Don’t be Psycho(active)
We’ve heard rumors being spread around the schoolyard about CBD’s relationship with marijuana. We’re tired of all this #fakenews so we’ve elected ourselves to set the record straight!
If you’re like most people, when you hear the word “cannabis”, you think weed, pot, maryJ, bud, ganja, kush, purp, devil’s cabbage… did we miss anything? But, that’s just part of the story. Both marijuana and hemp are a type of cannabis plant. Both contain compounds called cannabinoids that interact with our endocannabinoid system, the system in our bodies that regulates everything: sleep, mood, temperature, blood sugar… and all the other behind the scene ishh our bodies do all day, erryday to just keep us going. Basically, the ECS keeps us balanced and feeling one hundo P.
THC has been the most popular girl at school for years, but this summer a new kid moved to town and there's speculation that CBD is poised to be the new Queen Bee. Here’s what you need to know about the coolest cannabinoid on the block:
Living the High Life: Just to reiterate the most important point. That high feeling you get when you smoke marijuana, that’s caused by THC. THC binds with and activates CB1 receptors in your brain creating feelings of euphoria, or maybe feelings of paranoia... you tell us. Regardless of your experience with THC, CBD WILL NOT get you high. CBD interacts with, but does not bind to CB1 receptors and therefore it will NEVA, NEVA EVA, EVA EVA EVA EVA get you high. No matter how much you take.
Take That and Rewind it Back: Because CBD interacts with the CB1 receptors, it prevents THC from binding with and activating CB1 receptors. For this reason, CBD suppresses and reverses the effects of THC. Pro tip: if you ever take one too many puffs and are convinced you’re going to be high for the rest of your life… reach for some CBD and come join us back on planet earth.
Same same, but different: While both marijuana and hemp contain THC and CBD, the compositions vary. Marijuana contains high amounts of THC, up to 30% for premium strains, while hemp contains less than 0.3% THC. Circle back to point #1… not enough to get you high.
It’s the Law: As of April 2018, recreational marijuana is legal in nine states (plus DC… shout out to our capital city!). However, it is highly regulated and can only be purchased by customers over the age of 21 from state licensed dispensaries. Most of these dispensaries carry products with CBD that have been extracted from the marijuana plant. However, CBD that has been extracted from the hemp plant is a bit easier to get your hands on. You can buy hemp-derived CBD in health food stores, smoke shops (which often have an age restriction) or online. The legality of hemp-derived CBD is an issue that the federal government has mandated to the states. There are 33 states that have explicitly legalized the production and sale of hemp derived CBD, and the remaining states have yet to establish legislation.
There ya go! Now that you have the story straight, we hope you’re intrigued by this magical compound. At The Dose Co., we’re here to answer your questions about CBD and hopefully convince you to try some for yourself. We’ll keep you in the loop with updates on the latest and greatest in news and research… the FDA actually just recommended the first CBD prescription drug for approval last week, and on 4/20 no less! We are in the very early days, but we strongly believe CBD will become a health and wellness staple in the years to come. If you have anything in particular you’re dying to know, please drop us a line!
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