What is CBD?

Anyone who has stepped foot into a trendy coffee shop over the past three years has probably seen something on the menu dubbed “CBD”. Rumored to treat conditions like arthritis and depression, it seems that CBD – also known as cannabidiol – has popped up everywhere in almost no time at all.

What is CBD?

CBD is one of the over one hundred active organic compounds found in strains of hemp and cannabis seeds, stems, and flowers. Unlike its cousin THC, CBD is considered both non-psychoactive and non-addictive: that’s right, it doesn’t cause the euphoric high associated with substances like cannabis, and can even act to inhibit the body’s psychotropic response to drugs.

 

Though CBD can be derived from cannabis, it can also be extracted from hemp plants that have only minimal amounts of the psychoactive substance dubbed THC. In the United States, hemp plants with less than 0.3 percent THC content are legal to grow, sell, distribute, and consume after the passage of the 2014 and 2018 Farm Acts.

 

Even though CBD seems like a relatively new phenomenon, the truth is that it has a long history of human usage. Some African tribes and communities in Central Asia have been using hemp as a nutritious food source for thousands of years, according to historians. The World Health Organization recently sanctioned hemp-based treatments, stating that CBD “is well-tolerated by most people” and has a vanishingly small addiction potential.

 

After being extracted from the hemp plant, CBD comprises a highly concentrated oil that can be mixed into foods, drinks, tinctures, body creams and even dog food. Some users inhale CBD vapor in order to maximize the bio-availability of the treatment.

How Does it Work?

In 2018, clinical research claims to have revealed that cannabidiol can have positive effects on users’ anxiety, movement disorders, pain response, memory, digestion, and skin conditions. It’s currently believed the CBD operates by interacting with the body’s ingrained endocannabinoid system, which is a network of receptors that influence nearly every aspect of human health.

 

Through binding to different nodules in the brain, nervous system, and immune system, CBD can allegedly promote anti-inflammation and decrease the negative effects of a whole range of chronic health conditions.

 

Users report improvement on conditions such as:

 

  • Insomnia

  • Nausea and cachexia

  • Vasoconstriction and high blood pressure

  • Chronic inflammatory pain conditions, such as arthritis, sciatica, and nerve pain

  • Acne, eczema, psoriasis, facial redness and the premature signs of aging

  • Epilepsy and other seizure disorders

  • Restless Leg Syndrome and muscle spasms