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Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is a non-psychotropic compound that won’t get you high like THC but still has a powerful effect on your body and mind. It’s principally used medicinally, as it has been shown to be an incredibly effective therapeutic cannabinoid that has anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, antispasmodic, analgesic and neuroprotective properties.
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system just like THC, but doesn’t produce the same cognitive or behavioural changes that can make you feel buzzed. It doesn’t interact directly with CB1 or CB2, the two cannabinoid receptors that are influenced by THC, but instead signals to them indirectly, which might explain its ability to be effective without being “intoxicating”. CBD also interacts with non-cannabinoid receptors in the brain including the opioid, dopamine and serotonin receptors, which can produce a range of effects from pain relief to reducing anxiety and depression.
Some of the most common medical uses for CBD are reducing the occurrences of epileptic seizures and soothing chronic and neuropathic pain, but there are others who use it to help boost their mood, ease stress and take the edge off of persistent anxiety.
CBD is beneficial for people who are interested in the therapeutic benefits of cannabis but not keen on experiencing the psychotropic effects of THC. Some of the most popular CBD-dominant strains include ACDC, Harlequin, Cannatonic and Sour Tsunami.
Story by K. Astre