What is CBD?

CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is one cannabinoid or compound of more than 85 cannabinoids that have been discovered in the Cannabis plant. The Cannabis plant can be grown and utilized for different uses. The term Marijuana is usually used to describe the Cannabis plant grown to produce higher amounts of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC often comes with a stigma because of its psychoactive properties, or its ability to cause a euphoric effect, commonly described as a “high”. Hemp is a term used to describe the Cannabis plant that is grown with only low amounts of THC present, and higher amounts of other cannabinoids such as CBD. CBD has non-psychoactive properties. This makes CBD a less controversial alternative and consumers are able to gain potential therapeutic benefits without an altered mental state or intoxication.

How CBD works

Cannabinoids, such as CBD, react with your body’s Endocannabinoid System. It has been shown that the Endocannabinoid System plays a role in helping regulate homeostasis or balance. This occurs through CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body. Cannabinoids bind to or influence these receptors to produce their effects. CB1 receptors are found all around the body, with many of them found in the brain. CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. Our body also produces certain cannabinoids on its own. It appears that CBD does not act on either receptor directly. Instead, it seems to influence the body to use more of its own cannabinoids. Because of the positive interaction of CBD or other cannabinoids in the body, they have been shown to have many benefits to your health, wellness and beauty.