The Truth About CBD

CBD can be bought off of every street corner these days, but what exactly is it? Does it make you “high”? Let’s talk about CBD and how it differs from what you might think it is.


Times are changing fast as ever, and it’s easy to have different words or phrases tossed in your direction that you’ve never heard before and you’re just left smiling and nodding in the conversation, hoping that nobody asks you about it. Today, we’re going to clear up one specific thing that has been somewhat of a hot topic this year, the usage of CBD.
To clarify quickly, CBD does in fact come from Cannabis and is a naturally occurring compound from the plant, but it’s not exactly what you’d expect when you think of marijuana. When people think of cannabis, and being “high.” They’re specifically thinking of THC, another natural compound. THC is what gives the “high” feeling, the red eyes and endless appetite, you know the stereotypes.
This is where THC and CBD differ, because CBD does not interact with the same receptors in your brain that make you feel high, in fact it doesn’t really intoxicate you at all. To quote the World Health Organization, “in general, clinical studies have reported that even high doses of oral CBD do not cause those effects that are characteristic for THC and for cannabis rich in THC.” So if that’s the case, why do people bother taking it, wouldn’t it be just as relaxing as eating a handful of grass?
To understand that, let’s introduce the endocannabinoid system. This system in your body is basically the little cells that carry around brain messages for pain, memory, sleep, and mood. CBD interacts directly with this system, boosting its’ effectiveness, assisting in the numbing of chronic pains, easing in sleep, lightening your mood, so on and so forth.
For the most part, it seems that the reports are somewhat anecdotal, as the technology used to separate CBD from THC is rather new, and the act of using CBD in tests is even newer, so take this with a grain of salt. For many people though, they find that CBD has been incredibly beneficial when dealing with chronic neck, back, and muscle pain.
As for legality, short answer is yes, it’s legal. Longer answer is that the legality is determinant on if the CBD has been effectively separated from THC and doesn’t contain more than the very very small legal amount, and that the hemp that the CBD originated from was grown from an authorized farm. Meaning, as long as it was prepared correctly, and grown at a real farm and not somebody’s garage, you’re probably okay.
The other big question, is CBD addictive? Again, it depends. CBD doesn’t contain any chemicals or molecules that are cause direct addiction in the human brain. However, as with all things, if it becomes a big part of your daily life, and you rely on it exclusively to handle chronic pains, you’ll likely suffer some big side effects when stopping.
That’s about where research gets us to for now. Currently, the research says that it is safe and without any major side-effects, and just might be beneficial without intoxicating the user. It may be awhile before research exposes what exactly these benefits are, but for the time being, its openly legal, and many people believe it helps them, and at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.



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