We’ve all heard of it, we’ve talked about it, maybe we’ve even tried it. But do we truly understand it?
With so many advocates touting CBD’s ability to treat a diverse range of ailments, it’s natural to be curious about this all-natural, supposedly miracle drug that has torpedoed its way into the 21st century. However, even with its growing popularity, so many of us are still sitting on the outskirts of this bandwagon wondering, “CBD what?”
So, let’s break it down and answer some of your most pressing CBD questions.
What is CBD?
CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is one of the 104 chemical compounds, known as cannabinoids, that occurs naturally in the cannabis plant. CBD, however, does not produce any sort of high or intoxication. The fact that CBD is non-psychoactive has made it an increasingly appealing option for people looking for relief from a variety of physical and mental health conditions without the mind-altering effects that can often result from marijuana or pharmaceutical drugs.
What is THC?
Its impossible to talk about CBD without mentioning its more popular cannabinoid cousin, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Unlike CBD, THC’s psychoactive properties have made it the cooler kid on the block for those searching for that feeling of ‘high’ or intoxication that is associated with marijuana.
Interestingly enough, CBD and THC actually share the exact same chemical composition. It’s the arrangement of ONE single atom that differentiates these two from one another (see image below). This slight rearrangement makes a world of difference in how the cannabinoids interact with our endocannabinoid systems to produce effects on our minds and bodies.
What is CBD be used for?
CBD has been praised for its ability to treat a wide variety of health issues. A few of its most common uses include:
- Anxiety and Stress: One of the most common uses of CBD has been to address anxiety and insomnia. Studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep. CBD eases the mind and body into a state of balance by interacting with several of the body’s receptors that are known to regulate fear and anxiety.
- Pain and Inflammation: CBD has also become a popular alternative for people searching for relief from chronic pain, especially when applied topically with a lotion or cream.
- Exercise: CBD is quickly becoming a vital part of many workout routines. From professional athletes to amateur joggers to occasional yogis, this compound has been found to aid in relaxation, muscle development, muscle recovery, and increased energy levels.
With the tremendous amount of research currently going into the fields of marijuana, CBD, and THC, many doctors have started turning towards prescribing these products to their patients – and the results have been pretty positive!
While it’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment when CBD flooded into mainstream society, it’s clear to see what all the hype is about. So with CBD popping up all over the place, the question arises: Is this truly the dawning of a miracle elixir? Could CBD be the cure-all to the never-ending stream of ailments and diseases we’ve been fighting for centuries?