CBD products are back in Sacred Garden stores. The widespread popularity of CBD may leave people wondering what this compound is and what it does.

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant used to treat a range of ailments, including inflammation, pain, and anxiety. It is manufactured and sold in a variety of different ways, including topical creams, sublingual oil, and capsules. It is also a crucial and naturally-occurring component of medical cannabis (in both edible and flower form).

It can be confusing to distinguish CBD from its fellow (and more famous) cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), as the latter is responsible for the high that makes our favorite plant famous. Because THC’s effects are so noticeable, it was initially considered the primary medicinal component. When CBD was discovered to possess healing capabilities of its own, growers began to isolate it in hopes that it could be useful in a pure form. Unsurprisingly, CBD is much more effective when it is able to interact with THC and other cannabinoids.

The quality of CBD products can vary a lot, depending on whether the final product is a CBD isolate or full-spectrum, the latter signifying that the entire cannabis plant is used. The cheap stuff sold in gas stations is usually just encapsulated powder of isolated CBD, which is not an ideal way to take CBD for a number of reasons. Most notably, isolates are deprived of the synergistic quality that occurs when all parts of the plant work together. In cannabis culture, this natural synergy is known as the “entourage effect.” Because Sacred Garden strives to offer the highest quality medicine, our CBD products are always full-spectrum.

If you or a loved one are seeking the benefits of CBD, stop by the dispensary this week and check out our products.