Cannabidiol (CBD) came out to the world in a big way after this simple natural plant chemical extract stopped an epileptic seizure in its tracks, on U.S. national television. In the time since, researchers, developers and most importantly patients are claiming this miracle compound can stop spasms, calm anxiety, and soothe those in chronic pain – but what is CBD and how does it work? How is it different from THC? To help you become more familiar with the cannabinoid here is everything you need to know about CBD.
What is CBD?
A brief explanation of CBD is below, via Project CBD:
Cannabidiol—CBD—is a cannabis compound, proving to have significant medical benefits, without the “stoned” feeling and can actually suppress the psychoactive properties of THC. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis is non-psychoactive or less psychoactive than THC-dominant strains makes it an appealing option for patients looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), or more precisely its main isomer (−)-trans-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol ( (6aR,10aR)-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), is the principal psychoactive constituent (or cannabinoid) of the cannabis plant. First isolated in 1964 by Israeli scientists Raphael Mechoulam and Yechiel Gaoni at the Weizmann Institute of Science it is a water-clear glassy solid when cold, which becomes viscous and sticky if warmed.
According to Health Smart Hemp, the difference between CBD and THC is that consuming strains or products made from strains that are high in THC gets you high, whereas consuming strains or products made from strains that are high in CBD, doesn’t get you high but still gives the medical benefits of cannabis. Be aware that all cannabinoids (THC, CBD, and beyond) have a medical benefit, and it’s important to research which strains contain which levels of cannabinoids, and what cannabinoids are best suited for the particular conditions you are trying to treat.
Scientific and clinical research—much of it sponsored by the US government —underscores CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. Further evidence suggests that CBD is safe even at high doses.
Project CBD responds to inquiries from all over the world. Almost everyone wants to know where to get CBD-rich products and how to use them for maximum benefit. After decades in which only high-THCcannabis was available in North America and beyond, CBD-rich strains and products are now available to medical users.
“CBD-rich” versus “CBD dominant:” By “CBD-rich,” we mean a cannabis strain or product that has equal amounts of CBD and THC, or more CBD than THC (usually at least 4 percent CBD by dry weight.). By “CBD-dominant,” we mean strains or products that are CBD-rich but have very little THC content.
Talk about the cbd compound found in extracts such as cbd isolate and how its found in PURE CBD eliquids.
How does CBD work?
As humans, we have cannabinoid receptors throughout out body. Certain receptors are heavily concentrated in the central nervous system while others are found in the skin, digestive tract, and your reproductive organs.
CBD is an agonist, you can think of agonists as keys and cannabinoid receptors as locks. By consuming cannabis CBD, you are taking in agonists that interact with different locks on cells in the body. Together, these cell receptors make up a larger endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is a vast network of cell receptor proteins with many functions. Some describe the ECS as the greatest neurotransmitter system in the body. It lends a hand in seemingly just about everything, including: