Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound found in the flower of a cannabis plant.
What is CBD?
Known for its medicinal use, CBD has grown in popularity and is becoming increasingly accepted as a beneficial healthcare alternative to relieve pain, anxiety, and aid in digestion. Because CBD is derived from the cannabis plant, many people believe that it has the same intoxicating effect as marijuana.
However, CBD is extracted from a certain type of cannabis plant, the hemp plant, which contains less than 0.3 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Unlike THC, CBD does not have the properties needed for a psychoactive effect.
How Does CBD Work?
Our bodies have an endocannabinoid system with multiple receptors. This system plays a role in most bodily functions including anxiety, stress, pain, mobility, and muscle health. CBD has been found to stimulate the endocannabinoid system which can relieve the symptoms of a wide range of illnesses. This stimulation also helps to create a homeostasis effect within our bodies.
CBD oil has been infused in a myriad of products from tinctures, salves, gummies, and gel capsules to topical oils and cosmetics. For the most beneficial results, it’s a good idea to consider the type of product you’d like the best and start with a low dosage in order to gauge what will work best for you.