What is CBD?

What is CBD?

 

Understanding what CBD is can be a little confusing. I’ll break it down to make it a bit easier!

CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is one of the 113 known cannabinoids found in the the marijuana plant. The marijuana plant is also known as cannabis. One cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant is Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. THC is the main psychoactive cannabinoid in the marijuana plant. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant.

A cannabinoid is a chemical compound  that acts on receptors found throughout the body. These receptors are involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain sensation, mood, and memory. These cannabinoids can be generated naturally by the body (endocannabinoids) or can be introduced into the body from cannabis or a synthetic cannabis compound.

Cannabis plants can exhibit wide variation in the quantity and type of cannabinoids they produce. Selective breeding is used to modify the cannabinoid profile of the cannabis plant. Some modified strains of marijuana used to produce hemp fiber are very low in psychoactive cannabinoids like THC.  The industrial hemp plant used for fiber and for most of the CBD production today is a varietal of Cannabis sativa that contains very low levels of THC and grows to look more like bamboo. It’s still Cannabis, but it looks very different and has a different cannabinoid profile. Strains used for recreational purposes are usually bred for higher THC content or for a specific chemical balance. The strains used in medicine are generally bred for high CBD content. 

CBD has been studied for its potential to aid in a wide variety of conditions. There are studies and anecdotal reports of CBD being used for acne, ADHD, addiction, AIDS, ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, anorexia, anxiety, atherosclerosis, arthritis, asthma, autism, bipolar disorder, cerebrovascular accidents (CVA or stroke), cancer, digestive issues, depression, diabetes, endocrine disorders, epilepsy/seizures, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, heart disease, Huntington’s disease, infection, inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), kidney disease, liver disease, metabolic syndromes, migraines, mood disorders, motion sickness, multiple sclerosis (MS), nausea, neurodegenerative disease, neuropathic pain, obesity, OCD, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, prion disease (Mad Cow), PTSD, rheumatism, schizophrenia, sickle cell anemia, skin conditions, sleep disorders, spinal cord injuries, stress, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and more. Although there are more reports of people successfully using CBD each day, CBD is not FDA approved to treat any specific condition. Do not trust any site that claims their products are designed to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease or affliction. 

If you have decided that CBD is something you’d like to try, please visit our vetted providers page. Each of the companies listed there has been willing to share their third-party lab-tested results to ensure that their products have been tested for safety and reliability.

 

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