Some Common Facts About CBD That You May Not Know

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Cannabidiol (CBD) is growing in popularity every day, and so are the types of CBD products out there. Nonetheless, there are still a lot of misconceptions about this compound. In this article, we’ll dispel some myths and provide information about CBD.

CBD is Extracted From Cannabis
If you read the label on just about any CBD product on the market today, you’ll find that it is extracted from hemp. Yes, that is true. Hemp is a variety of the cannabis sativa plant that contains low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the main psychoactive element in this plant. Therefore, using hemp won’t get you high. Although CBD can also be extracted from the common strain of the cannabis plant, manufacturers prefer hemp because cannabis is still illegal in many states in the U.S. and other parts of the world. I should mention that CBD is just one of over 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis sativa plant. Studies show that THC and other cannabinoids in cannabis also have healing properties.

How CBD Works in Your Body
It may come as a surprise to learn that your body produces cannabinoids. Yes! The body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is responsible for regulating many physiological functions including pain, sleep, fear, appetite, and so much more. The ECS maintains general health and homeostasis. There are two main receptors in the body that work with the ECS; the CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors are spread all over the body. The cannabinoid produced by plants is known as phytocannabinoid. CBD is a type of phytocannabinoid. Since the body has a cannabinoid system, it can efficiently work with CBD. CBD has been shown to interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body to bring about desired effects. CBD can help support the ECS in people who are suffering from cannabinoid deficiency.

The ‘Entourage Effect’ of Hemp Produces Better Results
As indicated above, CBD is one of about 113 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, and most of these compounds are beneficial to the health. For example, although THC is known for its ability to make people high, it also can provide relief from pain. Now, there are two main types of CBD products on the market; full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. Full spectrum CBD contains all the terpenes, cannabinoids (including CBD), acids, and vitamins in the plant. However, CBD isolate gives you purely CBD. Researchers have discovered that when we use full spectrum CBD, all the components of the hemp plant work together synergistically to provide a more potent effect. Full spectrum CBD is more stable than CBD isolate. As our understanding of all the components of this plant grows, the medical industry is likely going to start incorporating other compounds into treatments.

CBD is safer than many allopathic medicines. This compound is suitable for adults, children, and even pets. It does not have serious side effects like many over-the-counter drugs.