What is CBD?
Everywhere you look, people keep talking about CBD oil these days. Stores have popped up all over the place. BusinessInsider reports that dispensaries currently outnumber Starbucks in Denver, Colorado. Cannabis has boomed as an industry, and CBD has come along for the ride. In this article, you will find the very basics of CBD.
First, what is CBD?
Cannabidiol, better known by its more fun name CBD, is a chemical compound secreted by the cannabis plant. Actually, “secreted” is a rather gross word. Let us just say that cannabis contains Cannabidiol instead.
Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid just like Tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC. Within the cannabis plant, we have found over 80 individual cannabinoids. Close examination of these cannabinoids focuses on Cannabidiol or Tetrahydrocannabinol. They are the two most common cannabinoids found in cannabis.
The Endocannabinoid System
Did you know that we already have cannabinoids in our bodies? Endocannabinoids, or so they like to be called. Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid. The human body produces natural cannabinoids for use within the endocannabinoid system. Within this system, endocannabinoids activate special receptors. Their synergy helps regulate many systems in the human body. The endocannabinoid system assists in the maintenance of several critical bodily functions.
Cannabinoids found outside the body are named phytocannabinoids. They have a similar chemical composition to their inside counterparts. As such, many scientists theorize that cannabinoids slide right into place of the same receptors without your body noticing the difference.
However, CBD and THC differ from each other in a big way. While both cannabinoids, they target different areas of the body. THC goes straight for receptors commonly found in the brain—the receptors associated with skills like hand-eye coordination. THC also interacts with the signals your brain sends out telling your body to feel pain. And most notoriously, THC affects both appetite and memory retention.
On the other hand, CBD bypasses the THC-targeted receptors and focuses on the body. As a result, THC gives a feeling of intoxication while CBD does not.
Is CBD good?
So far, CBD has produced a positive effect on the medical industry. The FDA has approved the use of CBD in a drug that treats explicitly two rare forms of childhood seizures. That said, this chemical compound has only recently come into the medical spotlight. We do not know everything about Cannabidiol yet, and the FDA has not approved any other uses for it. We test all of our products for potency and bioavailability before they ever hit the shelves.
What about THC?
Of course, high THC products are still illegal on a federal level in the USA. Additionally, all CBD that includes THC, such as full spectrum tincture, must not contain more than .3%. Despite all that, packaging THC with CBD provides a worthwhile experience.
In other words, THC and CBD synergize unexpectedly. Together, they work better than apart. The science community has named this synergy the Entourage Effect. Of all plant cannabinoids, THC stands out as the only known carrier molecule. A carrier molecule is a protein that moves materials through a cell membrane without using energy. So together, both phytocannabinoids enter the endocannabinoid system by sneaking it in through the backdoor. Cannabidiol breaking through cell membranes alone wastes more energy than with THC in tow.