CB what? This is the question so many people, not just here in Huntsville, but nationwide are asking. 

What is CBD? How do you use it? What is it good for? Are there any negative side effects? 

The list goes on and on as people try to wrap their brains around this wonderful holistic tool. Fret not my dears, we are here to set the record straight.  

I think the biggest comment/question people have about CBD is how it differs from Marijuana/THC and will it make me “high.” 

 CBD is a chemical component found in Marijuana and hemp, though marijuana and hemp are NOT the same. While Marijuana carries anywhere from 5-25% THC (the psychoactive element found in marijuana), Industrial hemp contains less than 0.3%. 

The argument stands that there is some valid use for the psychoactive nature of this plant. It is suggested it can help stabilize those with PTSD and several other psychiatric related issues. However, due to its illegality here in Alabama we will just be focusing on the benefits of CBD.  As soon as the legality of CBD and hemp can be clarified both by states and federally, we hope it will be cleared from the schedule 1 classification so that further clinical studies can be done!  Plant medicine at its best.  

When extracted from industrial hemp, CBD contains less than 0.3% THC, not enough to produce any type of psychoactive behavior or show up on a standard drug test. When you hear the word hemp, think clothing, medicines, lotions, etc. Hemp is everywhere and has over 28,000 different uses. 

Our bodies have what is formally known as the Endocannabinoid System. This system’s sole purpose is to metabolize components such as THC and CBD found in the marijuana/hemp plant.  CBD does not bind with CB1 or CB2 receptors (receptors to which THC binds to when ingested giving you a “high”), it signals the body’s naturally occurring cannabinoids to do what they naturally do. 

This can help with discomforts associated with anxiety, depression, muscle spasms, pain, inflammatory conditions and more. CBD can be taken as needed and you can’t overdue it or overdose, making it an ideal option for even the most hesitant of remedy users. 

Want to learn more? Salt on the Rocks offers monthly CBD 101 classes, taught by various members of our staff. Call or register online and come learn about all the awesome things hemp and CBD can be used for. 

 As always have a fantastic week and a wonderful start to our fall season.

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