If you’ve come this far in your research, you may already know a thing or two about the reasons for using CBD instead of straight marijuana. In case you aren’t aware, and this marks the beginning of your research, allow us to enlighten you.
CBD stands for Cannabidiol, and it is one of over 100 cannabinoids. Some of these cannabinoids occur naturally in the human body; these are called endocannabinoids. Just like with other nutrients, we still can benefit from supplementing with those that only occur in certain plants. The phytocannabinoids which occur naturally in the hemp plant can be isolated for this purpose. We do the same thing with vitamins and natural sleep supplements like melatonin.
CBD acts in this way. It is among those cannabinoids that do not occur without help from some extrinsic origin, in this case, the hemp plant. You probably already know that, scientifically, this is the same plant from which we get marijuana, which is heavy with another phytocannabinoid, THC. THC is psychotropic, which means it gets you high. Interestingly, however, THC and CBD are the exact same, on a molecular level. Because of this, CBD bonds with your body’s cannabinoid receptors like THC, and accomplishes many of the same things that THC does medically, but without the same psychotropic effects.
So, while some may choose to score some decent pot because they have severe anxiety or PTSD, others may actively seek out CBD oil to help with these issues, whether for personal, professional or societal reasons. In another entry, we’ll address the differences between certain types of CBD oil. Meanwhile, we hope this has helped to clear the air for you on a few points.