CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound in marijuana that offers many benefits without any high.
Most people have heard of THC, which is the ingredient in marijuana responsible for the high. But recently, attention has shifted to another compound in marijuana called CBD.
CBD appears to be helpful for many health conditions, including epilepsy, anxiety, chronic pain, and more. And while research is still in its early stages, doctors are generally supportive of CBD because it has very few side effects.
Today, CBD is available in a variety of products ranging from oils and tinctures to edibles and vaporizers.
What is THC
Whenever the term CBD comes up, many tend to relate, or sometimes even confuse it, with THC. Although both seem more or less the same, there are a number of distinct differences between the two. These differences range from both medical healing abilities to the whole legality of their use.
THC, in simplest terms, is the chemical that instigates most of the psychological effects associated with marijuana. It does this by attaching to the cannabinoid receptors present inside the brain and affecting them. This, in turn, stimulates the regions of the brain responsible for pleasure, movement, and memory etc.
Readers are likely well acquainted with THC– It’s the ingredient in marijuana that gives its users that “high” effect.
Cannabidiol is another chemical compound in marijuana. By isolating that chemical compound from THC, people can enjoy many surprising health benefits without the unwanted side effects of THC itself.
Cannabidiol and THC are two of 60 cannabinoid compounds found in marijuana. They’re also the two most common cannabinoid compounds found in marijuana – which is probably a reason why they’re the only two most people have heard of it.
When we grow marijuana for recreational purposes, it typically contains more THC than CBD. Specific THC and CBD levels vary between plants. By using selective breeding techniques, skilled growers can adjust the levels of THC and CBD to purify the benefits in favor of either compound.
Some of the most skilled growers have been able to create strains that have high levels of CBD with virtually no THC. You enjoy the health benefits of marijuana without the “high” effect. Let’s delve deeper into this in the following segments.