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So it seems that everyone has heard of CBD and now that cannabis is almost legal, many are wondering about the difference between the two. I will break this down into bite size chunks for everyone to learn from.

CBD has helped millions of people with a multitude of health issues and it is available to purchase just about anywhere; Walgreens, gas stations, CBD stores, to name a few.  It is purchased as an oil and generally taken sublingually in a self-determined dose.

What is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It happens to be the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis. While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant.

SO WHAT YOU’RE SAYING IS THAT CBD IS FOUND IN CANNABIS?

Yes, exactly!.  Cannabis is composed of all that optimal-health inducing CBD and it has the added bonus of THC.  THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the part of cannabis that gives you the “high”.  So it’s a very economical package when you can get BOTH of these great products TOGETHER!

But wait, there’s MORE.  Scientists have been slowly starting to research how the CBD and the THC react together and they have determined that there is a reaction that they named, the ENTOURAGE EFFECT.  The beneficial sum of the two is greater than each component separately. However, THC is not for everybody; especially for those taking certain medications and those in certain jobs.  Drug testing is always a concern in some professions and most CBD will not create a positive THC reading.

THC has some side effects, however, that may not appeal to some people.  For example, it can make you dizzy, give you a dry mouth and affect your short-term memory.

However, if CBD alone does not make you feel better, it may be worth looking into cannabis.  Growers, with high-tech botanical methods, have been able to create new strains that showcase certain parts of the CBD, called terpenes for optimal targeting of certain ailments.  For example, some parts of CBD are anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor (cancer), anti-fungal, antibacterial, and there are certain other parts that zero in as a sedative, bronchodilator, immunostimulant, (virus protection?) and can even aid in gastroesophageal reflux. The parts of the CBD that create the effects are called terpenes (“ter-peens”). More on that later.

Facebook is filled with cannabis groups whose members will tell you how the plant helped them overcome chronic ailments. (By the way, do you know the definition of “chronic”?  Doctors use that word for the ones they can’t cure.) There is research coming out of countries where cannabis is legal (such as Israel) indicating that putting cannabis back into the pharmacy might be a good idea.  I was listening to a podcast where a scientist predicted that cannabis will be available as medicine in traditional pharmacies in the next 10 years.  Major pharmaceutical companies are even researching with cannabis.

Ready to try CBD?

If you’re curious or new to this “plant medicine” you may want to go try some CBD (Contact Me!)

It’s readily available, but realize it may take 4-6 weeks before you see improvement, if any. I’m not saying it doesn’t work, but it may be reducing inflammation that you don’t even know you have, let alone feel.  However, as with anything, we want to seek out high quality, and that, along with expert guidance is best found at a CBD store.

Ruthie Jayne –