Everyone seems to be talking about CBD lately. Whether it’s being used for stress, pain, or sleep, CBD is becoming famous for its therapeutic and health-promoting properties.
However, because CBD is so new to the health and wellness scene, there is a lot of confusion out there about what it can and can’t do.
In this post, we’ll do our best to answer two of the most common questions we hear about CBD – “What is CBD?” and “How Does CBD Work?”
What is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is part of a class of substances known as cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids can be classified either as endocannabinoids (produced in the body) or phytocannabinoids (plant-based – like the ones in cannabis).
Both CBD, as well as its close cousin THC, are phytocannabinoids that are found in the marijuana and hemp plants. And while they share a lot of similarities, one thing that sets CBD apart is that it’s non-psychoactive. This means that CBD won’t get you “high” or produce a euphoric effect when you take it.
While you may not be able to “feel” CBD the same way you do THC, under the surface it’s working to influence everything from inflammation, immune function, neurological processes, and digestion.
How Does CBD Work?
Whether you take CBD via a tablet, vaporizer, oil, tincture, or edible, it affects you in the same way – by interacting with your endocannabinoid system.
We all have an endocannabinoid system, and it plays a major role in keeping our bodies and minds in a state of healthy balance.
CBD works by increasing the effects of endocannabinoids (cannabinoids that are produced in the body). One of these endocannabinoids is anandamide – named after the word ananda, which is sanskrit for “bliss”. This bliss-inducing substance plays a big role in regulating various functions of the endocannabinoid system.
By increasing levels of anandamide and other endocannabinoids, CBD is able to affect several aspects of our health and well-being. In fact, CBD is being researched as a treatment option in many common diseases and chronic health conditions, including:
- Autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis.
- Neurological conditions, such as severe forms of epilepsy.
- Psychiatric conditions, like anxiety, depression and PTSD.
- Metabolic diseases, including diabetes.
- Gastrointestinal conditions, like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
In many of these cases, research is still in the early stages. However, CBD has already been approved by the FDA for treating two forms of severe pediatric epilepsy. The new drug, Epidiolex, uses a very concentrated form of CBD to reduce seizure activity in children with these debilitating conditions.
While we still may be in the early stages of learning about the benefits of CBD, it has already shown a lot of promise. And as we learn more about CBD, we’re likely to see new therapies and pharmaceutical treatments that utilize the healing properties of this cannabinoid.
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