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Know Your Cannabinoids: What is CBD?

Monday, December 9th, 2019

It’s a new reality for Massachusetts residents as we settle in to this era of legal cannabis and hemp. This means a great deal for newly established growers, dispensaries, and consumers alike; being informed about the products offered and purchased is vital to maintaining integrity within such a new market. As an educated, forward-thinking cannabis consumer, you owe it to yourself to know exactly what you’re ingesting, where it comes from and how it will interact with your body.

CBD, or cannabidiol, has become one of the greatest developments in the legal cannabis industry and also the medical community at large. While the national debate over CBD is still raging, concrete evidence is starting to pile up that points towards the cannabinoid’s effectiveness in treating a variety of bodily/mental issues and disorders. At Lazy River Products, we believe in complete transparency when it comes to the products we offer, and so this blog is dedicated to illuminating the major aspects of CBD.

Structure

CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid that binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors within the body’s endocannabinoid system. Most notably, the discovery of these receptors has led to various breakthroughs in personal wellness. The interaction of cannabidiol with CB1 receptors affects the brain and central nervous system primarily. CB2 receptors are found mostly in the peripheral organs.

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Uses/Methods

Specific uses of cannabidiol have been studied and researched for the better part of a century. With the recent passing of the Hemp Bill, the United States has made a clear stance to position themselves at the forefront of CBD research — and for good reason. Tested, trusted, and naturally-grown hemp products (whether full-spectrum or otherwise) have been known to alleviate inflammation, anxiety, soreness, and chronic pain, along with acting as a sleep inducer, helping to quell seizures, aiding with overall bodily wellness/mood, and much, much more. And, because our pets also have endocannabinoid systems – cannabidiol works for them, too!

 

Another amazing thing about CBD is that just like THC, it can be consumed in a variety of ways. If you’re not a smoker you can take advantage of many vaporizers and CBD-based concentrates. If you prefer not to inhale, don’t worry because there are a great number of tasty tinctures and edibles on the market that will help you metabolize the compound more effectively. If you’re experiencing joint pain, soreness or inflammation, be sure to implement CBD balms or salves and you’ll be getting fast-acting relief in no time.

New Research

In a recent article published by CannaHealth, we see a great deal of data pointing to further evidence of cannabidiol’s versatility in treating or preventing many conditions. Among these, statistics have shown that administering therapeutic (750mg) doses showed significantly low abuse potential in highly sensitive polydrug users. In relation to aging, a 2018 study showed that 64% of seniors rated their quality of life as “good” after using CBD, compared to 31% prior. Lastly, another striking factoid is that among people who take benzodiazepines for anxiety, 45.2% were able to stop after using CBD. For a world that seems to be chronically dependant on dangerous pharmaceuticals such as Xanax/Klonopin, substituting CBD is a definite win!

 

For more information on cannabis, our products, and all things concerning legalization, be sure to keep following the Lazy River Products blog!