Top 5 CBD Facts You Need to Know Before Buying

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Last week, Smell the Truth listed five things to know about cannabidiol (CBD) based on an article in Leaf Science.

While both articles do give you a very clear picture about what you should know about CBD, we’d like to chime in with a few more details that we trust you’ll find interesting – especially if you are just learning about CBD.

1. Yes, Cannabidiol is One of the Two Major Ingredients in Cannabis

For regular readers of this site, this will come as no surprise. But for many this is still a point of confusion.

You see, cannabis is often thought of as a recreational drug because of its best known variant, marijuana. However, what you may not know is that, while there is one particular component of marijuana – THC – that gives users their high, there are over 60 other components – like CBD – that have different effects on the human body and mind.

There are also many different strains of cannabis, each with a different concentration of CBD and THC, the two major compounds in cannabis. For example, industrial hemp, a tall-growing variety of cannabis, is grown purposely to be virtually free of THC.

2. But, CBD is Non-Psychoactive

While there are many differences between THC and CBD, one of the most obvious is that CBD is non-psychoactive. This one fact plays a large role in the fight for legalization of CBD for medical purposes.

3. Also, the Medical Benefits of CBD are Many

Though research is still scratching the surface, cannabidiol is proving to be immensely beneficial for the treatment of different ailments and disorders. While its anticonvulsant benefits are garnering all the headlines as several states work through the process of making CBD oil available to children suffering from epilepsy, CBD can also treat inflammation, anxiety, and neurodegenerative disorders. It has even been linked to the treatment of cancer.

4. And Cannabidiol Negates the Effects of Psychoactive THC

Users of recreational marijuana, especially if they are already in an anxious state of mind, can suffer from paranoia and increased stress levels. This is one of the characteristics of THC; it makes the human mind more aware of insignificant details and blows them up to extreme proportions, often resulting in what is termed “inappropriate” behavior. CBD, on the other hand, brings about the opposite reaction.

5. Did You Know CBD is not Always Smoked?

Many people believe that cannabidiol, like THC, needs to be smoked. CBD is available as an oil and, sometimes, as a pill. CBD oil used to treat intractable epilepsy, for example, is administered a few drops at a time with the help of a dropper. No smoking is involved.

Bonus CBD Fact: CBD Obtained from Medical Marijuana is Still Illegal in Many Places

Though cannabidiol obtained from industrial hemp is legal and considered a dietary supplement, CBD obtained from medical marijuana is not. This is because CBD from hemp contains virtually no THC while that obtained from medical marijuana may contain any concentration of THC. Even in states where it is legal, CBD from medical marijuana is dispensed with care only to those who are able to get a Dr’s prescription.

There is a lot about CBD that is still being learned. Ongoing research is giving us fresh insight into how CBD affects us and how we can use those characteristics to our advantage. At the same time, there is a negative image that CBD has to overcome because of its ties with marijuana. If you would like to stay in touch, visit our resource pages for information on the latest Cannabidiol research and findings.

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