What exactly is CBD? That is a question we have been hearing a lot, especially when talking to friends, family, and customers who are interested in holistic approaches to medicine and wellness. With all of the recent excitement and news about the many benefits that CBD can bring to our lives, we understand the confusion. So first let’s start with exactly what CBD is; an all natural compound found in both the cannabis and hemp plant that has shown the potential to help combat many ailments such as anxiety, depression, and inflammation along with helping pain management just to name a few of the molecule’s uses.
CBD can come from two different places: Hemp based CBD products which contain virtually no THC (the compound in marijuana that results in the intoxicating feeling) and in marijuana. Hemp based CBD products like ours are currently legal in all 50 states and produce the cleanest and safest form of the compound, while marijuana based CBD products require special licensing to purchase are currently illegal in many parts of America.
It is important for us to recognize that while the stigma and reputation related to cannabis or marijuana is very real, cannabis and marijuana do not pertain to CBD in any way. CBD or cannabidiol is absolutely 100% non psychoactive. That means, regardless of how much any individual person ingests, regardless of whatever method they may have used to consume CBD, there will be literally zero intoxication effect. CBD will not get you “high” or “stoned” but what it will do just may change your approach to everyday life.
The reason for the recent excitement regarding CBD is simple. This powerful molecule (while still in the earliest stages of research) has shown the potential to help individuals deal with a wide variety of conditions ranging from common everyday disorders such as anxiety, pain, and inflammation to showing potential in possibly helping combat certain cancers, seizure prevention, and improving heart health.
While the list of just how many conditions CBD has a positive effect on is very long and more and more research is being conducted in order to better pinpoint the exact reason as to why the compound works such wonders some discoveries have been made. Serotonin receptors, the endocannabinoid system, and many of our bodies main systems have shown positive reactions to the compound, which is why CBD has shown such great potential and made such great strides in the medical community over the past few years. Unlike many medications before it, CBD has shown a strong impact on a variety of our bodies neurotransmitters allowing the simple compound to have multidimensional benefits.
CBD has shown some of its greatest potential in regards to the human endocannabinoid system which is responsible for a variety of functions and includes the bodies cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. The introduction of CBD to our bodies cannabinoid receptors have been linked to the potential of treating conditions such as epilepsy, ADHD, Parkinson’s, diseases linked to inflammation, and much more. As CBD binds to our bodies CB1 and CB2 receptors, the supplement acts a “reuptake inhibitor” which allows our bodies to function with more natural endocannabinoids resulting in the variety of observed and researched therapeutic benefits.
In regards to serotonin, the calming effect many people feel when consuming CBD oil has been attributed to the cannabinoid receptors found in the brains. When these receptors react to CBD, our bodies become more receptive to serotonin, the chemical responsible for our positive moods and overall happiness. Research has shown that CBD use can be effective in combating both anxiety and depression.
While the research behind CBD is still in its early stages, the connections to the many holistic and therapeutic benefits is ever growing. It is not only important to remember that CBD research is still in the earlier stages, but exciting too! More and more research is released each week with new scientific studies that have found more evidence and purposes for this powerful molecule.