A Cannabis Primer: The ABCs of CBD and THC

Everyone knows that cannabis is legal in California. In fact, we bet some people thought it was legal in California before it was! That sort of misinformation and murky water is common when it comes to cannabis.

That is why the KopSun community is dedicated to knowledge and researched based information. And that’s why we are going to start from the beginning with the ABCs of cannabis.

In big picture, general terms: THC gets you high; CBD doesn’t. Both of them have medicinal benefits.

Now for some specifics. Cannabis is a plant genus, which includes hemp and marijuana. Scientists have classified more than 100 cannabinoids (a cannabinoid is a chemical compound) in cannabis. CBD and THC are its two most famous cannabinoids. THC may be more famous because it is the cannabinoid that gives the high. THC is psychoactive. It binds with the body’s cannabinoid receptors (CB1) causing the high or blissful effect. CBD does not get you high. Both hemp and marijuana contain CBD and THC in their flowers, seeds, and stalks though in different proportions. CBD is prevalent in hemp, while THC is plentiful in marijuana.

If CBD doesn’t get you high, what good is it?

CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a natural alternative to many OTC potions claiming to ease aches and pains. Sold in a of variety forms such as oil, gels, gum, and supplements, among others, CBD can bring relief from arthritis, backaches, and chemotherapy symptoms. Also, it helps with nausea, migraines, depression, and anxiety. It should be noted that in June the FDA approved CBD oil as a therapy for epileptic seizures. Epidiolex has the bragging rights as the first CBD prescription medicine.

On a personal level, nearing the end of KopSun founder Tina’s father’s life about 2 years ago, his sleep and anti-anxiety medications were making him miserable. As a last resort, she tried dosing him with medical marijuana edibles. (He called it “the pot,” which still brings a smile to her face.) Not surprisingly, relief came without all the sickening side effects of the pharmaceuticals. To this day, we shake our collective KopSun head in disbelief that medical marijuana wasn’t the first treatment to be prescribed.

Of course, there can be side effects from CBD, including irritability and nausea, though reported cases are rare, as they are for withdrawal symptoms.

THC provides some of the same medical benefits as THC, in addition to helping with conditions like glaucoma and low appetite.

You can buy CBD products at your local health food store, or at least we can buy them at ours in Carpinteria. There are oils and creams and tinctures, and a fairly knowledgeable staff, though were not sure if they know what CBD and THC stand for, so let us tell you.

CBD is Cannabidiol, and THC is Tetrahydrocannabinol, aka the psychoactive compound in marijuana. With the available amount of research on the cannabis plant, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the similarities and differences between the two. To keep it simple, use a mnemonic device – THC has an H, which equals high. CBD has a B, which equals body, as in good for the body.

Know your grow

THC, CBD, cannabis … no matter what, know your product! Who grew it? Is the farm legal and compliant? Who made the balm? What are the ingredients?

Remember, an operation being legal and compliant is synonymous for clean/organic products.

The KopSun community is fortunate to know the farms and growers in Carpinteria, the origin of our products. We are dedicated to sharing the best with you.

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