CBD VS. THC
This breakdown between two of the most popular elements of cannabis is the easiest and simpleST example to highlight what cannabinoids are and how they work.
Two key cannabinoids
Let’s take a look inside the cannabis plant and explore the unique compounds it holds. We call the compounds or components inside the plant cannabinoids a.k.a. phytocannabinoids. Cannabinoids are what bind to receptors in your body, resulting in a physical or mental effect. If you’re unfamiliar with that word, let’s go a step further and look at two specific cannabinoids that you are likely familiar with - tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
nearly identical to THC but contains a hydroxyl group
contains a cyclic ring in this same distinguishing area
CBD or Cannabidiol is one of the cannabinoids that has been researched extensively since it’s discovery in 1940 and is of great interest to doctors and researchers thanks to the evidence and anecdotal accounts of it having potential as a treatment for pain, inflammation, neuro balance, and sleep.
We can’t make any specific health claims yet as the FDA has only tested and approved CBD, with the exception of one prescription medication that contains CBD and is used to treat epilepsy.
But it is clear that many people, including elite athletes, are seeing the benefits of CBD in their daily routines. Just take a look at some of Mendi's hundreds of positive reviews to see it CBD helps people of all ages and activity levels.
Before we turn at THC, one important thing to know about CBD is that it is a safe and non-addictive substance that will not make a person feel intoxicated or “stoned”.
If you are looking for products that only have CBD, and no THC or other cannabis compounds, consider using our No THC, Base Line products.
There is compelling anecdotal evidence suggesting that for many people, CBD works best in combination with THC and the full spectrum of other cannabis components. These two compounds working in tandem to support one another is commonly referred to as the entourage effect.
THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is another compound found in both hemp (less than 0.3% THC) and marijuana (more than 0.3% THC). This is a compound that, in high volume, can create the high or intoxicating effect cannabis is known for.
It’s important to note that the amount of THC found in Mendi Full Spectrum products is less than 0.3%. In comparison, most marijuana dispensaries sell products with 18% - 25% THC, for the purpose of an intoxicating effect. It is very unlikely that you would feel any intoxication from Full Spectrum products, but if you are someone who is regularly tested for THC, there is a slight risk that even these trace amounts could show up positive on a test.
If you’re someone who wants to experience the full power of the cannabis plant, is okay with some plant taste or scent, and is not concerned about drug testing, then Mendi’s Full Spectrum, Core Line products might be right for you.
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