August 30, 2018 16 min
What is CBD? A Beginner’s Guide to CBD, Cannabis oil
There has been a lot of talk recently in the mainstream media about CBD, but what exactly is it and what does it do?
CBD for Beginners
CBD is the abbreviation for Cannabidiol, one of the many cannabinoids, or chemical compounds, found in Cannabis and Hemp. While beneficial for wellbeing, CBD doesn’t have the psychoactive properties of its more famous cousin THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), and should not be confused for THC.
CBD is one of the most exciting cannabinoids that we are aware of today. It’s one of the most abundant cannabinoids found in hemp and its use is growing worldwide. CBD is transforming from a little-known cannabinoid, to a potential breakthrough nutritional component and wellness supplement that could benefit everyone. CBD use is building as more and more people look to take advantage of its effects.
Unlike many of the 100+ cannabinoids that we are currently aware of, cannabidiol naturally occurs in significant quantities in cannabis, so it is easily extracted from the plant in the form of CBD oil.
CBD also provides a source of essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, healthy fatty acids like Omega-3, protein and it’s organically grown too.
Products made with CBD are safe to use by all members of your family. CBD is non-toxic and non-psychoactive, even at high levels, and carries no significant side effects.
How CBD works inside the body
Overall, CBD affects the body through its interaction with the body’s endocannabinoid system. The ECS system, is a regulatory system made up of endocannabinoids and the receptors that they attach to. Almost every cell in our body has these receptors, but are mostly found in the brain and in the central nervous system.
The ECS system, when engaged by cannabinoids, enacts crucial regulatory responses for maintaining homeostasis within the body. Found in all mammals, the endocannabinoid system is tasked with regulating a wide variety of bodily functions – such as mood, appetite, sleep, hormone production, and even nervous and immune system responses. The endocannabinoid system is regularly modulating these functions in an effort to keep the body in homeostasis, helping users to feel and function at their best.
The body does create its own cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids, to help support our regulatory system. Similar to how we use vitamin C to kick start our immune system, CBD acts as a kick starter for these cannabinoids to to keep the receptors working at optimal capacity and to help the functions of the body’s central regulatory system.
CBD delivery methods
CBD comes in many forms including oil and paste (oral use) vape liquids, capsules, edibles, tea and topical balms or creams. We will discuss these methods in more detail in a later post.
Is CBD right for you?
CBD oil is becoming a popular health supplement. You can use it as one of many natural-derived compounds aimed at enhancing the quality of life. But as it is the case for most natural compounds, the reaction to CBD is individual. You don’t know if it will improve your wellbeing and alleviate your problems until you try it.
Disclaimer **Please note Bionativa CBD products are food supplements that support the maintenance of optimal health. We make no medical claims and cannot give medical advice. We would always recommend you speak to your pharmacist or GP about any possible interactions between CBD and your prescription medication and also keep them informed of any treatment changes**
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