All Eyes On Cannabinoids

With all of today’s buzz words floating around like tourists in the Dead Sea — some health-related, others just really big words — it’s hard to sift through what’s good for your body, what’s potentially detrimental, and what’s altogether taboo. Speaking of “tabs”, don’t open another in your preferred browser just yet! We did some extensive research (read: a fit of intense Google-ing and a deep dive down the rabbit hole) to define and understand just what the heck a cannabinoid actually is and how you can incorporate it into your routine, should you choose to do so.

To give you the stripped down version (because who really has time for anything else?), a cannabinoid is a chemical compound. See? Simple enough. This compound is produced both by the cannabis plant — also known as phytocannabinoids, but we doubt you’ll remember that part; we almost didn’t! — as well as within the human body (endocannabinoids, if you’re being an overachiever). Both types interact with the body’s cannabinoid receptors and when they do, the reaction is said to help maintain mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol) is a cannabinoid, as it is derived from the cannabis plant. So is CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, by the way. However, both are extremely individualized when it comes to their functions and subsequent effects. And, THC and CBD are but two cannabinoids on a list that goes on and on.

To break it down even further, THC is known for the that intense, euphoric feeling and the subsequent psychoactive high that often come along with ingesting marijuana (also see: weed, ganja, pot, dope). CBD, on the other hand, is less intoxicating, but is known to still provide much relief when it comes to symptoms such as anxiety, inflammation, pain, seizures, and so on. Often times, many CBD products will contain trace amounts of THC, too. For all intents and purposes, we’ll keep all eyes on the ladder. Although, if you choose to light up (or snack on an edible or however else the kids are interacting with the green stuff these days), more power to you — your body, your choice. If you’re in the market for something slightly more mild, however, and are looking to experiment, we’re here to introduce you to the world of CBD and its offerings. It’s also important to note — because these days everything needs a disclaimer, it seems — that the jury’s still out on a lot of the claims made by CBD companies and their supporters. And, while several members on our team have had great experiences with CBD, it’s important to check with your doctor before participating. So that’s it! That’s all we’ve got for this week’s installment of “what the heck is it?”. Enjoy, folks! And, if you’re a CBD user yourself, we would love to hear your experience — the good, the bad, and the not quite sure.

Holy CBD

Written by: Tiana Gidley

Tiana Gidley is a 20-something Contributing Editor at The Bleu. She binge-watches reality TV on Bravo, throws a mean murder mystery party, and makes her bed every morning.

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