Cannabidiol (CBD) is the lesser known of two primary chemical compounds that form cannabis.

CBD-Oil_0While THC is the more renowned compound in cannabis, CBD is garnering more attention these days because of an expanding volume of research illuminating the benefits it can provide to the human body.

There is an inherent controversy surrounding CBD, which exists mainly due to a misunderstanding of how CBD and THC coexist. CBD can be a potential remedy for a large number of physical ailments, without producing the “high” associated with THC.

CBD is a thorn in the side for those who oppose marijuana strictly based on the assumption that cannabis in any form is unsafe for human consumption.

CBD offers a potential remedy for a large number of physical ailments, without producing the “high” associated with THC.

What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

cannabidiol cbd moleculeCannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in the cannabis plant that functions in way that balances the effects of THC.

In an interview with BBC news, Professor Val Curran of University College London explains CBD in a way that resonates with many people.

“THC and CBD are a bit like yin and yang,” Curran states. “The THC makes you stoned, but it can also make you anxious. CBD has almost the opposite effects. It calms you down and offsets the effects on memory.”

There are a number of emerging CBD-dominant strains with a reduced amount of THC in contrast to the recreational market where high THC levels are prized. This could be very beneficial for individuals who want to explore the medicinal benefits of cannabis, while minimizing the psychoactive effects.

 

effects of CBD and other marijuana compounds

This image shows how the different molecules in cannabis affect the human body. Source: AZ Marijuana

 

Many users have even started to experiment with vaporizers as a means of consumption and CBD is a good example of why you should use a marijuana vaporizer. Vaporizers heat the herb without combustion, guaranteeing a smooth and even release of both THC and CBD. This helps the two compounds to further complement each other to be more conducive to health benefits without the respiratory risks of smoking.

The Controversy Around CBDReefer madness opening scene

Some popular misconceptions about CBD have stirred controversy, most of it engendered by those who oppose any form of cannabis.

Disinformation campaigns have been a hallmark of anti-cannabis lobbyists. What is amazing about this approach is that their attempts to propagandize cannabis as harmful have actually backfired.

For example, it is a common belief that CBD is the “medicinal” part of the plant and THC is recreational.

The truth is that there are many therapeutic applications of both CBD and THC. Trying to delineate the two compounds as “good” and “bad” only reinforces the positive aspects of both. There is also a prevalent belief that psychoactivity is a product of all cannabis compounds. This belief can negatively influence those who have never explored cannabis as a form of treatment.

Thanks to products like the Dixie line of botanicals offered by Soma, there are plenty of viable options for individuals who want to try cannabis as a means to wellness without experiencing a “high” or other psychoactive effects.

A recent interview with professional mountain biker Liz Sampey reaffirmed the benefits of cannabis topical creams as a form of non-psychoactive therapy.

How Can You Use CBD?

medical-cbd-graphicThe usefulness of CBD is not limited to topical creams. Clinical trials are currently underway to record the usefulness of CBD in treating severe epilepsy. The compound has also been found to relieve inflammation and effective in fighting certain aggressive types of cancers.

There are also some misconceptions regarding the legality of CBD. One of the most frequently asked questions about marijuana is whether or not CBD is subject to state laws regarding medical and recreational marijuana. The answer is that CBD, just like THC, is considered a primary compound of cannabis and therefore subject to existing state laws.

What Products Contain CBD?

Many of the cannabis strains sold are specifically bred to be high in THC for the recreational user.

CBD is beneficial for all people, especially those with medical conditions, marijuana helps to improve so many aspects of their lives from chronic pain to sleeping at night. We offer many products with CBD as the main ingredient to help with your ailments, here are some of our favorites:

Calming CremeApothecanna Lotions and Creams

Great for pain in general, these creams come in 5 different varieties perfect for arthritis and joint pain. The varieties are: extra strength pain cream, pain cream, stimulating cream, calming cream and everyday cream.

These products are artfully crafted in limited batches here in Denver, CO.

By always testing on humans, they never compromise quality and come highly recommended from our shop.

Learn more about Apothecanna Lotions and Creams

Dixie Tincture Hemp Oil Dew Drops

Tincture Hemp Oil Drops DixieThis highly concentrated tincture gives fast results. If not interested in the cannabis flowers of sativa indica or hybrid, this potent option comes in a variety of flavors. Watermelon, spearmint, cinnamon, and natural are the one’s offered to support overall wellness and relief from everyday stress or anxiety.

We have two different types of tinctures from Dixie. One is 100% THC, the other is a 1:1 ratio of THC:CBD. The amount you’ll take will vary on your tolerance, but you can take it straight on your tongue, mix it in with a beverage, use it in an icing/frosting.

Learn more about Dixie Tincture Hemp Oil Dew Drops

Cannabidiol CBD as Nature’s Miracle

Understanding the importance of CBD and how it actually complements THC in many medical marijuana applications is vital to increasing awareness of cannabis as a natural remedy. Many people are reporting tremendous results with Dixie Muscle Relief Balm, Dixie Muscle Relief Lotion, and Dixie Elixirs Sodas.

These are all available at SOMA Colorado Marijuana Dispensary.

CBD is close to coming to an authentic natural miracle, one that can confer all of the medical benefits of cannabis in a non-psychoactive fashion. People are experiencing amazing results from this new medicine and it is nothing to be afraid of, if you have questions please call our shop or just drop on by the cannabis lounge.