WHAT IS CBD (CANNABIDIOL)?
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of many beneficial phytocompounds derived from hemp and cannabis. 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 precisely what they do- and don’t do.
What Does CBD Stand For?
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. Our bodies produce their endocannabinoids naturally. The endocannabinoids our body creates are no different than the phytocannabinoids derived from hemp and cannabis.
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 and cannabis plants
- Potential therapeutic applications including the reduction of stress and pain
- Indirectly interacts with CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors
- CBD is legal to buy and own
How Does CBD Work?
Our vastly complex ECS plays a role in taking care of and watching over many essential systems of our bodies. It is the bridge between our the body and the 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.
When you are injured, fall ill, or feel off-balance, your ECS activates, assesses the situation, finds a solution, and disarms itself. Our CB receptors along with CBD connect with many of our body’s vital systems like hormones, immune cells, and endorphins. How CBD and other cannabinoids holistically heal the body from within, that’s where we are currently at scientifically: trying to answer that essential question.