What is CBD?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol, say that 10 times fast. Let’s just stick with CBD for short! CBD is one of the naturally occurring cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. It is a 21-carbon terpenophenolic compound which is formed following decarboxylation from a cannabidiolic acid precursor, although it can also be produced synthetically.
OK so thats your doctors definition, what’s CBD really mean that you can understand?
CBD, is extracted from Hemp – a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the manufacturing uses of its derived products. CBD has been used by humans for centuries for its medicinal purposes, and we are now starting to recognize the therapeutic benefits of Hemp extracts.
There’s a lot of public interest around CBD from Hemp, and consumers are beginning to embrace cannabis-based products. But what is CBD and what health benefits could it provide?
The Difference between CBD and THC
CBD is one of the two most prominent molecules – cannabinoids – found in the cannabis plant, the other being the more recognized THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) – the chemical in Marijuana. THC is well-known for its intoxicating effect – the Marijuana ‘high’. CBD, however, doesn’t have any psychoactive properties.
The consumption and use of CBD has been studied and acclaimed for its medicinal properties, and through research, we are discovering its potential for therapeutic use, for numerous medical conditions.
Is CBD legal?
Congress federally legalized Hemp with the December 12th passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. So, unlike medical cannabis, Hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 states of the US.
CBD and the Human Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
Similar to the Hemp plant, which produces over 100 different cannabinoids, our bodies also naturally produce our own cannabinoids.
Within all mammals exists an Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which is comprised of a series of receptors, located all over the body, which process cannabinoids. Cannabinoids look for and activate these receptors and when they combine, they interact with psychological processes such as appetite, pain, mood and memory; telling our bodies how to feel and react.
The ECS is always working to achieve a balance; maintaining a stable internal environment despite changes in the external environment.
The ECS is not only affected by the cannabinoids created by the human body, but it is also affected by plant-derived cannabinoids such as CBD.
CBD can help supplement the receptors in the Human Endocannabinoid system and give it the boost it needs to create balance in the body.
Is CBD Addictive?
According to a report from the ‘World Health Organization’, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential… To date, there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
How do You Use it?
CBD is rapidly being incorporated into an abundance of consumer wellness products around the world. These products generally offer to help provide relief from ailments such as stress and anxiety, and aid with relaxation. In the production of wellness goods, the oil is mixed or integrated into a variety of merchandises including pills, vaporizers, beauty creams, shampoos and edibles like candy, and infused beverages. For medicinal purposes, creams and balms can be rubbed directly on the skin and CBD oils can be taken orally, often with a dropper that deposits one or two drops in the mouth.
The Future of CBD from Hemp…
There is a growing public curiosity about the compounds found in Hemp, in particular ,CBD, and how they might benefit our health. We are only just starting to understand the therapeutic benefits of CBD Hemp extract and with more studies and medical research; the more will know about the potential medical benefits of CBD. Perhaps CBD from Hemp could even play a part in helping to reduce the use of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications in the future.