Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in cannabis, both hemp and marijuana. A safe, non-addictive substance, CBD is one of more than a hundred phytocannabinoids, which are unique to cannabis and have significant therapeutic attributes. Another important and widely studied phytocannabinoid is tetrhydrocannainol (THC), the compound that causes the high that marijuana is famous for. Unlike THC, CBD does not make a person feel intoxicated. That is because CBD and THC act in different ways on different receptors in the brain and body, and CBD can actually reduce or suppress the psychoactive effects of THC, depending on how much of each compound is consumed. This matters because now more than ever, many people are seeking alternatives to pharmaceuticals with harsh side effects, and extensive scientific research is being done to highlight CBD’s potential to provide relief for chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, depression, and other conditions.
Reduce Stress and Anxiety Naturally
Both CBD and THC interact with our bodies by binding with receptors that are part of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which plays a crucial role in regulating physiological processes that affect our everyday life, our mood, our energy level, how we experience pain, stress, hunger, and more. What happens if the endocannabinoid system doesn’t function properly? One word comes to mind: disease.
In the past three years of selling hemp-derived cannabinoid products, I have had more people inquire about the need for better sleep and managing stress. As we know, high stress and anxiety can result in increased blood pressure, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, feelings of depression, and lack of sleep. Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life; however, people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive, and persistent worry, resulting in damaging symptoms. In addition, having an anxiety disorder does more than make you worry, it can also lead to or worsen other mental and physical conditions such as trouble sleeping (insomnia), digestive problems, heart disease, and headaches.
Fall Asleep Faster and Sleep Better
CBD and THC have always been considered the two major cannabinoids found in cannabis. They are the two most widely researched and two most popular cannabinoids discussed among consumers. However, cannabis, both hemp and marijuana, are rich in additional compounds as well as other phytocannabinoids. One important but less discussed cannabinoid you should be on the lookout for is cannabinol (CBN)—a mildly psychoactive component found in cannabis and derived from tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THC-A). We know sleep is an essential function that allows our mind and body to recharge; without enough sleep, the brain cannot function properly. Although CBN is considered a minor cannabinoid, it can have a major impact on sleep and can be used effectively as a sleep aid or sedative. It is currently more commonly being found in higher concentrations in both hemp and marijuana products specifically for nighttime use.
Another mildly psychoactive cannabinoid popping up everywhere from gas stations to grocery stores is delta 8 THC. About 50% less intoxicating than delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), experiences with hemp-derived delta 8 are characterized by relaxation, pain relief, and euphoria. Consumers are stating delta 8 is delta 9’s “nicer, younger sibling”—meaning consumers are able to perform their normal daily activities without experiencing the adverse side effects associated with cannabis use. Because of the extremely relaxing and calming effects of delta 8, many consumers are using it solely in the evening, resulting in a better night’s sleep. And because of the effects both THC and CBD have on our mood, consuming a daily supplement can be beneficial to overall health and wellness. Whether you’re suffering from lack of sleep (insomnia) or occasional stress, CBD products are worth giving a try.
Remember, though, that hemp-derived cannabinoid or CBD products are unregulated and therefore can be found anywhere. It is important to look for QR codes on every label, review the independent third-party lab report, and know where the product is being manufactured. Do your research about the brand and read consumer reviews and testimonials before purchasing.
Stacy Bull has been the General Manager for Your CBD Store Naples and Marco Island locations for the past two years. She has her bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration from UW–Milwaukee. She has worked in various healthcare departments including ophthalmology, oncology, and cardiology before getting involved in cannabinoid therapy.
She can be reached at 239.259.8654 or by email at: email@example.com.