What Is CBD?

CBD has been around for millennia, but only recently has it become a mainstream product. By consuming CBD (also known as cannabidiol), you can enjoy cannabis without psychoactive effects. 

Interested in learning more about this unique cannabinoid? We’re going to dive into everything we know about cannabidiol:

CBD Won’t Get You High?

Two of the most abundant cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant are THC and CBD. THC is responsible for the cerebral effects that cannabis is well-known for. But why doesn’t CBD get you high? 

Blackboard with the chemical formula of CBD
Chemical formula of CBD

It has to do with receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system that cannabidiol binds to. THC binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors in the human body, brain, and nervous system, which is why it produces a high. On the other hand, CBD doesn’t appear to bind to either receptor. It has a more complicated method of action and we need more research to understand it.

However, everyone reacts to cannabinoids differently. Even though it’s unlikely that you’ll experience any sort of “high” from CBD, it’s still important to consume it in moderation. 

When cannabis contains both CBD and THC, unique interactions can occur. This is known as the entourage effect. CBD helps THC bind to the cannabinoid receptors in the body and brain. As such, CBD can enhance the effects of other cannabinoids. 

The History of CBD

Even though CBD products have only become available for purchase in recent years, they’ve been around for much longer. 

CBD is found in both the hemp and marijuana plant, which are both members of the Cannabaceae plant family (cannabis). Its earliest uses trace back to 2737 BC. Thousands of years ago, the Chinese Emperor SHeng Nung drank CBD-infused tea. Some documents suggest that Queen Victoria herself used CBD back in 1901. 

The use of cannabis became widespread in the 1800s; it was even available in pharmacies. However, it was prohibited in the early 1900s.

That brings us to today. Cannabis was legalized in Canada in 2018, including THC and CBD products. In other parts of the world, laws vary, but there’s been a growing movement towards legalization.

Now that CBD is legal in Canada, more research can be done about its unique properties and effects. We look forward to learning more about this ancient plant!

What’s The Best Way To Take CBD?

You may need to experiment with a few consumption methods to find one that you prefer. In general, you can ingest CBD in the following ways:

  • Smoking. Using a water pipe, bong, or pre-rolled joint, you can burn and inhale cannabis that contains CBD. Without THC, it won’t cause any psychoactive effects. 
  • Vaping. Vapor tends to be cooler and less harsh than smoke. You can vaporize concentrates or dried flower using a vape pen. 
  • Ingesting. Try adding a few drops of CBD oil to your tea, smoothie, or homemade brownies. You can also take oral capsules or ingest CBD oil sublingually by placing it under your tongue.
  • Skin creams. CBD lotions are applied directly to the skin to reduce inflammation and pain. You can even find bath bombs infused with CBD. 
Vials of CBD oil, cannabis live resin extraction isolated on whi
Vials of CBD oil

Please Consume CBD Responsibly

While you won’t get high from CBD, consuming it can still affect your body and mind. If you’re interested in trying CBD, start with a low dosage and gradually increase it as you see fit. To learn more about how CBD can be used, talk to your healthcare provider. 

See Our CBD Products 

There’s still a lot we have to learn about CBD. As new research emerges, we look forward to learning about more ways it can be used. 

Looking to try CBD cannabis? At Green Gaia, we carry dried flower, edibles, concentrates, vaporizers, and topicals. You can filter the results by potency to find the amount of CBD that you’re looking for. Shop online or visit one of our retail locations today.

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