What Is CBD?
Jan 08, 2021
What is CBD
By now most people are familiar with CBD. Whether you are users yourself or know of someone who has used CBD, one can say that CBD has crossed paths with many people.
You might not be aware of the full history of CBD, so let us start from the beginning, and together we can bridge the gap of knowledge.
Cannabidiol (CBD) comes from the cannabis plant and is one of the 113 identified chemicals found in the cannabis plant. It does not appear to have any psychoactive effects like THC. In other words, you will not get high. The cannabis sativa plant family gives birth to both Hemp and Marijuana. Let’s call them siblings with different personalities.
The hemp sibling has a higher concentration of CBD and less than 0.3 % THC, which is good for us CBD users. The Marijuana sibling is the complete opposite, more THC and less CBD.
CBD and THC are both chemicals that are similar to our human’s body’s endocannabinoids.
What are endocannabinoids?
Well, it’s hard to put this in non-scientific terms. In the larger scheme of things, it’s a biological system made of neurotransmitters. Its lipid based, meaning it cannot be dissolved in water and it binds itself to cannabinoid receptors.
The endocannabinoids regulate the function of multiple organs and tissues of the body(sciencedirect.com)
Here’s a new concept for you: cannabinoid receptors.
Cannabinoid receptors are cell membrane receptors that are involved in the physiological processes of pain-sensation, appetite, mood, memory. (Wikipedia)
By now, you should realize that the full name of CBD(Cannabidiol) sounds a lot like cannabinoid and I just mentioned that our bodies have cannabinoid receptors.
So, what does this all mean?
When you take CBD, your body’s Cannabinoid receptors gets activated. Keep in mind that the receptors naturally get activated by your body already. CBD is just another way for the receptors to be triggered. After the receptors are activated, something beautiful happens. Intracellular pathways are open, and the effects are pain relief, enhanced mood, etc. (wikepedia). Per the FDA guidelines, we cannot make any claims on the positive effects of CBD, but we invite you to try it for yourself and let us know if the claims are beneficial to you.