Curious about CBD?
We believe at Bene Buds the key to successful use of cannabis is through education. We have a lot of our customers ask us what CBD is all about, so we figured we would share some helpful information.
What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the cannabinoid family that naturally occurs in the cannabis plant. Scientists have isolated over 100 different types of cannabinoids in cannabis. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is probably the best-known thanks to its psychoactive properties -- it's the one that gets you "high" -- but CBD is quickly gaining ground due to its potential therapeutic benefits.
How does CBD work?
CBD (and THC) work by interacting with our body's endocannabinoid system, a regulatory system made up of naturally occurring cannabis-like molecules. These endocannabinoids, as they're called, work like neurotransmitters, shuttling messages through the body to help maintain homeostasis. Cannabinoids like CBD and THC interact with the endocannabinoid system at two known receptors: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are mainly present in the brain -- where they're involved with cognition, memory, motor skills and pain -- but also in the peripheral nervous system, liver, thyroid, uterus and more. THC attaches itself to these receptors, inhibiting the release of neurotransmitters and possibly increasing the release of others, altering normal functioning.
Researchers once thought that CBD did the same thing, but with CB2 receptors -- which are abundant in the immune and gastrointestinal systems, as well as the brain and nervous system. However, they no longer believe that to be true.
Although the exact way CBD affects our bodies is still unknown, scientists think CBD encourages the body to produce more of its own endocannabinoids
How is CBD used?
CBD is available in a variety of forms. Some of the most common CBD delivery methods are listed below, but how it's ultimately used depends on personal needs and preferences. The delivery method of CBD affects how quickly it works and what kinds of effects it has on the body.
- Edibles are broad range of products to eat or drink, like gummies or chocolates or an infused beverage. Edibles can take anywhere from 20 minutes to four hours to take effect.
- Oils and tinctures are processed and concentrated forms of CBD that are often placed under the tongue using a dropper and absorbed into the bloodstream.
- Pills and capsules are ingested orally and look similar to the vitamins and/or drugs you'd find in a drugstore. They typically contain CBD oil or CBD isolate.
- Topicals are CBD-infused oils, creams and lotions that are intended to be used directly on skin, hair or nails. They're a popular way to treat localized pain, but are also used as skincare, haircare and massage oil as well.
- Vaping, like e-cigarettes, involves inhaling a vaporized liquid that contains CBD oil. Nicotine is not usually present if CBD is, though it is possible to mix them.
- Smoking, there are many high CBD strains of cannabis that can be smoked the way you choose(joints, pipes, bongs etc).
Due to the regulations and rules of our business, we cannot speak on many of the potential benefits of CBD. However if you are looking for more information leafly has a ton of great information that is a very trusted source. Follow the link below for more benefits of CBD.
We hope that this information was able to answer some of your questions. If you would like to know more or see what we have available please feel free to visit our store in Sherwood Park. We look forward to seeing you soon!