What is Cannabidiol (CBD) and CBD oil?
Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the major active substances found within the Cannabis plant among other such well known Cannabinoids like THC, CBG and CBN and is one of some 80 or more Cannabinoids to have been identified to date. CBD in contrast to the more well known THC, is non intoxicating and in fact moderates many of the effects of THC when in proper balance in the plant. However, due to the recreational appetite for high THC strains, CBD has been all but bred out of most modern strains of Cannabis with most strains only showing 1% or 2% CBD tops.
In recent years there has been much investigation into the effects of CBD in states that have passed laws allowing for the medicinal use and growth of Marijuana as well as research from overseas in countries such as Israel and Spain. Top breeders from around the world are now working with older Hemp strains that still hold genetics for high CBD content, to breed CBD back into strains for Cannabidiol Medical Use. A view of many noteworthy medicinal strains may be seen here on Synergy CBD’s page on Cannabidiol strains.
CBD Rich Cannabis Strains
There are basically 2 different forms of high CBD strains at the moment. Strains that fit the definition of “Marijuana” due to their higher THC content and strains that fit the legal definition of “Hemp” due to their almost nonexistent THC content of .3% or below. The “Marijuana” strains are hybrids of traditional recreational Cannabis genetics crossed with Ruderalis or industrial Hemp genetics to obtain the CBD genetics. Probably the most well known hybrid high CBD strain at the moment is called Charlotte’s Web and was developed by the Stanley brothers in Colorado as part of their breeding program for their dispensary operations by crossing Hemp genetics with “Marijuana” which has now yielded a strain with a low enough THC content to be reclassified as a “Hemp” strain, but with all of the other superior qualities of a “Marijuana” strain.
Many world class breeders are working on various crosses with high CBD genetics and more and more stable versions of these plants are becoming available. The high Cannabidiol trait is recessive so it takes quite a bit of breeding and selection to tease these qualities from traditional “Marijuana” genetics. CBD is more dominant among certain varieties of Hemp, making them the preferred source for genetics. Hemp was long relegated to being thought of as only useful for industrial applications involving pulp and fiber, but much interest has been focused on its strains by knowledgeable breeders that now recognize the financial and medicinal applications for high CBD genes, and Hemp is proving to be the repository for this genetic information.
It is now possible to obtain very high quality CBD oil from both traditional “Marijuana” as well as fully legal “Hemp” strains and the difference between the 2, other than THC content, is rapidly morphing where strains are able to meet the legal definition of Hemp, while still exhibiting high beneficial values. More companies are producing CBD Oil for Sale every day now, and the quality is rapidly rising while the price continues to drop. High CBD Oil derived from Hemp is not a “scam” and there are fully legal products being sold right now that rival the best High CBD/ Low THC extracts derived from illicit Marijuana in terms of complete Cannabinoid and Terpenoid profiles.
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