CBD is taking the world by storm, and chances are you’ve probably already tried it (and loved it!), seen it, or just heard about it. In any case, CBD has become a hot topic globally, and for a good reason! This revolutionary compound has a growing list of health benefits and is changing people’s lives all over the globe.
If you want to know exactly what CBD is, how it works, and what it can do for you, then you’re in the right place. In this post, we’ll share the ins-and-outs of CBD, and some of the facts will surprise you.
Are you ready to be amazed? Let’s begin!
What Is CBD?
CBD (short for Cannabidiol), is one of over 100 organic compounds found in cannabis plants, known as cannabinoids. Unlike its popular cousin THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is non-psychoactive, doesn’t affect the cognitive function of the brain, and is legal in all 50 states.
CBD mesmerizes scientists and users alike with its incredible natural properties. It has powerful anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, antioxidative, antibiotic, antiepileptic, antidepressant, antipsychotic, and pain-relieving effects! As CBD has become the focus of many scientific studies, the list is still growing.
Although all cannabis strains have both CBD and THC in different amounts, CBD is normally extracted from industrial hemp (Cannabis Sativa L). Hemp is extremely rich in CBD but has only 0.3% THC, which is 33 times less than the lightest strain of marijuana. Such a low THC amount cannot cause a psychoactive effect and can be legally used in hemp products. Modern extraction methods, however, provide pure CBD isolates and plenty of products with 0% THC.
Both cannabinoids have proven to have therapeutic effects on similar conditions. A report by the World Health Organization, however, gives CBD some serious advantages over THC. It has proven to be non-toxic, doesn’t pose a risk of addiction or overdose, and doesn’t produce the side-effects THC users experience (i.e. paranoia, impaired short-term memory, etc.). This makes cannabidiol very attractive to people who want to enjoy the medical properties of cannabis without the high.
How Does CBD Work?
Did you know that all humans (as well as many animals) have an Endocannabinoid System and our bodies produce their own cannabinoids? If the answer is No – don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Since its discovery in the 1980s, the ECS has become a subject of many scientific studies, but we have yet to discover its full role in our well-being.
What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?
The best way to describe the ECS is as a balancing system (or homeostatic regulator). It sends neurotransmitters (courier + messenger molecules) to all parts of the body to check if everything is working correctly. So far, scientists have discovered that the ECS regulates important body functions, such as mood, metabolism, pain, reproduction, motor function, and the immune system.
The ECS has receptors (CB1 and CB2) spread throughout the entire body, which are specially designed to connect with cannabinoids. The CB1 receptor is found in the brain (Central Nervous System or CNS), lungs, liver, and kidneys. The CB2 receptor is spread throughout most of the body, including the immune system and cardiovascular system.
What is more, our brains produce two endocannabinoids, which serve as powerful neurotransmitters: Anandamide and 2-AG. Anandamide comes from the Sanskrit word Ananda (bliss) and is also known as “the bliss molecule”. It’s synthesized in areas of the brain important for regulating mood, memory, appetite, pain, cognition, and emotions.
What Is the Effect of CBD on the ECS?
The Endocannabinoid System plays a vital role in our general well-being, but it is prone to deficiencies. These deficiencies affect the activity of the neurotransmitters, which is an underlying cause of many disorders. Don’t worry though, CBD is here to save the day!
Once in the body, CBD indirectly stimulates the CB receptors (instead of binding to them, as THC does), and helps the body produce more anandamide. This promotes homeostasis in the ECS and boosts the self-healing abilities of the body.
In more scientific terms, CBD increases the endocannabinoid function by suppressing the fatty acid FAAH, which breaks down Anandamide. Less FAAH – more Anandamide – more bliss.
What Is CBD Good For?
Because of its natural therapeutic effect, neuroprotective properties, and lack of toxicity, CBD has become the focus of many scientific studies. It has been successfully used for the treatment of conditions such as:
- Seizures and muscle cramps
- Mental disorders
- Skin inflammation
- And more
CBD is also part of the latest cancer cell research studies, and it has already shown some very promising results. According to scientists, it is so toxic to cancer cells that it makes them commit suicide, leaving the healthy cells intact. Can it get any better?
Which CBD Product Is Right For You?
With a plethora of different CBD products out there, choosing the one right for your needs might be a bit overwhelming. To help you make the right choice, we’ll look into the specifics of some of the most popular options on the market:
A good starting point when making a decision is to determine what you want to get out of your CBD.
Tinctures and drops are among the most popular ways to take CBD. The best way to take them is by dropping a few drops under the tongue and holding them for 30-60 seconds. The oral mucosa will absorb the CBD quickly and will provide a long-lasting effect. While the CBD drops are oil-based hemp extracts, tinctures are alcohol-based and usually enhanced with other herbs or essential oils.
Tinctures and Oils
CBD vaping and smoking are great options if you’re looking for quick relief. Smoking dry CBD-rich hemp flowers has a very fast and noticeable effect, but the downside is that it also comes with a strong cannabis smell. Vaping, on the other hand, is a more discreet and convenient alternative, with the same fast effect. When inhaled, CBD enters the bloodstream through the lungs, providing a nearly-instant effect. However, the effect will also wear off more quickly compared to oils and tinctures.
Keep in mind that hemp smoking and vaping are not recommended for non-smokers and people under 21 years.
CBD edibles are an incredibly fun and tasty way to take your daily CBD. Delicious CBD gummies, candies, chocolates – there is so much you can try! The exact servings make them easy to dose in a very discreet way. They’re a great choice for those who want to use CBD just for the joy of it.
CBD topicals are worth trying if you are dealing with eczema/psoriasis, dry skin, acne, atopic dermatitis, or other skin issues. CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It fights inflammation and free radicals responsible for the aging of the skin.
Topicals and Creams
Capsules have a wide application for a systematic treatment of seizures and digestive disorders. While they provide a convenient and easy way to dose your CBD, they may take longer to kick in.
Although hemp has been used as a natural remedy in many ancient traditions, the ongoing stigma around it made our society look the other way for too long. Thanks to modern-day research and technologies, however, scientists can explore the true potential of the plant from another angle. The fact that CBD is a completely natural, non-toxic and non-addictive substance, which also supports one of the most important endocrine systems in the body, is too promising to be ignored.
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