CBDs — The New Superfood.
You’ve probably heard that cannabis (pot, marijuana, weed…) has medicinal or medical benefits, that it has been legalized in many parts of the world and maybe even that it has been used as part of the treatment for some cancer patients. But, did you know that there are different parts of the cannabis plant that have different effects on our body? These parts or compounds are called ‘cannabinoids’.
The compound in the cannabis plant that produces the psychoactive effects, or gets you ‘high’ is Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. This is the part that is used for recreational purposes and that has as many detractors as it has admirers. Cannabidiol or CBD, one of the most prevalent of the 113 compounds of the cannabis plant, doesn’t have the psychoactive or ‘high’ effects THC has. In fact, it counteracts the effects of THC. So, if you consume marijuana for recreational purposes it may be advisable to have some CBD on hand to mellow out your high if you get a little too stoned! However, it has many other great effects.
There have recently been many interesting scientific findings about CBD, leading to it now being more widely accepted and used in science and medicine around the world. A lot is being researched, and when looking at the results, you wonder why it hasn’t had more publicity? CBD is present and produced naturally in our body, in our cells, and is called endocannabidiol. You can also find CBD naturally present in foods such as cocoa, black pepper, echinacea, turmeric, carrots, among others; this type of CBD is called phytocannabidiol. And there is now also a synthetic CBD being produced.