What is CBD ?
Short for “cannabidiol”, is a natural substance from cannabis or hemp.
CBD have feel-good or medical effects : from anxiety to inflammation, the complexity of its effects is still under investigation.
Cannabidiol does not have any significant side effects except for relaxing the body on the majority or effecting the liver if consumed in too high concentration.
CBD makes you relaxed and aware, without a psychoactive effect but with a relaxed state of mind.
Cannabis is indeed a plant that includes many organic compounds, the main ones being cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. CBD is a cannabinoid.
The latter are themselves 80 in number in cannabis, but only four are in major concentration:
-THC or 9-tetrahydrocannibinol,
-CBD or cannabidiol
-CBG or cannabigerol,
-CBN or cannabinol
Cannabidiol is therefore one of the molecules from hemp and not a mixture like cannabis.
This distinction is essential for the legislator or the pharmacologist, because CBD does not cause physical dependence and has no narcotic action.
This is why certains countries uses Indian hemp richer in cannabidiol as therapeutic cannabis.
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Which One Should You Take ?
The product you choose may depend on the effects you are trying to achieve.
If you are trying to reduce stress or sleep better, for example, cannabidiol may provide benefits without the negative side effects associated with THC.
THC might be a better choice for symptoms or conditions for which the substance has demonstrated benefits, such as tremors or poor appetite.
Some research suggests that the potential therapeutic effects of THC and CBD tend to be greater when the two cannabinoids are taken together at the same time.
This phenomenon is known as the entourage effect.
Taking CBD along with THC helps to reduce some of the unwanted effects that THC may have.
For example, one study suggests that CBD may potentially reduce some of the negative cognitive effects of regular cannabis use.
For example, people who use cannabis, particularly when it has high THC levels, may have a greater risk of experiencing psychotics symptoms.
Cannabidiol may help mitigate these effects.
One study found that CBD blocks some of the potential psychiatric effects of THC.
The authors of the study suggest that such findings have important implications for the use of cannabis products.
People who are prone to unwanted side effects, for example, may be able to still gain the potential health benefits by sticking to products that are low in THC and higher in CBD content.
It is also important to remember that cannabidiol and THC work in a number of different areas of the brain.
Researchers do not yet fully understand the effects that these cannabinoids have, either alone or in conjunction with one another.