CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is one of many cannabinoids that can be found in the cannabis plant. Another well-known cannabinoid is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is what give a user the feeling of being high. This is due to it psychoactive properties. Along with other cannabinoids, terpenes and oil is also produced from the cannabis plant.
Hemp is another variety of the cannabis plant from which CBD and trace amounts (less than 0.3%) of THC can be attained. In most states, hemp-derived cannabidiol products are legal due to the limited amounts of THC in them.
CBD Products are not psychoactive and will not give a consumer a high or feeling of euphoria. Cannabidiol products are also labelled as full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and isolate. The main difference between the spectrum and isolate products is that CBD isolate has had all traced of THC and other cannabinoids removed from it.
Learn more about cannabinoids here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabinoid.
Availability of CBD Products on the Market
The legalization of cannabidiol products have increased its availability in many forms on the market – in store and online. CBD products range from balms and salves that can be applied topically, to edibles such as gummies and capsules. Oils and tinctures are another way in which a consumer can ingest its properties. There are even cannabidiol treats available for pets!
With the rise of manufacturers, certain regulations are encouraged. This is great news for the consumer. It means they can ascertain whether a brand is offering cannabidiol that has been sourced legally and produced under safe and controlled circumstances.
Whether a consumer is looking to apply or ingest cannabidiol to make it part of their lifestyle, it is just a simple click away. Reputable manufacturers will clearly indicate their cannabidiol dosage per milligram and whether it has been third party lab tested on their labels and websites.
CBD products are also available as vegan, organic, gluten free and non-GMO. The power of choice is in the hands of the consumer, whether they are looking for CBD oil, balms or gummies.
Health Benefits of CBD Oil
Up until recently, the majority of scientific studies regarding the effects of CBD have been done on animals. With the increased legalization of cannabidiol products, large scale research on humans have been encouraged.
If anecdotal evidence is something to go by, it certainly swings in the favor of using cannabidiol products.
Health benefits of using cannabidiol products include:
- Soothes and relieves chronic pain, arthritis and inflammation
- Relieves anxiety, stress and depression
- Assists with addiction management
- Assists with better sleep
- Improves mood and appetite
- Improves heart health
- Relieves inflammation and other immune system responses
- Reduces seizures and epilepsy
- Assists with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis
- Relieves side effects of chemotherapy treatment
- Improves skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis
- Improves overall health and well-being
How Does CBD Oil Work with the Human Body?
The human body (and the bodies of other mammals) have an internal molecular signaling system that is primarily responsible for keeping the body in balance or in a state of homeostasis. This system is known as the endocannabinoid system.
Physiological processes such as appetite, mood, memory (brain function), pain-sensation and immune response are all regulated by the endocannabinoid system. Sleep and reproduction processes are also controlled by this system. It turns out, it is incredibly important for all the processes to be regulated. An imbalance in these systems of the human body is responsible for many mild to serious ailments and conditions.
The endocannabinoid system consists of molecules, receptors and enzymes that bind together to ensure communication between the cells in the body. Research on how cannabinoids from the cannabis plant work with the human endocannabinoid system started in the 1990s.
Experts believe that external cannabinoids such as CBD bind with the receptors in the same way as endocannabinoids. Some experts are of the opinion that cannabinoids can even create new pathways and prevent the breakdown of endocannabinoids.
Let’s take mood disorders such as anxiety and depression as an example. It is known that serotonin receptors are responsible for keeping these processes in check. Cannabinoids influence these receptors when introduced into the body. It therefore makes sense that they would affect the body positively by regulating mood, just as its natural endocannabinoids would do.
CBD has also been proven to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. This supports the idea that consumers have experienced relief in related conditions such as arthritis and chronic pain.
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More About Cannabinoids
Presently, there is still a lot to learn from the endocannabinoid system and how exactly external cannabinoids are working alongside it. It is safe to say that the response from consumers have been overwhelmingly positive.
According the to a study done by the World Health Organization, CBD has been proved to have no addictive properties.
The good news is that CBD is not a synthetically produced cannabinoids. It comes directly from nature and is therefore viewed as a natural remedy or supplement to a person’s overall health and wellness.
Its increase in popularity and legalization across the globe has encouraged and motivated large scale scientific research. The discovery of the endocannabinoid system and its very important function in the human body has also prompted the world to take a closer look at the benefits and uses if cannabidiol.