CBD: A Crash Course
The cannabis plant has 113 identified cannabinoids, chemical compounds that interact with cannabinoid receptors in the human body.
Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is the cannabinoid found in second highest concentration in cannabis (the highest concentration cannabinoid being Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the cannabinoid responsible for the euphoric “high” humans experience when consuming cannabis). CBD has no psychoactive effects on the human body, and actually mitigates the psychoactive effects of THC.
CBD can be extracted from the cannabis plant and consumed via inhalation (think vaporizers), or ingestion via edibles, pills, sprays, and tinctures. CBD is always present when consuming cannabis by smoking flower; CBD to THC ratios actually act as major differentiators between Indica and Sativa strains.
Benefits of CBD:
CBD has widespread and varied uses for both people and pets. CBD is particularly beneficial for remedying stress, anxiety, sleep issues, and side effects of clinical depression, as well as alleviating joint and muscle pain, both chronic and acute, in humans and other mammals.