What is CBD?
- CBD (or cannabidiol) is a compound found in relative abundance in the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa)
- It has been shown to help manage a variety of health conditions, including anxiety, inflammation, insomnia and chronic pain
- CBD is non-intoxicating, meaning that it will not make the user 'high', and therefore it is not addictive
Despite being somewhat neglected in the modern medicinal area, Cannabis sativa (or commonly known as hemp) has been considered a botanical powerhouse for centuries for its medicinal properties. However in the recent years, we have seen a comeback of the interest in the plant and its therapeutic potential.
The popularity of hemp as a natural remedy for various health conditions is owed to the more than 80 compounds found within the plant, among which is a phytocannabinoid known as cannabidiol, or CBD. Over the past few years, intensive research has been conducted to explore the potential of CBD in terms of health management, and its use has grown at an astounding rate.
So what exactly is CBD? Discover our comprehensive beginner’s guide to the world of CBD – read about what it is, where it came from, its uses, and some other facts you ought to be aware of.
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating plant-based compound found in relative abundance in hemp. CBD is the main active ingredient in hemp-based products, including oils, tinctures, edibles (e.g. capsules, gummies), topicals, skin care products, and many more.
But how does CBD interact with our body? Essentially, it works together through an intricate network of cannabidiol receptions, which work along with certain enzymes to form the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The CB1 cannabinoid receptors are primarily found within the brain and central nervous system (CNS), whereas the CB2 receptors are mainly present in the immune system.
Once this vast inherent system of receptors are stimulated, they assist the body in manufacturing chemicals called endocannabinoids. These chemicals play an essential role in regulating vital daily functions including mood, sleep, and appetite.
Understanding how CBD affects the body can help understand how it can fit into a potential wellness regime. However, before getting into its potential uses and effects, let’s trace its roots and return to CBD’s origins below.
What is CBD used for?
Having explored the properties of CBD, let’s discuss some of its benefits.
· Reducing Stress and Anxiety
According to a study published in 2015 in the journal Neurotherapeutics, CBD shows significant potential in the treatment of epilepsy. CBD has also been demonstrated to have substantial anxiolytic (anxiety-relieving) effects in animal studies, as a result of how CBD interacts with receptors and chemicals in the brain.
Among the few human trials conducted, a 2019 study published in the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry investigated how 57 men behaved before a public-speaking event after being given either CBD oil(containing 100, 300, or 600mg of CBD), or placebo. Anxiety levels were evaluated using physiological symptoms, including blood pressure and heart rate, and a relatively reliable test for mood was also performed. Results showed that men given 300mg of CBD exhibited the fewest symptoms of anxiety.
· Relieving Inflammation and Pain
Many studies, mainly involving animal subjects, have demonstrated how CBD might help alleviate chronic pain and inflammation by influencing endocannabinoid receptor activity and interacting with neurotransmitters.
A study published in 2016 in the European Journal of Pain revealed that applying CBD cream to the joints of rats sometimes reduced their swelling and improved limb posture.
Another study in the journal Pain investigated how CBD could prevent pain among rats with osteoarthritis. It was found that CBD blocked joint pain in a dose-dependent manner, while further preventing any future nerve damage and related pain in arthritic joints. Moreover, several human studies have also found that a comprehensive blend of CBD and THC can be extremely effective in reducing the aches and soreness associated with multiple sclerosis and arthritis.
· Improving Mood and Sleep
Sleep disturbances can be the result of a physical problem (pain), a mental health issue (anxiety, depression), environmental conditions (noise, bright light), and even some medications.
Studies investigating a link between CBD and improved sleep have highlighted how CBD interacts with GABA and serotonin receptors in the brain to promote relaxation and sleep.
GABA is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter within our body that helps to calm excessive brain activity and kindles relaxation. Serotonin is a chemical that helps to reduce anxiety and improve mood, both of which promote better sleep. Moreover, scientists also claim that a combination of CBD and melatonin (a hormone that regulates the sleep cycle) significantly improves sleep.
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Why Choose Naturecan?
Now that you’re familiar with CBD and its potential benefits, you may want to try it out for yourself. If so, please explore our wide range of products and select those that best suit your needs.
Naturecan offers an extensive and exclusive range of quality CBD products and supplements. With websites live in over 30 countries worldwide, we use our global reach to deliver the health benefits of CBD to a growing customer base.
All of Naturecan’s products are created using industry-leading technology, and undergo rigorous testing practices with third parties in order to ensure product quality, customer safety and supply chain transparency.
Our CBD oil is a broad-spectrum distillate, with non-detectable levels of THC and high bioavailability, making it the safest and purest oil on the market. It is derived exclusively from US-grown hemp plants, which means that we never use isolates or any man-made synthetic material, and only ever use natural, plant-based CBD.
Disclaimer: CBD products have not been approved by the FDA. However, the WHO does recognize CBD as a non-toxic and safe compound with little to no side-effects.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is CBD?
Short for cannabidiol, CBD is a non-intoxicating plant-based compound found in relative abundance in the hemp plant. It has many potential health benefits.
What is CBD used for?
CBD has been shown to help manage a range of medical conditions, including anxiety, stress, sleep disorders, and chronic pain.
Does CBD Make You High?
No. Cannabidiol is 100% non-intoxicating with no mind-altering effects.
Is CBD Addictive?
No. Since it is not psychoactive and intoxicating, CBD does not seem to have addiction-related effects.
Is CBD Legal?
Any product derived from cannabis containing less than 0.2% THC is regarded as safe and legal for consumption in the UK.
What’s the Difference between Broad-Spectrum and Full-Spectrum CBD?
A CBD product containing a mixture of naturally-occurring plant extracts such as terpenes and other cannabinoids, and up to 0.3% THC or more, is considered a full-spectrum CBD product. While broad-spectrum CBD products also contain many plant compounds, they are either completely free from THC, or contain negligible (trace) amounts of it, i.e. less than 0.3%.