WHAT IS CBD (CANNABIDIOL)?
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of many beneficial phytocompounds derived from hemp. CBD has been making headlines for years, but the science to back up the claims is still in its infancy stage.
We understand the emergence of cannabinoids like CBD as providing natural and effective relief to common symptoms may be confusing. Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. Let’s take a look into what cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD) are, and how they can help.
What is Known About CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol and it is only one beneficial cannabinoid out of hundreds derived from hemp and cannabis plants. In the beginning, CBD science research seemed insignificant compared to understanding the effects of THC. It’s now the present, and the study of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD are taking center-stage.
CBD is nonpsychoactive unlike the cannabinoid THC, which produces psychoactive effects or a high feeling. Human (and canine) bodies produce endocannabinoids naturally. The endocannabinoids our body creates are no different than the phytocannabinoids derived from hemp.
Our endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a vital molecular system that monitors, regulates, and when needed, protects your body. Cannabinoids like CBD work in tune with your ECS to give your body the boost it needs to restore balance within (homeostasis).
Cannabidiol (CBD) Facts
- CBD does not get you high (non-psychoactive)
- Derived from hemp plants, specifically the flower or “bud”
- Potential therapeutic applications include the reduction of stress and pain, via lowering inflammation
How Does CBD Work?
Our complex ECS regulates a variety of physiological and cognitive processes including fertility, pregnancy, pre- and postnatal development, appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory. It is a key bridge between the body and mind. CB1 and CB2 receptors are the messengers of this system. When phytocannabinoids like CBD synergize with our ECS, these receptors are activated and release other important neurotransmitters.
Exactly how CBD and other cannabinoids help balance the body from within, is where the science stands today: trying to answer that essential question.