CBD, or cannabidiol, oils, gummies, patches, and more are becoming more and more widely available throughout the United States at dispensaries, natural grocery stores, health food markets, and more. It is just one of the over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis, or marijuana, plant and is used medicinally for a wide variety of sicknesses from epilepsy to anxiety.
While some remain skeptical, a burgeoning foundation of research is indicating that CBD extracts are a safe treatment for some ailments. Read on for 30 things to consider, including source, dosing, and method of delivery, before adding CBD to your health care regimen.
1. It Won’t Get You High
Sorry, folks. If you were holding out hopes for a legal high, CBD is not the ticket. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the cannabinoid that is responsible for the high or euphoria experienced by people who smoke or consume whole plant cannabis. In CBD products, THC is either wholly removed or present only in incredibly trace amounts.
While it won’t you get high, many CBD users do report a lessening in anxiety and pain thanks to the calming and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD. CBD can also help with epilepsy, especially in children, and even has been shown in initial research to slow the growth of cancer cells. So, why it might not be as fun, it’s undoubtedly a very medically useful cannabinoid.
2. It Is One of Cannabis’ Main Components
While there are well over 100 cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant, CBD is one of the main components, being responsible for a great deal of the plant’s cannabinoid content. Selective breeding has led to more strongly mind-altering varieties of cannabis that have far higher THC to CBD ratios, but now the trend is leaning back towards encouraging higher CBD concentrations.
In the US, legally grown hemp can contain no more than 0.3% THC, so hemp is the primary source of CBD oil due to its higher concentrations. The growing interest in CBD as a medicine has led to many legal status changes within the United States and in countries around the world.
3. The Human Body Has Cannabinoid Receptors
Interestingly, the human body actually has receptors in the brain and nervous system that are specifically attuned to various cannabinoids, making them cannabinoid receptors. It is the interaction between the cannabinoids and these receptors that create the medicinal and mind-altering properties of cannabis.
In the human body, cannabinoid receptors are responsible for functions governing mood, appetite, pain suppression, and mood. The two types of cannabinoid receptors are CB1 and CB2. CB1 mainly occurs throughout the nervous system, while CB2 is present in the immune system and liver cells. It’s no surprise that cannabinoids are proving medically useful given that our body is literally set up to accept cannabinoids!
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