CBD has officially been recognized as an unharmful, non-psychoactive drug that is legal on a federal level in the U.S., as well as dozens of other countries. Many tout the popularity of CBD as an enormous step toward more natural remedies for common, minor ailments and more serious, lifelong conditions alike.
So, what is this new wonder drug, and when would one use it? Here is a CBD beginner’s guide to help you determine if CBD is a good fit for you.
What is CBD?
Let’s get into the science of it: there are well over 100 cannabinoids found in hemp and marijuana plants. These cannabinoids are simply active chemical compounds that make up the plant. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of these active compounds found in hemp and marijuana extracted for use, and well-known for its positive effects on the human body. The other main compound taken from the marijuana plant is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is the compound that contains psychoactive effects, or in other words, gives a euphoric feeling called a “high.”
The Uses and Benefits of CBD
Both CBD and THC have medical benefits, but CBD is extremely useful because it does not contain any mind-altering effects. CBD can be consumed while working, exercising, driving, etc. The only altering effect you may experience is that CBD brings on a relaxing feeling, and in some cases, may make you feel tired. This wholly depends on the amount consumed though, CBD can easily be taken in small doses, in which case you wouldn’t even know it’s there. Regardless of the quantity taken, the benefits remain the same. CBD can provide relief from ailments such as:
Studies have also shown CBD as helpful for reducing pain in cancer patients and can aid in healing from harsh treatment
How CBD Works With Your Body
Similar to cannabis plants, the human brain manufactures its own cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids. CBD works in harmony with our bodies because the brain already recognizes the cannabinoids and knows exactly what to do to put them to work. Endocannabinoids work to regulate mood, appetite, stress, sleep, and memory. CBD aids our naturally occurring endocannabinoids, providing a boost to help regulate all the body's functions.
The Many Ways to Use CBD
CBD users have access to an abundance of ways to both consume CBD and apply it topically. New CBD products are produced every day, but some of the most popular CBD products include:
- CBD Gummies
- Beers, juices, and seltzer waters
- Oil droppers
- Body butters, lotions, and oils
Now that you have a basic knowledge of CBD, continue to explore to find the right CBD product for you, and if necessary, consult your doctor for further guidance using CBD.