CBD 101

Learn the basics of CBD and the health and wellness of benefits it offers

What is CBD?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the cannabis plant. It's a naturally occurring substance that's used in products like oils and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm. Unlike its cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it's not psychoactive.

Will cbd get me high?

No. It’s a common misconception that CBD gets you high – and this is a question we’re asked a lot. It’s all because CBD does not have hallucinogenic or psychoactive effects and so it can’t get you high or produce a euphoric feeling.That’s the job of another compound, known as THC. While CBD does contain traces of THC, it’s very low (up to 0.3 percent) and so is completely non-psychoactive.Instead, CBD usage has been shown in studies to have generally benign side effects, low toxicity levels and a whole host of those wonderful potential medicinal benefits that we mentioned earlier.

What are the health benefits?

May relieve painMay reduce inflammationMay reduce anxietyMay help to fight cancerMay treat some neurological disorders and seizuresMay relieve nauseaMay promote good sleep/ help with insomniaMay promote cardiovascular healthHow can CBD benefit certain ailments?CBD and anxietyOne benefit of CBD hemp oil is that it may help in managing anxiety symptoms due to its close relationship with the central nervous system. As research has suggested, CBD hemp oil use could help because it may activate the serotonin 5HT1-A receptor (the ‘feel good’ chemical) found in the cerebral cortex, hippocampus and amygdala — areas in the brain involved in mood and anxiety disorders.One study found that a 600mg dose of CBD helped those with social anxiety give a speech, while earlier research with animals has shown that CBD can help reduce anxiety by:Relieving stressReducing physiological effects of anxiety, like an increase in heart ratePromoting sleep in cases of insomniaCBD and chronic painBecause CBD may be able to positively affect your brain’s receptors, regular hemp oil usage may also help with how you manage pain in conditions such as arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, headaches and fibromyalgia.That’s because CBD releases neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin that can lessen pain and discomfort while disrupting the activity of pain receptors in the body (scientifically known as the TRPV-1 receptor). In fact, studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health is looking into how CBD can relieve symptoms caused by:Muscle painArthritisSpinal cord injuriesMS painCBD and skin conditionsAnother one of CBD hemp oil’s uses is that it may help the body with overall inflammation – and so help skin conditions such as acne. Researchers suggest that CBD oil prevents activity in sebaceous glands – a natural oily substance that hydrates the skin. However, too much sebum can lead to acne. More recently, researchers at the University of Colorado have stated that CBD could be a successful alternative, natural product for people to try in treating symptoms related to skin diseases, such as eczema and psoriasis.CBD and our brainsA potentially surprising health benefit of CBD is that it may be able to protect our brains. This is due to its antioxidant effect. As many neurodegenerative diseases are caused by toxicity in our brains and the accumulation of a neurotransmitter called glutamate, CBD has been found to reduce toxicity levels and lessen neural inflammation (in studies on mice).CBD and diabetes​One preclinical trial found that CBD lessens the incidence of diabetes from 86% to 30% in diabetic rodents. This is partly due to CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, which is able to slow down the onset of diabetes.​

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