You’ve heard about CBD. But what does CBD stand for and what does CBD actually do?

CBD stands for Cannabidiol. It’s one of the chemical components of the marijuana plant – but it does not and cannot get you high. It has been traditionally used to relieve pain symptoms for a plethora of health conditions. CBD has recently been used for beauty products since people can now feel and look amazing at the same time – talk about a double combo deal!

Sounds great, right? What’s the catch?

There isn’t! CBD is not a new invention or an alternative medicine. It’s been used for thousands of years as a super-powerful and safe compound. Only with the misdirection of the war against drugs was CBD and Hemp heavily scrutinised and stigmatised. But times have changed and we are starting to move into the right direction as people are given more freedom to access a chemical compound which has been incredibly helpful for millions of people!

 

14% of Americans use CBD now, and the number is starting to grow worldwide!

HOW DOES CBD WORKS?

CBD works with your body’s endocannabinoid system.

This is a complex biological system that even the world’s top scientists are still learning about. It was only brought to light in the 1990’s so there is much learning to take place, but as always, this requires funding from major political groups.

What we do know is that it helps govern some of our body’s most vital functions, including pain, movement, mood and appetite.

When CBD is consumed, it influences the receptors that are part of the endocannabinoid system, relieving the symptoms of a whole variety of physical and mental health problems, including serious diseases such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.

There are two types of these receptors – CB1, found mostly in the brain and CB2, found mostly in the immune and gastrointestinal systems.

We are learning more all the time about how CBD works, but there’s still a lot of research to be done. Some of the most recent research shows that CBD may help reduce the growth of tumours, reduce the risk of strokes and help treat PTSD.

That might all seem too good to be true. How can one compound have such a wide variety of beneficial effects? CBD is versatile simply because there are so many types of receptors in the endocannabinoid system. As more research and funding is provided for this industry, the more we will find out why and how CBD is so powerful!

HOW IS CBD MADE?

CBD is extracted from the hemp plant. Hemp is a type of cannabis plant but it’s not quite like the plants grown to produce recreational cannabis.

Those plants contact the psychoactive substance THC, which gives cannabis users their high. The hemp plants used to make CBD have just trace quantities of THC (<0.3% depending on the production process).

The plants are grown in farmers’ fields just like any other crop, and then harvested once they are mature. Once harvested, the plants are dried and ground ready for the CBD to be extracted.

There are several different methods of CBD extraction. Carbon Dioxide extraction produces a very pure product with near 0% THC, but it is expensive. Solven extraction, often using alcohol or butane, is cheaper but can be less pure.

Once extracted, the CBD oil is mixed with a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil before it’s ready to be sold or turned into creams, edibles and pills.

THE HISTORY OF CBD

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THE FUTURE OF CBD

CBD has been used for thousands of years, but it’s only now that we have the scientific knowledge to discover its full potential.

The future of CBD is truly exciting, as people across the world recognize its many benefits.

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