These days, CBD's everywhere.In pharmacies, supermarkets and even in gas stations, you'll see it. And with valid reason: new medical research and anecdotal evidence suggest that CBD can benefit us in many medical conditions. But while all CBD comes from the humble hemp plant, not all CBD products are produced in the same way.

Users must educate themselves in all ways about the healthy, effective and legal use of cannabis. If you consider jumping on the CBD bandwagon as well, but don't know where to start, here is a primer on all CBD stuff.

What is CBD, first and foremost?

Cannabidiol is commonly called CBD. It is one of the two main active substances in cannabis, one of which is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).In contrast to THC, pure CBD is not psychoactive, which means that you don't feel high.

Research indicates that CBD can be effective in reducing anxiety chronic inflammation and pain, sleeplessness and some unusual types of childhood epilepsy. In the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, a long-term study showed that CBD could help prevent cognitive impairment. Moreover, CBD may also be effective in treating opioid use disorders, according to a study published in the Neurotherapeutics Journal.

How can I take CBD?

CBD can take many forms. Most people would prefer CBD Gummies instead of CBD oil or other types because they are more enjoyable. The distinct botanical flavor of CBD oil is not present and is easier to take than vapes or capsules.

Another type, such as the tinctures, are applied sublingually in your bloodstream, implying that they take effect faster.

There are also topical products like lotions that suits skincare since they are packed with skin-rejuvenating antioxidants.

How to choose the right CBD product?

All CBD products are formulated using CBD oil in full spectrum, CBD oil in broad spectrum, or CBD isolate.

Every compound found in hemp, including trace amount of THC, is contained in full spectrum CBD oil. CBD broad-spectrum oil, on the other hand, contains a variety of cannabinoids, terpenes and hemp-derived flavonoids, but not THC. CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD.

Search for products on label which mention the following: "cannabidiol," "hemp extract," CBD broad spectrum" or "CBD full spectrum”. Furthermore it is worth noting that hemp seed oil or cannabis is not the same as CBD oil. It is a cleaner, lighter oil than hemp seed oil and appears to be greasier.

A further important step is to decide how much of a product contains CBD. For example, if you're looking for pain relief or anxiety lotions and oils, the CBD content needs to be higher in order to be effective.

Cannabis and Flavonoids

Cannabis flavonoids contain various effects alongside cannabinoids (THC, CBD), and terpenes, such as myrcene and limonene. Many flavonoids have strong antioxidant properties that help tissue harmful molecules detoxification.

Therefore, flavonoid consumption is often associated with a reduced risk, although not always, of the lung or breast cancer.

Here are some cannabis flavonoids and related effects:

Beta-sitosterol: (anti-inflammatory)
Apigenin: (estrogenic, nervous, anti-inflammatory)
Cannaflavin (anti-inflammatory)