CBD 101

Several years ago, CBD burst onto the scene, quickly becoming some of the most coveted three letters in the English alphabet.

From infused food and drink to beauty supplies, health supplements, pet products, cleaning supplies, and so much more, CBD is everywhere - and it isn't going anywhere. What started as a more niche health trend embraced as a natural alternative to pharmaceutical drugs, CBD has become the herbal superstar of the health world with an estimated 64 million Americans indulging in CBD in the last 24 months alone and sales projected to hit $16 billion by 2025.

What is CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound in the cannabis sativa plant, also known as cannabis or hemp. CBD is obtained from hemp, a form of the cannabis plant that contains only trace amounts of THC (usually 0.3% or less because of legal limits).

How does CBD differ from THC?

While they do share some similarities, CBD and THC are quite different. Both CBD and THC (Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) are compounds derived from the cannabis plant, and the most popular of the plants’ more than 100 cannabinoids. However, THC and CBD impact receptors in the brain differently, causing greatly different reactions.

In addition to its wildly acknowledged therapeutic effects like pain and insomnia management (to name just a few), THC is also the cannabinoid responsible for the psychedelic effect or the ‘high’ felt when using cannabis. CBD, on the other hand, holds little to no psychedelic effect causing no ‘high’ feeling when ingested. CBD offers many of the same health benefits as THC without the psychedelic effects – which is one of its most potent advantages helping contribute to its immense rise in popularity.

What can CBD be used for?

Touted for its effectiveness with sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, inflammation, chronic pain, PTSD, and more, CBD offers an array of therapeutic properties, many of which mirror those of THC.

CBD comes in many forms, including flower, vape pens and pods, topicals, oils, tinctures, edibles, and more.

Interested in seeing if CBD is right for you? Ask your budtender about CBD products on your next High Profile visit!

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