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What is CBD?

          In most social arenas where you specify you are a CBD user, some unknowing people may label you a pothead or a cannabis user. As you can imagine, CBD sparks a lot of questions and concerns over its many recommended uses. Since abuse is a very real epidemic, the mention of CBD immediately conjures thoughts as to what potential harms it may have and what benefits it might bring. With loads of information available online and locally through naturalist doctors, why is there so much ignorance of CBD and what facts do we need to know?
         
          First, let’s uncover where CBD comes from. The two main sources for CBD are marijuana and hemp. Hemp refers to the non-psychoactive (less than 0.3% THC) varieties of Cannabis sativa L. Both hemp and marijuana come from the same cannabis species, but are genetically distinct and are further distinguished by use, chemical makeup, and cultivation methods. 

CBD is a natural compound in many plants     CBD is otherwise known as cannabidiol, a natural compound chemical that is found in many different species of plants. Cannabis plants, however, contain more than 400 of these different compounds and 60 of them are specific to the cannabis plant alone. Scientists call these specific compounds cannabinoids.  These plant-derived cannabinoids, or phytocannabinoids (phyto = plant in Greek), are characterized by their ability to interact with our bodies through neurons called the endocannabinoid system that runs throughout the entirety of our body. It is loaded with receptors that bind to the cannabinoids you introduce to your blood stream and therefore are able to travel to many parts of the body.          

          In the past most would instantly refer to the effects that cannabis has on a person and have concerns of using something that would cause psychoactive results.  However, this is where knowledge and information can be freeing. The CBD compound found in cannabis actually has no psychoactive effects. This means it cannot get you “high”. It is the compound of THC found in the cannabis plant that causes these euphoric sensations. So when CBD is taken on its own, users will not get “stoned” or experience mind-altering reactions. Because CBD can’t get you high, CBD derived from hemp is legal nationwide under the “Hemp Farm Act of 2018”. You see, the THC chemical is what drug tests are screening for and what most employers care about.

CBD has no psychoactive effects

          CBD stands out because it is both non-psychoactive and demonstrates a broad range of potential medical applications.  The fact that CBD is non-psychoactive makes it an appealing option for relief from: 

  • Headaches 
  • Seizures 
  • Inflammation 
  • Nausea 
  • Anxiety 
  • Nerve Pain 
  • Insomnia 
  • And much more... 

          With the positive effects CBD has on the body including stimulating appetite, regulating moods, and reducing pain, it has become a great alternative in treating many diseases and illnesses. CBD has been found to reduce epileptic seizures, treat neurological diseases like Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's.

          The fear that most people carry of CBD is based on the simple knowledge that it comes from cannabis. The cannabinoid compound, however, is extracted and used for many beneficial treatments by those suffering with disease and pain. The potential for abuse are none, since the psychoactive effect is not there. This natural compound has the potential to be life-altering, especially with more research and support by the community at large.