If you know the basics about weed, you know that THC is what gets you high. If you know a little more about cannabis, you know that it contains both THC and CBD. But what is CBD, and what are it’s effects?
CBD: What is it?
Cannabidiol (or CBD for short) was first discovered in 1940 by Roger Adams. Nowadays, CBD is one of the most well-known and studied phytocannabinoids (or cannabinoids produced by a plant).
People are becoming more and more interested in CBD, because it doesn’t produce the same intoxicating effects that THC does. In simpler terms, CBD won’t make you feel “high” like you would from THC.
CBD is currently being studied for its therapeutic uses, which is one reason CBD has piqued peoples’ interest. The human body contains a specialized system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is involved in regulating a variety of functions including sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response.
Studies have shown that CBD derived from hemp or marijuana may help reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters.
CBD in a variety of forms including oil, has been used to safely treat insomnia, anxiety and chronic pain.
How do THC and CBD work together?
When you purchase cannabis of any kind from a licensed dispensary, you’ll notice that the amount of THC and CBD are both displayed. This is because CBD can act as a buffer against some of the effects of THC, so knowing the ratio can be helpful when making a decision. Health Canada recommends that recreational consumers “choose products with low amounts of THC and equal or higher amount of CBD.” These products or strains fall into two different categories: balanced or 1:1, and CBD dominant.
In order for the CBD to lower the effects of THC, the cannabinoids need to be consumed together, which is why a 1:1 or CBD-dominant strain is recommended.
Ways to use CBD
CBD products are available in a variety of forms, and you now have a choice of selecting your favourite way to consume it or use it.
- CBD dried flower and pre-rolls
- Edibles including:
- Baked Goods (brownies, cookies, truffles)
- Candy (gummies, hard candies)
- Beverages (flavoured sparkling waters, juices, teas, and carbonated drinks)
- CBD Oil for ingesting
- Topical creams and lotions
Though there is still more to be learned about the efficacy and safety of CBD, results from recent studies suggest that CBD may provide a safe, powerful and natural treatment for many health issues. As always, it is recommended you check with your physician before using any cannabis products.
If you’re interested in trying CBD, and want to learn which type is right for you, contact Tonik Cannabis today!