Marijuana, cannabis, pot, THC, cannabidiol, CBD… as more states and countries push towards the legalization of marijuana, the amount of acronyms and marijuana-related terms seems to be increasing exponentially. Having trouble keeping track? The Lexaria Team is here to help out a little.
One of the most misunderstood and misused short forms is “CBD”, which actually stands for cannabidiol. The fact is that a large portion of the public is still not certain about the specifics of cannabis as a whole, so CBD is often confused with the marijuana plant itself, or it is associated with the psychoactivity of THC. Now that we know CBD stands for cannabidiol, let’s look at the definition of cannabidiol in order to make a clear distinction between CBD and THC.
What Exactly is CBD?
Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid molecule that is produced by the flowering plant we have all come to know as cannabis. Cannabidiol or CBD is only one of many cannabinoid compounds that is derived from the plant, second in abundance to only THC, the most well recognized cannabinoid. CBD brings significant medical benefits but does not inflict psychedelic effects onto the user. This is one of the largest misconceptions within the general public: CBD does not cause you to feel “stoned” unlike the psychoactive THC compound. Due to this fact, groups of innovative individuals like Lexaria are able to harness the power of cannabidiol for health and performance, without worrying about the user coming intoxicated!
How is THC different than CBD?
CBD oils and compounds will not inflict changes in your senses but THC likely will. THC is the abbreviated form of “tetrahydrocannabinol”– say that one three times fast. This cannabinoid is typically the most abundant in the cannabis plant and is responsible for the infamous euphoric high that some users experience when THC enters the bloodstream. THC is able to provide this high by binding to cannabinoid receptors in our brain and central nervous system, which is catalyst for the psychoactive effects that usually follow.
What Are Some of the Benefits of Cannabidiol?
Now that we clearly understand the difference between CBD and THC we can dive into the potential benefits of cannabidiol. As researchers further explore CBD, the list of therapeutic benefits grows, further enhanced by technologies such as our very own DehydraTECH™, which helps the body absorb the beneficial compounds found in CBD.
CBD is most famous for its potential related to seizure reduction, especially in patients that suffer with epilepsy. In one of the most promising studies, the amount of seizures experienced in children was reduced by one half with the help of CBD. There is also evidence that CBD might combat inflammation, depression, anxiety and addiction. On top of those benefits, cannabidiol may also be a fantastic remedy for chronic pain, potentially bringing relief to millions.
Why can CBD potentially help with all these ailments and issues? Cannabidiol has the ability to influence a wide range of receptors in our body and brain outside of the cannabinoid receptors. This is one of the most exciting times to be involved in the cannabis and CBD-related industries, especially when there are so many companies that are allocating funds to further the research surrounding the possibilities of the cannabis compounds.
If you are interested to see how we are harnessing the power of CBD to increase memory, focus and stress, you will want to explore our Turbo CBD products.
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