CBD is a versatile compound that boasts of a range of health benefits, which continue to trail without an end in sight. Research and studies are piling on, with scientists continuing to prove the potential health benefits of CBD as being a savior against health problems.
Media has hopped onto the bandwagon, and the word about CBD is spreading like wildfire. However, even with a boatload of information that is available to the average consumer, there is still plenty of room for wrong or inaccurate information. Let’s take a look at the truth about CBD:
CBD Can Be Obtained From Hemp And Cannabis
There is a misconception around the internet that CBD can be obtained from only one family of cannabis plants. However, this is false, as both marijuana and hemp contain CBD. What varies is the concentrations of the CBD, and the other cannabinoids, specifically THC. In the case of hemp, the percentage of CBD present is higher and this is what makes it the perfect source to extract CBD from. Marijuana is high in THC, which is an intoxicating substance and has been shunned from public use.
Not all of the hemp strains are the same, and neither do they contain the same exact percentage of CBD in them.
You Can Have Marijuana Of High CBD Strains
This is credits to the magic of cross-breeding, as this has helped growers to manipulate the content of CBD in them. With most of the marijuana strains containing high amounts of THC, there are now strains that contain a high percentage of CBD as well- with the CBD to THC ration nearing 2:1.
This allows certain marijuana strains to impart the goodness of CBD without the high of THC- Best of both worlds!
There Are 100’s Of Cannabinoids That Are Present In Cannabis Plants
The reason behind the myriad of health benefits is the sheer number of cannabinoids-apart from CBD- that make up the pack. The high level of safety profile and the lack of toxicity of the consumed dose is heavily credited to the close to 113 cannabinoids that are present in the final extract.
Some of the known phytocannabinoids- Phyto meaning “derived from plants”- that are present in hemp:
- CBDV (cannabidivarin)
- Delta8-THC (delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol)
- CBG (cannabigerol)
- THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin)
- CBC (cannabichromene)
- THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acids)
- CBN (cannabinol)
This is just the tip of the cannabinoid ‘iceberg’ Although there is an abundance of identified cannabinoids, researchers are increasingly placing focus on decoding the properties of THC and CBD.