What is CBD?

An Introduction to CBD

CBD is the popular abbreviation for Cannabidiol, which is one of the several compounds in the cannabinoid family and is found in hemp and Cannabis Sativa plants.

Hemp and Cannabis Sativa plants naturally produce CBD. It is extracted through different processes resulting in different potencies and compositions. Additional cannabinoids, commonly referred to as Phytocannabinoids, such as CBN and CBG, have also been recently discovered and are currently being researched for efficacy.

When taken as a dietary supplement, CBD has been shown to provide many benefits and has therefore come into popularity.

What Does CBD Do?

You’ve probably heard the buzz by now, CBD is big news. But what exactly does it do? To boil it down simply, when used as a dietary supplement, CBD has the capability to improve your life in the following ways:

Will CBD Get You “High”?

CBD will NOT get you “high”.

Although CBD is commonly associated with medical marijuana, it does not produce the euphoric state we refer to as “being high”. Many people may feel concerned CBD will act as a mind altering drug, such as marijuana or pharmaceutical drugs. However, it is not the case.

There needs to be an understanding that CBD interacts with your body much more like a vitamin or daily supplement, and not as a drug. For this reason, CBD is required to meet certain guidelines in order to legally sell and consume in all 50 states.

CBD and THC: Are They The Same Thing?

One of the other compounds found in the cannabinoid family, and most popular to most, is known as THC. Although CBD is related to THC, it is important to distinguish the significant differences between the two.

Unlike its popular cousin, THC, Cannabidiol has no psychoactive effects and therefore gives no ‘high’ feeling.

THC

THC (TetraHyrdoCannabinol) is a chemical component found in Cannabis Sativa, commonly referred to as marijuana. It is well known for its recreational use spanning the ages. THC provides a heightened level of mental state commonly referred to as “getting high”. Proponents for the use of THC have argued that the benefits highly outweigh any negative consequences, especially when compared to other Schedule 1 Drugs.

Several decades of research have found, marijuana use can positively improve the condition of people suffering from a myriad of conditions. As a whole, society has embraced the medicinal use of marijuana, in which several states in the country have legalized its use, both medically and recreationally.

CBD

Comparing the two compounds, both CBD and THC are found in the cannabis plant. However, unlike THC, CBD is also found in the hemp plant and does not produce any mind altering effects when consumed as THC does. Although CBD was not technically discovered until the early 1900’s, people were already consuming hemp tinctures for a variety of ailments far earlier.

As research continues to increase, it is becoming more evident that CBD is responsible for many of the medical benefits associated with cannabinoids.

Is CBD Another Dietary Fad?

While it may be impossible to answer this question at the moment, all the evidence suggests that CBD is here to stay. Although CBD was discovered in the 1940’s, the bulk of research that has been conducted is very recent.

Additionally, the passing of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill, seemingly ensures that more and more research will come out in the next 5-10 years. If we follow the trend of all the positive benefits that have already been discovered, it leads to a positive future for CBD.

In Summary

Cannabidiol, popularly known as CBD, is a chemical compound found in the hemp plant that contains many known medicinal benefits. When taken daily, CBD can help improve mood, reduce pain caused by inflammation, enhance skin, and aid in a good nights sleep. Although closely related to THC, CBD is not psychoactive and therefore does not produce any feelings of being “high” or “stoned”.

While the many benefits of CBD are still being discovered, the recent passing of the Farm Bill in 2018 should see the increase of more important research to the efficacy of CBD. Overwhelmingly, CBD has been shown as a multi-faceted supplement to enhance your daily life.

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