What is CBD?
February 15, 2019
While millions are familiar, in concept, with CBD and cannabinoids, there still exists a tremendous amount of misunderstanding about what CBD is.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, there’s a solid chance you’ve heard a friend or someone close to you swear by the benefits of three magical letters: C-B-D. That friend may have told you how CBD helps them fall asleep or overcome anxiety and maybe someone else told you some version of the statement, “CBD is kinda like marijuana but it doesn’t get you high,” but what, exactly, is CBD?
To start, CBD stands for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is one of the more than 100+ cannabinoids found in the cannabis family of plants. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that interact with cannabinoid receptors in the human brain to elicit different responses in human beings, with one of the more well-known cannabinoids being tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, which is the psychoactive compound found in marijuana that leads to the “high” feeling one might experience after, say, smoking a joint.
Still following? Good.
Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive components, can be derived from the hemp plant, and is completely legal in all 50 states after the passage of the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill. And, unlike your college roommate who swore that smoking pot helped him “get into the right mental space” to study, there is actual, peer-reviewed literature behind the therapeutic benefits of CBD.
A 2016 study from researchers at the University of Kentucky showed that CBD lotion significantly reduced inflammation and pain in arthritic lab joints. A 2011 double-blind study showed CBD significantly reduced anxiety in people diagnosed withsocial anxiety disorder. It is among the most recommendedtreatments for childhood seizures. It has been shown to helpreduce insomnia caused by PTSD. The list of benefits of CBD treatment is seemingly endless.
And the wonderful thing about CBD is the variety of convenient, non-intrusive ways it can be consumed. You can use a dropper to take a small amount of a CBD oil extract called a tincture, you can consume it in a gummy, you can take it in a pill form, take it from a CBD-infused lotion or add it to your morning cup of coffee. And we here at CBD Brands are proud to offer you only the finest quality CBD products.
So, if you’ve been struggling to sleep a bit, or if you’ve got a nagging ache in your back, or if you’re just curious what all the fuss is about, maybe it’s time for you to give CBD a try.