Move over THC! Elemental is now offering CBD Sundays in March. Every Sunday, members can enjoy as much as 20 percent off strains with a CBD/THC ratio of 1:1 or higher. This covers CBD products from popular providers like Care By Design, Bhang, and Cheeba Chews. For those unfamiliar with CBD, and why it has become increasingly sought after over the last decade, here's the lowdown on the therapeutic cannabinoid.

Cannabidol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis that boasts a wide range of medical applications. Though there are a myriad of potential benefits, a few are more commonly referenced than others.

CBD has shown the capability to help with Epilepsy and Dravet's Syndrome, as highlighted in the CNN documentary "Weed." The subject of the documentary, a child who suffers from hundreds of seizures a week, is administered CBD medicine to reduce her episodes to only a handful per month. CBD may also be of benefit to patients with anxiety issues. A study from the University of Sao Paulo concluded that "cannabidol has anxiolytic properties" and "was shown to reduce anxiety in patients with social anxiety disorder." Additionally, CBD has proven helpful for patients suffering from pain and depression. Per, it activates serotonin receptors, which have a direct effect on mood. And again, it is non-psychoactive which is ideal for patients who need to medicate and work throughout the day.

Strains containing elevated levels of CBD have only become available over the past half-decade; growers previously strove exclusively for high THC content. The resurgence of CBD has made cannabis increasingly accessible for those who are interested in its medical benefits, but don't want to feel "high."

This is also where the aforementioned "CBD/THC ratio" comes into play. Though CBD by itself is practically non-psychoactive, it's nearly always coupled with at least a small amount of THC, which can provide psychotropic effects. For users who are comfortable with those effects, several strains (Harlequin, Cannatonic) are offered that routinely test in the 2:1 or 1:1 range. On the other end of the spectrum, strains like AC/DC and Remedy contain only trace amounts of THC, with as high as a 20:1 CBD/THC ratio. This ratio is ideal for patients who want to avoid the psychoactive effect of THC. Keeping this in mind, Care By Design, for example, produces tinctures with CBD/THC ratios of 1:1, 2:1, 4:1, 8:1 and 18:1, so that you can choose what works best for you.

So, what does the future hold for CBD? As with much of the work surrounding medical cannabis, more extensive research of CBD is currently being held back by marijuana's classification as a Schedule I drug. Even with that considered, it's hard to believe that the medical benefits of CBD can remain under wraps for much longer. The increasing prevalence of CBD-rich strains is an exciting development for medical cannabis users and can potentially open doors for those hesitant to accept marijuana as a remedy.

For Elemental members, any of our knowledgeable consultants" would be happy to provide additional information on CBD, and how it pertains to your unique medical situation. Come check us out every Sunday for CBD Sundays, and enjoy great deals on CBD medicine, too!