Educate Yourself With CBD
CBD 101: A Beginner's Introduction
Within less than just a few years, a plant (used for centuries by tribes and ancient cultures worldwide) has not only made an indent but, a major impact in the alternative and holistic medicine industry (currently generating a million to billion dollar market). Quality CBD manufactures are more than just farmers or even agriculturists, they’ve become holistic scientists (many have college degrees superior to someone like most reading this post, including myself). There are several directions we may present within our educational page(s) but, we will be clear, concise, and honest about all aspects, the effects of CBD (positive or not).
First and foremost, CBD is an acronym for Cannabidiol, which is somewhat of a shortened name, primarily because it only one cannabinoid among well over 100 different strains known to date. In order to keep things simple, we’ll refer to it as CBD for the remainder of our pages. CBD is located within the hemp plant itself. Ironically, molecules found in CBD are also found in everyday household items, such as cacao, pepper and more. The difference in those items and hemp is somewhat straight-forward; much higher levels of the CBD are produced from the hemp plant.
It Is Important To Know The Difference Between CBD & THC
Everyone has what is known as the endocannabiniod system. It is far different than other major systems found within the human body (such as the digestive or nervous systems). Test studies near and wide have shown this particular system is becoming just as, if not more important to the overall physical and mental health of human body. The Endocannabinoid system actually creates cannabinoids within the body naturally, acting as messengers, providing and sending signals within the brain. Examples of these signals can and do control everything from mood or memory all the way to motor function.
Different Receptors Are Found Within The Endocannabinoid System
There are two primary receptors that are affected by CBD, the first known as CB1 receptors (which control areas of the brain’s peripheral and central nervous systems. The CB1 receptors hold the higher stakes regarding pain, perception and motor function. The CB2 receptors however are primarily found in the gut and your immune system (also said to be found in the brain). The cool thing about CB2 receptors is how it has shown to directly effect inflammation and even how the body handles pathogens (even flu or COVID viruses).
What is CBD?
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive organic compound found in hemp and cannabis plants. CBD is derived from the buds of hemp and cannabis plants and contains a variety of all natural terpenes that help to regulate your body's central nervous system and general level of homeostasis. Because there are only traces of THC found in hemp-derived CBD, the products provide all of the benefits of cannabis but with no ‘high’.
CBD can be taken in many forms including pills, tinctures, creams, balms and food and your method of ingestion is dependent on the benefits you’re looking to receive.
How does it work?
While similar in structure to it’s more well-known cousin, THC, CBD delivers equally potent effects to the body and brain - all without the high that comes along with THC. The compound interacts with your body’s own endocannabinoid system, increasing the efficiencies within. This system and network of neurotransmitters is responsible for maintaining homeostasis of the hormonal and central nervous systems and it actually creates and delivers cannabis-like substances to the human body already. Basically, our bodies are already designed to interact with cannabinoids and research has proven them to be an essential part of our overall health and well-being.
Are the benefits real?
With the exponential rise in CBD products over the past few years, it’s easy to be skeptical. Does it actually work? Is it all just placebo? How can there be so many benefits? While you should remain skeptical of marketing claims, there have been countless scientifically-backed research studies that have affirmed CBD’s potential within the human body.