In the past, many people have held the notion that Marijuana only gets you high, it can, but hemp based products have the potential for additional benefits also.
Recent research has found a much more benign – and practical – way for people with certain needs to use CBD
What we’re referring to, of course, are the cannabidiols found in hemp and marijuana. CBD is one of several non-intoxicating compounds (cannabinoids) found in all variations of the cannabis plant.
For the longest time, this particular cannabinoid and its effects eluded users and researchers alike.
Now, we know it so well that companies everywhere have been able to isolate and breed certain plants to yield CBD with comparatively little to no THC.
So what makes CBD so special?
Well, its effects differ significantly from that of THC to the point where certain products containing CBD aren’t considered controlled substances and recently WADA (World Anti Doping Association) recently delisted it from its banned substance list.
This is great news, because it makes the product accessible to those who can benefit from it.
So what is the difference between CBD and THC?
THC vs CBD
In order to better understand why CBD doesn’t provide the psychoactive affect like THC, we need to establish the difference between the two.
As we said earlier, the fact that CBD won’t get you high as it does not have the same effect as THC.
But for many others, CBD’s inability to get people high is exactly what many patients are looking for.
Many people take issue with THC because it can have some nasty side effects such as dizziness, headaches, anxiety and paranoia are often reported by users.
This makes any potential benefits difficult for certain people to experience.
Since CBD doesn’t act like THC, you don’t have to worry about the aforementioned side effects but CBD isn’t just non-intoxicating, it’s also an antagonist to its counterpart, THC.
This is due to a phenomenon called the “entourage effect,” where the different compounds within marijuana work together and balance each other out.
CBD plays a key role here. In the words of Doctors Malik Burnett (MD) and Amanda Reiman (PhD), “In addition to helping maximize the benefits of the plant, the entourage effect plays a role in helping to minimize the side effects of various cannabinoids.
The most fitting example of this is CBD’s ability to modulate the potentially negative side effects of THC.”
CBD lacks the intoxicating properties of THC because it doesn’t directly bind to your CB1 receptors.
Every human has an endocannabinoid system made up of CB1 and CB2 receptors.
These receptors interact with cannabinoids like THC and CBD as well as with the cannabinoids produced by your own body.
CB1 receptors are located mostly in the brain.
CBD also interacts with the CB1 receptor, but not directly.
CBD can block the breakdown of a cannabinoid which your body produces called anandamide.
The relaxing effects of CBD are thought to be caused by it’s prevention of the breakdown of Anadamide.
Dan Rodwell, Cannwell Founder
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