Cannabidiol, or CBD, is THC’s “sibling” cannabinoid. They both exist as the two most abundant cannabinoids found in cannabis and often compete for space.
While THC causes much of the euphoria cannabis is known for, isolated away from THC, CBD is a non-intoxicant and can attribute to both mental and physical relaxation.
In fact, CBD boasts a wealth of therapeutic benefits appreciated by people seeking many of the phytonutrient benefits of cannabis without getting high.
Here’s a short guide made in collaboration with Cornbread Hemp with five key things you should know about this cannabinoid.
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When CBD is consumed with other cannabinoids, it’s highly synergistic and works complementary to each other to provide a range of therapeutic benefits and effects.
A product containing CBD and THC, like Cornbread Hemp’s Berry Gummies, is believed to be one of the most therapeutic forms of cannabis overall, providing the deep relaxation benefits of CBD along with some THC-induced euphoria.
The synergy of these two cannabinoids is further enhanced by growing practices that induce varied terpene, or essential oil, expressions in cannabis.
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Remember how researchers believe all vertebrae, and even some invertebrate animals, have been evolving endocannabinoid systems for nearly 500 million years?
That means your dog, cat, horse, and even goldfish have evolved to interact with cannabinoids.
CBD pet treats and foods used to help animals with relaxation, anxiety, and injury-related pain are becoming more commonplace every day.
High CBD with zero THC oils like Cornbread Hemp’s CBD oil for pets can help treat an overly anxious Felix or soothe Fido’s injured paw.
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From post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), multiple sclerosis to irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, and certain mood disorders, both anecdotal evidence and research studies are showing that CBD has the capacity to be a beneficial and potent treatment in mitigating symptoms of disease.
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We have found that the human endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is similar to, and interacts with, our central nervous system, even produces its own cannabinoids!
While cannabis plants produce cannabinoids, so do humans, all vertebrate animals, some invertebrates, and even other plants. Researchers believe various life forms began developing and evolving the ECS roughly 500 million years ago.
Human-derived cannabinoids are called endocannabinoids because they are endogenous to our bodies. Through complex neurotransmitter systems, these endocannabinoids help us maintain equilibrium or homeostasis.
Plant-derived cannabinoids, or phytocannabinoids, like CBD, THC, and hundreds of others found in cannabis, are believed to help stimulate our own ECS, further promoting balance and well-being, especially when consumed in appropriate and moderate quantities.
Our bodies are lined with cannabinoid transmitters and receptors from our skin, intestines, reproductive organs to our brains.
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When cooking or vaporizing cannabis, each cannabinoid has unique temperatures from which they oxidize, evaporate, vaporize, polymerize, and even convert into compounds more readily assimilated by our bodies.
Decarboxylation of THC is best achieved through a temperature of 250°F (121°C) for 30-45 minutes, while CBD decarboxylation is best achieved at a temperature of 280°F (140°C) for 60-90 minutes.
When vaporizing, it takes even higher temperature settings, even near and above 400°F (204°C), to draw out the most CBD.
Knowing these distinctions can help you make the most of your CBD.