CBD has been recently covered in the media, and you may have even seen it as an add-in booster to your post-workout smoothie or morning coffee.
What exactly is this? Why is it suddenly so popular?
Cannabidiol is a chemical compound from the Cannabid sativa plant is a naturally occurring cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant. Scientists have isolated 108 different types of cannabinoids in cannabis. It is one of over one hundred cannabinoids identified in hemp plants. A plant with a rich cbd oil as a medicine going back thousands of years. Today the therapeutic properties of Cannabidiol are being tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors around the world.
CBD vs THC
However, unlike the full cannabis plant, CBD does not contain THC which is responsible for the stoned/high feeling that the recreational drug provides. CBD is federally legal as long as it doesn’t contain more than 0.2 percent THC.
CBD is not psychoactive! That’s because CBD and THC act in different ways on different receptors in the brain and body. Many people want the health benefits of cannabis without the high. The fact that Cannabidiol is therapeutically potent as well as non-intoxicating, and easy to take as a CBD oil, makes it an appealing treatment option for those who are cautious about trying cannabis for the first time. Many people are seeking alternatives to pharmaceuticals with harsh side effects – medicine more in synch with natural processes. By tapping into how we function biologically on a deep level, Cannabidiol can provide relief for chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, depression and many other conditions.
Potential as a treatment for a wide range of maladies, including (but not limited to):
- Autoimmune diseases (inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis)
- Neurological conditions (Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Huntington’s chorea, stroke, traumatic brain injury)
- Metabolic syndrome (diabetes, obesity)
- Neuropsychiatric illness (autism, ADHD, PTSD, alcoholism)
- Gut disorders (colitis, Crohn’s)
- Cardiovascular dysfunction (atherosclerosis, arrhythmia)
- Skin disease (acne, dermatitis, psoriasis)
Extracted from the flowers and buds of the hemp plant, CBD is being pressed into oil and is increasingly popular to treat, and even prevent, a wide array of health issues in country’s where medicinal marijuana has now been legalized.
CBD oil is stronger and more natural than most non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).