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5 Facts You Should Know About CBD

CBD products are quickly gaining popularity as nations begin to legalize all marijuana products. They are especially popular with those who want the therapeutic effects of weed without the feeling of getting high. However, since CBD is relatively new, many people still don't know a lot about it. Here are 5 facts you should know about CBD if you're considering using it.

1. CBD binds to cannabinoid receptors in your brain.

Your brain has receptors that bind to various components in marijuana. THC binds to certain receptors, and the effect causes you to get high. CBD binds to different receptors—known as the CB1 and CB2 receptors. All of its actions (some of which are discussed below) are thought to be related to the way it binds to these receptors and alters your brain activity.

2. Some CBD products contain traces of THC.

Hemp contains CBD but no THC whatsoever. Marijuana contains both compounds. If the CBD oil you purchase is derived from marijuana, it may contain trace amounts of THC. This is not enough to have a "high" effect in most people, but it may cause slight effects in people who are very THC sensitive. If you fall into this camp, make sure you buy hemp-derived CBD—it will never contain any THC.

3. You can eat or vaporize CBD. 

The most common ways to consume CBD is either by eating it or vaporizing. The effects last longer—6 to 12 hours—if you eat the product. However, it takes longer to kick in, and you need a higher dose. Vaporizing CBD has an effect instantly, but the effects only last 2 to 3 hours. You go through less oil when you vaporize rather than eat the CBD.

4. CBD has a plethora of effects on the body.

Chances are, it has more effects than researchers even realize. One of its most common uses is to relieve anxiety. However, it also helps promote restful sleep, reduce pain, reduce paranoia, and relieve depression. Some people even find that it calms an irritated bowel. Many of these effects are due to CBD's ability to relieve inflammation, which is undoubtedly a good thing!

5. CBD is a good complement to many prescription medications.

Always check with your doctor before adding CBD to a treatment plan for any advanced condition like epilepsy, psoriasis, or MS. Just know that in general, it does not interfere with prescription meds and can help eliminate lingering symptoms that persist in spite of your medication use.

For more information, reach out to a dispensary near you.