THC & CBD – Stepping Into the Spotlight

There are many cannabinoids present in marijuana, but the substance has two main active compounds – THC and CBD. CBD does not have the psychoactive effects that marijuana is famous for producing, but it offers more benefits than we ever realized. It was only recently as more studies are being conducted, that the wide range of medicinal purposes CBD serves began to surface. THC has long been at the forefront of marijuana conversation, the second most active ingredient in marijuana was quietly taking care of millions of medical ailments.

One of the main reasons CBD has been overshadowed by THC ( tetrahydrocannabinol) in the past, is because unlike THC, CBD isn’t psychoactive. In the past we tended to study and focus on the origin of what makes people ‘high’, or what happens when someone is ‘high’. CBD isn’t and will never be the ingredient responsible for the cerebral effects of marijuana, but it may very well be the future of medicine. When taken alone it almost doesn’t have any psychoactive effects. However, CBD taken in combination with THC in a strain that balances the two can help medical marijuana patients cut down anxiety, paranoia, and memory impairment associated with smoking marijuana without an abundance of CBD.

Are you curious about what else CBD can do?

New research is finding that CBD shows a lot of potentially antiepileptic properties. Anecdotal research has found that 84% of children who suffer from epilepsy had a substantial reduction in their seizures when they began treating their condition with CBD. In addition, we are finding that chronic pain conditions, anxiety, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, diabetes, PTSD, alcoholism, strokes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases are included in the list of conditions that can benefit from regular CBD use. CBD also has anti-inflammatory properties, acts as a neuroprotective, and antioxidant. While most of the research surrounding CBD is still in the beginning phases, the results have been pretty astounding.

Many grow operations have traditionally focused on breeding THC rich plants; however the growing demand for CBD means that more growers are cultivating specifically for a yield of 2:1 CBD/THC. The lack of psychoactive effects of THC heavy strains, CBD is an amazing medical option for people who want to avoid feeling high or disoriented. Additionally this makes medical marijuana a viable option for children who require that their cognition not be altered at school. People who need pain relief with mental clarity will gravitate towards finding respite in CBD heavy strains.

Marijuana is a natural substance and is easily broken down by the body. This means that a patient doesn’t even have to smoke it in order to benefit from it. One method of consumption that is growing in popularity include CBD oils. Additionally, edibles and other accessories make treatment painless and comfortable for the individual. Overall, CBD may hold the key to aiding in relief from very real illnesses that people suffer from daily. As testing and clinical trials continue, more information and results will become available. We can definitely get behind any product that increases the quality of life for our customers in a safe and effective way.