn off the heat, cover with a cloth, and let it all sit for 1-3 hours. Then repeat the warming process. Let it all sit, covered, overnight.
- Each day, repeat the gentle warming, shaking, and steeping — ideally for 3 days, but if you’re in a hurry you can make this oil in one day, however it only gets better the longer and gently it is prepared. Note :: My process includes a 9 day journey. On this journey, the herb + oil + I experience three 3-day cycles. After the first and second cycle, the herb is strained and new plant material is replaced. I find this process produces the most magical + potent herbal oil EVER. Use whatever method makes sense to you, your time, and your budget.
- Strain off the herb with the help of a strainer + cheesecloth. Now squeeze hard…extracting all of the goodness of the plant!
- Be sure to return the plant material to the Earth (or save it for use in other recipes).
- Bottle the oil.
Note :: I know some people (historically myself included) use a crockpot to make herb-infused oils. I no longer recommend this method of extraction. The more I learn about the toxins produced by slow cookers…I’m doing my best to stay away. I prefer not to infuse electricity into my food and especially not into my medicine…if and when I have a choice. With that said, it is an option you may choose if you wish.
Note :: Yuppers…this is the same method I use to create my cannabis-infused oil.
The science behind using heat to create cannabis + CBD-rich medicinal oil.
Why I use the above method for extraction.
(below is an excerpt from a research study produced by the Department of Pharmacy, University of Siena, Italy…read the complete study here)
“Preheating of cannabis samples has been recommended as a way to potentiate the final extract, i.e. to decarboxylate the acidic cannabinoids naturally present in cannabis plant material, such as THCA and CBDA, and turn them into their more potent counterparts such as THC and CBD. Therefore, we tested two decarboxylation methods by heating cannabis plant material”…read more.
I have used this oil to create the most amazingly effective topical remedies! They’re honestly nothing like anything I’ve created before. They are powerfully treating symptoms associated with:
- muscle soreness after physical activity
- peripheral neuropathy
- muscle spasms
- chronic back pain
- ezcema + psoriasis
- burns from radiation
…and this is all just the beginning! So much more is yet to come!