What is THC and CBD?
While THC is the most popular compound in the marijuana plant, CBD(cannabidiol) is the non-hallucinogenic Cannabinoid. The “high,” feeling that happens when people consume Marijuana has a specific and well-known compound called, Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or “THC,” However, CBD does not cause that “high” feeling. Hemp-derived CBD has a minimal amount of THC. Most hemp products contain less than 3% of THC. There are however products that now have been tested to be 99.99% pure CBD.
A marijuana plant has 60 different compounds called, “Cannabinoids” that act on the endocannabinoid system. This system modulates your mind/body functions to help maintain overall wellness. It also has been shown to works with your immune system. CBD is not as well known nor preferred for recreational use. More people see marijuana as only being used for the “high” feeling from THC. However, for those who do not like the mind-altering or mood-changing properties, CBD isolate would be an excellent choice to try out.
How does CBD work?
There are two primary receptors that cannabinoids bind to, conveniently named CB1 and CB2. When THC hits the body, it acts on the CB1 receptor and affects concentration, coordination, and memory. When CBD hits your body, it does not change the CB-receptors but instead hits other pain receptors that have been shown to affect anxiety, inflammation. Most importantly, doesn’t get you high and helps regulate the endocannabinoid system.
There is still however much research to do about CBD. All the claims made so far have not been approved or reviewed by the FDA. They did however launch a call for help for CBD input from users earlier in 2017. You can find our post on it here.
Learn more about CBD benefits here.
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