With the advent of modern healthcare systems, healthcare is regarded as a basic right. But, when you look back at the past, people knew many homemade remedies to mitigate the symptoms of ailments and took to hospitals rarely. In this regard, healthcare is everyone’s responsibility. Besides, this tradition is still followed by many people in Asian countries, and traditional healers are practicing their vocation to this day. In this article, we will explore how to use cannabidiol (CBD) to make homemade remedies for mitigating the symptoms of ailments.
Cannabis InTraditional Medicine
Legally available cannabidiol (CBD) products that are for medical purposes are usually made from hemp plant varieties with less than 0.3% THC. The hemp plant belongs to the family of cannabis plants used in many oriental medical practices. This is because the cannabinoids that are naturally found in it interacts with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS regulates homeostasis because it is a network of chemical neurotransmitters spread across the body. Any imbalance or deficiency in this system makes you sick, and consuming products like CBD oil fixes it.
Cannabinoids produce their therapeutic and medical effects because they have a similar structure and function as the endocannabinoids that are naturally made by our bodies. Terpenoids and flavonoids are other natural compounds found in hemp plants. These three classes of phytochemicals work synergistically to produce therapeutic effects like anticancer, analgesic, antidepressant, anxiolytic, neuroprotection, etc. Moreover, scientists consider the hemp plant as a medical treasure trove. Cannabidiol (CBD) extracted from it is used for making a wide variety of health and wellness products because it is not psychotropic and has very minimal side-effects at higher doses. Therefore, it is considered a better option than pharmaceutical painkillers.
Making Your Own Medicine
CBD health benefits along with its therapeutic effects make it a perfect ingredient in homemade medicines for mitigating the symptoms of various diseases. Besides, this also requires you to do thorough research beforehand to understand its effect on your body upon consumption. In doing so, there is the added advantage of controlling its potency, quality, and other customizations to suit your specific requirements. This results in better effectiveness compared to readymade cannabidiol products. For example, many people make CBD gummies at home to suit their specific tastes.
CBD Homemade Medicine
It is recommended to make CBD medicines using cannabidiol (CBD) rich organic hemp plant flowers to get excellent quality. But you can also use high-quality extracts from reputed manufactures. Tthree types of extracts are available, full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolates. Full-spectrum extracts contain all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids naturally found in the hemp plant. Broad-spectrum extracts are processed to completely remove THC. CBD isolate is 99% pure cannabidiol that appears in the form of white crystalline powder, and it is highly potent. Also, studies have shown that when CBD and THC are combined, it works better. Because of this, the effectiveness of cannabidiol tinctures depends on the ratio of CBD and THC contained in them.
People use hemp CBD for therapeutic and medical purposes in the form of oral, as well as topical products. Upon ingestion, it is absorbed into the bloodstream through the digestive system and gives systemic relief. When you apply it topically, it gives quick localized relief by interacting with the ECS receptors on the skin surface. In the former case, you must be aware of the THC concentration, while in the latter case, this is not an issue as it is not entering the bloodstream. In both cases, you must pay attention to the body’s response, and adjust the dosage accordingly. Also, in the topical application of CBD, there is no risk of overdosing.
Listed below are some of the CBD medicines that you can make at home.
- Anti-itch cream
- Pain and inflammation balm
- Antibiotic salve
- Anxiolytic and stress-reducing tincture
- Tincture for sleep
- Topical oil
CBD rich oil extracts are the major ingredient in most homemade cannabidiol medicines, and when buying it, check for third party lab test results; look for its potency, purity, and THC levels. The amount of cannabidiol (CBD) is usually given in milligrams (mg), and it can range from 3,000 mg to 5,000 mg. In high potency oils, it can go up to 15,000 mg. Because this market is highly unregulated, some manufacturers use the tag “hemp oil” to sell hemp seed oil instead of CBD oil. Understand that hemp seeds have incredibly low cannabidiol content compared to the flowers.
On a final note, when making homemade CBD medicine, you must be aware of the state drug laws. In some states, THC containing products are illegal, whereas in others they are legal. Also, at the federal level, hemp products containing up to 0.3% of THC are legal.