What is CBD?
One of the most popular products in the world is CBD.
However, most people don’t know what this compound is.
Cannabinoids - active chemicals in medical marijuana, similar to chemicals the body makes that are involved in appetite, memory, and pain
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol is a nonpsychoactive compound that’s primarily found in abundance in hemp plants.
Hemp is cannabis; however, it does not contain large levels of THC. Instead, hemp crops are bred to contain less than 0.3% THC.
However, what does it mean to be a cannabinoid?
Cannabidiol is one of the 113 naturally-occurring cannabinoids found in cannabis.
The most interesting aspects of cannabinoids are that they directly affect the human body via the endocannabinoid system.
Whereas cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol, are found in plants - the endocannabinoid system is found within each of our bodies.
Let’s take a look at how CBD operates in your body to produce a wide variety of effects.
Of course, beyond cannabinoids, there are terpenes that make up much of the plant's effects on us
CBD and the Endocannabinoid System
Cannabidiol works hand-in-hand with the endocannabinoid system with the help of various proteins, fats, and inherent functions.
CBD doesn’t create a “high” effect or any form of intoxication
Although we won’t go in-depth into each of these compounds, it’s best to understand that the endocannabinoid system is “activated” by CBD.
However, you may be wondering - what does the endocannabinoid system help regulate?
The endocannabinoid system is composed of many receptors, which play a significant role in regulating various aspects of the body.
These receptors are organized into two primary receptor groups - the CB1 and CB2.
The receptors from the CB1 group are found primarily in the brain, spinal cord, white blood cells, and various organs.
The CB2 receptor group is primarily found within the immune system, peripheral organs, reproductive organs, and tissue.
Of the two receptor groups that make up the endocannabinoid system, CBD works with the CB2 group mainly.
What Is CBD Used For?
CBD is used to support a multitude of mental and physical issues.
Let’s take a look at the most commonly researched issues that CBD is known to assist:
- Chronic Pain
- Neurodegenerative Diseases
- Bi-Polar Disorder
- Drug Addiction
These issues are only the tip of the iceberg in terms of supportive potential.
Currently, researchers around the globe are studying the benefits that CBD has to offer.
Serious topics, such as cancer, have found positive research in the last two years.
If you’re wondering how much CBD you should take - always refer to the product’s directions.
In general, 3-5mg of CBD per day is recommended. However, each person is different and will require more or less than this amount.
Some may prefer to add a few drops of CBD oil on smokable herbs or on the cannabis.
Most CBD products come in the form of CBD oil or CBD pills, which are incredibly convenient to consume.
Always talk to your medical professional before beginning CBD.
CBD in the Global Spotlight
There’s no doubt that CBD is one of the most sought after products in the world.
As researchers continue to shed a positive light on cannabidiol - it’s likely that the CBD industry will continue its dramatic rise.