October 28, 2021 4 min read
Cannabidiol (CBD) has gone mainstream and can be found in everything from beauty products and pet treats to cocktails and coffee. But what does CBD do? And what is CBD used for? This article breaks down the basics of the cannabis compound, its effects on the human mind and body, and methods of consumption, so you can decide if beginning a CBD regimen is right for you.
Cannabidiol, often called CBD, is a naturally occurring chemical compound called a cannabinoid that is only found in cannabis plants (hemp and marijuana). There are at least 60 known cannabinoids including THC and CBD, however CBD does not produce mind altering effects like its more popular sibling. That means consuming CBD will still give you the therapeutic effects of cannabis without the high. CBD is found at higher levels in hemp plants, where THC levels are higher in marijuana. Marijuana plants typically only have trace amounts of CBD that are less than 0.3%. Since CBD is derived from hemp, which is federally legal in the United States, CBD is completely legal to sell and consume.
Yes! CBD is highly regarded for its therapeutic properties and numerous health benefits, many of which are backed by scientific research. Cannabinoid is used for medicinal and recreational purposes and is a viable alternative for those who want to switch from using products containing nicotine or THC or those who are overcoming addiction and going through withdrawals. CBD is also naturally an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and analgesic. These are a few of the most common health issues treated or managed using CBD:
Advocates of CBD also say it has helped them with less severe ailments such as menstrual cramps and acne. If you’re just beginning your CBD oil journey, you will need to experiment with it for some time before getting the right dosage for your needs. Many people who think that CBD doesn’t do anything have only tried the cannabis compound for a day or took too low a dose or only a single dose instead of spacing out doses throughout the day. Record your doses and how you feel for at least a month to really get a sense of how CBD is working for you before quitting completely. Give the process time. CBD is not a cure-all wonder drug.
Cannabinoids like CBD and THC affect the body’s endocannabinoid system, which controls many normal bodily functions like regulating sleep and affecting your mood, appetite, and memory. For the recreational user taking a single dose of CBD will have very minor effects that are often unnoticeable if you aren’t looking out for it. When smoked or taken orally, CBD will produce a sense of calmness and relaxation of both body and mind, but you will remain completely clear minded, making it perfect for a stressful event, job interview, or when having a tough day at work. It is a soothing effect that’s described by users as feeling like a warm cup of cocoa and a cozy blanket on a cold night. At very high doses, CBD can have a sedative effect that may make you feel drowsy.
While CBD is extracted from hemp plants, CBD itself can take many forms. The method of consumption you decide to use should be based on your needs and preferences.
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