What is CBD?
So, what is CBD? CBD (cannabidiol), is known for the relief it provides for a plethora of conditions without the psychoactive effects or “high” caused by THC, makes up a growing part of the cannabis and industrial hemp market. Despite the potential of CBD products, there is little being done to better understand this market, its users, product varieties and growth potential. The legal circumstances and history surrounding CBD are complicated and unique due to its multiple compositions and sources.
CBD (cannabidiol) is being increasingly lauded for its ability to provide fast relief from a wide variety of health conditions, but a lot of misconceptions and misinformation exist around what it is, what it does, and how it works. To understand what CBD is and why it’s so beneficial, it’s important to first understand where it comes from.
The cannabidiol compound is extracted from a specific plant in the cannabis family known as industrial hemp, which is different than the marijuana plant, the most commonly known variety of cannabis plant. But industrially, what is hemp?
The industrial hemp plant is genetically different from the marijuana plant, and produces compounds that are non-psychoactive. It’s an all-natural plant that grows quickly and doesn’t require pesticides so it is environmental beneficial, and in addition to its extracted hemp oil, its stalks, seeds, and flowers are increasingly popular materials in a number of industries, including health food, textiles, construction and organic beauty products.
Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the primary chemical compound derived from the marijuana plant and a controlled substance, CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive effects, and won’t produce a “high.” In 2014, the U.S. Farm Bill formally – and legally – distinguished industrial hemp from marijuana. As a result, CBD products sourced from industrial hemp are legal, and can be shipped to all fifty states.
The industrial hemp plant produces two key oils: CBD oil, which comes from the plant’s stalks, leaves, and flower buds, and hemp oil, which comes from hemp seeds. Neither contain any psychoactive effects and will not be present in a drug test. While CBD oil provides health benefits, the benefits of hemp oil extend a bit more into the mainstream.
Hemp seed oil can be readily found at many retail and online stores, particularly health food and beauty stores. Because hemp seeds are rich in protein, as well as healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, fiber, and vitamin E, hemp seed oil is often added as a supplement to foods. Those same fatty acids make hemp seed oil an effective natural emollient and moisturizer, so it’s a popular additive to lotions, soaps, and other beauty products.
And then there’s CBD oil, the other oil extracted from the industrial hemp plant. CBD oil offers many health benefits that consumers are finding to be a preferable alternative to pharmaceutical products. Some of the key benefits include:
- Reducing inflammation, stress and anxiety
- Helping to relieve general aches and pains that result from the normal aging process in joints, muscles and nerves
- And more….
CBD’s effects come from its interaction with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system. Multiple areas of the body, including the immune system and the central nervous system, contain cannabinoid receptors that help the body regulate pain sensations and mood, among other things. In many people these receptors are out of balance, resulting in pain and mood disorders. CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the body, helping restore balance and reduce the negative effects that occur when the system isn’t working properly.
Together, these important functions make CBD oil an increasingly popular natural option for the treatment of many common maladies people normally experience during the aging process. Its therapeutic potential continues to be explored with exciting new possibilities constantly being discovered, and researchers steadily producing clinical studies that prove CBD is an incredibly useful tool for overall health and wellness.
CBD vs. THC
The simplest distinction between CBD and THC is that THC is psychoactive and CBD is not. THC and CBD interact differently with cannabinoid receptors in the body, which is why one produces a “high” and the other does not. Specifically, THC has an affinity for the endocannabinoid system’s CB1 receptors located in the brain, which lead to feelings of psychoactivity, or “high”. CBD, on the other hand, does not interact with the brain’s CB1 receptors so there is no resultant psychoactivity from CBD. In fact, it can actually counteract THC’s psychoactive effects.
The result is two very different chemical compounds, with THC providing certain health benefits in certain states where it is a medically-controlled compound, but also a clear – and often unwanted – psychoactive result, and CBD producing health benefits without any psychoactivity. It is this key distinction that has led to CBD being a legal substance under the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill, while THC remains a controlled substance and only allowed to be used in states where it has been approved for use.
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