There is a new type of cannabis that is sweeping the United States and Europe right now: cannabidiol, or CBD. CBD is the plant’s second-most abundant cannabinoid, following tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). However, despite both influencing the body’s endocannabinoid system, there are many differences in the effects that these cannabinoids have.
By far and away the biggest distinction is that THC is psychoactive, and CBD is not. For recreational cannabis users, this makes CBD unappealing, as it cannot be taken to alter consciousness, induce short-term euphoria and reduce inhibitions. But for those interested in the medicinal benefits of cannabis, the lack of intoxication is precisely what makes CBD attractive and more viable as a treatment. For example, your boss isn’t likely to allow you to smoke cannabis for therapeutic reasons at work, because it will make you high. With CBD oil, you can still enjoy much of the physical and mental relief offered by cannabis, while staying grounded in reality at all times. [Read more…]