When hearing the words “marijuana” or “cannabis,” most people would almost immediately think about getting stoned or about the most common medical uses it is known for. People rarely think first about the plethora of other facts or tidbits of information surrounding the plant, and there are quite many.
For example, CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, is only one of the 100+ cannabinoids that have been found through years of research on the marijuana plant. It is the second most common cannabinoid in cannabis, coming after THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the compound responsible for the psychoactive effects of weed.
CBD is what people refer to when talking about the medicinal properties of cannabis, it does not get you high, and CBD derived from hemp (marijuana plants with less than 0.3% THC content) are considered legal on a federal level.
Most people would finish going through those CBD facts and then just end there. We want to give you an edge. So we at Fusion CBD put together a list of 5 lesser known facts about CBD that will surely make you reign supreme at your next cannabis talk.
CBD is actually psychoactive.
Before you get confused, let us just first explain what ‘psychoactive’ really means. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, psychoactive is an adjective that means “affecting the mind.” It is not to be confused with the word ‘intoxicating’, which CBD is not, but THC is.
CBD is a natural remedy that is often recommended by medical experts as an option for depression and anxiety treatment because of its antidepressant properties. It’s psychoactive but not intoxicating thanks to the specific impact it has on CB1 and CB2 receptors in your brain which helps with mood-altering qualities.
You’re probably still scratching your head over this understandably confusing piece of information, so here’s a little extra fact: there are quite a few other familiar substances that fall under the psychoactive category but don’t make you high—at least not the same high as THC would give you. Your morning coffee and your break-time cigarettes are only two examples.
CBD directly counters the feelings of high that THC induces.
This statement is not to be taken negatively, especially if these feelings are what you’re going for. What we mean is that CBD can work to block out the negative effects of THC: paranoia, anxiety, messed up memory—you know the lot. At some point in our lives, we’ve had some of these when we’ve had too many puffs. But how does CBD do this?
Here’s a layman’s interpretation of the many scientific studies that point to that fact: CBD simmers down the action in the cannabinoid receptors affected by THC.
Taking that information for a more imaginative ride, think of CBD as the older twin who keeps the younger and more reckless THC in check. When working in tandem, these two can provide marijuana users with a well-balanced high to remember.
Strains that are high in CBD can provide more medicinal benefits to those who need them, with almost no THC effect.
Pets can get CBD doses too, but be ready to do extra research to be extra sure.
Several studies have confirmed that CBD is helpful towards relieving your pets’ arthritis, joint pains, and even osteoarthritis.
Further research is needed to say for sure that the instances where CBD was effective in addressing these pet problems were, in fact, the true effects and not just isolated cases. Although CBD treats and other products are not backed by all veterinarians as of now, some have come to support it. Existing research has been promising, too.
Surveys have also shown that CBD is effective in battling pets’ anxiety, although this too is still up for more research.
CBD can help in battling addiction.
In the world of ironies, this fact is probably one of the funniest. Despite being in the age of digital proficiency where almost any information is a few keyboard taps away, there are still quite a lot of people who hear CBD and straight up think of it as marijuana, the “dangerous gateway drug.”
We can’t possibly know where to begin addressing that, but that thinking sure is wrong; ongoing studies from years back vouch for the complete opposite.
To seemingly further corroborate the good things that are said about cannabis, CBD has been proven to aid in the treatment of addiction. Nicotine and opioid users who were encouraged to use CBD when they found themselves longing for either of the two substances have reported an impressive reduction in their use of these dangerous chemical drugs.
In the 19th century, Queen Victoria was a huge fan of high-CBD cannabis.
Nowadays, it is a widely accepted fact that CBD can help women with the menstrual pains. To many women, the cannabinoid is a much-needed godsend.
What not many people know is that almost 200 years ago, Queen Victoria made use of CBD, too, to address her menstrual problems. Just like the women of today, she would be administered CBD to help relieve her menstrual cramps, reduce bloating, and even stabilize her moods (hmm, we wonder why!).
CBD contributes positively to one's health in many ways, and although it holds so much promise medicinally, there is still a lot of warranted haze surrounding it.
At Fusion CBD, it is an unspoken goal of ours to slowly unravel the threads of knowledge and share to the world the wonders of CBD. As pioneers in the hemp industry, we hope to be able to provide support, information, and a thorough understanding of all aspects related to CBD.
In order to show our dedication to the industry, we only offer CBD products of unmatched quality, created through cutting-edge growing and extraction methods. Our premium full-spectrum CBD products are a direct result of our belief that you deserve the best.
If you’re still contemplating whether to make the switch to CBD and would rather not commit as of yet, our CBD oil in trial size can help you make the choice.Our friendly team is always ready to provide answers to all your hemp- and CBD-related questions. Come to any of our locations across the country, send us an email, or give us a call—your choice. We’ll be glad to help!