The active component of cannabis is called THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). In recent studies, we have discovered that when THC and cannabidiol are combined in a liposome, they form a new substance called CBD. This new substance has shown to have some very similar effects to that of THC, but without the dangerous side effects associated with THC. This means that instead of smoking a single bud, you can now take the same effect in a less harmful way.
Cannabidiol or CBD is one of three chemicals contained in cannabis plants. The other two are THC and Terpenes. Together, they produce the substance that we know as cannabis. While some of the oils contain only trace amounts of these three crucial ingredients, others contain the full amounts, which have become popular in a variety of skincare products today.
These supercritical oils are derived from the immature cannabis plant during its first growing season. During this stage, the plant’s metabolism is slowing down, resulting in fewer cannabidiol receptors in the plant. A solution is needed to hasten the plant’s growth and increase the number of THC and CBD molecules available for absorption by the body. By combining CBD with THC, the body can “simultaneously increase its effectiveness at increasing the level of THC in the blood stream, while simultaneously increasing its own level of CBD.” This is the science behind CBD oil.
So what types of skin ailments can this amazing new oil treat? An initial study done at the University of California, Davis indicates that topical application of these two essential oils result in significant improvement when it comes to reducing the symptoms of psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic disease afflicting thousands of people worldwide. It results when the immune system starts to attack the body itself. The overuse of many pharmaceuticals, such as those used to treat chemotherapy and certain cancer treatments, results in the body building up too much chemicals, which in turn cause a breakdown in the skin’s natural resistance to these external chemicals.
Just like other oils, CBD can be absorbed through the skin. However, in order for it to achieve the same results as those derived from licensed pharmaceuticals, CBD should not contain any synthetic forms of THC – only the pure, supercritical forms found in cannabis. Unfortunately, CBD can be difficult to locate in commercial skin care products. While the pharmaceutical companies would like us to believe that all oils are equally effective, the truth is that the purer the form of the plant that is used to create the product, the less effective it will be. In this respect, the CBD is the clear winner.
So why is CBD better than THC? The answer has to do with how the body works when the two combine. When THC is present in the body in its various forms, such as in marijuana, it acts like an intoxicating psychoactive drug, or psychoactive substance. While CBD is nowhere near that level, it does not act in the same way, so it does not have the negative side-effects associated with the use of psychoactive drugs, such as the “high,” the “rush,” and the “intense.”