I frequently get asked why someone might take CBD. While I am not a doctor, I can explain what many people take CBD for. If you have ever asked yourself, “Is CBD right for me?” Then this post is for you.
What is CBD?
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a compound found in both hemp and marijuana that has works with our bodies Endocannabinoid System (ECS) to offer therapeutic benefits that are still being studied.
CBD does NOT make people feel high. Is CBD right for me?
It can actually counteract the effects of THC which is the compound in marijuana that makes you feel high.
Your ECS consists of two types of cannabinoid receptors.
-The CB1 which is found in the brain and central nervous system.
-And the CB2 which are distributed but are primarily found in the immune system.
Diagram of the ECS:
What is Hemp?
– There are many varieties of Cannabis, distinguishable by their chemical makeup and appearance. Hemp plants are non-intoxicating varieties of Cannabis. They can contain various CBD concentrations, but have 0.3% or less THC so they can not cause a high.
– Hemp is federally legal and is no longer classified with marijuana as of the December 2018 Farm Bill. That means that you can buy hemp products in most states.
– Studies have shown that it counteracts the intoxicating effects of THC.
How do Cannabinoids work?
– Our bodies produce their own endocannabinoids which are very similar to the phytocannabinoids found in hemp.
– These compounds interact with our ECS to help it regulate various biological processes including homeostatic functions. This is why so many people have such different benefits. CBD can help bring your body back into homeostasis. It is about balance and wellness, not getting high.
– CBD is a phytocannabinoid and offers a non-toxic way to support your ECS.
Hemp and the ECS
– As we have talked about, our bodies make cannabinoids and these compounds have a purpose. Their purpose is to interact with and help regulate our ECS.
– The goal of the bodies ECS is believed to be homeostasis, regulating internal conditions to stabilize and balance various biological processes.
– The cannabinoids from plants such as hemp also interact with our ECS to help it achieve its purpose.
Types of Cannabinoids
– Phytocannabinoids are naturally occurring (CBD, THC) and are found in plants.
– Endocannabinoids are produced by our bodies (anandamide).
– Synthetic Cannabinoids are man-made and are artificial compounds that mimic the effects of cannabinoids. Some of these are being found to have adverse affects.
Uses for CBD: Many people are finding relief from various symptoms using CBD.
Could it help you?