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What is CBD? What Does CBD Do?

Updated: Nov 7, 2022

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound naturally occurring in cannabis plants, known as a cannabinoid. Both hemp and marijuana are the same kinds of plant, known by the Latin name Cannabis sativa.

However, not all cannabis is created equal.

Cannabis produces over 400 different compounds; CBD is just a small part of this.Some cannabis plants have been selectively bred for thick, heavy stalks, whose fibers have been used for centuries to make clothing, sails, paper, and rope. Because of their affinity for industrial materials, this type of plant is known as "industrial hemp."Like most cannabinoids, CBD possesses therapeutic properties but doesn't have the same intoxicating effects as its relative, the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Cannabidiol affects both the mind and the body due to the natural chemical that is already in the body being produced each day.

These endocannabinoids are part of the endocannabinoid system.

This entire system is designed to promote homeostasis in the body. As the CB1 and CB2 receptors in this system interact with the rest of the body, cannabinoids in the body can play a large role in how well this communication is taking place.

CBD is a promising treatment because of its lack of side effects. Even though our body has naturally occurring cannabinoids, supplementing for deficiencies is ideal.

Scientific research shows how promising a CBD regimen can be for chronic conditions. And this is primarily due to CBD's effects on our endocannabinoid system. Therefore, ensuring this system is balanced and healthy can provide significant benefits.

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