Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a nonaddictive compound derived from Industrial Hemp that is known for its health effects, such as reducing pain and inflammation, improving anxiety and alleviating stress. It is a relatively new dietary supplement that is still being researched.
How does it work?
CBD binds to a network of receptors (CB1+CB2) located throughout the body that are part of the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory. Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD) was coined by Dr. Ethan Russo in 2004 to characterize symptoms found when there is not enough endocannabinoid system signaling. Most of the disease states related to CECD are marked by chronic pain, dysfunctional immune systems, fatigue, and mood imbalances. This is not surprising as the endocannabinoid system (ECS) regulates most of these physiological processes.
Where Does CBD Come From?
CBD is one of 85 chemical substances known as cannabinoids, which are all found in the cannabis plant. Marijuana and Industrial Hemp are the two primary sources of CBD. CBD is non-psychoactive. You could smoke acres and acres of industrial hemp and it will not produce a high.
What is the difference between Hemp-Derived CBD and Marijuana-Derived CBD?
Hemp is a richer source of CBD and Marijuana is a richer source of THC. The former is legal in all 50 states, and the latter is not. This article gives you a side-by-side comparison.
What Are the Benefits of CBD?
Numerous people are reporting success in using CBD to ease a variety of symptoms, and the scientific community is currently experimenting with the substance on a wide scope of medical applications to epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, spasms, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, nausea, convulsions, inflammation, and many other conditions, including cancer. What we know so far is that CBD has been shown to be effective for decreasing anxiety and helping in a number of inflammation-related problems, including arthritis and other inflammatory ailments as well as multiple sclerosis.