Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a chemical compound that is derived from the cannabis plant. Unlike the well-known cannabis compound THC, CBD is considered a non-psychoactive compound. Since CBD is non-psychoactive, it does not produce any intoxicating effects that cause the user to feel high or stoned. The World Health Organization has also concluded that CBD is a non-addictive substance and does not cause the user any harm.
How does CBD work?
The reason that CBD does not get a user high is due to how different cannabinoids interact within the bodies Endocannabinoid system. The primary receptors that respond to CBD are the CB1 and CB2 receptors within the brain and central nervous system. When CBD is consumed, it affects the Endocannabinoid system by producing a sedative experience that can reduce anxiety, insomnia, epilepsy and seizures. CBD also has anti-inflammatory properties that can provide relief for those with autoimmune diseases and chronic pain.
Why Purchase Medical Grade CBD
Due to CBD being legal in most states, it’s possible to purchase CBD products online or at non-dispensary locations. If you can purchase CBD products online, then what is the difference between those products and products from medical marijuana dispensaries? The importance of purchasing CBD from a dispensary is that dispensary products are considered medical grade, their products follow strict state regulations and undergo quality assurance and testing. When you purchase CBD from a dispensary, you should be able to know the percentage of CBD within that product, as well as any other ingredients that were used. Medical CBD is also grown from a licensed facility and sourced from medical marijuana plants as opposed to industrial grade hemp that is used in non-medical CBD products. Industrial CBD products that are purchased outside of dispensaries can contain toxins, pesticides and other contaminants due to unsanitary processing techniques with poor quality assurance testing.
Does CBD contain THC?
Due to CBD being derived from the cannabis plant, some CBD products can contain a trace amount of THC, generally below .03% THC. Due to CBD products containing trace amounts of THC, they are referred to as “Low-THC” products. Since CBD products can contain THC, it is possible that using CBD products could show up in a drug test, however, users would have to consume an incredibly high dose of CBD, and even then it would likely produce a false-positive test result due to the amount of THC being very miniscule.
Using CBD Products
There are a variety of ways that you can consume CBD products. Common CBD products include CBD flower strains that can be smoked or vaped, CBD vape cartridges and oils, as well as CBD tinctures and creams. Since you can not overdose on CBD and there are no known negative or intoxicating side-effects, finding the proper dosage is more so about consuming until you find the relaxing, sedative effect that you desire. You can also find CBD products at dispensaries that contain a specific ratio of CBD to THC. One common ratio is the 1:1 ratio, where products contain 50% CBD and 50% THC. For users that find that THC alone produces too much of an intoxicating effect, it is suggested that using THC products with CBD could help reduce the high or stoned effect that THC produces. Many users of THC will report that when they are too high or experience paranoia or anxiety from consuming too much THC, that ingesting CBD will help counteract those negative effects from THC.
Talk with Your Physician
Many Florida medical marijuana doctors will recommend that you start with CBD products due to CBD containing similar medicinal benefits as THC without the high. Your MMJ doctor might also recommend that you use CBD in conjunction with THC depending on your symptoms and the type of relief you are seeking. It’s important to speak with your physician to help maximize your treatment plan and experience the full benefits that CBD can offer. To find out if you pre-qualify for a Florida medical marijuana recommendation, visit us on the web to complete our quick and easy eligibility survey.