Getting to know CBD
Entering the world of medicinal cannabis is an intimidating journey -- partly because of confusing vocabulary like CBD and THC, and the challenge of destigmatizing a recreational drug rejected by the general public.
So that’s why it’s important to run over the basics, and educate consumers seeking a natural alternative treatment for common ailments.
What is CBD?
In order to understand CBD, let’s take a look at what elements comprise a cannabis plant. Over 400 different compounds exist within the plant, one of them being Cannabinoids. While the term itself sounds foreign to the average consumer, the substance can actually be produced naturally within the human body. Cannabinoids can help regulate the immune system, reducing both negative physical and mental responses (e.g., inflammation, allergies, and anxiety).
This brings us back to two cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant: CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). THC, the main psychoactive component, is responsible for providing recreational users that “high.”
CBD, on the other hand, is the non-psychoactive component known to provide relief for a variety of health conditions -- thus making it a promising remedy in the medical field. The non-psychoactive aspect of CBD allows users to receive all the health benefits of the plant without experiencing the “high” that is frequently associated with THC.
How does CBD work?
The human body contains a biological system called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), a complex network responsible for regulating our physiological and cognitive processes. Sometimes this system can backfire on an individual. If the body releases too much of one compound -- such as cortisol which is responsible for evoking feelings of stress -- this interferes with the balance of the body and can lead to further health problems down the road.
Introducing specific Cannabinoids, such as CBD, to counter the imbalance can help the individual manage their perception of stress.
In other words, the human body already contains an intricate biological system that complements well with CBD. Even the term Endocannabinoid suggests a strong connection to the cannabis plant.