Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most popular chemicals produced by the cannabis plant. But what is it and how is it used?

Well, CBD is a cannabinoid (a chemical which occurs naturally in the cannabis plant) with strong medicinal potential. With the ability to relieve pain, fight anxiety, reduce inflammation, and combat seizures, CBD is doing a lot of good in the world. It can even be helpful for conditions like cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, psychosis, Parkinson’s disease and other serious conditions.

CBD gained recent popularity, in large part, because it was praised as being a ‘non-psychoactive’ alternative to THC. Still researchers have pointed out that CBD is actually psychoactive (meaning it affects the mind). For example, it can relieve anxiety and depression, as mentioned above, and can also increase levels of anandamide, the naturally occuring “Bliss Molecule” produced by the body, that promote these increased feelings of well-being.

But despite it’s psychoactive effects, CBD doesn’t produce the same kind of “high” that THC does. Most people using CBD don’t report any changes to mental functioning, other than benefits to mood.

In addition, CBD is considered exceptionally safe. The World Health Organization recently reported that CBD has no potential for addiction or known negative side effects.

To use CBD yourself, look for cannabis flower, oils or topicals that are high in CBD like this Cannatonic flower from Tantalus Labs. This particular flower is very low in THC, so should give you a classic CBD experience.

Keep in mind that if you choose a product with both THC and CBD, you may experience some of THC’s effects. CBD does ameliorate some of THC’s more disorienting effects though – so a blend of the two is often preferred by those who want the powerful medicinal effects of THC with a higher level of functionality

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