Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in the marijuana, or cannabis sativa, plant. One of these ingredients, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is responsible for the euphoric or “high” feeling commonly associated with cannabis. However, it is possible to use the other extracts of the cannabis plant for medicinal purposes and not be at risk of a euphoric response.
What Your Body Does with Cannabinoids
Our cells have receptors that receive cannabinoids. These receptors are referred to as CB1 and CB2. If you are seeking help with a medical condition, such as chronic pain or nerve inflammation, the use of CBD products as a way to fill the CB1 and CB2 receptors can help you manage your pain.
In addition, there are CB1 and CB2 receptors that relate to emotional disorders, such as anxiety and depression. CBD products act in the same way. Many users of CBD for a particular pain concern also find that anxiety about their pain level and the limitations caused by chronic pain are eased.
Be aware that CB1 and CB2 receptors do more than make you aware of emotional and physical pain. These receptors can misfire, such as in the case of those with epilepsy and other seizure disorders. By engaging the receptors with a CBD product, may sufferers get relief from the most severe seizure disorders.
The Cannabinoid Ratio
Of all the products to be gleaned from the cannabis plant, it’s critical to note that THC is actually quite fragile. As the plant ages after harvesting, THC can turn into CBN, or cannabinol. Not only is CBN a non-euphoric product, it actually works against THC when both are taken in by the user.
On the other hand, CBD is the most abundant of the products that can be pulled out of the cannabis plant, and is the most stable. If you’re interested in addressing chronic pain, anxiety, a seizure disorder, or other concerns, be aware that your investment in a CBD product will stand the test of time. Take care to buy from a monitored facility and store the product as directed. CBD is often packaged in a carrier oil. While the CBD is stable, the oil can turn rancid or develop an “off” flavor.
Demonization of Cannabis
People are coming around to the benefits of some of the derivatives of cannabis. One of the challenging aspects in changing the story around cannabis is that every derivative of the cannabis plant is a psychoactive product, and everyone who uses it is getting high. Actually, CBD works against the euphoric properties of THC and can even reduce paranoia.
CBD is one derivative of the cannabis plant. Hemp is one member of the cannabis plant. CBD is used to calm and protect the cells of the central nervous system. Hemp is used to make rope. Neither CBD nor rope can be used to get people high.
To Sum It Up
CBD can cure a variety of ills. It can protect your brain against receiving pain signals that serve no purpose. It can reduce anxiety and help you focus. It can reduce the risk of seizures among epileptics. It can’t be used as a euphoric drug.