CBD is short for Cannabidiol and is a compound found in the cannabis plant.
Now that it is becoming widely available, many are wondering, “What is CBD?” and what it can do for them. Let’s answer this question and look at what exactly CBD is and what benefits it can provide.
In the cannabis plant, there are over 100 compounds that are known as cannabinoids. These are all of the active compounds in the plant, although the two compounds with the highest concentration, most research and popularity are CBD and THC.
One of the things that makes cannabis great is the diversity in concentrations of cannabinoids by variety and/or strain.
For instance Hemp varieties are higher in CBD than THC. You can’t get high from hemp.
For practical and legal purposes, cannabinoids like CBD are extracted and concentrated to useful forms, just as you would take any other supplement or medicine.
Some extracted oils consist of only CBD and contain no THC, which is an important distinction to make with formulas made from industrial hemp.
CBD and the Mind
CBD is not psychoactive in the same way as THC.
CBD has not been known to cause euphoria or intoxication, although it still provides the health benefits. This is due to the fact that CBD does not bind to the CB1 receptor in the brain, as THC.
CBD actually increases anandamide, which competes with THC for binding to the CB1 receptor.
It other words, CBD can diminish the effects of the THC high.
CBD does, however, have a large effect on the endocannabinoid system, making it a new beacon for optimal health.
After ingesting CBD, your endocannabiod system will kick into a higher gear, improving many area of health…depending on what you may be suffering from or need support with.
- Liver support
- Healthy blood sugar levels
- Healthy brain cells,
- Mental function and
- Improved athletic performance.
It is a supplement of choice of many athletes.
CBD Oil shows promise in helping the overall function of the immune system through what is called “immuno-cannabinoid” modulation. By improving the way that your immune system functions, your body will be better prepared to fight real threats.
CBD oil can also help with inflammation in the body.
So, What Is CBD?
Though research has just begun, CBD is one of the most documented and useful compounds in the cannabis plant. Stay tuned, as results from scientists and individuals continue to pour in, describing the unique and natural health benefits of CBD. Do a simple search for “CBD studies” to learn exactly what specific health issues that CBD can help you or a loved one with.