Terpenes are molecules created by many different kinds of plants, including the cannabis plant. When found in the cannabis plant they give each strain its unique scents and flavors. Combined with hundreds of cannabinoid molecules, terpenes also contribute to each strain's unique psychoactive and physiological effects. This is called the "entourage effect." Terpenes can also be added to cannabis extracts such as CBD oil to impart desired scents and flavors on the product.
There are many ways to extract CBD, both commercially and at home, with various drawbacks and benefits and various levels of safety. The more unsafe methods use harsh chemicals and solvents such as butane, hexane, petroleum, and naphtha to separate out the oil, and should generally be avoided.
CBD isn't known to get you high, but recently it is causing quite of a buzz within medical researchers and patients with various types of symptoms. Known to have substantial therapeutic properties, numerous businesses and start-ups have jumped on the bandwagon. However, there still are things people get confused about when talking about CBD.
There are hundreds of useful compounds in cannabis. THC gets the most attention for its psychotropic effect. However, the compound best known for its medical use is CBD (Cannabidiol). Although CBD works better as a compound with THC, its effects can still be harnessed by itself.
CBD has been found to be helpful in treating illnesses such as autism, anxiety, psychosis, depression, insomnia, pain, and cancer just to name a few. Pets that we love so dearly can also be affected by seizures, cancer, arthritis, etc. and there are CBD products to cater to animals as well.
Leafly, one of the best review sites for Cannabis, introduces cannabinoids to the conversation and the array of effects and benefits offers.