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What is CBD?

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Summary: 

  • CBD is shorthand for cannabidiol, a phytocannabinoid in the cannabis Sativa plant. CBD promotes a regulatory balance of the endocannabinoid system. A physiological system that naturally helps with immune system functioning, nervous system functioning and more.

  • CBD won’t get you high and was first discovered in the early 1900s. CBD helps keep the body “at stasis,” which in turn keeps inflammation down, an effect that can be both preventative and healing. Although medical research is still in its early days, CBD has been used to treat sleep disorders, anxiety, nervous system imbalance, autoimmune disorders, chronic pain and more.

  • CBD is legal in every U.S. state — although every state’s law is different, and the law, in general, is in flux. Currently, CBD is marketed as a supplement, not a medication. But the FDA recently approved the first-ever cannabis-derived medicine for childhood epilepsy, Epidiolex.

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You hear about CBD everywhere these days. But what exactly is CBD? Good question. First, the technical. CBD is shorthand for cannabidiol, one of roughly 200 phytocannabinoids that can be present in the cannabis sativa plant. Another well-known phytocannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (commonly known as THC).

Now, the useful. While they’re derived from strains of the same plant, CBD and THC are two very different things. CBD is not psychoactive — meaning, it won’t get you high. But this compound, first discovered in the early 1900s, has gradually proven to be a potent contributor to human health and wellbeing in many ways.

To understand why CBD is getting so much attention in health and wellness circles, you have to understand how it interacts with the human body’s own endocannabinoid system, a physiological system that plays a part in regulating many processes. The body’s own endocannabinoids, naturally produced molecules, help with immune system functioning, nervous system functioning and more.

What Is CBD’s Effect on the Body?

THC alters receptors in the human endocannabinoid system. This is what makes you feel high. CBD, on the other hand, helps regulate these same receptors. In fact, one of the early uses for CBD was to moderate the effects of THC.

But over time, we’ve found many more profound health and wellness applications for CBD.

  • The big-picture view: CBD promotes a regulatory balance through the chemical and physical pathways of the endocannabinoid system. It helps keep the body “at stasis,” which in turn keeps inflammation down, an effect that can be both preventative and healing.

  • The scientific explanation: This is possible because plant-derived CBD mimics the molecular structure of the endocannabinoids naturally found in the human body. The plant-derived version of the molecule interacts with your body’s cannabinoid receptors in an organic way and affects the release of neurotransmitters in your brain.

CBD can affect your response to pain, immune function, stress, anxiety, sleep and more. Although medical research is still in its early days, CBD has been used to treat sleep disorders, anxiety, nervous system imbalance, autoimmune disorders, chronic pain and more.

The good news is that the federal government loosened regulatory requirements back in 2015 in order to enable CBD trials to move forward. Over the next few years, we’ll know a lot more about official research. In the meantime, a vast library of anecdotal evidence exists to show that CBD is changing lives and lifestyles in a radical way.

The other good news is that CBD is legal in every U.S. state — although every state’s law is different, and the law, in general, is in flux. Currently, CBD is marketed as a supplement, not a medication. But the FDA recently approved the first-ever cannabis-derived medicine for childhood epilepsy, Epidiolex. This could be the first sign of a sea change in the official handling of CBD approval.

By the way, while THC and CBD are the most talked-about phytocannabinoids, there are others with potential health-boosting effects. Over time, breeders will likely become more sophisticated in breeding plants that contain both CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids that work together synergistically.

Please note:

- This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
- This information does not constitute medical advice and it should not be relied upon as such. Consult with your doctor before modifying your regular medical regime

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