CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is an active compound (called a cannabinoid) found in hemp. There are hundreds of different cannabinoids, but in recent times, CBD has become one of the most talked about – and one of the most popular.
In fact, in many areas of the market CBD has overtaken its famous cousin THC – which is the cannabinoid responsible for producing a high. Most people by now know a little about CBD, but if you’re new here, here are the very basics.
CBD Stands for Cannabidiol – Here Are The Basics
CBD comes from hemp, which by taxonomic classification is a plant belonging to the Cannabis sativa L family. Some confusion stems from the fact that there are multiple types of Cannabis sativa. For many, marijuana (and THC) is probably what springs to mind when they hear the word cannabis.
However, hemp also belongs to this amazing plant family. Hemp contains less than 0.3% THC by definition, but in some strains, it can be loaded with CBD. Manufacturers extract pure CBD for use in supplements, ensuring (for compliance purposes) that THC content stays negligible.
It’s true that you can find decent amounts of CBD in some marijuana strains. However, the majority of the CBD supplements market comprise products that are made from hemp.
Why Do People Use CBD?
There are lots of reasons why people use CBD. Research into the compound is ongoing, but already studies are showing a wealth of positive evidence on things like stress relief, pain relief, difficulty sleeping, and more.
That being said, CBD should never be touted as a panacea or miracle cure. In fact, CBD products derived from hemp are not designed to treat or cure any disease or medical ailment.
Furthermore, most of the clinical evidence we have so far on CBD comes from animal studies, which must be taken with a pinch of salt. After all, the human body is not exactly like a rat’s body. What we do know is that the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared CBD “generally safe, non-toxic, and non-addictive in humans.”
How CBD Works
CBD works by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS. This is a network of receptors that works to regulate a multitude of functions, including things like pain response, immune response, and even sleep patterns.
The ECS is comprised of compounds called endocannabinoids, which are naturally produced messenger molecules similar to the cannabinoids found hemp. The similarity between endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids (from hemp) allows compounds like CBD to have a massive range of influence on the human body.
In terms of how CBD works, it appears that it helps stimulate the production of endocannabinoids (rather than directly binding to ECS receptors), and also may work to block enzymatic endocannabinoid breakdown. The exact mechanism is still under investigation, but we do know that CBD and THC are different in the way they interact with receptors.
Why is that important?
Endocannabinoids exist to regulate the body and maintain homeostasis. Once their job is done, enzymes break them down. By preventing this, CBD ensures that the endocannabinoids can regulate the body for longer periods of time. In short, it has a knock-on effect on numerous physiological functions.
So far, it appears that the effects of CBD are mostly positive. The vast reach of the endocannabinoid system ensures that ingesting CBD can have wide-reaching effects on the body, which is why the compound is suited as an overall wellness product that can be taken daily.
Summary & Final Thoughts
For those interested in trying CBD, there are numerous products available. CBD oil used to be the only option, but there are now hundreds of options to try. Whether you opt for an oral tincture, CBD capsules, CBD gummies, or a CBD topical cream, there’s truly something for everyone nowadays.
Also, remember that CBD is not the only cannabinoid in hemp. It’s often common for hemp-derived products to contain multiple cannabinoids like CBN (cannabinol) and CBG (cannabigerol). These products are usually under the label ‘full-spectrum’ or ‘broad-spectrum.’ Alternatively, a CBD isolate is a product containing almost pure cannabidiol.
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