Introduction to CBD
Author: Katie, Dispensary Technician

It seems like CBD products are popping up everywhere. Some may have seen CBD oils and bath bombs sold at wellness shops, while others may have seen some more unique products like CBD ice cream and CBD make up. Because of its well-advertised connection to marijuana, it’s hardly a surprise that people have taken an interest in it; CBD is much more complex than it may seem at face value. 

What is CBD?

The two most prominent cannabinoids found in cannabis plants are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). Though THC has great medical properties, it is commonly known for its psychoactive effects. CBD is similarly used for medical purposes, however, it does not have any of the mind-altering effects of THC, making it a somewhat different form of medical cannabis that’s popular for its own unique properties Though the chemical makeup between the two are practically identical, CBD interacts with bodily receptors differently than THC, and CBD is also able to counter the effects of THC.

The CBD that is sold for public consumption is different from the CBD that is sold at medical marijuana dispensaries. The CBD in public markets is hemp derived, and the potency is generally much lower, and they contain far smaller traces of both CBD and THC, as they have to contain less than 0.3% THC. Hemp CBD is more similar to a vitamin supplement or something used for cosmetic purposes, whereas cannabis derived CBD products contain much higher amounts of CBD and has a THC level that requires it to only be sold in medical marijuana dispensaries.

CBD and Our Bodies

Our bodies have their own endocannabinoid systems that receive signals from and process cannabinoids. As such, CBD can interact with our molecular pathways as any other medicine would. Like all cannabis products and medicines though, the effects can vary based on our body’s different molecular pathways, receptors, and chemicals. With this in mind, there are a vast variety of CBD products that have the potential to address a number of medical concerns. 

CBD Treatment

CBD has the potnetial be used to treat many anxiety disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder, general anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. This kind of medical CBD can be especially helpful with such illnesses as it does not have any of the psychoactive effects that may trigger or worsen some patient’s anxieties. Similarly, because CBD can have pecific calming effects on the nervous system, it can help people fall asleep and stay asleep. It is theorized that CBD may have the ability to prevent the breakdown of a certain neuro-transmitter that affects sleep, and in doing so allows sleep-promoting chemicals to flow through the bloodstream. Many choose CBD as their preferred sleep aid because it’s non-habit-forming. 

Another benefit of CBD treatment being non-habit forming is that they can be a great option for curbing the effects of addiction. CBD has the potential to diminish the effects of opioid cravings and treat the side effects of drug withdrawals such as anxiety, restlessness, and nausea. 

CBD has been found to be a potent therapy for pain relief by our patients because of its anti-inflammatory properties. CBD has been used to treat chronic pain, migraines, multiple sclerosis pain, osteoarthritis, IBS/IBD, and even pain associated with cancer and cancer treatments. 

CBD is more than just a fad; it has major potential in the world of medicine. In fact, the first CBD derived drug, Epidiolex, was approved by the FDA in June 2018 to treat specific forms of epilepsy that tend to be difficult to control. CBD can also be a great supplement, or even an alternative for those who have responded unfavorably to prescription drugs.

As a non-psychoactive treatment, CBD not only has the potential to help a lot of people struggling with different illnesses, but also to open up more people to the world of medical cannabis. Those who may feel weary of the psychoactive effects that are associated with marijuana have an accessible option to an alternative solution to their personal needs. As research on CBD continues to grow, more possible benefits of CBD may have yet to be discovered, as well as have the potential to become a common part of the medical community. For now, though, those who are able to legally purchase CBD have a broad range of CBD product choices to help them as needed.

About the Author

I am Katie and I am a technician at Keystone and I am very short and very concerned about the bee population. I love marijuana and anime and when I am not being productive and writing, my favorite thing in the world to do is enjoy some marijuana while watching anime and eating dessert in my room. I also love reading, writing, non-anime cartoons, crafting, occasionally leaving my apartment, aaaaaaand other things but if I kept listing them you would get bored. All feedback is appreciated but compliments are ESPECIALLY appreciated. Okay that’s it. 

Disclaimer: These statements have not been reviewed for accuracy by the FDA. As always, seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider when considering trying a new treatment. Do not start or stop taking any medications without speaking to your doctor first.

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