Your Introduction to CBD
The rise of CBD has played a vital role in drawing attention to the numerous medical benefits that cannabis products can provide.
In the last decade or so, it has undoubtedly been significant progress concerning cannabis, as legalization continues to spread across the US on a state level with each subsequent legislative session.
As numerous shops suddenly began to pop up all over, the CBD revolution just happened seemingly overnight. Each one claiming to sell the magical substance that can cure or relieve almost anything. The new hip CBD infusion ingredient everyone is trying to sell, whether it is in lotions, lip balm, or smoothies, and so on.
With all this said, you may be a little confused as to what CBD really is and have misconceptions about what it can actually do for you.
We are here to attempt to break it all down for you below. We will go over the basics of CBD and what makes it different from traditional cannabis products, including all its multiple benefits.
What is CBD?
What is it? Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. Yes, that long! It is one of 113 identified chemical compounds known as cannabinoids in the marijuana plants and accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. With the other being THC — the notorious compound in cannabis products responsible for the various effects we generally associate with consumption, such as the overall psychoactive effects, euphoria, increased mental stimulation, etc.
CBD is responsible for many different effects than THC, such as calm and relaxation, providing benefits like reducing inflammation and minimizing issues with the nervous system. All of which has little to do with the mental aspects.
Chemical structure of a CBD-type cannabinoid.
Chemical structure of the CBD-type cyclization of cannabinoids.
In every cannabis strain, you will find CBD and THC; whether you consume products made from the dried bud of cannabis plants, edibles, hash, or the flower, you are getting both. The ratio almost always has a higher THC content than CBD, but it depends on the strain.
Several new methods have been developed for extracting CBD from the marijuana plant, separating it from THC. These new methods enable CBD administration on its own without the effects that are associated with THC. CBD still contains a small trace of THC but not enough to have an adverse effect, even in large doses.
By separating CBD from THC, consumers now have numerous ways to consume it through products such as tinctures, edibles, oils, and salves, receiving all of its many effects and benefits without any of the psychoactive effects that come with consuming THC.
How Does CBD Work
Ok, so it is a bit complicated to give the scientific explanation for how CBD affects the body, but below is a simplified version:
I am sure you have heard many versions, but here is ours. Our bodies contain a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which helps to regulate our most important functions like your appetite, sleep, pain, and immune system response. The body produces these endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system. CBD works by impacting the endocannabinoid receptor activity and interacting with the neurotransmitters. Yes, we know, it is a bit complicated but maybe this may help to explain further.
What Are the Medical Benefits and Effects of CBD?
Several positive effects are produced when CBD interacted with the brain and body, especially when having pain, inflammation, and anxiety. Basically, using CBD separates the specific effects of marijuana from others that may otherwise hinder your body and mind in some ways.
For instance, if you use cannabis to relieve pain and encourage a sense of calm and relaxation, you often have to receive those effects alongside THC-based effects, such as temporary short-term memory loss, euphoria, increased appetite, difficulty paying attention, and so on. These effects can be a problem if you have to be at work, in a social setting, or out running errands.
While avoiding the high feeling that THC produces, CBD offers several medical benefits that address specific issues.
The use of CBD can treat several issues and conditions, including:
Research has also shown incredible promise with CBD helping to treat the effects of Crohn’s disease, arthritis, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, specific seizure causes, and opioid withdrawal.
At present, the majority of CBD consumers are using to treat pain, inflammation, and a large percentage using to help with their anxiety. Specialized forms of CBD oil are being used to treat rare seizure disorders in particularly with children; however, these oils are not commonly sold at dispensaries.
How is CBD Consumed Today?
The consumption of CBD has changed rapidly since it first hit the scene. CBD was almost exclusively in oil form, which could be added to foods or rubbed into the skin to target specific areas or used with a tincture.
Many cannabis product manufacturers have developed several other ways to take CBD since then, including edibles, vape cartridges, lotions, and much more. The effects are the same, regardless of how you take CBD and ultimately about your preference.
Cannabis cultivators are getting very creative with hybrid plants that are incredibly high in CBD and offering just a small amount of THC. A growing market for those who don’t particularly care for the THC’s effects.
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