Cannabidiol, or CBD, is second only to THC when it comes to prolific cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. And while THC has the market cornered when it comes to intoxication, CBD has a lot going for it. Check out the top three benefits of high CBD strains.
While anecdotal evidence for the efficacy of cannabis as a treatment for a variety of health issues is abundant, the most compelling scientific research is linked to childhood epilepsy syndromes. In multiple studies, CBD effectively reduced or stopped seizures, a fact that has helped pave the way for the recent FDA approval of the first cannabis-derived medicine for these conditions.
Other studies show the potential of CBD as a treatment for chronic pain, and it’s often used to reduce anxiety or insomnia. Studies reveal that CBD modulates endocannabinoid receptors in the body, effectively blocking pain. Another series of studies have linked CBD to reduced anxiety. The results of these studies both underscore the need for clinical studies of CBD for pain and anxiety management in people.
A Non-Intoxicating Experience
For many people, CBD is appealing precisely because it doesn’t bring about the characteristic head high of THC. That’s not to say CBD can’t induce some level of psychoactivity. While many people will experience no cerebral effects, there are those who report a gentle level of energized cerebral activity or a “buzzy” sensation. Still, it’s nowhere near the effect of THC, and for many people, that’s a benefit.
The Entourage Effect
The entourage effect is a fascinating and sensible theory that presumes the effects of various terpenes and cannabinoids in the cannabis plant are more effective when consumed together. Rafael Mechoulam is the Israeli chemist who identified THC as the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, and he’s also credited with labeling the entourage effect thanks to his studies that compared interactions between various cannabis compounds. Mechoulam discovered that while some cannabinoids created no effect on their own, they could influence and enhance the effects of other cannabinoids. It’s an extension of the idea of whole plant medicine, which believes medicinal substances are more effective in their whole, natural state.
Opting for a high CBD/low THC strain, which qualifies as a full spectrum cannabis product, means you’ll benefit from the complementary compounds that are thought to enhance medicinal or recreational effects. If you’re going for a balanced effect, look for a product or strain with a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC. When the ratio of THC to CBD is above 1:8, psychoactivity should be minimal.
Whether you’re investigating CBD for medicinal or recreational effects, it’s worth exploring a variety of high CBD strains. KYND’s own Ringo’s Gift flower, CBD tincture, and balm are great places to begin.