CBD is certainly sweeping the nation, isn’t it? This powerful little compound comes to us from the cannabis plant, but allows us to enjoy all of its medicinal benefits without any risk of that reefer madness. In other words, CBD doesn’t get you high (THC is the part of marijuana that does that), but it does help you out with things like anxiety, mood adjustments, muscle soreness, inflammation, and more.
It’s pretty impressive, and unsurprisingly enough, it’s gotten very popular in the last several years, the market becoming practically flooded with all manner of exciting new CBD products. From topicals to tinctures, there are a ton of different options…but the best one usually depends on what kind of issue it is you’re looking to address.
Different CBD modalities come with different experiences, so it’s best to know before you go, and make an informed decision according to what you’re specifically looking for.
CBD and THC: Best Buds Forever
CBD (also known by its full name, cannabidiol) and THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol) are among two of the most notable cannabinoids, chemical compounds that specifically interact with a part of our nervous system known as the endocannabinoid system(or ECS, for short).
Your ECS helps you control things like mood, appetite, sleep patterns, and so forth…so when you supplement your body with extra cannabinoids (like THC and CBD, which cannabis is positively loaded with), you’re tipping your naturally-occurring scales in a much more positive direction.
Specifically, THC interacts with your ECS in a way that produces that uplifted, euphoric feeling (the “high” that typically comes with marijuana consumption), while CBD interacts with your ECS in a way that can relieve anxiety, improve moods, help with insomnia, and improve appetites. When it’s applied topically, CBD can also help with inflammation and muscle soreness.
Almost all marijuana has CBD in it, but over the years, growers have been focused on more heavily psychoactive strains, so CBD-dominant flower has been bred out of favor. Now that we’re getting more and more hip to the potential health benefits that come from CBD, it’s gaining popularity in its extracted form…which means there are a ton of ways to enjoy all those benefits that come along with it.