1. CBD is One of Over 60 Cannabinoids Found in Cannabis.
There are at least 113 different cannabinoids isolated from cannabis, exhibiting varied effects. The three types of cannabinoids that people use are recreational, medicinal, and synthetic. Research has found that the cannabis plant produces about 300 non-cannabinoid chemicals. The two most prevalent cannabinoids are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
2. CBD is Legal, But Only If It's Derived From Hemp.
Hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3% THC are legal federally but still illegal under some state laws. Cannabis-derived CBD products, on the other hand, are illegal federally but legal under some state laws. CBD is not legal in all 50 states, even if it is sourced from hemp. This is because all states have their own Controlled Substances Acts (CSA) which generally mirror the federal CSA.
3. CBD generally works better With Other Cannabis Compounds.
The term “entourage effect” is used to refer to a mechanism where different cannabinoids and other naturally occurring compounds of the cannabis plant, such as resins and terpenes, act synergistically together to deliver a powerful compounding effect.
4. CBD Interacts With Several Systems in the Body.
The most important receptors are type 1 (CB1) and type 2 (CB2) cannabinoids. Type 1 is found in the central nervous system (in both the brain and the nerves in the spinal cord). Type 2 concentrates in the peripheral nervous system (that allows the brain to communicate with other areas of the body) as well as in the digestive and immune systems. CBD also interacts with a handful of other body systems and affects almost every organ in the body.
5. CBD is Generally Safe.
Though it's often well-tolerated, CBD can cause side effects, such as dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness, and fatigue. CBD can also interact with other medications you're taking, such as blood thinners. If you’re considering using CBD oil, you should speak to your GP or other healthcare professionals to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for you to do so.
While public opinion is slowly changing in favor of CBD, it's important to cut through the propaganda of the last 110 years and get the facts. Armed with information, you are better prepared to make an educated decision. For more information on CBD check out the rest of the Top Shelf Hemp Co. blog, here.