“Let me tell you something Toula; the man is the head, but the woman is the neck and she can turn the head any way she wants.”
This quote from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, might just be the perfect analogy for cannabinoids. While THC may be one of the only intoxicating cannabinoids, all the other 80+ cannabinoids greatly influence how it affects the body. All this to say, it’s important to focus on more than just the THC. Here’s the scoop on CBD and other cannabinoids.
What exactly is CBD?
CBD or cannabidiol, is a non-intoxicating compound that is found in cannabis and hemp.
How does CBD affect the body?
CBD activates our endocannabinoid system and simulates native compounds that interact with receptors like serotonin or dopamine. Unlike THC, it doesn’t activate the CB1 receptors which is why the “high” feeling doesn’t usually occur when taking CBD products. In fact, CBD can actually help work against those anxious feelings that sometimes occur when you get too high.
What does CBD help with?
CBD has been known to help with managing anxiety, pain, stress, and provide relief and overall wellness.
How is CBD consumed?
At Trove, CBD is available in lotions, creams, tinctures, capsules, edibles, flower, & more! Here’s a few of our favorites:
Ceres Garden – Topical, Moon Cycle Roll Up – $25.99
Pure CO2 extracted CBD & THC herbal blend. A harmonious blend of herbs formulated to support the female body experiencing the symptoms of the monthly moon cycle such as cramping, headaches and muscle tension. May also help with mood stability and increased feelings of well-being.
Fairwinds – Capsule, Deeper Sleep – $29.99
Indica Cannabis oil & terpene blend and powerful herbal extract blend with sleep supporting natural herbs.
Fairwinds – Tincture, Bacon Companion – $27.99
Offers relief to pets in their old age or suffering from debilitating ailments. Formulated using a 5:1 ratio that leverages the power of both CBD and THC, our Companion tincture has become a trusted, best-selling formula that provides effective results. Plus, with an all-natural smoky bacon flavor, the Companion CBD tincture tastes as good as it feels!
Mr. Moxey’s – Balance 1:1 Peppermint – $35.99
Handcrafted in small batches with a unique blend of botanical counterweights holy basil and lemon verbena to bring you back to equilibrium. Naturally gluten free and vegan. 100mg CBD & 100mg THC | 20 mints | 5mg CBD & 5mg THC per mint.
What is a cannabinoid?
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found within cannabis plants and secreted by its flowers. THC and CBD are the most well known cannabinoids but there are possibly hundreds more. As the cannabis industry continues to see less restrictions, scientists and researchers will be able to do more studies.
We know there are many cannabinoids found within the plant at varying minimal levels, they have their own power. In order for the plant to create THC or CBD, it has to manufacture multiple cannabinoid acids. These cannabinoids mimic compounds that our body is already naturally producing – endocannabinoids. This system is what helps our bodies find balance and sustain good health.
So, how does it work exactly? When you enjoy cannabis, these cannabinoids connect to brain receptors CB1 and body receptors CB2. Effects vary depending on the receptors that these cannabinoids bind to! For example, THC will bind to CB1/brain receptors and CBD will bind to CB2/body receptors.
This week’s Back to the Basics challenge: Safely experiment with different strain ratios than you normally do: ratios that are higher in THC, higher in CBD, or more balanced 50/50 ratios and note the changes in how you feel!