Cannabidiol

Cannabidiol: The side of marijuana you don’t know

Cannabidiol: The side of marijuana you don’t know

If there’s a marijuana-related compound you’ve heard of, it’s likely Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.

THC is what makes you high and the reason most recreational users partake. What most don’t know is the medicinal value of the plant comes mostly from a different source: cannabidiol.

Cannibidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive component of marijuana that possesses a wide range of therapeutic benefits. When present in high quantities, CBD enhances THC’s positive effects while negating many of the negatives. It’s clear both cannabanoids coexist in the plant for a reason, often acting synergistically.

The problem is growers realized decades ago that THC is what sells; it provides the floating, euphoric feeling people associate with marijuana. In order to enhance THC content, CBD has been bred out of many strains, leaving users with a highly psychoactive experience but not necessarily the healthiest, especially for those with preexisting mental disorders.

 

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source: Chicago Now