We hear about CBD everywhere. You can find many cosmetic and edible products infused with it, but what is CBD, and why is it so popular? Is it like “marijuana”? Will taking CBD products get me high?
So many questions may arise when you are considering using CBD. Let’s break it down.
Learning the Basics
Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants divided into three main species: Cannabis Sativa, Indica and Ruderalis. People have utilized the cannabis plant to obtain fiber, rope, food, and medicine for thousands of years. Due to its psychoactive properties, people have also used it for religious and recreational use.
Cannabis is known as marijuana, a term used to refer to cannabis plants that produce higher THC (more than 0.3%). THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the active compound produced by the cannabis plant with an intoxicating effect, giving you that sensation of being “high.” Hemp is a variety of cannabis containing no more than 0.3% THC.
The main difference between marijuana and hemp is their chemical composition. The Cannabis plant produces over 100 chemical compounds (cannabinoids). THC and CBD are the most well-known. The Hemp variety has high amounts of CBD (Cannabidiol) and only traces of THC, which enables you to benefit from the healing properties without the intoxicating effect. You also obtain CBD from marijuana, but commonly marijuana is used for medical or recreational purposes because of the higher THC levels.
The Effects of CBD on Our Body
Our bodies naturally produce Endocannabinoids, which help us stay balanced. Research continues on the complex Endocannabinoid System (ECS). So far, studies have shown it has a role in regulating a variety of functions like sleep, mood, pain sensation, appetite, memory and fertility. Maintaining a healthy endocannabinoid system is essential.
Cannabinoids extracted from the cannabis plant interact with receptors found throughout our ECS, each in a different way. Although experts are still doing research, some studies show that CBD indirectly influences the ECS by naturally producing more endocannabinoids, which helps the ECS function better and maintain the balance in our bodies. As CBD research continues to develop, we see that its potential to keep a healthier body is very promising.
No matter what type of CBD products you consume, we see proof that adding this powerful ingredient to your daily routine can promote good health.
It is essential, though, to always be sure you are selecting high-quality products. By checking the Certificate of Analysis, you can be confident that the product you choose meets your expectations.