What is CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid– a chemical component of the Cannabis plant, that binds to Endocannabinoid (ECS) receptors found in the Central Nervous System in our bodies. Since CBD has a structure very similar to endocannabinoids-which our bodies produce naturally, they are able to transmit signals to our cells that affect the body in different ways to achieve balance. There is evidence of (ECS) receptors in the digestive system, glands, skin, connective tissue, immune system & nervous system. Because of the variety of benefits to different body systems and ways to administer/use/take CBD it is important to understand how different applications work and pros/cons to each form, be it tinctures, topicals, vapes, edibles, smoking, or capsules.
The Cannabis plant has many other cannabiniods (140+), such as CBG, CBN, and THC as well as terpenes. All of which have unique health benefits and can provide relief from a variety of ailments. When multiple cannabinoids & terpenes are used or blended together, they create a synergistic reaction called the entourage effect. Interestingly, not only does CBD not get you high or have a psychoactive effect, but it actually counteracts the “high” felt by THC. Because CBD has shown to provide SIGNIFICANTLY more health benefits than other cannabinoids, it has been the subject of medical research in both medical marijuana & hemp studies and is utilized in Full Spectrum (whole plant-with THC) Broad Spectrum (whole plant, THC Free) and Isolate (CBD chemical isolated from other cannabinoids & terpenes) forms.