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CBD—or cannabidiol—is a type of cannabinoid, a family of molecules typically associated with cannabis, but in fact, also found in other plants and even humans (in us, they’re called endocannabinoids). There are hundreds of different cannabinoids in marijuana. The best known is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, a chemical in marijuana that targets and binds to certain receptors in the brain to give you a high. CBD is non-psychoactive and non-addictive, and it seems to bind to multiple target sites, thereby affecting a range of systems throughout the body.
Users of CBD oils and supplements claim that it can heal a variety of ailments, including anxiety, stress, eczema, acne, joint pain and insomnia.
Because CBD contains less than 0.2% THC, psychoactive effects and the “high” feeling provided by traditional marijuana are eliminated while the benefits remain.
CBD interacts with and helps regulate the human body’s endocannabinoid system’s cannabinoid receptors, something you probably never learned about in school. This system regulates balance in the body, which means it affects a variety of functions like sleep, immune responses, mood, and more. When the endocannabinoid system is in balance, you’re likely to function – and feel – your best!
Put simply: CBD helps regulate important bodily functions, leading to optimal health and proven benefits.
We’ve cleared up the difference between THC and CBD, so, what are the actual benefits of CBD? The wide range of health benefits and medical condition relief might surprise you. Check out a brief overview below.
It is not like taking a psychoactive drug, for instance. It isn’t like putting morphine in your system and waiting to feel it coursing through your body. This doesn’t happen at all with CBD oil. Instead, the effects are much more slow to be noticed and come with consistent use. Taking the oil for a week at least is the best way to give it a chance to make an impact. There is no use in saying “I took it once and didn’t feel anything,” as it may be that your body will react in a slower way. CBD is released slowly into the system and rather than being one hit is designed to have a longer lasting impact.
What you may feel immediately—or within a few minutes of taking it—is a sense of calmness. Many people who take CBD oil do it before they go to sleep. It can be used to treat insomnia and to give an all-around feeling of being relaxed. It may slow your heart rate and breathing and in doing so induce the sleepy feeling many of us find elusive.
When it comes to hemp, the traditional image of a smoke filled room might come to mind. Now’s a great time to move past that. Today, there are more options than ever before for enjoying the benefits of CBD oil without the stereotypical use cases that might come to mind. Depending on the benefits you’re hoping to obtain from CBD oil, and your general preferences, there are various forms that may appeal to your needs.
From oils, dabs, tinctures to creams, topicals and vapes, there are countless ways to take CBD. Check out all of our products here to see.