CBD, or cannabidiol: an overview

key facts about CBD:

  • CBD is a part of cannabis, like THC, and other chemical compounds we are still discovering.
  • CBD has shown great potential to relieve anxiety, provide pain relief, and relief from certain specific medical conditions.
  • CBD can be part of getting high in a relaxed way, and CBD can be used without getting high at all.

What is CBD?

You may have heard CBD, or cannabidiol, is some kind of “healthy” version of weed. Actually, it’s a chemical compound within the cannabis plant—the other primary compound being THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). While THC is the compound responsible for making you feel “high,” CBD is non-psychoactive; its effects mostly have to do with relaxing your body and alleviating pain. CBD has also been known to help with anxiety, chronic pain, and a bunch of other physical and mental stuff that a person might want some help with.

How does CBD work?

Everybody has receptors for cannabinoids built into their brain, organs, glands, connective tissues and immune cells. Scientists call this system of receptors the endocannabinoid system, or ECS. When you consume bud, the chemical compounds in it (primarily THC and CBD) affect the receptors in different ways, creating a variety of effects in the human body and mind.

While THC binds directly to the cannabinoid receptors, CBD affects them indirectly. It both stimulates the production of endocannabinoids produced naturally in the body, and suppresses the enzyme that metabolizes these natural chemicals.

What is CBD good for?

People have been known to use CBD to help with all kinds of stuff, both physically and mentally. Clinical data is limited at this point, but from the existing research it’s clear that CBD can help with neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders such as Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, psychosis, epilepsy, and schizophrenia. For example, a study in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that CBD helped improve the symptoms of schizophrenia. People dealing with other psychological issues such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have also been known to experience relief when they use cannabidiol.

CBD has also been known to reduce the physical pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, migraines, acne, atherosclerosis and persistent allergies. A study from the University of California San Francisco found that when doctors added CBD to an opiates-only treatment for chronic pain, the patients experienced greater relief. Anecdotal evidence has even suggested that using CBD can help people successfully combat opiate addiction.

Furthermore, researchers have found that CBD can potentially be used to treat cancer. A study found that it induced the cell death of tumor cells and inhibited the growth and spread of new cancer cells in the body. It can also be used to help ease the physical pain associated with cancer and the painful side effects associated with many cancer treatments.

Does CBD get you high?

The short answer is no. The compound of CBD alone does not get you high, and that’s why it has earned its reputation for being the “healthy,” or “natural” type of bud. It is totally possible to consume CBD without feeling any psychoactive effects. To do that, you need to make sure you are getting a product that is a CBD oil concentrate and that has no THC. These products can be smoked, ingested, and/or applied to the skin topically in a cream. And yes, they are safe for children, animals, and adults who need to do things like drive cars and have all their faculties about them.

CBD and THC together

However, many products contain both THC and CBD, and these can be both really good for you and really fun. The presence of THC does not diminish the healing effects of CBD; in fact, quite the opposite is true! A 2006 study found that CBD and THC in combination augmented one another when it came to treating chronic pain. Products that have a 1:1 ratio of CBD and THC are great options if you want to explore these effects.

Finally, THC has been known to make some people anxious, which can be a total buzz-killer. The presence of CBD has been known to mediate this effect, and when used in combination with THC it can also reduce or delay the feelings of euphoria that THC creates, giving you a gentler high.

CBD on bud.com

bud.com is pleased to offer a range of CBD products: smokeable CBD flower, CBD vape carts, CBD tinctures, salves and oils, and more. Here’s a few of our CBD products shown below, or you can search across bud.com for CBD products.

Most of our CBD products have a mix of CBD & THC. We find that these CBD & THC products can provide a good balancing effect, making for what you might call “functional flower.”

If you are looking for pure CBD products, be sure to read the product information we provide in our catalog to be sure you’re getting what you want!

If you want to know more about CBD, or you have a suggestion for something we missed, please don’t hesitate to contact us!