CBD: What is CBD?
Cannabidiol or CBD can be a confusing topic if you’re new to the cannabis industry and learning about cannabinoids. In this guide, we’ll explain:
- What is CBD?
- What Does CBD Do?
- What Does CBD Make You Feel?
- What Are the Benefits of CBD? Is CBD a Drug?
- Where Can You Find CBD?
What is CBD?
CBD is a cannabinoid found in cannabis, but unlike its cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it’s not intoxicating. It is, however, the second most prevalent of the hundreds of cannabinoids found in marijuana and hemp plants after THC. If you’re looking for products that contain both CBD and THC, you need to visit a state-licensed dispensary.
What Does CBD Do?
Cannabinoids affect the body through the Endocannabinoid System, binding to its receptors to produce a variety of responses. While it’s thought that THC’s psychoactive properties come from the strong bond to both the CB1 and CB2 receptors, experts aren’t actually sure how CBD interacts with the Endocannabinoid System! It’s commonly believed that CBD creates a weak bind to the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which is why it doesn’t trigger the same response as THC.
While there are a variety of claims available about the effects of CBD, more research is needed to fully understand the effects of CBD oil in the human body. CBD may potentially be effective in the treatment of certain epilepsy syndromes, including Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastuat syndrome. CBD entered the pharmaceutical market as an ingredient in Epidiolex, the first FDA-approved medicine that contains CBD to treat the aforementioned conditions.
What Does CBD Make You Feel?
Like with THC, the effects of CBD depend on the person. While there are some studies that may indicate what CBD can do, we are still unable to conduct research that meets scientific standards. What we do know is that when combined with THC and other cannabinoids in marijuana, it may contribute to the entourage effect—a theory that all cannabinoids, not just THC or CBD, work together in the body to produce the effects marijuana consumers experience.
What are the Benefits of CBD?
One of the commonly accepted CBD benefits is that it’s one of the many cannabinoids that contribute to the entourage effect. Beyond these benefits, the evidence is purely anecdotal when it comes to whether or not CBD can treat chronic pain, reduce inflammation, or help reduce anxiety. While certain animal studies show promise, more evidence is needed before attributing benefits to CBD.
Is CBD a Drug? Is CBD Legal?
CBD products, like CBD oil, are easily obtained in the United States, but that doesn’t always mean it’s legally available in all states. Some states ban all forms of CBD, while other states have strict guidelines on CBD products. You should always check with your state’s laws before purchasing CBD.
Conversely, CBD found in marijuana products may be considered a drug in certain states and is not federally legal. If you are looking to purchase cannabis with THC and CBD, you will need to visit licensed dispensary locations in your state.
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Where Can You Find CBD?
If you have a Verilife dispensary in your state, stop by and talk to one of our cannabis experts. They can help you learn more about CBD, CBD products, and marijuana products containing CBD, so you can decide if CBD is right for you.
Recreational Cannabis is not available in all states. Cannabis is for medical use only and may only be used by certified patients in Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and medical marijuana patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations.