In our last post, we talked briefly about 2 of the most common elements that define cannabis – CBD and THC. Today we look at CBD which is responsible for enhancing smooth, mellow, and relaxing elements.
CBD has a very long history, but not that much was known about it until relatively recently. Scientists were looking to extract it as proof that cannabis plants contained a non-psychoactive component which, up until that point was unheard of. While the compound was discovered in 1940, it wasn’t until 1963 when a man by the name of Raphael Mechoulam not only isolated the compound, but was able to chemically map it and establish itself as a compound within cannabis that was worth exploring. After decades of questionable legality, a drug based on CBD was first patented in 2003. Since then, it has legalized itself in Canada and the USA.
CBD has been highly sought after since wide market acceptance. As we have discussed prior, CBD affect’s the body’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system regulates the body’s general state of balance – impacting functions such as mood, sleep, appetite, hormone regulation, and pain and immune response.
What do we know CBD is good for? We know it improves mood disorders by affecting receptors in the brain. We know it lowers inflammation by targeting pain receptors in the body. It decreases chronic pain, aids in gut health, helps treat seizures, and much much more!
Our terpene articles help outline where CBD can help and what flavor profiles enhance it the best. Check out some of our past blogs for more.
We will discuss the most widely known and exploited substance in cannabis in the next blog – THC!