By now many of us have heard of CBD, but what is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis, a plant with a rich history. Today the therapeutic properties of CBD are being tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors around the world. A safe, non-addictive substance, CBD is one of more than a hundred “phytocannabinoids,” which are unique to cannabis and endow the plant with its robust therapeutic profile.
CBD is closely related to another important medicinally active phytocannabinoid: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that causes the high that cannabis is famous for. These are the two components of cannabis that have been most studied by scientists. Both CBD and THC have significant therapeutic attributes. Unlike THC, CBD does not make a person feel “stoned” or intoxicated. That’s because CBD and THC act in different ways on different receptors in the brain and body.
CBD can actually lessen or neutralize the psychoactive effects of THC, depending on how much of each compound is consumed. Many people want the health benefits of cannabis without the high–or with less of a high. The fact that CBD is therapeutically potent as well as non-intoxicating, and easy to take in a variety of forms (oil, flower, pill, etc.), makes it an appealing treatment option for those who are cautious about trying cannabis for the first time.
As promising as cannabis derived remedies have been thus far, it’s always important to remember that CBD products are supplements, not a cure or substitution for prescribed medications. We strongly encourage you to consult your doctor before utilizing CBD products.
Now that you know what CBD is, the question that beckons is what does CBD do for your body?