What Is CBD (Cannabidiol) And What Does It Do?

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Date:
Sunday, Jan 14, 2018

What exactly is cannabidiol (CBD) and more importantly, what does it do? Those questions and more are at the heart of this comprehensive guide to one of the most fascinating and important compounds of the cannabis plant. Cannabis plants are chemical powerhouses that produce more than 400 different compounds. Not all of those compounds are unique to marijuana, of course, and appear in many other species of plants. That’s why marijuana can smell like pine trees or taste like fresh lemons. But of those 400 compounds, more than 60 of them are totally specific to the plant genus Cannabis. Scientists call these special compounds “cannabinoids.” However, not all cannabinoids are created equal. One of them, cannabidiol, or CBD, holds the key to the wide variety of medicinal and therapeutic effects marijuana offers.

The more we learn about CBD, the more it seems poised to revolutionize medicine as we know it. Find out why cannabidiol is so important and why you should care about it, especially if you consume cannabis.

Katelyn Faith: named after the 8-year-old for whom it was created, Katelyn Faith boasts a 34-to-1 cannabidiol to THC ratio, making it one of the most CBD-rich strains in the world. Harlequin: A legendary medical strain which weighs in at a 5:2 ratio. ACDC: This widely available strain consistently tops 19 percent cannabidiol. Remedy: As the name suggests, a potent healing strain with an impressive 15:1 cannabidiol ratio. Cannatonic: At a perfect 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC, this strain achieves an optimal ensemble effect for medical patients also seeking the benefits of THC. Charlotte’s Web: Interestingly, this “strain” isn’t marijuana at all. Rather, it’s a proprietary hemp plant that produces buds with just the cannabidiol cannabinoid.

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