What is CBD?
- Cannabidiol (CBD)
- A cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits with non-psychoactive effects
- Cannabis is a known anti-inflammatory, with antioxidant and anti-aging properties.
- CBD is one of over 110 active cannabinoids inside marijuana plants and is most predominant inside the resin glands (trichomes) of the female cannabis plant. Your body contains cell receptors known as cannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoids, found in cannabis, are agonists that bind to these receptors. Cannabinoid receptors can be found all over the body including, but not limited to, the:
- Digestive tract
- Reproductive organs
Together all of these cells make up the larger endocannabinoid system (ECS). If cannabinoid receptors are locks, then agonists – or the cannabinoids found in CBD – are keys. CBD interacts with cells in our bodies that we produce naturally called endocannabinoids. These cells are able to interact due to their similar composition.
The ECS system has been described as the greatest neurotransmitter system in the body and has a hand in just about everything your body does including:
- Autonomic nervous system
- Female reproduction
- Immune system
- Stress response
CBD can be derived from both marijuana plants as well as hemp plants. Hemp naturally contains low concentrations of THC, and high concentrations of CBD. Because hemp is used for products such as paper and clothing, CBD can also be created as a byproduct of these processes.