What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found primarily in the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. It’s one of many powerful cannabinoids found in hemp, and is known for supporting body and mind in various ways. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis, a plant with a rich history as a medicine going back thousands of years. The major difference between CBD and marijuana is that it does not contain THC, the psychoactive compound that probably comes to mind when you think of marijuana. That means you won’t get high from using CBD.Cannabinoids like CBD bind to special receptors in the body. Together, this biological network of receptors makes up what is known as the endocannabinoid system, or the ECS. This system regulates mood balance, fear perception, fight-or-flight response, memory, emotional outlook, sleep/wake cycles, pain sensation, motor control, immune system function, and body temperature.
According to the National Institute of Health
Manipulating the endocannabinoid system by introducing external cannabinoids like CBD could be useful in treating a variety of medical ailments including the following:
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Broken Bones
- Dyskinesia Psoriasis
- Substance Abuse/Withdrawal
- Bacterial Infections
- Heart Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis