Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. Its use goes back thousands of years ago around the world and it was recently deemed by the World Health Organization a safe, non-addictive substance that may offer numerous health and wellness benefits.
If you’ve been a marijuana smoker (or not), You’re probably familiar with THC… that element that gives you a heady high that can be enjoyable for some and a nightmare for others.
CBD doesn’t make you feel “stoned” because CBD and THC act in different ways on different receptors within the brain and body. Scientists have also begun to realize that CBD can even lessen the “high” producing effects of THC.
How CBD Works
CBD works to mimic and augment the effects of “endogenous cannabinoids” in our bodies. These compounds live within our bodies and are also found within the cannabis plant.
More specifically, every human being has an endocannabinoid system that is composed of endocannabinoids, or endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid receptor proteins.
Scientists are constantly finding more links between the endocannabinoid system and fertility, pregnancy, appetite, pain sensation, sleep regulation, mood, memory, and more.
In theory, when you take in CBD, it boosts your endocannabinoid system and helps better regulate the body’s overall function.
While we can’t make any scientific claims surrounding CBD, there is a growing body of evidence that CBD may help with things like frustrating periods, bodily discomfort, sleep issues, and other health issues linked to a sluggish endocannabinoid system.
What Forms Does CBD Come In?
Depending on your needs, you may want to use a combination of products. For example, if you’re dealing with pain and inflammation, you may want to combine a mixture of a CBD tincture and CBD balm or rub. The tincture will work within your body for everyday wellness and a rub or balm can provide relief exactly where pain arises.
For skin issues, a powerful CBD face serum can do wonders. It can infuse your skin with powerful, naturally-occurring nutrients that work to help keep your skin clear, hydrated and healthy.
And then there’s the varying type of CBDs… isolate, broad-spectrum, and full spectrum. Get the scoop in this post.