Cannabis, hemp, weed?
Everyone’s heard of hemp, hash, pot, and weed. These terms, some more dignified than others, all refer to the same thing: cannabis. And yet, despite most people having a certain notion of cannabis, what do we really know about the plant? For example, what is it made of? What are its effects on our mind and body? And above all, should we beware or become more interested in it?
The cannabis plant is indigenous to Central and South Asia and famous for the effect it has on our metabolism. It is divided into three separate subspecies: Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis. Cannabis contains more than 60 cannabinoids (family of molecules that affect the body), the primary two of which are THC and CBD.
What are THC and CBD?
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) couldn’t be any different. Although they have similar molecular structures, each of these cannabinoids has its own distinct function. THC (the most studied cannabinoid to date) produces a psychoactive effect in human beings. Upon consuming it, we feel somewhat intoxicated, euphoric, and disconnected from reality. However, it also comes with side effects such as paranoia.
CBD, on the other hand, is used for its many therapeutic benefits.
Although less predominant in cannabis than THC, CBD is effective at treating a number of ailments including convulsions, inflammations, anxiety, nausea, schizophrenia, insomnia, and cramps. It can also slow the growth of cancer cells, reduce acne and eczema, decelerate the skin aging process, and thanks to its many vitamins, minerals, and omega fatty acids, even be used as a dietary supplement.
Consumption of CBD
CBD is conducive to relaxation and causes no psychoactive effects. In fact, its consumption has so far been proven to be entirely safe.
CBD is extremely well tolerated by the human body, which integrates its qualities by way of two main cannabinoid receptors. The first, or CB1, is located in the bones, muscles, fat, skin, and joints. It affects the nervous system – in particular memory, emotions, and the perception of pain. The second, CB2, is located in the spleen and immune cells.
CBD also contains several terpenes (natural hydrocarbons) which boast a number of significant qualities. Myrcene, for example, is used to treat spasms, kill bacteria, sedate, and relieve pain. Limonene is used as an antiseptic, muscle relaxer, and antitumor agent. Finally, linalool serves as a painkiller, anti-inflammatory agent, sedative, and antifungal remedy.
When it comes to consuming CBD, you have three options: vaping (smoking), ingestion (oral), and absorption (skin). As a result, you can now find a number of different CBD products including oils, creams, caplets, teas, etc.
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Although relatively unknown compared to THC, CBD is quickly gaining in popularity as an entirely safe way to enjoy the benefits of the cannabis plant. Thérèse David is a manager at a communications company who has been using CBD for several years to alleviate the pain caused by her chemotherapy. She is just one of the many people now being won over by the outstanding benefits offered by a wide range of CBD products.
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