What Is CBD?

What Is CBD?

CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychotropic molecule derived from the cannabis plant. The cannabinoid is capable of exerting physiological effects on the human body, partially via the endocannabinoid system, a network of receptors located throughout the entire body.


When you browse cannabis seeds on the internet, look at popular cannabis culture, or ask the common man what it is in marijuana that gets people “stoned”, you will hear THC. This is best known cannabinoid present within cannabis. It stands for 9-tetrahydrocannabinol and is traditionally found in much higher quantities than its CBD counterpart. THC and CBD are the two most prominent cannabinoids found within marijuana, but both preform different roles. THC is psychoactive and is largely responsible for the high. CBD is the cannabinoid that actually counters this.


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Looking at CBD in detail

Looking at CBD in detail

As mentioned, CBD is often found in comparatively smaller percentages than its THC counterpart. As CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors within the body, it activates and boosts the body‘s natural response. Your body works so well in conjunction with the CBD in marijuana because we have our own natural versions of CBD – making the CBD within marijuana a natural extension or stimulant of sorts to our nervous system.

Another interesting point about CBD is that it regulates and negates THC, which is why the really “potent” CBD weed strains have less of a psychoactive effect. Cannabis strains that are high in both THC and CBD content tend to induce powerful, clear headed highs – as the psychoactive components are still present, but “reined in”. This allows for users to function normally, whilst still feeling the psychical and neurological benefits of CBD.

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CBD is often found in percentages varying from 0.6% - 1%, with 0.6% or less strains being weak in the effects of CBD and those with 1% or higher being strong. This may seem relatively small, but it is all that is required. It is possible to get higher percentages, but these potent strains are much rarer – some purely medical strains, such as those by Medical Marijuana Genetics, have a CBD content of over 20%! The percentage denotes how much CBD is present in comparison to other components that make up marijuana.

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