Everybody has their favorite. For many of us, our favorite cannabinoid is CBD. Sure, a lot of people find THC to be wonderful, and that is understandable, but CBD has a lot to offer. Let’s take a quick look at why CBD is arguably better than THC.
What Is CBD and What Does CBD Do?
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid found in cannabis. Like THC, another cannabinoid, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system. This system has the ability to modulate a lot of bodily functions.
The endocannabinoid system modulates:
- Anxiety and stress1
- Inflammatory conditions1
- Neurodegenerative conditions1
- Pulmonary function1
- Cardiovascular function1
- Neuroinflammation (which has strong links to epilepsy)2
Since both CBD and THC interact with this system, CBD benefits and THC benefits are similar, but THC will create an undesirable effect for most day-to-day activities. THC will get you high. While high, you are severely impaired from doing many things necessary in life, like driving--or maintaining a job while sober. Sure, THC’s interaction with the endocannabinoid system can create some desirable effects, but the cost is too high for daily life. What is the alternative? Does CBD get you high?
Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive. CBD will not get you high.3 The endocannabinoid system can still be stimulated by CBD, and the CBD hemp oil benefits will be achieved, but you will not get high. Productivity in your daily life will not be impaired the same way as it would be if THC oil was used instead of pure CBD oil. Because of this, CBD is better than THC, but they don’t necessarily have to be in competition.
CBD Oil With THC
CBD works well with THC and the other chemical components found in cannabis, such as minor cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. It has long been theorized that these substances working together create the “entourage effect,”4 a synergistic effect where the actual effects received are greater than the sum of the effects from each individual component. While, of course, having greater benefits is more desirable, this still doesn’t solve the problem of getting high at inopportune moments.
Legally, federally, cannabidiol oils are permitted to contain THC so long as its concentration is less than 0.3% because, when taken below this threshold, you will not get high. There are full-spectrum CBD oils for sale which contain all of the desirable hemp extracts involved in the “entourage effect,” but they do not contain enough THC to get you high. It’s the best of both worlds. You have the potential to receive some benefits of THC, without the risk of getting high.
Do be cautious. In states where recreational cannabis is legal, some full-spectrum marijuana oils will contain higher amounts of THC. Always check the label, and be sure you can trust what is printed on the label. Many labels for hemp oils don’t make accurate claims.
Complete Hemp’s CBD Offerings
CBD has helped a lot of people improve their quality of life, which is why Complete Hemp offers a variety of CBD oils, including CBD oil for dogs, cats, and horses. In addition, Complete Hemp also offers skincare products with CBD, and pain and skin relief with CBD.
Whichever CBD products you choose, Complete Hemp will be here to help!
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