Cannabis is one of the most popular recreational and medicinal drugs in the United States – as well as across the remainder of planet Earth. The flowering plant produces sticky, smelly buds that are dried and smoked or cooked with.
People feel psychoactive effects from the consumption of cannabis as a direct result of cannabinoids entering their bloodstreams, which are a family of roughly 100 chemicals that are naturally found in cannabis plants, all of which have noticeable effects on the body and the brain. Isolating any single cannabinoid and consuming it feels largely different than consuming a natural blend of dozens of cannabinoids.
It is important to note that not all cannabinoids cause users to feel “high.” THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the most prevalent cannabinoid in almost all varieties of cannabis and is responsible for most of the euphoric effects of the drug on consumers. CBD, or cannabidiol, is almost always the second-most prevalent cannabinoid found in cannabis, though it is not responsible for making users feel high or otherwise under the influence of judgement-clouding drugs.
CBD has been known to have effective medical properties such as analgesia, also known as pain relief, and the easing of anxiety disorders, among countless other positive medical effects that many people report primarily or exclusively using cannabis for.
In the past two years, the United States Congress passed a few versions of what’s simply known as the “farm bill,” which allowed people with approved licenses to grow certain varieties of cannabis that contained less than 0.3 percent – in terms of the weight of dried cannabis flowers – of THC. These varieties are usually high in cannabidiol. Across the country, thousands of stores have opened up shop with the sole intention of profiting off of the sale of raw cannabis flower and other cannabis products made with these low-THC, high-CBD strains of the flowering plant.
THC-heavy cannabis varieties are still largely restricted on the federal level here in the United States, though some 30 states have either medical or recreational cannabis approved for consumption, sale, and cultivation within their borders. Even though THC has positive medical effects, too, just like CBD, it is not treated as well as CBD by the U.S. federal government.
Today, Thursday, Sept. 19, the United States federal government came out with news that it would be granting a total of three million dollars to nine grant recipients in order to learn more about CBD and how it works in the brain and body.