What is CBD?
If you’re just encountering CBD you may be wondering what it is and why people are talking about it.
CBD is shorthand for Cannabidiol, and let’s be honest CBD is much easier to pronounce than cannabidiol! CBD is a compound from the Cannabis sativa plant. With the legalization of medical marijuana across much of the United States came the discovery that CBD provided innumerable health benefits without intoxicating the user.
The human body produces compounds naturally starting at birth called endocannabinoids. When people consume cannabinoids (which occur naturally in many plants like Kale and broccoli, but are strongest in Cannabis) the endocannabinoid system is stimulated. Endocannabinoid receptors occur in our skin, digestive tract — in deed, in every part of our body!
CBD stimulates these receptors and helps the body to achieve homeostasis, the steady-state, a medical indicator of well being.
How can CBD be Used?
We are discovering that CBD can help achieve well being in many ways:
The pharmaceutical firm Zynerba showed significant results in the use of CBD as a treatment for osteoarthritis pain. Beyond that study, pain results from inflammation and CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic.
Headache, another common source of pain, occurs because of dehydration, alcohol consumption, blood vessel constriction, and head and neck muscles and nerves. CBD desensitizers pain receptors at the nerve, easing headache pain.
Cannabinoid receptors occur in the brain areas associated with stress and fear. Using CBD to stimulate those receptors relieves feelings of anxiety and stress. CBD even improves stress resilience in the brain!
The hormonal imbalance that causes PMS can be treated with CBD because it contains essential fatty acid that along with CBD helps to restore the balance of hormones.
Because CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and contains fatty acids it has become the new superstar of the beauty industry, where it is viewed as an anti-aging miracle.
CBD is the main ingredient for treatment of children’s seizures. It may help with other seizures as well and many people are exploring its use in this area.
How to take CBD
There are many different methods to use CBD. They offer different levels of bioavailability or system absorption. Really the method of choice comes down to what do you prefer. If you’re new to CBD you may want to try all the methods below to find out what you like best.
This method involves placing a few drops of CBD under your tongue and holding it there for a few seconds. This method absorbs quickly and fully into your bloodstream.
Similar to taking an aspirin tablet this method may be convenient but offers the lowest and slowest absorption into the body.
Any substance inhaled into the lungs enters the blood stream quickly making vape pens the fastest method of using CBDs.