CBD (Cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid discovered in 1940. It is one of 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants and accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. As of 2019, clinical research on CBD included studies related to anxiety, cognition, movement disorders, and pain, but there is insufficient high quality evidence that cannabidiol is effective for these conditions.
WHAT DOES CBD STAND FOR?
CBD is simply short for Cannabidiol, the second-most abundant Cannabinoid molecule produced within the cannabis (hemp) plant. The most abundant molecule, of course being THC, the psychoactive chemical famous for making users feel “high” (note that CBD does not have this effect).
Keep in mind that your body already has an Endocannabinoid system, an extremely important molecular system that your body uses to regulate and perform various critical functions. CBD binds to receptors in this system; our bodies were designed to interface with cannabinoids from the very beginning, we even naturally produce them!
HOW TO USE
Cannabidiol can be taken and used in multiple ways, including by inhalation of cannabis smoke from raw flower or vapor from concentrated oil. CBD may be consumed in the form of edibles such as gummies, chocolates, cookies, and beverages. It may be used in a topical form as well, such as lotions, pain creams, and muscle gels.
It may be supplied as CBD oil containing only CBD as the active ingredient (excluding tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] or terpenes), CBD dominant hemp extract oil, capsules, dried cannabis, or prescription liquid solution. CBD does not have the same psychoactivity as THC, and may change the effects of THC on the body if both are present.
HOW DOES CBD WORK?
As we stated earlier, your body already has a wildly complex endocannabinoid system that affects several different areas and functions. That system is rife with receptor sites that await the cannabinoid molecules presence. When the cannabinoid nears, the receptor will bind it to itself, creating a sophisticated chemical interaction that modern science is only just beginning to scratch the surface of understanding.
Unlike its sister molecule, THC, CBD does not make you feel high but don’t think that a lack of psychoactive or intoxicating effects means that nothing is occurring. On the contrary, it’s very clear that there are many chemical responses that occur when CBD binds to those cannabinoid receptors.
CBD IN THE NEWS
It’s not a stretch to say that CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of the most exciting and promising compounds currently being studied by the medical and scientific communities. Although government regulatory agencies have not yet ruled on the use of CBD to treat many of the symptoms and conditions it’s currently being investigated for, the FDA did make headlines recently in 2018 for approving Epidolex, the first CBD-derived medication to treat two forms of severe epilepsy.
Non-Psychoactive & Non-Intoxicating
Indirect Agonist Of Cannabinoids
Binds To The Allosteric Receptor Site
Non-Toxic And Safe For Humans And Animals
CBD VS. THC
Until recently, CBD was somewhat stigmatized and not taken seriously as a potential medically therapeutic agent due to its chemical proximity to THC (the chemical found in Cannabis that creates an intoxicating “high”).
Now that those barriers are coming down, CBD is finally being scientifically explored in full for the first time. When it comes to CBD vs. THC, let’s set the record straight once and for all.
Highly Psychoactive & Intoxicating
Shown To Cause Anxiety In Some Users
Illegal On A Federal Level In The United States
Binds to CB1 & CB2 Cannabinoid Receptors
Binds To The Orthosteric Receptor Site
Not Safe Or Appropriate For Animals
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