Cannabidiol: What Is CBD?

April 23, 2019

Marijuana and hemp plants contain over more than 100 phytocannabinoids. These are the naturally occurring (as opposed to manufactured) cannabinoids--active ingredients found in the cannabis plant. CBD (short for cannabidiol) is one of the key cannabinoids found in the whole plant.

Commercial CBD products commonly come from the hemp plant rather than the marijuana plant.

Can CBD Get You High?
No. Though CBD is extracted from Cannabis sativa plants, it does not produce the high typically associated with marijuana. By law, the hemp plant must contain less than 0.3% of the cannabinoid THC.

So, unlike THC, CBD brings no psychoactive response. This allows people with various physical conditions to use CBD to treat and manage pain and other problems.

The consumer base is broad, from young to senior. There are even CBD products made especially for pets!

What Problems Lead People to Seek Out CBD?
CBD is attracting huge interest. And the bulk of research continues to demonstrate that public interest is well-founded. CBD has received attention in the scientific literature as a potential treatment for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Epilepsy. In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved the CBD-based drug Epidiolex to treat two kinds of epilepsy--including Dravet syndrome, which had no other treatment on the market.
  • Insomnia. CBD has been found to have a sedative effect. It is gaining popularity among people who have trouble falling asleep. CBD may support a better night's rest, particularly in people with chronic pain.
  • Chronic pain. CBD is not an opioid. Yet it does interact with the brain's natural opioid receptors, which help the body manage pain. CBD may help to relieve headaches, too.
  • Stress, anxiety or depression. Dopamine receptors in the brain respond to CBD. When they do, they stimulate the brain in a way that supports comfort and relieves stress.
  • Restless leg syndrome. Some research suggests that there could be a link between dopamine and restless leg syndrome, meaning CBD could play a role in alleviating the symptoms.
  • Asthma. CBD is sought out by asthma sufferers because of its anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Pets! People whose pets have joint and mobility issues, anxiety, or several other issues have sought out CBD to help.

Full Spectrum: A Well-Rounded CBD Experience
For insomnia, bone health, and a few other purposes, people do seek CBD isolates. Yet we believe that CBD derived from the whole plant is generally more effective than an isolate, which is only one single compound. This is because the full plant has additional cannabinoids.

Working with CBD, a blend of cannabinoids (without the THC) can offer the optimal range of beneficial qualities.

The Right Dose
Follow the instructions on the label. You may start more slowly with a cream or tincture and work up to the daily recommended dose.

CBD’s effects are subtle and not always immediate. Over time, many people who take CBD every day have experienced relief from troubling symptoms. To keep the effects gentle and steady, take a CBD oil tincture along with a full meal.

The CBD market has bloomed in recent years. This is especially so because doctors and patients are saying no to opioids. Understanding the basics of CBD empowers you to speak knowledgeably with your own healthcare professional. CBD may be right for you, too.


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