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What is CBD & How Can It Help Me?

What is CBD & How Can It Help Me?

Although still highly regulated, the 2018 Farm Bill legalized the cultivation, processing and distribution of industrial hemp for commercial purposes. Defined as a cannabis sativa plant containing not more than 0.3-percent THC, industrial hemp was removed from the list of Schedule 1 controlled substances and is now categorized as an agricultural commodity.

Hemp-derived cannabinoid or CBD oil is non-psychoactive and does not cause psychotropic or euphoric effects. Proponents claim it can soothe anxiety, build immunity, reduce stress, relieve pain and combat insomnia without getting consumers high.* CBD can be found in everything from moisturizers, to  gummies, teas, massage oils and dog treats. CBD is non-psychoactive, non-toxic, and taps into the receptors in the human endocannabinoid system- a vast network of receptors that help maintain the body’s overall wellness and support many physical processes.

How Does CBD Work?

According to Medical News Today,

All cannabinoids produce effects in the body by interacting with cannabinoid receptors, which form part of the endocannabinoid system. 

The body produces two receptors:

CB1 receptors are present throughout the body, particularly in the brain. They co-ordinate movement, pain, emotion, mood, thinking, appetite, memories, and other functions.

CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. They affect inflammation and pain.

THC attaches to CB1 receptors but CBD stimulates the receptors so that the body produces its own cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids.

Benefits

CBD may benefit a person’s health in various ways.

According to a 2018 study, reasons for taking CBD include:

  • chronic pain
  • arthritis or joint pain
  • anxiety and depression
  • sleep disorder
  • migraine
  • cluster and other headaches
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • nausea
  • cancer
  • allergies or asthma
  • epilepsy and other seizure disorders
  • multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • lung conditions
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease

 

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