You could think that CBD makes you high just as THC does, but in fact, it has no psychotropic effects on Humans. Although it can improve your mental state, concentration, or lift up your mood it does not change how you experience the world around you.
THC, the most important psychoactive molecule in cannabis, exerts its unique effects by interacting with the CB1 receptors of the endocannabinoid system. The CB1 receptor is mainly found in the brain, especially on neurons. CBD, on the other hand, has a low affinity for these receptors, which is why it does not bind to them and cannot produce psychoactive effects in the same way.
CBD could actually counteract some of the psychoactive effects of THC. The cannabinoid is known to stimulate exactly the opposite brain activity patterns such as THC in the striatum, hippocampus and prefrontal cortex regions.
2. CBD can be used medicinally or recreationally
There is a huge misinterpretation of CBD as a purely medical connection and THC as a purely “recreational drug”. That is not true. Just as THC can be used medicinally (to relieve pain, nausea, vomiting, etc.), CBD can also be used in leisure. In fact, an interesting market for CBD for leisure use is currently developing in Switzerland. While THC is still illegal under Swiss law, CBD-rich cannabis flowers and concentrates can be obtained legally from kiosks and pharmacies. This has led to an enormous number of recreational CBD users who appreciate CBD-rich cannabis for its calming effects.
3. CBD can counter the effects of THC
Cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds found in cannabis interact with each other. Studies and several individual reports indicate that the interaction between these different substances and the human endocannabinoid system leads to synergistic effects, which is referred to as the “entourage effect”. Studies have shown that, for example, CBD and THC can work together to achieve stronger and faster pain relief than any compound on its own.
And while our understanding of the entourage effect is still in its infancy, some research suggests that the medicinal benefits of cannabis are found throughout the plant rather than in isolated chemicals. Indeed, studies have shown that isolated forms of THC and CBD produce very different effects than whole plant products. While THC can have extremely positive effects, it can also have undesirable side effects. Especially in high doses. These include nausea, vomiting, increased pain, anxiety, paranoia, and more. Fortunately, research also shows that CBD can counteract many of these effects as well. The relationship between CBD and THC is actually very complex and not fully or in detail covered in this article. However, it is true that CBD can help reduce anxiety and paranoia that some may experience after consuming THC.
4. Not all cannabis plants contain CBD
Although CBD is derived from cannabis plants, it is not present in all strains of this species. In fact, most of the recreational cannabis contains only traces of CBD.
That’s because cannabis breeders and seed banks have primarily focused since the 1980s on producing potent, THC-rich strains that are designed to give stoners worldwide highs that don’t seem out of this world.
However, since CBD has become more popular, seed banks have started offering more CBD-rich strains for both medical and recreational purposes. CBD tends to be found in higher concentrations in the hemp plant.
5. Your four-legged friend might profit from it too
One of the greatest advances in our understanding of cannabis came with the discovery of the endocannabinoid system, which essentially regulates the effects of cannabis on the body.
Well, it turned out that humans are not the only living things with this system; Dogs, cats, horses and many other animals also have an endocannabinoid system and experience cannabis in a very similar way to us. In fact, all mammals have an endocannabinoid system, which is why cannabis is often successfully tested on rats.
This has led to a completely new market: cannabis supplements for pets. Pet owners around the world are beginning to use cannabis products such as CBD oil, capsules, infusions, and even topical agents to help their pets deal with a variety of diseases and their symptoms.
For example, some dog owners use CBD supplements to help alleviate and combat symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, chronic inflammation and pain, or even anxiety in their pets. Just like humans, CBD supplements can help animals with a variety of symptoms without causing a high.
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