What to Know About CBD
Talk of CBD (cannabidiol) oil has permeated modern society and is quickly becoming one of the go-to natural remedies for a myriad of ills ranging from anxiety to severe pain. However, there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding CBD oil given that it’s a derivative of cannabis, a plant that contains THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), a substance with mild psychoactive properties. At the end of the day, CBD and marijuana, though both products of cannabis, are very different, having unique purposes. Here are some of the basics of CBD brought to by your hydroponics grow room experts at Monster Gardens.
First... What Is Cannabis?
In many circles, the word ‘cannabis’ has become synonymous with the word ‘marijuana’. This, however, can be slightly misleading. Cannabis refers to a group of three plants with psychoactive properties, known as cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and cannabis ruderalis. Marijuana refers to the flowers of certain cannabis plants, but aside from the flowers alone, the plant is made up of more than 120 components known as cannabinoids. Two of the most well-researched cannabinoids include CBD and TCH.
Of course, THC is the main psychoactive compound found in cannabis and is responsible for the ‘high’ most people associate with the plant. While CBD is also considered psychoactive, it is non-intoxicating and non-euphoric meaning that there is no ‘high’ that will follow consumption. Epidolex was the first prescription medication approved by the FDA containing CBD and is used to help treat epilepsy.
Hemp vs Marijuana
In order to better understand the CBD cannabinoid from a medicinal perspective, we need some information about the plant it is derived from. When it comes to CBD oil, there are two natural derivatives:
Hemp is a plant, belonging to the cannabis genus, that is harvested commercially for its diverse uses and properties. Hemp seeds, stalks, and flowers are used in food, cosmetics, building, and more. Notably, hemp contains high concentrations of CBD while carrying almost no TCH meaning it would deliver next to no psychoactive effects. Moreover, hemp has been excluded from the controlled substances act and can be commercially grown and processed into CBD products, ultimately sold to the public.
In contrast to the hemp plant, the marijuana plant is grown primarily for its psychoactive properties and contains up to 30 percent THC when dried. Despite its concentration of THC, marijuana still contains significant amounts of CBD and can be harvested for such as well. A common misconception is that CBD from a marijuana plant is somehow different than CBD from a hemp plant. This is simply not true. Both are the same.
CBD is a naturally occurring, healthy derivative from plants in the cannabis genus. To dispel common myth, CBD is not going to produce a ‘high’ and produces much different effects than does medical or recreational marijuana. As we continue to learn more about the benefits of cannabis, the use of CBD oil will likely become much more widespread.
Monster Gardens Knows Cannabis
When it comes to cultivating, and growing cannabis, we provide the expertise and tools necessary for a great, consistent yield. From portable grow rooms and grow lights to professional hydroponics equipment, our online hydroponics store has everything a grower could need. For more information on how to improve your existing greenhouse or start a productive grow room, visit our website.