CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the main compounds in over 113 active compounds found in the hemp plant called cannabinoids. It works naturally with the human body to reduce anxiety, pain, and sleep issues without any mind altering effects or high for the consumer.
The human body already has an existing “endocannabinoid system” that consists of many receptors that play a huge role in regulating mood, pain and everyday experience. CBD interact with these receptors to do what’s needed in order to stimulate all kinds of beneficial changes throughout the body.
CBD oil, short for cannabidiol oil, is gaining popularity as a natural, holistic pain reliever that doesn’t get you high like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). For this reason, it has mass appeal and can even be given to children struggling with chronic or short-term pain.
CBD and THC are both extracted from marijuana, or Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plants. There are also hybrid plants that have characteristics of both C. sativa and C. indica.
Although CBD and THC can behave similarly, THC has added psychoactive effects that cause you to get high. Many people want to experience the benefits of marijuana or marijuana extracts without getting high, though, which is why they would reach for CBD instead of THC or marijuana itself.
Tinctures are the safest, most effective delivery system for CBD. When taken sublingually (under the tongue), CBD is more rapidly and efficiently absorbed for maximum benefit. The effects last longer than they do from smoking or vaping and without the negative byproducts.
In addition to relieving pain, CBD oil may also improve anxiety and help you sleep better — which can result in a significant improvement in your quality of life — as chronic pain, anxiety, and poor sleep are often linked.
One observational study of 97 adults with chronic pain found that — after taking CBD oil daily for 8 weeks — 94% of participants reported improvements in their quality of life.
Although all of this research is very promising — highlighting the many strong potential benefits of CBD oil for pain — more high-quality human trials are needed for us to fully understand the effect of CBD oil on chronic pain and pain management.
The CBD industry is a new and budding industry – this means that what we know about CBD, its benefits, and its side effects are limited. There are hundreds of new research every year regarding CBD’s health benefits.
What we do know is that our bodies seems to be hard wired to benefit from CBD.
The body produces endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system. Studies have shown that CBD may help reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters.
THC and CBD are both cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant, but they’re different in many ways that may influence your next dispensary purchase.
An easy way to think about it is that THC is defined by what cannabis makes you feel, while the effects of CBD can’t be felt. The important distinction is that, unlike THC, CBD will not intoxicate you. It also addresses one of the most common reasons people choose to use CBD—pain management.
CBD can also block some of the intoxicating effects of THC. By binding to cannabinoid receptors, it will keep THC from activating those receptors. This translates to a less intense psychoactive effect, which is why products with a mix of CBD and THC are great for first-time consumers.
This does not mean that CBD, by itself, cannot offer an effect. High doses of CBD often produce a profoundly relaxing experience. Like stepping out of a hot tub, your body may feel tingly and relaxed, and your brain may be clear.
Full spectrum–or whole plant–CBD is so called because it contains all forms of cannabinoid available in the plant, whereas Isolate CBD only contains Cannabidiol.
Due to what’s known as the “entourage effect,” full spectrum CBD is considered to be much more effective.
However, the entourage effect suggests that full-spectrum products could have an even more extensive array of benefits. Currently, scientific research into other cannabinoids is limited but so far is very promising.
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