Raw, unheated cannabis contains mostly CBDA and THCA. They are in an “acid form” and not available at THC or CBD to the body.
A company called “Strain Genie” claims to be able to analyze your DNA and tell you how cannabis will affect you. You may get information on how well you metabolize CBD as well as suggestions as to which terpenes you might most benefit from.
I’ll list three methods that can be used at home. Before you start you should decarb most or all of the plant material (unless you want to include some THCA and/or CBDA in the tincture).
The slow method:
Mix your flower or extract in a mason jar with high-proof alcohol (such as Everclear)
An intriguing study from the United States has found that low dose CBD decreased anxiety in mental health patients with an anxiety diagnosis. It seemed to help sleep as well, but less so.
One interesting fallout of a 5/31 FDA public hearing on CBD is that credit card processors dropped many CBD companies overnight.
Two grandmothers were arrested recently for carrying CBD oil in their luggage. What should you do if you are traveling?
How much CBD or hemp oil should you take? Nobody really knows. There are standard doses for people using the prescription form of CBD called Epidiolex to treat seizures, and these doses are very high. Most people taking CBD for anxiety and chronic pain take much lower doses.
If you are making your own CBD oil you can tailor your blends of terpenes to include terpenes that are activating for morning use and terpenes that are sedating for evening use.