Cannabidiol, or CBD, is this new weird thing that everyone is all of the sudden using as a blanket cure-all for everything. The reality of some trendy medicinal cures is that they may be more hoax than helpful. Rather than leave our friends, readers, and guests in the dark, we did some research and decided to share what we learned with you all.

What is CBD, exactly?

CBD is an entirely naturally occurring compound within the flower of a cannabis plant. It’s generally considered to be entirely safe and non-addictive. In order for it to be sold legally in areas where that’s alright, it cannot have any more than 0.3% THC within it. Any CBD product that has even trace amounts over that 0.3% must be sold exclusively at dispensaries. It does not produce a “high” or change the user’s state of mind.

Okay, how does it work?

Human bodies create cannabis-like molecules on their own. These molecules work together to create the endocannabinoid system, whose main function is to maintain biological harmony when met with changing environments. CBD works by interacting with our body’s endocannabinoid system alongside the molecules we produce that are already similar to cannabis, thus encouraging homeostasis, or, that same biological harmony. This suggests that CBD in it’s various forms can be used to relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even muscle soreness or inflammation.

How do I use it?

Just like it’s recreational cousin, CBD can be used in a variety of ways. You can use it topically in a lotion/oil. You can take it orally in an edible form (for the record this is how we’ve found it most effective, personally). You can vape it in a vape pen, or smoke it. However you’re comfortable, you’ll find an avenue.

I’m interested! Where can I find it?

Well, all of us Michiganders are in a different boat as most others. As cannabis is legal within our state, you can find CBD oil in dispensaries, including the primarily used “below 0.3% THC” variety. Dispensaries will offer quality products, and be able to answer any and all questions you may have. Otherwise, it can be found... Just about anywhere. Check out local drug stores, convenience stores, or our next-door neighbor Elevation Station!