CBD is the darling of the wellness world. You can find it in upscale skincare products and carefully portioned into lattes in in-the-know cafes. But if you were waiting until marijuana legalization on October 17 to get your hands on the non-psychoactive compound touted to help with everything from skin inflammation to anxiety, you might have found yourself somewhat disappointed: in Canada, products with CBD are legal if they are derived from cannabis but illegal if derived from hemp and there are very few products currently on sale with little to no THC. (It’s worth noting as well that not all CBD is legal in the U.S. – it’s only legal “if derived from industrial hemp cultivated for academic research or agricultural pilot programs,” according to the CBC.)
But there’s hope on the horizon if Canada is looking to bring in a new cash crop: the CBD market could reach $22 billion by 2022, according to a Brightfield report. Which means we’re still hearing about the benefits on wellness panels and at events, like the one our writer attended at The Quiet Company recently.
On an evening at The Quiet Company, we discussed all things CBD with a panel of experts. First up: what is CBD? Cannabis is a plant that contains hundreds of chemical substances, known as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids can change how cells in the brain and body behave and communicate through cell receptors. CBD (cannabidiol) is one of those cannabinoids, as is THC (aka(delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the one that gets you high). CBD has become a wellness world obsession in part because it contains no psychoactive compounds, meaning it does not get you high.
We’re currently waiting for science to catch up on the many benefits of CBD, but our expert panelists shared their existing knowledge. We sat down with Tabitha Fritz, super mom of three and co-founder of The Green Tent, a women-led organization in the Canadian cannabis industry, and founder of Fritz’s Cannabis Company, who gave us a little bit of information on how to take our love of CBD to the next level with a little DIY tutorial.
Ready to tap into your rebel Julia Child? Here’s how to do it: When purchasing buds online (legally through OCS), always look for cannabis from a higher CBD strain. Next, you’ll want to decarboxylate them by baking the buds on a baking sheet with parchment paper for 40 minutes at 230 degrees Farenheit. This process allows for CBD to be more bioavailable to the body.
Once you’ve decarbed the cannabis buds, store them in an airtight jar covered in a carrier oil of your choice, like coconut or olive oil, in a dark place for up to six weeks, straining out the buds when ready. Online resources like Leafly also offer other methods of extracting CBD oil from cannabis. There are also a few products on the OCS website that contain CBD and little to no THC.
CBD and Wellness
There are many benefits to using CBD oil including relief from inflammation, anxiety, and pain, as well as helping mitigate sleep disorders. We learned from Power Plant Apothecary’s founder, Anita Matte, that CBD oil is more moisturizing than vitamin E because it is high in amino fatty acids and antioxidants which also aid in anti-aging. Matte lists her favorite CBD infused creams online and plans to launch a private label CBD tincture and skin care serum in the near future.
Michelle Bilodeau, mom, fashion, beauty and lifestyle journalist and proud cannabis consumer shared that she loves to take CBD oil capsules post long-run to alleviate muscle and joint pain. She also noted CBD can be used to ease cramps and anxiety and that CBD is sometimes used in combination with THC to counteract THC’s mind-altering effects.
As information continues to become available on CBD, its uses, and its benefits, we look forward to bringing you more.
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