What Is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is a phytocannabinoid derived from the hemp and marijuana plants. Research has shown that CBD has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antineoplastic and chemopreventive properties. CBD is devoid of psychoactive properties and does not get users high. CBD is non-habit forming and is considered generally safe for most people.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD works in the human body thanks to what’s called the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex human cell-signaling system identified by researchers in the early 1990s.
There are three components to the ECS: 1) cannabinoid receptors, 2) enzymes, and 3) the cannabinoids themselves. The cannabinoid receptors receive cannabinoids produced by the body or introduced to the body via supplementation. Enzymes are responsible for breaking down cannabinoids, creating endocannabinoids, and making them usable by the body. CBD (which is one of many cannabinoids) intercepts both the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the ECS, which are primarily responsible for transmitting messages to the brain.
While researchers are still studying the many attributes of the ECS, we know that it regulates a multitude of biological and physiological processes including pain management, inflammation, sleep, mood, reproduction/fertility, digestion and more.
Are There Any Side Effects?
There are potential side effects with all natural supplements, and even some foods. CBD is considered generally safe and works with the body’s endocannabinoid system to help provide relief from everything from chronic pain to depression to PTSD and more. However, there has been some evidence of side effects accompanying CBD. So, if you are a first-time user or are currently taking prescription medications, consulting your doctor or a medical professional is always a good place to start.