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Humans have used cannabis to relax, recharge, and enhance their lives for thousands of years, going back to ritual consumption in central Asia more than 2,500 years ago. Beyond it’s sweet smell though, it’s the psychoactive component, THC (short for tetrahydrocannabinol), that has been the driving factor in making cannabis desirable for recreation. But for those looking to enjoy the healing properties of marijuana without the high, low-potency CBD has become a wildly popular alternative.

CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, is an important component of medical marijuana, coming directly from the hemp plant. While THC brings the traditional high, strains that are CBD-dominant conjure the same mellow feeling without any intoxicating effects. CBD interacts with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system to heal physical pains without producing any psychoactive reactions. CBD can also help lessen the effects of a THC high by binding to cannabinoid receptors to actually block THC from activating in the body.

But don’t think for a second that CBD is just a plain strain of mary jane with nothing to it- the truth is quite the opposite! Without causing any interference, CBD has the effect of loosening and relaxing the body from head to toe, making it the go-to remedy for many users with chronic pain. The soothing properties of CBD ease and clear the mind; many with issues resting or sleeping use it to help induce sleep. While CBD can be smoked, it’s often found in the form of oils, tinctures, or creams, especially in topical pain relief.

As the non-psychoactive counterpart to THC, many states have been quicker to legalize CBD for medicinal purposes. In fact, federal law dictates that CBD compounds with zero THC are now legal in all fifty states- a far cry from decades past. The rise in popularity of medical cannabis combined with long-standing efforts towards legalization have allowed those in need to access this medicine on a previously unimaginable scale- and we think that’s pretty great.

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