What comes to mind when you hear the term “CBD”? You may picture the cannabis plant from which cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted. Or perhaps you think about the plant’s most well-known ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While researchers and scientists have vigorously studied the positive effects and applications of CBD for a number of years, various misconceptions of the substance remain. This blog will provide some basic knowledge if you are determining whether CBD products may be beneficial for you.
CBD: An Overview
Before explaining what CBD is, it may be helpful to first understand what CBD is not. Although originating from the same plant, CBD and THC are not the same chemical compound. THC is a psychoactive substance that produces the “high” associated with medicinal or recreational marijuana consumption. In contrast, CBD does not cause intoxicating effects or potential for abuse/dependence.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines cannabidiol as “...one of the naturally occurring cannabinoids found in cannabis plants” and offers preliminary evidence for its usefulness as a treatment for various medical conditions. This does not mean that CBD oil and other CBD-based products are a miracle cure-all solution. Rather, the beneficial biological processes activated by CBD have been reported to offer therapeutic potential and relief when used as a treatment for conditions such as epilepsy, anxiety, multiple sclerosis and other health problems.
As people are increasingly looking towards more natural alternatives to traditional pharmaceuticals, this safe and non-addictive substance has gained a significant amount of attention among professionals in the field. Scientific research conducted across the globe repeatedly illustrates CBD’s potential in treating neurological conditions, autoimmune diseases and metabolic syndromes. Reacting with the cannabinoid receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system (we will discuss this further in a later blog post), CBD is revolutionizing the way we approach medicine, therapy and physiological well-being.
Stay tuned to learn more!