Cannabis is also known as marijuana or hemp. It has been used for centuries by humans. Recently, however, there has been a lot of buzz about cannabis and the cannabinoids in it.
Cannabidiol, or CBD (for cannabis), and tetrahydrocannabinol, (for cannabis) are only two of many compounds found in cannabis. How can we benefit from this ancient herb? What is the difference between them, and other cannabinoids?
Cannabis sativa and industrial hemp are both the same species. But here’s the big difference: marijuana contains more THC, which is the psychoactive chemical that makes you feel high. Because industrial hemp contains so little THC, the body doesn’t experience the same effects.
Karli Miller-Hornick is the co-founder of Head & Heal and CEO. She is a CBD producer in Cortland and a hemp cultivator. An industrial hemp plant is one that has less than 0.3% THC. “A normal marijuana plant contains 15 to 20% THC. Sometimes, you’ll see them up to 25 and 30 percent.”
What are the health benefits of cannabinoid therapy for you? Dr. Scott L. Treatman, a New York-based medical marijuana provider, stated that “taking a full spectrum CBD/THC product can help the body’s endocannabinoid systems reach and maintain homeostasis.”
Homeostasis, or the maintenance of balance in our bodies, is an important part of our biology. He said that if we feel out of balance, adding a cannabinoid to a plant can help us with our mood, appetite, emotions, digestion, inflammation, and even immunity.
You can find out more about cannabis and its effects on your body in the video below:
Can you think of any other plants that could contain cannabinoids.
How does the Endocannabinoid System work?
How is cannabis processed?
What is the entourage effect?
What are Terpenes?
What health benefits can CBD, CBG and CBN bring?
Miller-Hornick suggests consulting your doctor before you consider cannabinoid therapy. Miller-Hornick says that different medications can interact with one another.
She said that CBD can take about a week before you notice any difference. We recommend taking CBD every day for at least a month to make a decision on whether it is working for you.