CBD… Everybody seems to want some. Nowadays I see it everywhere. It’s so crazy, I see it in the form of candy bars, along with infused teas and coffees, an array of vapes and topicals and it seems whatever else that they can cram a CBD molecule into. I’ve even seen it in an infused pillow. I think it’s pretty cool seeing cannabis become so mainstream. I’ve seen products at the corner store, right up to the big boys like Amazon and Walmart. They are literally almost everywhere. But I think along with the popularity of CBD products there is a misconception that has manifested.
One of the biggest claims I hear in regards to CBD products is that it’s not psychoactive. I don’t think that’s a statement that’s entirely true. Does it get you high? Well, no it’s not a sedative. But many confess that cannabidiol leaves them with a calming affect. Some have reported at higher doses feeling more alert. I think whether you’re up or down, this is changing things. Don’t you think?
You see, everyone has what is referred to as the Endocannabinoid system. Our bodies naturally produce cannabinoids which stimulate our CB1 and CB2 receptors. Our CB1 receptors are responsible for our brain and our central nervous system. These receptors are responsible for things like when we’re hungry or when we’re tired or what our general mood is like and how we’re feeling. Then we have the CB2 receptors which are responsible for our peripheral organs like our heart, lungs, and kidneys along with our immune system. So the short of the long is… These receptors control how we respond to things. Let me give you an example:
Let’s say you experience some thing like anxiety attacks. There is some thing that happens in the outside world and then our bodies respond to it. In this case, what is happening chemically is that our bodies will create an Endocannabinoid deficiency to the CB1 receptor. This is where the scattered thoughts come in to play and everything goes from zero to “Oh my God“. But when we add cannabinoid to our bodies this inspires us to create more of our own Endocannabinoids. Then all of these cannabinoids lock right into these receptors much like a key and they locked door. Which according to science, the more we stimulate both of those receptors the better our physical and mental health is in the long run…
A psychoactive occurrence happens when a chemical affects both the brain and nervous system. This in turn will alter brain function, which will change mood, and overall behavior. Is this not what’s happening here? This is a psychoactive response. Whatever the reason one might be taking a CBD product, it is to overall increase their wellness. They’re changing things about their body and their mind. Wouldn’t it just be more honest to say something like “It’s not the same effects as THC”?