That’s the question many people are asking. What is CBD is the easy question to answer. It’s when you get to questions like How Does CBD Interact With My Body?; What Can CBD Do For Me?; How Do I Use CBD?; and, last but not least, Is CBD Legal? that things get more complicated. So let’s start with the easy question first.
What Is CBD?
To fully understand what CBD, or cannabidiol, is, you have to know what it is not. CBD is one of two important compounds of the cannabis plant and it is the compound that research is now proving has benefits that promote whole-body health.
The other compound in cannabis that has always garnered the attention, is THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol. Why? Because THC produces the euphoric feeling or “high” associated with smoking marijuana. There is research being done on the health advantages of THC, but let’s stick with what we know for sure.
Though CBD and THC are found in the same plant, THC comes from the leaves and flowers of the cannabis sativa, often referred to as marijuana, while CBD comes from the stems and seeds of a type of cannabis known as hemp. Technically speaking, it’s THC that is classified as illegal, not cannabis. Since hemp has practically no THC, products made from Hemp CBD have two important advantages: they don’t make you high and they are legal — to sell, to buy, to use and to carry with you.
So now you know where CBD comes from, but as a usable by-product, what is CBD actually? Simply put, it is hemp plant material that has been processed to filter out everything but the cannabidiol. The final commodity is a white powder or crystal, which is referred to as CBD isolate or crystalline isolate and it is 99.9+% pure CBD. This substance is the basis for all CBD products.
How Does CBD Interact With My Body?
The way that CBD interacts with the body is still being studied. It wasn’t until the mid 1990’s that researches realized how important CBD is to our general health.
What they discovered is that the human body has an Endocannabinoid System which uses CBD to keep the body in balance. The Endocannabinoid System runs throughout the whole body, and has receptors that bind to CBD. The process and resulting effects are rather intricate, but what we do know is when CBD binds to the Endocannabinoid System receptors, it stimulates beneficial changes in the body. When the body’s natural CBD supply is deficient, that’s when supplementing with plant-based cannabinoids from hemp can help.
What Can CBD Do For Me?
That question is still being answered with new research about the benefits of CBD coming out continuously. For example, CBD has been shown to effectively reduce anxiety, build bones, has antioxidant properties, and and can reduce inflammation. Inflammation is a normal part of healing, but when it lingers it can cause chronic pain. By reducing inflammation, CBD can provide relief to people suffering from inflammatory conditions like arthritis, colitis, and multiple sclerosis.
CBD has been shown to be beneficial in treating a number of ailments, but the most important benefit comes from the fact that CBD, in conjunction with the Endocannabinoid System, does more than just control the symptoms, i.e. the pain, from these conditions. It actually helps improve the condition and is not addictive.
How Do I Use CBD?
CBD products come in various forms: vapes, rubs, tinctures, oils, creams, and more. Just remember, Hemp CBD isolate is the basis of all these products. The added ingredients are just the carriers. Yes, ingredients like lavender oil, which is known for its inflammation-reducing properties, and olive oil, which has heart-healthy properties, are all well and good in their own right. But in CBD products, they are necessary to emulsify the CBD isolate and make it “usable”. If you are looking to supplement your body’s need for CBD, look for products made from 99.9+% pure CBD from Hemp.
Is CBD Safe For My Pets?
Research shows that mammals also have an endocannabinoid system, so a case can be made that mammals can also reap the benefits of cbd supplements. Pet owners report that CBD can be used to soothe pets that during situations such as separation anxiety, thunderstorm fears, social anxiety, and long-distance traveling. And the inflammation-reducing properties of CBD are useful in easing the joint pain animals suffer as they get older, just like humans.
Where does CBD Come From: A compound found in cannabis, particularly from the hemp plant.
What Is It in its Usable Form: Hemp plant material that has been processed to filter out everything but the cannabidiol. The final commodity is a white powder or crystal, which is the basis for all CBD products.
How Does CBD Interact With My Body? By binding to receptors in the Endocannabinoid System which uses CBD to keep the body in balance.
What Can CBD Do For Me?
✤ ease anxiety
✤ build bones
✤ relieve pain
✤ reduce inflammation
✤ reduce the severity of seizures
✤ promote general whole-body health
✤ and more!
How Do I Use CBD? CBD isolate mixed in oils will emulsify to provide relieve by vaping, ingesting or using as an external rub.
Is CBD Safe For My Pets? CBD is useful in easing the joint pain in mammals such as dogs and cats. It also has anxiety-reducing properties that soothe pets during stressful situations.
Additional Product Information: Always consult your physician or veterinarian when adding to you or your pet’s diet. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease, and no claims regarding such are made. Products have not been evaluated for the MCC or the FDA.