What is CBD and How Does it Work?
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is a new trend that everyone has been talking about. So what exactly is CBD anyways? How does it work in the body? In today’s blog, we will answer all of your questions!
At Kentucky Marijuana Card, we want to give you the most up to date information on the marijuana industry, including new trends like CBD, that could help you solidify your decision to get your medical marijuana card with us once the program is fully functioning.
So let’s get into all the details so you can be a CBD aficionado!
What is CBD?
With the budding medical marijuana program in Kentucky, there are many questions buzzing around. What is CBD? Is it cannabis or is it something different? How does it work?
These are all great questions!
There are chemical compounds in marijuana called cannabinoids. There are the compounds that work within the body to create effects from marijuana. The two most well known cannabinoids in marijuana are THC and CBD.
CBD is best known for being the non-psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana. In other words, CBD does not make you feel high. This is great for those that want the benefits of marijuana without the psychoactive side effects!
Many people think no matter what marijuana will always make you feel high, when actually that is not true at all. While THC and CBD are similar, they have very different effects on the body because they trigger two different receptors.
THC attaches to the CB1 receptor. This receptor is associated with euphoric feelings and can incite anxiety or paranoia for some. CBD does not attach to the CB1 receptor which is why you can consume CBD without triggering any psychoactive effects!
One thing that is amazing about CBD is that it actually can reduce the effects of THC. With strains that have both cannabinoids, CBD acts as a blocker of some of the side effects of THC. This is why CBD or CBD blended strains are great for those who are prone to anxiety or paranoia when consuming marijuana!
Another benefit of CBD is that it comes in a variety of forms. So if you are someone looking to avoid using raw marijuana flower, you can get CBD gummies, tinctures, edibles or even topicals!
These forms of marijuana will be available at Kentucky dispensaries once the medical marijuana program is fully functioning!
How Does CBD Work?
Our bodies have something that is called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is the system that is responsible for homeostasis (or balance) throughout the body. The CB1 and CB2 receptors are found within the ECS and the receptors that interact with THC and CBD. When CBD activates the receptors it encourages the ECS to create natural endocannabinoids which helps balance the ECS.
CBD goes above and beyond since it is what is known in the industry as a super compound. This means it reacts to many more receptors such as serotonin and dopamine receptors. These additional interactions are what makes CBD medicinal for some many medical conditions. This is why CBD is so beloved!
Can I Get CBD in Kentucky?
As of now, Kentucky does not have a fully functioning medical marijuana program just yet but there is a bill currently being processed!
Although you cannot purchase marijuana derived CBD, you can, however, purchase hemp derived CBD. While hemp CBD is not as effective as marijuana CBD, it is a good place to start before the medical marijuana program is up and running.
With Kentucky Marijuana Card, you can be prepared once the program is officially approved! Schedule an appointment with us today or call our compassionate patient support staff to answer any of your questions.
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If you have any questions, call us at (833) 781-6360, or simply reserve an appointment to start getting relief you can trust today!
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