Learn About CBD

What exactly is CBD?

Cannabidoil (CBD) is a chemical compound from the cannabinoid family that naturally occurs in the cannabis plant. Scientists have isolated over 100 different types of cannabidoids in cannabis.

THC is the best known due to its psychoactive properties; that’s what gives you the “high” sensation. CBD, on the other hand, gives you the therapeutic benefits without feeling the psychoactive effect.

This compound interacts with our body through the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the system that regulates the body’s natural homeostasis moods, sleep, pain, immune function, amongst many other functions. CBD does not alter the functions of the ECS, but rather it enhances the productiveness of the system; which gives the desired effects.

The endocannabinoid receptors affect many parts of our body:

  • Muscles
  • Skin
  • Gut 
  • Spleen
  • Liver
  • Heart
  • Kidneys
  • Bones
  • Blood vessels
  • Lymph cells
  • Reproductive organs

The Power of CBD

Inside all of us are endocannabinoid receptors. These special parts of our biological system that work within the superhighway of our central nervous system. CB1 and CBD2 receptors throughout the body stimulate the endocannabinoid system, which promotes homeostasis, and then does something awesome: it reduces pain and decreases inflammation. Whatever way you take CBD, the health effects are incredible whether it’s topically for skin and connective tissue problems, or orally via a gummy or dropper. 

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Myrcene

Have you ever experienced “couch-lock” from using cannabis? That was most likely contributed by the effects of myrcene, our next terpene in the series! Myrcene is found in many forms of plants that may be very familiar to you: Cannabis, hops, mangos, thyme, lemongrass, and basil are some examples.

Myrcene’s scent is very “down to earth” as it may taste like cloves with hints of spice. It is definitely one of the muskiest/earthiest smelling terpenes.

Myrcene’s Effects and Benefits

Something interesting about this particular terpene is that it is a deciding factor in whether a cannabis plant will be determined as an indica or sativa. For those who don’t know, indica strains provide more of a heavier, body high, which can greatly help in reducing any body aches and pains.

They also are known to help relax the muscles and help induce appetite. Sativas on the other hand, are more of a head/cerebral high, which provides a boost in energy, focus, and creativity. Sativas are generally great in alleviating mental distress such as depression, head fog, and anxiety (of course, it all depends on a person’s biochemistry as to how any cannabis strain may affect a person).

Any strain that is higher than .05% in myrcene becomes an indica. Its effects include sedation and relaxation, making it the primary factor in strains that cause “couch-lock”. This also makes sense as to why beers with high amounts of hops might make a person drowsy.

Other known effects and benefits of myrcene include anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibiotic, and antimutagenic.

As I mentioned above, mangos contain myrcene and actually have high amounts of it. Because myrcene works synergistically with THC and CBD (known as the entourage effect), eating a mango before toking it up may accentuate or extend the psychoactive effects you experience.

According to research, this is due to the face that the combination of this terpene allows cannabinoids to bridge the blood-brain barrier more efficiently.

Mango + Cannabis

As I mentioned above, mangos contain myrcene and actually have high amounts of it. Because myrcene works synergistically with THC and CBD (known as the entourage effect), eating a mango before toking it up may accentuate or extend the psychoactive effects you experience.

According to research, this is due to the face that the combination of this terpene allows cannabinoids to bridge the blood-brain barrier more efficiently.