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CBD, short for cannabidiol, has been making waves for quite some time. This non-intoxicating cannabinoid is sought after for the opposite reason people try THC: it doesn’t get you high. But CBD, for all its hype, is so much more than this. It plays a significant part in keeping your endocannabinoid system (ECS) in balance. Find your way to equilibrium with CBD — here’s how to get there.

 

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First things first: What is the endocannabinoid system, and what does it do?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a cell signaling system that exists in all mammals, humans and furry friends alike. It plays a crucial role in maintaining several key bodily functions and acts as a communicator between many of these systems.

 

Parts of the ECS

The ECS has three main components:

 

Endocannabinoids

These are naturally occurring cannabinoids produced by your body that regulate functions like sleep, mood, appetite, and pain sensation. Two of the most well-known endocannabinoids are anandamide and 2-arachidonoyl glycerol (2-AG). These endocannabinoids bind to cannabinoid receptors to trigger various responses and help maintain homeostasis, or internal balance.


Receptors

The ECS has two primary types of receptors, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain and central nervous system (CNS), where they help regulate mood, memory, pain, and movement. CB2 receptors are more abundant in the immune system.


Enzymes

These are responsible for breaking down and “recycling” endocannabinoids once our bodies are done using them. Two main enzymes are fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) and monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL).

 

New to the endocannabinoid system? Read our endocannabinoid system 101 guide to get all the details about the role this system plays in your everyday well-being.

 

How cannabinoids interact with your ECS

Phytocannabinoids like CBD that come from cannabis interact with the same receptors in your ECS that endocannabinoids do. Some bind directly to the receptors, while others change how the receptors behave, impacting how cannabinoids of all kinds bind to the ECS’s receptors.

 

How does CBD interact with your endocannabinoid system?

As the two most studied cannabinoids, lots of attention is paid to how CBD and THC function in your body. Crucially, these cannabinoids interact with your ECS in different ways, and the way they behave directly influences how you’ll feel.

 

CBD affects how other cannabinoids and chemicals interact with cannabinoid receptors. In the case of THC, CBD is believed to be an antagonist of these receptors, which means that CBD binds to them, just not in the typical way. As a result, less THC (and other cannabinoids like anandamide and 2-AG) binds to or interact with these receptors. This could explain why you feel less high when taking cannabis products where CBD is present, whether in a lower, higher, or even ratio.

 

Studies have also shown that CBD inhibits fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), the enzyme responsible for breaking down endocannabinoids. This means that anandamide and 2-AG stay in your system for longer before breaking down, recycling, and re-releasing when needed in your body. The increased concentration of anandamide can have a positive effect on the endocannabinoid system and lead to a more balanced and regulated response. CBD’s ability to inhibit the degradation of enzymes also might explain how it balances out some unwanted effects THC may cause, like anxiety.

 

What’s all the fuss about CBD when there’s THC?

CBD is sought after precisely because it’s non-intoxicating. Maybe you want to experience the benefits of cannabis without feeling impaired. Perhaps you want to ease the intensity of THC’s effects, or you want an overall more balanced and manageable session. CBD plays a key role in all of that.

Remember, these are all perfectly valid reasons to explore CBD. Your cannabis journey is precisely yours, and CBD can be the way to get the most out of your experience.

 

What CBD products are available at the dispensary?

You can find various CBD products at the dispensary. At The Travel Agency, you’ll find CBD products sourced from industrial hemp and from high THC, state-regulated cannabis. Generally, products from state-regulated cannabis offer CBD in ratio to THC and other cannabinoids. Some cannabis cultivars, like Cannatonic and ACDC, are bred to have high CBD content. In the case of CBD products from industrial hemp, these products will only contain trace amounts of THC. Legally, industrial hemp cannot contain more than 0.3% THC — not enough to feel THC’s well-known effects.

No matter your goals or preferences, there’s a whole world to explore at The Travel Agency. Give one of these CBD-containing products a try.

 

Beverages

Sparkling water, tea, coffee, and soda are just the start of a long list of creative — and delicious — CBD-infused beverage options. Great for social events and outings with friends, beverages offer a discreet way to enjoy your cannabis and celebrate without any of the booze. Unlike an edible, though, beverages don’t come with the same wait time. Liquid makes its way through your system much faster than solid food, so you can expect to feel the effects anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour after finishing your bevvie.

 

Check out these CBD-containing beverages at The Travel Agency:

 

Topicals

When placed on your skin, CBD behaves quite differently than a joint or a gummy. The effects are localized; you’ll only experience their effects right where the cream, lotion, or balm is applied. Soothing and satisfying, topicals are a great match for a post-workout muscle rubdown or a self-care night with your BFFs.

 

Explore New York-based, industrial hemp-sourced topicals from The Travel Agency, including:

 

Edibles

CBD and THC edibles work in the same way. They make their way through your digestive system, releasing into your bloodstream after making their way through your stomach and passing through your liver. You’ll wait a bit longer than a joint or a vape to feel the effects on your body and mind, but it’s worth the wait: These products last for several hours. Gummies, chocolates, mints – the choice is yours.

 

Set off on your next great adventure with these CBD-containing edibles:

 

Tinctures

Just like their THC counterparts, CBD tinctures are placed under your tongue and held there for a bit before swallowed. They offer a one-two punch few other cannabis products can, partially absorbed in your mouth for faster-acting effects and partially digested for longer-lasting effects.

 

Hemp-derived and cannabis-derived tincture options at The Travel Agency include:

 

All good vibes with CBD

Ready to chill? Invite CBD to the party. Whether you’re looking for CBD tinctures, edibles, or topicals, The Travel Agency offers a range of quality products, many of which are born and based in New York. Explore our menu and place your order for delivery or pickup at our Union Square or Downtown Brooklyn locations.

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