What exactly is CBD?

CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, is a natural chemical compound that comes from the hemp plant. It is one of over 85 compounds found in hemp, known as cannabinoids. However, CBD is not a psychotropic cannabinoid like THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, found in marijuana; CBD does not produce intoxication or euphoria.

In plain terms, CBD will not get you high; it works for natural pain-relief, anti-inflammatory and therapeutic purposes. Cannabinoids have their effect mainly by interacting with receptors in your brain and body. THC reacts with a specific receptor of which CBD has very little to no impact. New studies are providing mounting evidence that CBD reacts to other receptors in the brain and body contributing to therapeutic effects.

Because of the way that CBD reacts to the body, this is the safer, less controversial alternative with all the health benefits still intact. CBD has multiple uses. The oil can be taken orally, rubbed on the skin and sometimes inhaled via vapor to produce its effects.

Cannabidiol (CBD) came out to the world in a big way after this simple plant chemical stopped an epileptic seizure in its tracks on U.S. national television. In the time since, many enthusiasts have realized that this miracle compound can stop spasms, calm anxiety and soothe those in chronic pain.

Although CBD still has an effect on your body, consuming CBD by itself isn’t going to send you on the cerebral adventure associated with THC. For decades, medical professionals and the general public overlooked CBD because psychotropic cannabis took center stage.

Now, the medical potential of CBD has taken cannabis to mainstream audiences. Preclinical trials over the past four decades have found that the cannabinoid shows promise as an:

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Antioxidant

  • Neuroprotectant

  • Anxiolytic

  • Antidepressant

  • Analgesic

  • Antitumoral agent

  • Antipsychotic

CBD is often used by patients in the form of an oil. Patients with chronic conditions, such as cancer and epilepsy, often use medical cannabis oil extracted from high-CBD varieties of cannabis. 

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Is CBD safe?

Yes, CBD is safe and nontoxic for humans, even at high amounts and after continuous usage. CBD is harmless and can be used by anyone because it is nonpsychotropic, unlike THC, and has minimal side effects. These being infrequent but still occurring, people using CBD have experienced diarrhea and some fatigue. Based on information from this study, CBD has no physiological effect on/does not cause:

  • Blood pressure

  • Heart rate

  • Body temperature

  • Glucose levels

  • pH levels

  • Exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the lungs and bloodstream

  • Red blood cell volume

  • Vomiting

  • Potassium and sodium levels

Before taking CBD,  just like any other health supplement or medication, be sure to consult your doctor to see if CBD is right for your specific needs.

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