What Is CBD

Scientist are flabbergasted by all the uses of CBD. The research is piling up, showing that this supplement is nothing that we should take lightly. Thousands of people have already learned firsthand just how much CBD can impact your health. The response from users has been positive and backs the research. If you are thinking about trying CBD and aren’t fully sure what it is, that’s what this article will explain. It’s smart to do your research before just taking a supplement because someone else said it works.

hemp usesWith all of the false information circulating, I just don’t trust much of anyone these days. I’ve even seen MLM CBD companies who charge you 30% more if you don’t buy into their monthly membership program. Crazy! So don’t believe just anyone. My own cousin tried to sell me on a weight loss program while the rest of my family is telling me I need to gain weight. Okay, enough of me ranting. Let’s talk about cannabis.

An Abundant Cannabinoid

CBD is one of the most abundant cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. That’s a basic definition but we need to drill down into it a little further for you to get a solid understanding of what it really is.

First, we have to learn what a cannabinoid is and why they’re so important. A cannabinoid is a naturally occurring element that is exclusively found in cannabis. A cannabis plant has plenty of other components, but out of the estimated 480 components, only 66 are exclusive (1). These 66 components are called cannabinoids. I’m sure you’ve heard of the most popular cannabinoid, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC for short. Well CBD is another one that you want to become familiar with.

Cannabinoids are really awesome things because they are masters at working with your body. Your body has tons of receptors all throughout its nervous system that regulate how you feel. The main two receptors that cannabinoids interact with are called CB1 and CB2 receptors. I promise I’m not going to go off into scientific jargon, but I wanted you to know the names of the receptors in case you wanted to research them yourself. These receptors are located in different parts of your body and each one has a different role.

When the receptors are in an area where you feel pain, a cannabinoid can use those receptors to help dissipate the feeling of pain. Scientist have been fascinated by the effects of cannabinoids, especially CBD. More research is coming out every year and we are slowly uncovering the beauty of cannabinoids and our endocannabinoid system.

CBD Is Not Psychoactive

THC is psychoactive, meaning it alters your state of consciousness. The feeling of the altered state of consciousness has been termed, “high.” CBD, on the other hand, doesn’t have a psychoactive effect. Research has shown that it actually may combat the psychoactive effects of THC. Breeders have caught on to this, which is why a lot of weed growers purposely grow strains with low CBD and high THC levels. For the people who just want to get high, CBD is a buzz kill.

Hemp vs Marijuana

The reason CBD is not psychoactive is that it comes from the hemp plant, not the marijuana plant. When most people say cannabis, they’re talking about marijuana. Technically they are correct. Marijuana is a type of cannabis, but it’s not the only type. Hemp is also a type of cannabis, but is a little different than marijuana.

Though these two plants are very similar, the uses couldn’t be further apart. Hemp has been used for thousands of years because it’s arguably the most versatile plant in the world. It has been used for everything from making paper, clothes, shoes, and even a rope from 26,900 BC (2), all the way to extracting CBD for an all natural dietary supplement. The uses for hemp are endless.

To the untrained eye, hemp and marijuana look the same. They have some distinct characteristics that allow professionals and connoisseurs to identify each plant.

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