What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol and is a phytocannabinoid. CBD extract is taken from the hemp plant, which has zero or only trace amounts of THC, rather than the cannabis plant which has high THC (psychoactive) content and low to no CBD. Research and studies show that CBD has many health benefits by working with the endocannabinoid system to reduce unwanted symptoms, Hemp-derived CBD does not contain enough THC to cause intoxication.
The uses and benefits of CBD
CBD is fast gaining momentum in the health and wellness world, with some scientific studies confirming it may help treat a variety of ailments like chronic pain and anxiety. In addition, new research is emerging that suggests that CBD may play a role in improving a wide variety of health conditions, ranging from everyday ailments to chronic medical conditions. CBD is derived from the hemp plant, which although is related to, is not the same as the cannabis plant.
How does CBD affect my body?
The various systems of the body rely on a complex system of neurotransmitters and receptors that collectively make up the endocannabinoid system. This system helps to regulate essential functions using messengers called cannabinoids. The cannabinoids made by our body are called endocannabinoids. CBD is a plant-based cannabinoid shown to mimic the effects of the body’s own endocannabinoids and interact with endocannabinoid receptors to promote homeostasis between all the systems in the body.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex cell-signaling system.
Experts are still trying to fully understand the ECS. But so far, we know it plays role in regulating a range of functions and processes as seen in the image.
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