CBD is quickly becoming a wellness, health, and cosmetic staple. With this uptake, it may be time to review exactly what the effects of CBD are and what you can expect when adding it to your wellness routine.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol. It is a cannabinoid, one of 113 found in Cannabis sativa or the hemp plant. Cannabinoids are compounds found in the cannabis Sativa and hemp plants.
But more precisely, when people talk about CBD nowadays they refer to any hemp extract with a high concentration of CBD and other cannabinoids, such as CBN, and CBG.
CBD is nonpsychoactive, in other words, it will not make you high!
What are the effects of CBD?
There are plenty of ongoing studies regarding CBD and how it can work as internal medicine. This is a key reason why CBD is so popular among the academic medical community.
However, those studies and research programs are in their burgeoning stages and more time and effort will be needed before we can confidently claim the benefits of CBD.
CBD can address symptoms (not necessarily treat) of, but not limited to:
- Digestive issues
- Heart, kidney, and liver diseases
- Skin conditions
Evidence for mental health benefits have been shown in the following conditions, and others:
CBD oil can also help improve the texture, tone, and appearance of skin.
When considering CBD as a form of treatment, ask your doctor about what may be best for you.
The endocannabinoid system
Dr. Ethan Russo, neurologist and pharmacologist describes the theory in a review and still actively conducts research on cannabis and its compounds.
Cannabinoids affect our bodies by interacting with our endocannabinoid system and more precisely the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. Both receptors manage different parts of the body and answer to different cannabinoids.
The human endocannabinoid system is designed to link with cannabinoids produced by the body, but compounds found in cannabis plants can bind with these receptors just as efficiently. Although each receptor has its specialty, the source of some issues like sleep and anxiety can overlap on both receptors. Therefore, working the ensemble of your endocannabinoid system can only do good for you.
In the same way exercising and a good diet usually improve wellness and overall health, cannabis compounds work together to restore balance on many levels in your body which can secondarily improve problems you were encountering.
The Entourage Effect is the synergistic effect of multiple cannabis compounds working together at once. In other words, all compounds found in hemp have their specialty. Therefore, when those compounds work together, they produce a greater overall effect (energy/focus or relaxation/sleep).
This is why terpenes in the different strains of CBD Full spectrum are very important. They are the miracle workers behind it all and they help you manage the effects you want.
There is still a lot we have to learn about the effects of CBD on the body, but its potential is extremely promising.
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