CBD is one of the hottest topics around the world right now, but what’s it all about?
There is no denying that CBD is the buzz word on everyone’s lips these days. It seems that everywhere you look, someone is talking about how they use CBD or how CBD helped them, but what is it? In the following article, we’ll take a look at what CBD is, what it does, and how. If you’re ready to learn more about CBD, then keep reading.
So – What does CBD stand for?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural cannabinoid that’s found in both the hemp and marijuana plants. Cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids) are found in both hemp and marijuana plants and provide a variety of different reactions when consumed. A popular product is CBD-Oil.
While hemp and marijuana may look and smell very similar and belong to the same plant family (cannabis sativa), each has unique properties, much like the cannabinoids found within them.
The two main cannabinoids found in both plants are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). There are over 113 cannabinoids that have been discovered to date, and each has its unique properties.
CBD, unlike its famous cousin THC, has no psychotropic properties. What does this mean? It means that it’s not going to get you high or ‘stoned’ as THC does. Most people that take CBD report a feeling of ‘relaxation’ or ‘calmness’ after using CBD products.
One interesting fact about CBD is that it can reduce the psychotropic effects that people experience when they consume high THC products. CBD does this by blocking how effectively the THC binds with the receptors and reduces the negative side-effects associated with THC such as nausea, paranoia, and anxiety.
What does CBD do, and how does CBD interact with our bodies?
Inside, everyone is a system known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). It’s believed that the ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis throughout the central nervous system and immune system. What is homeostasis? Homeostasis is maintaining balance. When something isn’t running correctly, the ECS steps in to correct it and restore it.
The ECS is made up of a series of receptors that are spread throughout the body. Our bodies naturally produce endocannabinoids. These endocannabinoids interact with cells spread throughout the body.
They are the eyes and ears of the cells, listening and looking for when things aren’t functioning correctly and then relaying that information inside the cells to generate the correct cellular response. The two primary receptors that cannabinoids interact with are the CB1 and CB2 receptors.
When your body isn’t producing enough endocannabinoids, cannabinoids can step in and take over the monitoring role.
What are the benefits of using CBD?
While there is a lot of anecdotal evidence from people that have used CBD, it’s essential to understand that cannabidiol isn’t a cure-all. It’s not a magic pill that you can take to cure everything that ails you.
There have been some massive advances in what we understand about CBD and how CBD works, but there is still a lot more work that needs to be done before we fully understand how much potential CBD truly has.
Around the world, many governments and health organizations are looking into the potential health benefits of CBD. The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a detailed report into CBD and its effects and potential as a treatment. ‘CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile. Reported adverse effects may be a result of drug-drug interactions between CBD and patients’ existing medications.’
How much CBD should you take?
One of the hardest things to determine about CBD is how much of it you should take. No two people or conditions are the same, so there are no straightforward dosage recommendations. However, most experts agree that you should start with lower amounts of CBD and then gradually transition up until you find a comfortable level that suits you. We always show the information usage per product.
It’s essential to speak with your doctor or healthcare professional before taking CBD as it does interact with other medications. CBD consumption can impact enzyme production that can lead to certain medication types not metabolizing in the same way. This can cause some medicines to process slowly or too quickly, and that can lead to adverse side-effects.