There are a lot of misconceptions among the general public when it comes to CBD Oil. First off, what CBD is NOT: It’s not marijuana. It’s not THC (the part of cannabis responsible for causing a “high.”). And it’s non-psychoactive.
CBD stands for Cannabidiol, one of more than 85 different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It is found in hemp (legal in all 50 states) and marijuana (legal use varies by state). Hemp has higher amounts of CBD and as a result CBD makes up a good portion of hemp genetics.
Simply put, CBD oil is an oil from the Hemp seed which contains naturally occurring compounds, together these compounds are responsible for the health giving benefits of the oil on the musculo-skeletal, nervous, immune and systems. Technically, CBD and its sister cannabinoid compounds are classified as phytocannabinoids, which means that they are derived from plants.
What does CBD do?
CBD interacts with the body through the endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) or endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system regulates the body’s normal homeostasis, or general state of balance. This can maintain a healthy mood, sleep habit, appetite, and pain response.
As the environment around us affects our normal state of balance, the endocannabinoid system keeps us level by mediating our body’s reaction to external stimuli. Taking a CBD supplement can enhance your body’s ability to maintain homeostasis and manage physical and emotional stress as a result of changes in your immediate environment.
We understand that there are some confusing terms related to Cannabidiol, so we wanted to take the time to explain them to you. Below is a list of the most important terms to understand related to Cannabidiol:
Cannabis – A type of flowering plant that includes three distinct variations: Cannabis ruderalis, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis sativa. Cannabis has a wide range of industrial and medical applications. It has been used since antiquity for its sturdy fiber, for oils, and for medicinal purposes. However, it has also been used as a recreational drug, a fact that renders the cultivation of cannabis strictly regulated because of some variations including high concentrations of THC.
Hemp – Hemp refers to the high-growing varieties of cannabis that are grown to be specifically used for fiber, oil, and seeds. These are then refined into numerous products including wax, resin, cloth, pulp, paper, rope, fuel, and hemp oil.
Cannabinoids – A very diverse chemical family that includes natural as well as artificially created substances. Different cannabinoids have widely varied effects, with some cannabinoids proven to have soothing and relaxing properties and others classified as illegal drugs.
CBD – A naturally occurring cannabinoid, and the second most abundant constituent of the Cannabis plant. CBD is legal and safe to consume, yet has long been in the shadow of THC.