What Is Cannabidiol (CBD) And What Can It Be Used For?

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For a really long time, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) was the primary thing that people focused on when it came to cannabis. THC causes euphoric effects, which is what many people have used cannabis for throughout the years. But in recent years another cannabinoid called cannabidiol (CBD) has risen in prominence because of its health and wellness benefits.

CBD is one of the dozens of cannabinoids that are found within the cannabis plant. CBD does not result in euphoric effects or impairment in the consumers and patients that use it, making it ideal for a lot of people that do not want to be intoxicated for various reasons.

CBD comes in many forms now. It can be found in cannabis flower, with certain strains being higher in CBD than others. Some hemp strains are particularly high in CBD. Most CBD sold to consumers these days seems to be derived from hemp and involves concentrated CBD oil. The CBD is extracted and turned into oil which can then be used to infuse all types of products, from lip balms to beverages.

A number of studies have shown that CBD can be used to effectively treat all types of conditions. A search on PubMed.gov for the term ‘cannabidiol’ returns 2,144 results as of the posting of this article. We encourage you to check out as many of them as possible.

NORML has a great database of articles that demonstrate CBD’s effectiveness when treating all types of conditions from epilepsy to psychosis. Obviously, everyone’s biology is different, and CBD will have varying effectiveness from one situation to another, but there’s plenty of evidence out there which essentially proves that CBD is good for both humans and animals.

A growing number of CBD products geared toward pets are hitting retail outlets and online stores all the time. If they contain CBD that was derived from quality sources, they can provide just as many wellness benefits to animals as they do humans.

The use of pure CBD will not normally result in a failed drug test because drug tests usually look for THC metabolites, not CBD. In theory, a test could be administered that would detect CBD but that’s not very common. A quality CBD product will have some THC in it too, which if consumed in large quantities, could result in a failed drug test so be mindful of that.

Do you have a personal experience with CBD? Do you use CBD to help you sleep? Do you use CBD to help you live a more productive and active lifestyle? If so, share your stories and experiences in the comments so that other Weed News readers can benefit from your knowledge and experiences!

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