What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-intoxicating component of the cannabis plant with enormous therapeutic potential. Researchers are currently studying the effects of CBD on a wide range of conditions including chronic pain, insomnia, PTSD, anxiety, epilepsy, dementia and more.
Extensive preclinical research and some clinical studies have shown that CBD has strong anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, anti-tumoral, and neuroprotective qualities.
Will CBD Make Me Feel High?
Cannabidiol (CBD) has many health benefits, without producing the psychoactive, “euphoric” effects of THC. “Relaxing but not intoxicating” is how some of my patients have described the effect. That said, I did have one patient that felt that a low dose of CBD did make her feel high. This is why I recommend starting with very low dosages.
Is It Safe?
– CBD exhibits no effects on humans indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.
– To date, there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.
– Chronic use and high doses up to 1,500 mg/day of CBD are reportedly well tolerated in humans.
What Are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids (e.g., THC and CBD) are the chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers that can affect the human body. They work by imitating compounds our bodies naturally produce, called endocannabinoids, that affect nerve, brain and immune cell activity.
Currently, there are two known primary cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are located in the central nervous system, and in some peripheral tissues. They affect appetite, muscle control, pain, cognition, thermoregulation, and our stress response. CB2 receptors are primarily found in immune cells, and at a lower density in the central nervous system. CB2 activation is associated with immune function and immune cell proliferation, inflammation, and pain. Although these two cannabinoid receptors have been studied relatively extensively, there are more cannabinoid receptors being examined.
Is It Legal?
Yes, as long as they are derived from hemp, not marijuana, and contain less than 0.3% THC. No medical marijuana card is required to buy or use hemp-derived CBD products.
What is the difference between full-spectrum and isolate?
These terms relate to how a CBD product is created. Full-Spectrum CBD products are created using the an extract that comes directly from the hemp plant. CBD isolate comes from the extract that was taken from the hemp plant as well, but there are extra steps after extraction to eliminate all cannabinoids except for CBD. The main difference between the two are that full-spectrum CBD products contain trace amounts of THC (0.3% or less) and CBD isolate products do not. Full-spectrum products are also more natural because there is less processing, and they are also believed to produce stronger effects because all of the cannabinoids work together. That’s not to say that CBD isolate products are ineffective. They are great for people who do not wish to consume any THC.
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