What is CBD?

CBD stands for Cannabidiol. CBD and THC are Cannabinoids. In fact, there are more than 80 different cannabinoids inside the cannabis plant.

We have cannabinoid receptors all over the body that make up our Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The main job of the ECS is to maintain homeostasis. It is also considered an adaptogenic system, which plays a role in how our bodies respond to things like pain, anxiety, and stress.

The ECS is a complex system involved in almost every aspect of our health. Cannabinoids, such as CBD, activate receptors in the ECS which results in what many find to be positive effects. 

What is the difference between THC and CBD?

Both THC and CBD interact with the endocannabinoid system but elicit different effects. One of the key differences between THC and CBD is the intoxicating effect that most people associate with marijuana. THC is the cannabinoid that activates the CB1 receptor to create this euphoric effect. CBD on the other hand, does not bind with the CB1 receptor. It is considered an antagonist of CB1, suppressing the CB1 activating qualities of compounds such as THC. This means that CBD will not cause an intoxicating effect, no matter how much you consume.

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