5 Facts About Cannabidiol
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the primary cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It’s been in the news a lot lately as many states navigate cannabis legalization. CBD differs from THC in that is doesn’t produce psychoactive effects, but there’s a lot more to it. Here are some facts about CBD.
CBD is the second most common cannabinoid found in cannabis. THC is the first. Overall, there are hundreds of cannabinoids that have been identified. Unique combinations of cannabinoids and terpenes are what create variations in strain effects.
CBD reduces the psychoactive effects of THC. In fact, if you accidentally get too high, consuming high CBD products will combat the effects and help you return to normal. Recreational strains are high in THC and low in CBD.
CBD works best with some THC. It’s possible to get CBD oil and other pure CBD products for medicinal use and this may be the best choice for your needs and lifestyle. However, due to something called “the entourage effect,” it’s been shown that the compounds of cannabis are most effective when they’re allowed to support each other.
Both CBD and THC have health benefits. CBD is a proven anti-inflammatory, anti-seizure, anxiety reducing, a natural pain killer. THC reduces nausea, improves appetite, boosts mood and can possibly kill cancer cells. Thanks to government restrictions on cannabis research, we’ve only scratched the surface of what we know about the medicinal benefits. New studies are being published almost daily.
Hemp is abundant in CBD. The main difference between hemp and cannabis is the level of THC. Hemp has almost no THC but is rich in CBD. This is why CBD is considered a health supplement in some regions.