The Other Cannabinoid: When Should You Use High-CBD Products?

When the 2018 Farm Bill federally legalized hemp and CBD, it changed health and wellness forever. It catapulted the world of high-CBD products into the national spotlight. Millions of Americans became familiar with CBD nearly overnight. However, most people still have some questions about CBD. That includes medical patients.

Today, we’ll cover what high-CBD products are, what they can do, and how to use them. Buckle up!

CBD vs THC: What’s the Difference?

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First, let’s cover some similarities between CBD and THC. Both of these organic compounds belong to the same chemical family: cannabinoids. In addition, they both develop naturally within cannabis or hemp plants.

THC and CBD also work in similar ways. Both “hack” the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) to produce their effects. They do this by imitating certain neurotransmitters that your body produces by itself. These neurotransmitters, called endocannabinoids, bind with receptors throughout the body. Cannabinoids from plants — like THC and CBD — work the same way.

Next, the main difference. One in particular comes to mind: getting high.

While THC is famous for its psychoactive effects, CBD isn’t. Instead, CBD has a reputation for its possible health benefits. We’ll highlight some of them below.

What Symptoms can High-CBD Products Relieve?

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High-CBD products may be able to help patients manage a variety of symptoms. But first, what exactly qualifies as a high-CBD product?

In general, you can consider any strain, concentrate, or edible with more CBD than THC as “high-CBD.” However, try to avoid products without any THC at all. Why? Because THC can actually increase the potential healing effects of CBD, according to some research.

What are those potential effects? They may include:

  • Anxiety: CBD is a great choice for any patient who needs to take the edge off. It’s perfect for banishing daily stress, and may even help anxiety disorders like PTSD.
  • Chronic or severe pain: Another trait that makes CBD popular among patients is its possible analgesic (painkilling) effects. In fact, CBD may trigger many of the same receptors as traditional painkillers.
  • Epilepsy: Researchers have shown that CBD can potentially help patients suffering from certain seizure disorders. In fact, the FDA has even approved a CBD-based pharmaceutical for epilepsy.
  • Inflammation:  CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects could be an option for patients suffering from Crohn’s disease, arthritis, and more.
  • Insomnia: high-CBD products may help those suffering from insomnia fall asleep faster and stay asleep through the night. If you plan on using CBD to help you fall asleep, make sure to take it an hour or so before bedtime. That way, you’ll be feeling its effects as you drift into slumber.

Where Can I Buy High-CBD Products in Maryland?

Think you may want to include some high-CBD products in your daily regimen? You’re in luck. We stock CBD products from some of the biggest brands. Concentrates, edibles, even strains of flower often appear in CBD varieties. Not sure what to choose? Don’t be shy — ask a budtender, they’re here to help! Check out our dispensary menu now to get started.