CBD, CBD, CBD… If you’re not starting to see these three little letters together everywhere- then start looking! It’s in your supermarkets, smoothies and beauty products. But what is CBD and how can it benefit you? Glad you asked…
What Is CBD?
Okay let’s get sciency with it for a minute- Our bodies produce endocannabinoids. They function as a electrochemical signaling system regulating a number of critical processes in human physiology- centra nervous system, automatic nervous system, immune system, and more (SOURCE). Endocannabinoids work to maintain the body’s homeostasis. Amazingly they are very similar to the compounds in the cannabis plant.
Compounds in the cannabis plant are called cannabinoids. To date, scientists have found 113 different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. The two best know cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
Using CBD, the compound influences the body to use more of its own endocannabinoids to reach homeostasis.
What Makes CBD So Popular?
CBD is largely known as the part of the cannabis plant that’s not psychoactive. (In fact, it’s said to balanace the psychoactivity of THC.) CBD is known to be anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmotic, and nueroprotective.
So some people believe they can use CBD and get all the benefits from cannabis without getting high.
How Can CBD Help You?
There are lots of CBD products out there and more being produced everyday. But they’re not all the same and no person is the same. We all have different wellness needs not only CBD but cannabis can address. It’s important not to rule out THC or whole plant medicines. Cannabis has more to offer than just CBD has to offer.
What’s important is that consumers take the time to try different strains and products to identify what desired effect and value it brings to their lives. It’s a matter of finding the right cannabinoid profile and unique combination of terpenes for you.
CBD is thought to offer a natural way to treat, chronic pain, stiffness, anxiety, stress, smoking cessation, substance abuse withdrawal, epilepsy, schizophrenia, cancer, PTSD, panic disorder, OCD, type 1 diabetes, acne, Alzheimer’s disease, and more. TO make the best informed medical decision, consult with a cannabis certified doctor.
What You Should Look For When Shopping For CBD
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