WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CBD AND OTHER CANNABINOIDS FOUND IN THE HEMP PLANT.
Have you ever wondered how the Hemp plant affects our bodies? By now you must have heard about the many medical benefits of marijuana. How do these effects come to be?
The Hemp plant is made of chemical compounds. They have different nomenclature. We have flavonoids, terpenes, and cannabinoids.
Flavonoids are the chemical part that gives the Hemp plant its color while on the other hand terpenes provide the Hemp plant with its aroma.
What are cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are naturally existing compounds in the Hemp plant that act on cannabinoid receptors of the endocannabinoid system. This is the system in our bodies that works with neurotransmitter cells in the brain for signaling homeostatic processes.
The endocannabinoid system in the body encompasses receptors, enzymes, and endocannabinoids. The body produces cannabinoids that are commonly referred to as endocannabinoids, endo meaning in the body.
Note the difference between body cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) and plant cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids). Some of the endocannabinoids include Anandamide and 2-Arachidonoylglycerol. The most common and most helpful phytocannabinoids are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Endocannabinoids are helpful as they start most reactions that help in bringing back optimum body functioning. When in low levels, one can take phytocannabinoid extracts as a supplement for the endocannabinoids.
Once in the body, the cannabinoids are bound to their specific receptors. The two main receptors are CB1 and CB2 receptors. This is when the homeostasis reaction is started as the cannabinoids have an alteration on neurotransmitter cells. After homeostasis is achieved, endocannabinoid vitamins break the reaction chains to prevent offsetting of the system.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol is one of the two main phytocannabinoids alongside THC. It is safe to say that cannabidiol is the driving force that is steering the world of medical marijuana in the quest for Hemp legalization and plant medicine.
What are the benefits of using CBD?
There is massive anecdotal and preclinical evidence as to the therapeutic benefits of CBD. Some of these benefits include
· Combating chronic pain
· Alleviating inflammations and muscle tensions
· Smoothening the process of digestion
· Improving the quality of sleep by combating insomnia
· Preventing seizures that are either epileptic or non-epileptic.
· Skincare by clearing acne
· Stress relief fighting anxiety and for mood enhancement
How can one use CBD?
Thanks to the legalization of medical marijuana, we can now enjoy various ways to use CBD. The routes through which you can use CBD are
· Inhalation- vaporizers, nasal sprays, and smoking
· Sublingual- placed under the tongue
· Edibles- cookies, cooking oils, tinctures, cannabis-infused drinks and any more
· Topical- gels, balms, oils, and lotions that you apply on the skin to the area of interest
You can choose the method that best suits the reason why you are going for that utilization. For instance, going for topical that can help relieve joint pain or nasal sprays that will get into the brain to calm anxiety faster.
Can CBD get me high?
Cannabidiol will not get you high. The intoxication from cannabis plants is as a result of the tetrahydrocannabinol phytocannabinoid.
CBD binds to CB2 receptors that are found in the immune system and in other peripheral body parts. THC is specific to CB1 receptors that are commonly found in the brain. Despite the specificity of the cannabinoid receptors, CBD binds to CB1 receptors but not directly.
This way, CBD has no direct impact on the brain to cause a high feeling.
Is CBD legal?
The Farm Bill of 2018 legalized the cultivation of hemp in the United States. CBD is mainly derived from hemp plants thus legalizing it throughout the US federally. Legal CBD has to be extracted from these hemp plants that contain 0.3% THC or less.
This federal legalization is subject to state laws and regulatory measures from agencies such as the FDA. So, if you are wondering whether the feds will be coming for you for using or possessing CBD, cast your doubts away and enjoy the massive benefits of this cannabinoid.
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