The Beginner's Guide to CBD
1. What does CBD stand for?
CBD is the abbreviation for Cannabidiol.
2. What is Cannabidiol?
CBD is one of the primary chemical compounds found in the hemp plant.
3. Are the Hemp, Cannabis, and Marijuana plant the same thing?
Cannabis is actually a family of plants that have two classifications known as Indica and Sativa. Marijuana can be either Indica or Sativa, while Hemp is strictly a member of the Cannabis Sativa family
4. If CBD comes from the Cannabis family will it get me high?
Unlike THC, which is a psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound meaning it doesn’t produce the ‘High’ THC does. In fact, hemp contains a much lower concentration of THC (about 0.3% or less) and Marijuana contains concentrations of THC between 15%-40%
5. How does CBD work?
The human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) made up of different endocannabinoid receptors; CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are found in the brain and CB2 receptors are found in the body. CBD Binds to the receptors CB1 and CB2 and inhibits the enzyme Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase (FAAH) that breaks down anandamide. Anandamide is a messenger molecule that affects memory, appetite, pain, depression and fertility Anandamide was actually named after the Sanskrit word ‘ananda’ meaning ‘extreme delight’ because of the good feelings it produces. In Short, CBD inhibits the breakdown of the “feel good molecule" Anandamide.
6. What can CBD be used for?
CBD has been found to help treat anxiety, chronic pain, depression, insomnia and much more.
7. What forms are CBD available in?
The four most popular ways to use or take CBD are CBD Oil Tincture, CBD Capsules, CBD Vapes and CBD lotions and balms. Not sure which form is best for you? Always consult your healthcare provider before starting a new health routine. To learn more about these four popular forms of CBD check out this article from Healthworx CBD