Human bodies have hundreds of cannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoids are present in many foods and are involved in normalizing processes in the human body.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound from the cannabis plant that has restorative health benefits.  People who have heard of CBD are often unsure, does it get you high like marijuana?  In short, No.  CBD is a cannabinoid like THC (the popular one, it gets you stoned) but CBD is different from THC because it is non-psychoactive and does not have intoxicating effects.  CBD is extracted from industrial hemp and therefore legal in America under the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015. 

What is Important About CBD?

CBD offers unique health benefits to humans and animals.  CBD can help with anxiety, depression, pain, nausea, insomnia, inflammation, epilepsy, anorexia, neuropathic pain, and more.  Medical research shows CBD to have anti-inflammatory, antipsychotic, and antioxidant properties.  Scientifically, several of CBD’s positive effects have been documented; there is still a lot to be discovered. 

Why Does CBD Have Health Benefits?

CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors located in the body to alter neurotransmitter release in the brain. Cannabinoids are known to occur in other plants, for example: Echinacea, a natural remedy for the common cold.  There are two known types of cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, with evidence of more. CB1 receptors are found mainly in the brain. CB2 receptors are found in the immune system.  CBD interacts more with CB2 receptors, which have shown preliminary evidence as the receptor responsible for anti-inflammatory effects and other therapeutic effects of cannabis seen in animal models.

Why is CBD in the news?

Cannabidiol, or “CBD” as it is known, is a cannabinoid in hemp that has recently garnered a lot of attention for its medical benefits. There is evidence of CBD helping with epilepsy, pain, inflammation, anxiety, and it has demonstrated it will attack cancer and tumor cells.  CBD has also been recognized for its anti-inflammatory response. There are no mind-altering effects with CBD, and it does not have a psychoactive effect like marijuana.