How great is it to live in this new era, where cannabis is as much a part of our daily lives as are superfood smoothies, bliss bowls and downward dogs. And one of the most incredible perks of this social and cultural breakthrough is the fact that researchers and healers are getting the chance to go even deeper to understand and unlock the multi-faceted magic of the plant.
Each day seems to come with a new scientific revelation about the health benefits of cannabis and CBD, and leading to an even less stigmatized view of the plant’s role in our lives.
The challenge, however, is that many people are still weary of getting high, which is a valid concern. We get it: if you’re not a cannabis user, we can see how the thought of suddenly introducing cannabis products into your life might not only seem counterintuitive, but even a little scary.
That’s where CBD comes in.
CBD Has NO Psychoactive Effects
Unlike THC, which is very much the compound in cannabis that does get you high, CBD is an inert cannabinoid that has absolutely zero psychoactive effect. As High Times explains, “When it [CBD] binds to the endocannabinoid system receptors, it stimulates all kinds of changes in the body. Most of those changes are incredibly beneficial, and researchers keep uncovering real and potential medical uses for them.”
What Exactly is CBD?
To understand CBD, which is essentially a non-psychotropic distillation of hemp, you have to first comprehend that the cannabis plant produces upwards of 400 different compounds — THC and CBD among them.
How is CBD Different Than THC?
Even though THC and CBD are cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, the pharmacology of THC and CBD are markedly different; meaning, the way they interact with our bodies are different. THC is the compound associated with being “high” or “stoned,” and also the compound that is being tested for in a drug test. Whereas, CBD produces no such effects.
Can Anyone Use CBD?
Yes, CBD is safe for all people of all ages and backgrounds. There are tons of studies on how CBD has helped children with specific medical conditions, such as motor issues. CBD has also been shown to successfully treat inflammation, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, arthritis, skin issues, and even symptoms of patients with Parkinson’s Disease.
Of course, like with anything else, you should check with their own physician to make sure CBD is appropriate for you.
Is CBD Legal?
CBD is legal in most states, and CBD products are widely available.
In sum, CBD has essentially democratized cannabis, making it accessible and beneficial for everyone — not just for those looking for a buzz.
“I love being part of the movement that’s here to smash the stigma around cannabis and CBD wellness,” says Casey Cooper, CEO and Founder of Botanika Life, which offers a line of easy-to-use, THC-free, non-GMO CBD products. “And I have tremendous faith in the fact that we’re just getting started.”
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