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With a history dating back to 1996, MediThrive Cannabis Dispensary is the oldest cannabis dispensary in the United States. As a small independent business, we continue to champion the cause and keep up with the latest in research, products, and innovation. Offering medicinal and recreational cannabis, we strive to create a positive environment, educate our clients and support our community across San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Mission District, Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Union Square, Potrero Hill, Bernal Heights, Nob Hill, Castro & SOMA, CA.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol or CBD is the second-most prevalent cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It has recently gained popularity in the wellness industry due to a wide variety of potential health benefits. CBD is non-intoxicating, avoiding the “high” sensation of THC.

If you’re unfamiliar with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), our bodies are made up of natural cannabinoids and the receptors they bind to. The CB1 receptors are mainly concentrated in the brain and are responsible for mood, memory, thinking, and other functions of the body. CB2 receptors are found in the immune system and influence inflammation and pain. Although CBD doesn’t directly attach to these receptors, it optimizes performance.

Be aware that marijuana and industrial hemp are both CBD oil sources. Formulas tend to divide into three categories:

  • Full Spectrum – Contains the full spectrum of CBD, cannabis-derived terpenes, minor cannabinoids and trace levels of THC.
  • Broad Spectrum – Contains a full spectrum of extracted cannabinoids and terpenes, however the traces of THC have been removed
  • Isolate – All other cannabis compounds have been removed to leave pure CBD

CBD Benefits for Sleep

For people who suffer from insomnia, levels of cortisol typically increase the number of nightly awakenings. Studies indicate that CBD affects the release of cortisol, potentially acting as a sedative. Physical pain is another cause of disrupted sleep. With CBD showing promise in alleviating pain and anxiety, more and more people are reporting successful treatment of insomnia and other sleep disorders.

CBD Benefits for Anxiety

Anxiety disorders affect one in thirteen people. Safe management of symptoms is critical. CBD triggers the serotonin receptors in the brain and has demonstrated promise as a treatment option for psychiatric disorders. It works as both an antipsychotic and an antidepressant, and providing mood regulation can positively benefit mental health.

CBD Benefits for Pain

Full-spectrum CBD products activate receptors in the brain that tell the body the pain is gone. There are also anti-inflammatory properties to target symptoms directly at their source. CBD offers pain relief before you’re entirely healed as well as helping the body to repair itself. CBD is gaining popularity for the alleviation of headaches, foot pain, back pain, arthritis pain, and more.

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