So you’ve heard of CBD oil, CBD gummies, and maybe even CBD kombucha. But what exactly is CBD? And why have CBD infused foods and drinks become so popular recently? We’ve got you covered with a little CBD 101 to answer your burning questions about cannabis, marijuana, and hemp! Here’s to taking our culinary game to the next level with just one star ingredient.
What is CBD?
CBD is the abbreviation of cannabidiol, a natural compound found in the flowers of cannabis plants. By cannabis, do you really just mean marijuana? Not quite — marijuana is actually just one type of cannabis plant. While CBD is found in marijuana, by itself, CBD is non-intoxicating, non-addictive, and does not cause a “high.” CBD is just one of the hundreds of chemicals present in marijuana, and has a rich medicinal history that dates back thousands of years!
Meet CBD’s psychoactive counterpart, THC
So if CBD doesn’t get me high, what does? The major psychoactive ingredient in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. THC produces a sense of euphoria by binding with cannabinoid 1 receptors in the brain. Although CBD and THC have similar chemical structures, CBD binds very weakly, if at all, with these receptors. In fact, CBD can even help reduce some of the unwanted psychoactive effects of THC!
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The cannabis plant can be grown into two variations: marijuana and hemp. The difference between the two plants is the presence of THC. Cannabis is classified as hemp if it contains less than 0.3% THC, and as marijuana if it contains more. While CBD is found in both marijuana and hemp, hemp-derived CBD can be sold outside of legal cannabis dispensaries. All products sold on potlishop.com are made with hemp-derived cannabinoids. For our marijuana-derived products in California, visit getpotli.com
Does CBD have any health benefits?
Yes! CBD is widely loved for its therapeutic properties. CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Many people also use CBD as an alternative to harsh pharmaceuticals, as CBD can provide natural relief for chronic pain, inflammation, skin disease, and other conditions.
How does CBD interact within us? Human bodies contain a specialized cell-signaling system called the endocannabinoid system, or ECS. The ECS is involved in a variety of bodily functions — from pain management, to immune system response, to sleep. Studies have shown that CBD impacts endocannabinoid receptor activity by interacting with the neurotransmitters that bind with these receptors. This response can lead to anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects.
For example, one study found that Sativex, an oral spray combining THC and CBD, significantly improved pain and sleep quality in 58 people with rheumatoid arthritis. Sativex is also approved in multiple countries as a treatment for multiple sclerosis. Want to know how you can get better sleep with CBD too? Check out our best tips and tricks here.
Research has also shown that CBD can be an effective natural alternative for anxiety and depression medication. CBD’s antidepressant-like effects is attributed to its ability to interact with the brain’s receptors for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behavior.
Better sleep? Clearer skin? Less inflammation, anxiety, and stress? A “feel good” effect without the intoxication? Sign me up! So what are you waiting for? Grab your CBD pantry essentials and let’s get cooking towards a happier and healthier mind and body.