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6 Amazing Things You Should Know About CBD

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If you've spent any time on the internet or hanging out with friends who use marijuana, you've probably heard about CBD. There are a lot of myths surrounding CBD, but the truth is, CBD is a great compound that has been used successfully to help treat a variety of both mental and physical health issues. CBD is a cannabinoid compound usually derived from the hemp plant. It does not get users high and is legal federally. CBD is popular because of its widespread availability and health benefits and can be taken in a variety of forms, allowing users to choose what method works best for them. 

If you are curious as to why CBD has become such a popular therapeutic treatment, read on to learn six of the amazing things you should know about CBD.


What is CBD?

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a compound found in hemp and marijuana that has been shown to help a variety of health issues. CBD is often used to help certain mental illnesses, promote relaxation, treat opioid addiction, relieve chronic pain, treat epilepsy, and more. CBD is taken sublingually (under the tongue), orally, topically, transdermally, and inhaled. It is often found in oils, creams, tinctures, and vape cartridges. The most commonly used product that CBD comes in is oils, which can be full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolates, which all have varying concentrations of cannabinoid.

One important fact about CBD is that it is not like THC. Hemp-derived CBD is legal federally in the United States thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. CBD is also legal in many other countries. Unlike THC, CBD will not get you high, making it preferred by those who do not like the feeling of being high and for states where THC is not legal medically or recreationally.

1. CBD can help lower anxiety and depression.

One of the most common uses for CBD is relaxation, making it great for treating anxiety and depression. CBD helps users to calm down and lowers stress levels, decreasing feelings of anxiety. CBD has also been shown to help alleviate symptoms of other mental health conditions, such as PTSD. CBD has also been shown to lower pain in some users. Both its ability to help with pain and mental conditions come from its ability to affect the receptors of the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating pain, mood, and memory. Other medical conditions that have seen improvement from CBD include insomnia, epilepsy, and addictions. CBD is often more accessible for those wanting to experiment with using CBD for health conditions than THC and does not get users high, allowing those who do not like the feeling of being high to try the benefits of cannabis. 

2. CBD is one of the hundreds of cannabinoids in the cannabis plant.

CBD is not the only cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. In fact, there are around 115 known cannabinoids that have been extracted from cannabis. CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid, with THC being the most abundant. Similar to CBD, other cannabinoids affect the endocannabinoid system in different ways and each has its own health benefits. Some of the most common cannabinoids outside of THC and CBD include CBG, CBC, CBN, delta-8 THC, and THCA. 

Some cannabinoids other than CBD and THC have recently become extremely popular for their unique benefits. CBG is a potent pain reliever and anti-inflammatory cannabinoid that, when combined with CBD, has powerful pain-relieving effects. The two cannabinoids work together as a powerful combination to reduce inflammation and pain. Similarly, CBN works with CBD to produce powerful sedative effects, making it great for those with insomnia and other sleep or relaxation issues. Delta-8 THC is a hemp-derived, federally legal form of THC that has lower concentrations of THC than marijuana. It provides a more mild high than THC products. 

3. Even healthy people benefit from CBD.

Even though CBD is commonly used to help alleviate symptoms of medical issues, you don't have to have a diagnosed medical condition to benefit from using it. CBD's interaction with the endocannabinoid system can help to maintain balance and prevent endocannabinoid deficiencies. Hemp-derived CBD can be a great addition to any healthy lifestyle without requiring getting high. Adding small doses of CBD into your daily routine can help to regulate the endocannabinoid system, which plays an important role in central nervous system development. 

4. Both hemp and marijuana-derived CBD are identical.

CBD is the exact same regardless of where it comes from. Both hemp and marijuana-derived CBD are the same molecules. If you take pure CBD, you will not get high, because it contains no THC. The main difference between hemp and marijuana is the concentration of THC to CBD, but this will not matter if you are buying pure CBD. Most CBD produced in America comes from hemp, and marijuana is not currently federally legal. CBD from both hemp and marijuana will give you the same effects, so it really does not matter which you choose, although hemp-derived CBD will probably be more accessible to you depending on where you live.

5. Some CBD products can be used for pets.

CBD has become increasingly popular as a treatment for pets in the same way that it has become popular in humans. All animals also have endocannabinoid systems, allowing CBD to have similar effects on our furry, scaly, and slimy friends. There are now products on the market for dogs, cats, and others that contain CBD for a variety of uses. Some forms of CBD for pets come in the form of treats, which can help lower anxiety. This can be great for pets that self-soothe by overgrooming, or when your pet is stressed out during fireworks or a thunderstorm. CBD for pets can also help treat conditions like nausea, stress, and even chronic pain. 

6. CBD can interact with some medications.

If you're considering adding CBD to your routine but you take medications, it is important to discuss this with your doctor. CBD can interact with a variety of medications because of its inhibitory effects on the system of enzymes that metabolize active substances in many pharmaceutical drugs. This is similar to how grapefruit can interact with some medications. If your medication has a grapefruit warning label on it, you will want to avoid consuming the medication with CBD as well. This is because both grapefruit and CBD can increase the concentrations of some medications in the bloodstream.

Kush Gardens Dispensary

If you're ready to get started with CBD, Kush Gardens is here to help. Kush Gardens is Oklahoma's source for premium cannabis products. We offer a wide selection of both medical marijuana and CBD products, including high-quality flower, edibles, concentrations, and topicals. We hand-select products to ensure sure you always have the best quality and selection to choose from.

At Kush Gardens, we understand and respect the essential role that medical marijuana plays in the lives of many and we've been helping customers find the best products for relief, stress and anxiety management, and chronic pain all at an affordable price. If you have any questions about CBD or medical marijuana, contact us today and let one of our experts help guide you on beginning your cannabis journey.