What is Cannabidiol?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is an essential component of cannabis (hemp or marijuana). CBD is one of the many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, one of the most prevalent cannabinoids in marijuana, CBD has no intoxicating effect. This means that it will not get you "high." CBD is non-addictive and there is no evidence of health related problems associated with CBD use. The fact that CBD is non-intoxicating and therapeutically potent makes it an appealing option for those who are unable to obtain medical marijuana legally or who may be hesitant to try marijuana for the first time.
WHAT CAN CBD HELP TREAT?
Extensive scientific and clinical research and the ever increasing anecdotal evidence from patients and physicians showcase CBD's potential to treat a number of conditions including (but not limited to):*
- Chronic pain
CBD is also being researched at many academic centers worldwide for its anti-cancer and neuroprotective (preservation of brain matter) potential.
HOW DOES CBD WORK?
CBD interacts with our bodies in a variety of ways by binding to receptors (think lock and key) throughout our endocannabinoid system - a biological system involved in regulating physiological and cognitive processes including, but not not limited to, immune activity, appetite, pain, mood, and memory. Our bodies naturally produce endogenous cannabinoids that bind to our receptors, but if our bodies produce too little or too much then diseases may arise. CBD from cannabis mimic or augment our naturally occurring cannabinoids and can therefore help our bodies maintain homeostasis (internal balance).