Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid found in both the cannabis and hemp plant. Cannabis gets you “high”. The reason cannabis gets you “high” is because it contains a high amount of the cannabinoid Delta-9 THC. It is not our intention to downplay the medicinal benefits of THC. Many states, including Florida, have legalized cannabis due to the medicinal benefits of THC. However, the fact remains, it gets you stoned!
CBD does have psychoactive properties, but it is non intoxicating. Meaning, CBD doesn’t get you “high”. It does have calming properties, and many people claim it helps them focus. But it does this without producing any euphoric effects.
CBD and THC are both cannabinoids. Meaning they affect the endocannabinoid system. This is a system, in the body, that is responsible for the regulation of body function. CBD and THC both interact with the endocannabinoid system but in different ways.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
The ECS is a system in the body known for regulating bodily functions. There is still much to learn about the ECS, but we know that it is a system of receptors found throughout the body. The system is composed of endocannabinoid receptors and endocannabinoids. The body produces these endocannabinoids, when needed, to regulate the immune system, sleep, mood, appetite, and much more. Plants also produce cannabinoids, known as phytocannabinoids. These phytocannabinoids can be primarily found in the cannabis and hemp plant. It is possible to supplement the endocannabinoid system with phytocannabinoids, such as THC and CBD. So far, we know that the endocannabinoid system is primarily made up of CB1 and CB2 receptors.
THC binds to CB1 receptors, which are primarily found in the brain. CBD primarily interacts with CB2 receptors, which are primarily found in the immune system. CBD does have an affect on CB1 receptors, but not in the same way as THC does. CBD will actually block other cannabinoids from binding to CB1 receptors. Since THC causes the “high” associated with cannabis by binding to CB1 receptors, CBD actually prevents the “high” produced by THC by blocking it from binding to these receptors.
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