With the introduction of legal cannabis in Canada last June 2018, cannabis use has steadily been on the rise as per news reports.
Cannabis is an interesting plant as it contains a multitude of biological compounds. The most famous are terpenes and cannabinoids. Terpenes are mostly responsible for the distinctive aroma and scent of cannabis while cannabinoids are responsible for the much-desired effects of cannabis, may it be therapeutic or recreational.
Cannabinoids can be mostly divided into two categories, THC and CBD. THC is the one notorious for the intoxicatingly high feeling that you get from consuming cannabis while CBD is often associated with the analgesic and anxiolytic effects of cannabis.
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Before delving into our vast expertise with regards to quality cannabis, let’s try to demystify what CBD is and why has it become so popular?
What is CBD?
CBD or cannabidiol is the most common cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It can be found on the trichomes of the cannabis plant, its flowers, and even hemp.
Although CBD has psychotropic and physiological effects on the human body, it often has little to no intoxicating effect on the user. That is why most users, especially those who use cannabis solely for medical purposes choose a strain that has a high CBD content rather than a high THC content.
CBD most of the time is extracted from the trichomes of the CBD plant. The extract can be made into an oil or is made into a capsule. CBD extracts could also be made into a cream or salve for topical application, inhaled through vaping, or is ingested solely as an oil.
These preparations are mostly intended for varying purposes that are reliant on the individual needs of the user.
How does CBD work?
As of now, research on the mechanism of action of CBD is still ongoing. Studies are suggestive that CBD works differently compared to THC.
While THC binds to the human endocannabinoid system, specifically the CB1 receptors, CBD works differently by either increasing or stimulating the endogenous production of endocannabinoids.
Due to its chemical structure, CBD competitively inhibits the enzyme responsible for the regulation and even destruction of endogenous endocannabinoids. Because of the increase of endocannabinoid levels in our system, this affects our mental and physical state.
Neurochemistry can also be affected by CBD. Take, for example, serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with feelings of happiness; adenosine, a neurotransmitter that signals our drowsiness; and vanilloid, which contributes to pain modulation are all affected by CBD.
How is CBD content expressed?
The potency of CBD in cannabis or CBD content of cannabis is typically expressed as a percentage of milligrams per gram of cannabis. For example, a 10% CBD implies that 100 milligrams of CBD is present in every gram of cannabis.
It must be noted that cannabis is a naturally occurring product, hence it may have varying CBD content and composition concerning its respective strain. Furthermore, despite being derived from the same strain, it may vary from product to product.
What if CBD and THC are used in concert?
Though studies with regards to the synergistic effect of different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant are still in its infancy, it is hypothesized that the various cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant, specifically THC and CBD, amplify and modulate the effects of each other through the phenomenon called the “entourage effect.”
Some research also suggests that CBD when used in concert with THC, seems to reduce the intense psychoactive effects of THC.
When you use a product that has similar levels of THC and CBD or little to no THC content, it appears that CBD may mitigate the intensely intoxicating high associated with consuming THC alone. These include unwanted effects such as anxiety and paranoia.
Where can I purchase CBD products in Canada?
First and foremost, the online cannabis market has already boomed since the legalization of weed last year.
Why bother going to traditional retail stores when you could just simply order weed simply at the click of your fingertips? The best thing is it could even be delivered at the foot of your doorsteps.
At West Coast Weeds, we make things simple as 1-2-3! With free express shipping, and insurance guarantee, and competitive prices, what’s more, to ask for?
West Coast Weeds is a good choice to buy CBD products in Canada. We value your privacy by purging our offshore servers periodically, have the fastest growing cannabis variety, and assure our customers of the highest quality of weed they can get because of our strict weed farming guidelines.
What CBD products are available?
CBD products are usually in the form of extracts such as essential oils, therefore oil-based products are the most common form of CBD products.
Hemp oil is an example of a popular CBD product in Canada. It can treat a myriad of health issues.
However, capsules and topicals are also available. The preference for the product that is chosen often depends on the needs of the consumer.
CBD is touted for its numerous health benefits especially for medical users of cannabis. In contrast to THC, CBD is associated with lesser intoxicating highs and unwanted side effects such as anxiety or paranoia.
With that in mind, several studies have proposed that the mechanism of action of CBD is vastly different from THC. CBD improves and stimulates the endogenous production of endocannabinoids by competitively inhibiting the enzyme responsible for its destruction.
CBD can affect neurochemistry by affecting several neurotransmitters such as serotonin, adenosine, and vanilloid.
Several studies also state that the “entourage effect” can be observed if THC and CBD are used in concert in strains that contain either a similar CBD to THC ratio or a CBD rich strain.
When all is said and done, West Coast Weeds can provide you with top-notch quality CBD products at your disposal. All you have to do is go to our site and order a CBD product!
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