For the time being, we’re still not exactly sure as to the long-term effects and potential benefits of CBD. Nevertheless, there’s also quite a lot that we do know about CBD and its potential applications.
With this in mind, we’ll now be running through 10 fascinating things you most likely didn’t know about CBD. Even if it’s something you’re using on a regular basis, there’s a good chance you won’t have been aware of a few of the following:
1. CBD Is Not Intoxicating
Most people know that CBD doesn’t get you high in the same way as THC.Nevertheless, there are still millions who do not realise that CBD is 100% non-intoxicating. Instead, the effects of CBD are more comparable to those of something like chocolate. It does have a subtle and perhaps noticeable impact on your wellbeing and mood, but isn’t even remotely psychoactive. Nor does it affect things like coordination, response times, critical thinking capacity and so on.
As a result, it is fundamentally impossible to get ‘high’ to even a modest extent with CBD. Even when consumed on an excessive level - which isn’t necessarily advisable - you’re not going to feel that quintessential cannabis buzz.
2. CBD Can Counter the Effects of THC
Research suggests that when CBD gets to work on the human brain, it can actually reduce or even reverse the effects of THC. In practice, this could mean that consuming a quality CBD product after getting high would be an effective way of getting yourself grounded as quickly as possible. Or perhaps, taking the edge off an OTT high when you’ve gone over the edge.
This is also why high THC cannabis strains with a relatively high CBD content don’t tend to feel nearly as potent as some of their counterparts. The CBD actively counteracts the effects of the THC, leading to a smooth, balanced and enjoyable experience that’s quite hard to take too far.
3. Recreational CBD is a Thing
Given that CBD has no identifiable psychoactive properties, you’d naturally conclude it has no recreational value. In reality, this simply isn’t the case at all.In fact, there are plenty of markets worldwide that now permit the sale of recreational CBD products, despite cannabis remaining illegal.
The calming, soothing and uplifting properties of CBD have earned it a huge and growing following worldwide. Or to put it another way, you don’t have to be suffering from a formal medical condition or complaint to enjoy CBD. Even if you’re simply looking for an everyday mood-booster, quality CBD strains and extracts can be surprisingly effective.
4. CBD Works Best with the ‘Entourage Effect’
There’s growing evidence to suggest that CBD is at its most effective when combined with other cannabinoids, terpenes and so on. Specifically, the beneficial properties of CBD appear to be intensified when combined with THC. For example, patients have reported much stronger and longer lasting pain relief when combining CBD with THC, rather than using either cannabinoid without the other.
This is also why full spectrum CBD products are considered of greater quality and effectiveness. By using every part of the plant to create the products, full spectrum CBD is richer in terpenes and other compounds that come together for heightened effectiveness.
5. CBD is Not a Sedative
CBD has strong associations with the alleviation of stress, anxiety and even mild insomnia. Indeed, there are thousands of people who now regularly turn to CBD products to help them relax and get a good night’s sleep. Interestingly, scientific evidence suggests that CBD isn’t a sedative - it can actually make you more alert.
That said, some CBD rich cannabis strains also produce heavy quantities of relaxing terpenes like myrcene. Which could explain why some people find certain CBD exceptionally relaxing and calming.
Stay tuned for the second half of our two-part post on CBD facts, coming soon…