There’s no such thing as ‘introducing’ cannabis anymore. The time has passed when we were supposed to be lost and pretend to not know what people were talking about when the marijuana topic came up.
Most of us, at least we assume that most of us who are here reading this article have smoked, consumed, or been close to some kind of cannabis-derived product. However possible that might be in this day and age, it’s probably not like that for all cannabis-related products anymore. Especially when you stop and think about how many of them there are out there and how many new releases come out every single week.
One of those novel substances that are taking the world by storm is Cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is one of 113+ identified compounds found in the cannabis plant. The notoriety that characterizes it is largely due to its non-psychoactive profile, safety, and the state of legality it acquired since the passing of the 2018 farm bill. All good reasons to spark up interest in seasoned cannabis consumers and newbie users alike.
Does this mean THC is losing the crowds’ interest?
Far from it. If CBD has done anything for the cannabis industry is make it more mainstream without marginalizing its psychoactive relative, THC. In fact, it has become common practice for cannabis enthusiasts to consume THC and CBD together, which we will discuss in further detail as we get into the weeds and discover everything there is to know about the relationship between them; the two most well-known cannabis-derived components.
How can CBD be consumed?
It’s not an uncommon question. Most new consumers can’t even imagine what CBD products look like until they go shopping for them. So, the answer to the question is far from astonishing. Because CBD is a cannabinoid just like THC, it can also be found in the same product formats.
This selection includes raw or dry herb, concentrates, edibles, and capsules. It can be smoked, vaped, ingested, rubbed directly on the skin, or applied sublingually as an oil.
The question that remains is; how is CBD extracted and separated from other components like THC?
What is the difference between THC and CBD?
Both are part of a pool of 113+ total components commonly referred to as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are naturally occurring elements in the cannabis plant. It's a common misconception that they all have psychoactive properties when, in fact, only one of them does (THC). The other 112 items on the list are 100% non-psychoactive. This includes CBD.
It's pretty easy to understand how you can consume one specific cannabinoid without the rest if you purchase concentrates. But how does it work when you smoke CBD as a dry herb? How do companies' weed out' THC?
Cannabis is a family name for a type of plant. We're not solely referring to marijuana when we mention it. There are two types of cannabis plants; marijuana and hemp. While marijuana may contain large THC amounts that make it highly intoxicating, hemp doesn't and is mostly known for its bountiful CBD content.
CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, and THC is a highly intoxicating one. However, they are both often used to achieve the same results. Typical uses of both cannabinoids include pain relief, relaxation, analgesic effects, and seizure control.
All of these effects are yet to be clinically proven. It's also essential to bear in mind that CBD's impact on the body will also depend on the person's specific conditions for taking the product.
For instance, some people may find it difficult to relax with CBD, while others think there is nothing like it when unwinding. The applications are endless, and the way CBD interacts with the body is strongly related to the person's physical conditions consuming the product.
How do CBD and THC interact together?
Because your body uses the same receptors to process both compounds, only a certain amount of each substance may be processed if consumed together. The receptors would otherwise be utilized to latch onto one of the substances. They are now being used to interact with the other, which explains why some people claim to experience a ‘milder high’ when consuming THC and CBD together.
The effects of CBD by THC result from CBD taking over receptors that would otherwise interact with THC.
Medicinal Benefits of CBD
As mentioned before, medicinal benefits linked to any cannabinoid are not yet confirmed with conclusive clinical studies. Based mostly on anecdotal evidence, we can settle on the reality that many people have found CBD to be a powerful ally in combating the following symptoms:
- Epilepsy and Other Seizure-Inducing Disorders
- Psychosis and other mental disorders
- Pain and Inflammation
- Depression and Anxiety
- Withdrawal Symptoms
- Nausea and Vomiting
All of the items on the list should be considered as symptoms of more severe conditions. Because all we have is anecdotal evidence, nobody can assuredly say that CBD is a treatment for the cases themselves. However, its validity as a way to relieve the symptoms caused by those conditions is vastly documented.