What Exactly is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is just one of over 100 unique compounds called cannabinoids that are found within the cannabis plant. CBD is found throughout the seeds, stalk, and flowers of various types of cannabis plants, including hemp and marijuana.
Cannabidiol naturally occurs in large quantities within the cannabis plant, thus the easy extraction of it. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is non-psychoactive and doesn’t elicit a “high” feeling when consumed, making it safe to use by members of your entire family.
Cannabinoids, including CBD, interact with the body through the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is made up of receptors in the brain, central nervous system, and peripheral nervous system (nerves throughout the body’s limbs and organs).
The endocannabinoid system plays a role in many of the body’s biological responses, including balance in our body’s immune system, communication between cells, appetite, metabolism, memory, and more.
What is CBD Used For?
Relieves Pain and Inflammation
Among the many CBD benefits, pain relief is the most prevalent. Research has proven that CBD is effective in inhibiting neuronal pathways that induce the sensation of pain. A 2012 study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, found that CBD significantly suppresses chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain. Researchers suggest that CBD and other non-psychoactive components of hemp may represent a novel class of therapeutic agents for the treatment of chronic pain.
Research shows that CBD benefits include producing anti psychotic effects. Studies show that CBD prevents human experimental psychosis and is effective in open case reports and clinical trials in patients with schizophrenia, with remarkable results.
Reduces Anxiety and Depression
Studies using patients with anxiety and depression clearly point to an anti-anxiety effect caused by CBD. Cannabidiol has shown to reduce anxiety and depression in patients with social anxiety disorder and researchers suggest that it may also be effective for panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
CBD Relieves Stress and Helps With Sleep Issues
Even if you are healthy, CBD can do wonders to relieve your stress from life. Again it is not psyco-active, but it can help you relax and prepare you for a good night’s sleep.