February 10, 2021

What is CBD? (Cannabidiol) and How is it Beneficial

CBD is a major ingredient in cannabis plants (like hemp and marijuana). It comes in different strengths and form, often as CBD Oil, but also in pills and powders.  It can be absorbed through the skin, ingested, or inhaled. Unlike marijuana, pure CBD products do not make you feel high. A different ingredient in marijuana called THC makes people feel high. 

CBD oil and other CBD derived products are being touted as an organic remedy for a wide range of health concerns. CBD has calming effects on sleep, mood, and anxiety; eases hot flashes and improves bone density by balancing hormonal changes of menopause; and has anti-inflammatory properties that clear skin, cure acne, and calm rosacea (redness in the facial area). It is promoted for PMS symptoms like bloating and mood swings. Also, CBD-infused lubricants claim to boost arousal and enjoyment of SEX. So, try CBD to see how it works for you.  Research in the US lags far behind more progressive countries but is now slowing opening up studies into CBD, we will post results of the ongoing research as the data is successfully peer reviewed and officially published.  It is highly recommended to check with your attending physician before consuming CBD or THC.

Another compound called Cannabidiol (or CBD) has been making headlines the last few years. This cannabinoid provides a multitude of medicinal benefits without the psychoactive effect. Since CBD does not induce euphoria, “it an appealing option for patients looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria,” according to Project CBD..

But there is another cannabinoid that’s flying under the radar that few people talk about, not even expert Tokers. It’s called Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, or Delta-8-THC, one of the more than 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.

Most of the clinical studies have focused on Delta-9-THC and CBD. There is not much research into Delta-8-THC.

According to the National Cancer Institute, Delta-8-THC is:

An analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.

Let’s break down this definition:

  • Antiemetic: A drug used to combat nausea or vomiting.
  • Anxiolytic: A drug that fights anxiety or panic.
  • Appetite-stimulating: Pretty self explanatory. This is the compound that gives you the munchies. For those with wasting syndrome, this is important to know.
  • Analgesic: A class of drugs used to relieve pain. This is a mild form of a painkiller.
  • Neuroprotective: Provides support for nerve cells.

That’s an impressive list of benefits from a relatively unknown compound. More research is needed to verify these qualities, but the prospects look bright. Delta-8-THC does have some psychoactivity, but very little.