CBD has become incredibly popular in recent years, thanks to its numerous health and wellness benefits, but if you find yourself wondering what it actually is, don’t worry. We’re here to explain what CBD is and answer everyone’s most burning basic questions. Ready? Read on.
This question is best answered, at first, by answering the question “where does CBD come from?” CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a compound produced by plants in the cannabis family. When CBD is extracted from the leaves and flowers of plants in the cannabis family – specifically hemp and marijuana – it produces a natural oil, which is the most common form of CBD available.
Cannabinoids are the molecules contained in the cannabis stativa plant (and any plant within the cannabis family); they are what goes to work in your body and make you feel less pain, more at ease, or whatever benefit you’re looking to gain from using CBD. Just to take us back to Biology class for a moment, cannabinoids are technically phytocannabinoids (from plants), which mimic endocannabinoids, which mammals produce naturally in the body.
When we digest cannabinoids they interact with our endocannabinoid system and give off beneficial signals, as other neurotransmitters do in the body, like hormones. This is how cannabinoids get to work in the body and actually help us feel more at ease from whatever is ailing us. Our body creates our own cannabinoids, so by taking additional cannabinoids we are able to boost those levels in the body.
We haven’t, historically people have been feeling the positive effects of CBD for years, and native Americans often used it in medicines. Marijuana users have also felt its benefits since around 2700 B.C., but it’s only been in recent years that researchers found out what compounds in cannabis plants offered which benefits, and this research is still ongoing.
Now that CBD is easily extracted from hemp plants, businesses all over the world are able to legally share the benefits with their customers.
In almost all cases, CBD is a derivative of the hemp plant. CBD oil can be derived from marijuana, but you won’t come across this unless you live in a state where marijuana is legalized and it will likely only be sold in a dispensary.
Hemp is used because it does not contain high levels of THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that gives people a high. Hemp, to be legally cultivated for CBD production, must contain less than 0.03% THC and this must be proven in a laboratory setting before being sold to the public.
No – because it contains so little THC (less than 0.03%) even taking a lot of CBD will not give you a high.
Very few people react to CBD negatively, and there have been no serious reactions that require medical attention, which makes it a very safe substance to take. If you are one of the unlucky few who experience adverse side effects, you may experience mild dizziness or diarrhea. However, this is a rare occurrence.
We hope now you feel better equipped to learn about the benefits of CBD and choose the right CBD product for you.