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What is CBD and How Does it Interact with the Body?

I am sure you have heard of CBD as it is a super hot topic right now. But what is CBD? How does it work in the body? Can it be purchased in South Carolina? We will be getting into all the details about this!

At South Carolina Marijuana Card, we know that what is going on with the medical marijuana program can be a bit confusing. That is why we are here! We not only want to be your go-to medical marijuana card provider when the time comes but we also want to be a source of information that you can trust!

So let’s get right into CBD 101!

What Exactly is CBD?

As the South Carolina medical marijuana program forms, many questions are buzzing around. What is CBD? Is it something different than THC? Is it marijuana?

These are all great questions that we will answer for you today!

There are chemical compounds in marijuana called cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are what gives you the effects of marijuana. They do this by triggering receptors in your body. CBD and THC are the two most popular cannabinoids that are in the marijuana plant.

CBD is best known for being the cannabinoid that has no psychoactive effects. This means that CBD does not make you feel high. CBD is the perfect option for those that want all the medicinal benefits of marijuana without any of the unwanted side effects!

Many people assume that all marijuana types make you feel high, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. While THC and CBD have their similarities, they are both very different!

The reason why CBD has no psychoactive effects is because of the receptor that it triggers. THC attached to the CB1 receptor which is known for its euphoric feelings as well as anxiety and paranoia. CBD does not attach to this receptor so no psychoactive effects are triggered when consuming it!

One major benefit of using CBD is that it actually reduces the effects of THC! When using products or strains that have both THC and CBD in them, CBD acts as a block to the side effects of THC, making the THC less potent. This is what makes CBD and high CBD strains a great choice for those that are more prone to anxiety and paranoia!

CBD is also beneficial because it comes in a lot of versatile forms! You don’t have to only consume it via raw marijuana flower. CBD can also come in tinctures, edibles, patches or topicals. It all depends on what you prefer!

How Does CBD Interact with the Body?

Now let’s get into a bit of science!

The body has an endocannabinoid system (also known as the ECS) which is responsible for keeping the body balanced and maintaining homeostasis. The CB1 and CB2 receptors which interact with THC and CBD are both located in the ECS. When using marijuana, the THC and CBD cannabinoids activate the CB1 and CB2 receptors which bring balance to the ECS.

CBD is also a super compound! CBD not only triggers receptors in the ECS but it also triggers serotonin and dopamine receptors too. This is what makes CBD so powerful as a medicinal product for so many conditions!

Can I Purchase CBD in South Carolina?

There are actually two kinds of CBD. There is hemp CBD which is legal in the United States and there is cannabis CBD which is only legal in states where medical marijuana programs are functioning. In South Carolina, you can purchase hemp CBD but not cannabis CBD even though the latter is more effective.

When cannabis CBD is legal in the state, you’re going to need your medical marijuana card to purchase it. We can help you with this!

With South Carolina Marijuana Card, you can be prepared with a medical marijuana evaluation! Schedule an appointment with us today, or call our compassionate patient support staff to answer any of your questions.


Doctors Who Care. Relief You Can Trust.

South Carolina Marijuana Card’s mission is to help everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

If you have any questions, call us at (833) 781-6670, or simply reserve an appointment to start getting relief you can trust today!

Check out South Carolina Marijuana Card’s Blog to keep up to date on the latest medical marijuana news, tips, and information!

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