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What is CBD: A Guide for Beginners

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As a source of relief to a whole host of medical problems, CBD oil has made its way on the medical scene and quickly reached a “high” in popularity.

For the ABC’s on CBD, we’re going to take you through the ins and outs of this newly popularized element and why it’s becoming a go-to as an aiding agent for various medical issues.

What is CBD

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the chemical compound of cannabinoid, which is found in Cannabis sativa.

Although you might relate it quite quickly with marijuana, pot, and weed—don’t draw your conclusions too early. Despite its name and seemingly malevolent properties, CBD oil goes beyond just getting the user high—actually, it doesn’t get you high, at all.

Not to get too chemical, let’s break down this compound into two parts:

The Cannabis sativa plant produces cannabinoids: Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

While THC is psychoactive and causes people to get ‘high’, CBD products take THC out of the equation. Instead, it just uses its properties to become an alternative option for a person who’s looking for pain relief or the desired calming effect without the actual high.

CBD can be a source for effective changes in the body and poses as medical remedies to other ailments. When its properties are extracted from the Cannabis plant, it gets diluted with a carrier oil—either hemp seed oil or coconut oil—to make CBD oil.

How does CBD work?

Available in a variety of different forms, from tinctures, under-the-tongue sprays to soft gel capsules, most CBD products are highly available and easy to intake—helping it increase in popularity.

So, how does it work?

The human body—interestingly enough—actually produces cannabinoids and two receptors for them, CB1 and CB2. The cannabinoids then attach themselves to these receptors to produce specific effects.

Although CB1 receptors are found mainly in the brain, they do exist in the whole body. These receptors have a positive effect on your memories, appetite, temperament, sensation, pain, movement, and coordination. The THC attaches itself and is drawn to these CB1 receptors.

CB2 receptors exist in the immune system and affect pain and inflammation. These receptors are responsible for leading the body to produce its own cannabinoids.

Benefits of CBD Oil

Now that we’re done with all the science, let’s take a more practical look at the diverse therapeutic properties of CBD, and how people across the country are using it to find relief.

Anti-Inflammatory and Pain-Relieving Properties

Pain comes in different ways and affects people differently.

Sources of pain can be hard to identify. Getting effective treatments can be a challenge. Many people suffer in silence, avoiding certain activities completely—all because of pain.

Fortunately, CBD can help reduce symptoms like inflammation and offers relief without any negative effects. When compared to over-the-counter painkillers or other treatments, health risks of taking CBD oil is substantially less!

Anti-Anxiolytic and Stress-Relieving Properties

Those with anxiety know how powerful it can be, affecting day-to-day activities and making it impossible to do simple tasks.

Most traditional treatments for anxiety often come with various side effects that can be even more uncomfortable than the original anxiety.

CBD, however, can be an alternative to reduce traditional medicinal side effects and tending to the problem at hand—the anxiety.

To do this, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system of the body directly—instead of working its way throughout the body. Through this new method, CBD oil can help reduce the negative effects of the anxiety disorder and help patients live normal lives, free from the controls of anxiety.

Anti-Seizure Properties

CBD plays a role in decreasing the number and severity of seizures for those who have been diagnosed with epilepsy.

It Treats Acne and Skin-Related Issues: Dermatologists have discovered that CBD is good for treating acne and other skin diseases—leaving absolutely no negative side effects.

Its anti-inflammatory properties help in reducing the effects of eczema and psoriasis, while also lowering the production of sebum, which is responsible for causing acne.

Antioxidative Properties

When the body is exposed to stress or harmful toxins, free radicals are created in the body. In layman’s terms, free radicals are molecules that are missing an electron and to obtain an electron, they take it from other molecules. Because of this function, the presence of free radicals has shown to be extremely harmful and damaging to the body and compounds as more free radicals are produced.

Studies have found that CBD is a powerful antioxidant and can help protect our body from harmful free-radicals and oxidative stress.

Anti-Insomnia Properties

A lack of quality sleep could cause adverse effects on the general health of everyone.

Taking a closer look, the endocannabinoid system is essential in regulating sleep and sleep stability. CBD oil interacts directly with this system to help promote longer and a higher quality of sleep.

 

Different Ways to Consume CBD

Orally – CBD can end up being consumed orally, which means to intake through the mouth. This method includes CBD edibles, CBD gummies, CBD capsules, etc.

Sublingually – Sublingual application means to administer the CBD oil under the tongue, where it is then absorbed into the bloodstream directly through the vein under the tongue. CBD oil tinctures are one of the most common ways to use CBD as this is more effective and economical compared to other methods

Vaporized/Smoked – Vaporizing or inhaling CBD is usually another popular method of using CBD. CBD can be smoked since a raw flower, isolate, or concentrate, and it can be vaporized through a CBD vape pen or CBD vape juice .

Topically – Topical applications involve applying CBD directly to the skin in the form of a topical, such as a CBD cleanser, lotion, salve, roll-on, or cream. When applied topically, CBD is definitely absorbed in to the skin, where this can then directly alleviate surface layer symptoms this kind of as pain, inflammation, or wounds.

 

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