What Is CBD and How Does It Work?

What is CBD

According to The Hemp Business Journal, over the next three years, the CBD market is predicted to grow by 700%. Yet, in a survey conducted in 2016, only 5% of Americans know what CBD is. For an industry that is supposed to grow exponentially, it sure does seem like the public needs to become more educated on this product. We are here to help!

What is CBD?

CBD – Cannabidiol- is one of the 60 cannabinoids found in cannabis. Cannabinoids are a group of active, naturally occurring compounds found in all cannabis plants. Tetrahydrocannabinol, aka THC, is the most well-known cannabinoid and is associated with marijuana’s psychoactive properties. Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a “high” effect and can offer relief and benefits without the disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria. How do cannabinoids interact with the human body and why do cannabinoids cause different effects? To answer this question, we must introduce the endocannabinoid system.

The Endocannabinoid System and how CBD works

In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan poured tens of millions of dollars into a study to prove that marijuana damages the human brain. But, rather than showing how marijuana harms the brain, the Reagan administration ended up subsidizing a series of studies that culminated in the discovery of the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a collection of cell receptors and the corresponding molecules (agonists) in the human body. This system helps to regulate sleep, appetite, mood, motor control, immune function, pleasure, pain, reproduction and fertility, memory and temperature regulation. When the ECS is in balance, one experiences homeostasis.

Endocannabinoids are the molecules that act as chemical messengers that bind to cannabinoid cell receptors and tell the body to do certain things. The human body naturally produces endocannabinoids with the help of consuming foods like fatty acids found in nuts and fish. The 60 cannabinoid molecules found in cannabis also have the ability to bind to cannabinoid receptors. Although different cannabinoids (like CBD and THC) cause different effects, it is all through the same system that similar molecular messages are sent throughout the body. Put more simply, the molecules found in cannabis plants aid in the human body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for many vital functions.

What does CBD help to treat?

The CBDistillery™ is legally unable to make medical claims in regards to our products, but would highly suggest doing further research. Here are some great resources:

Project CBD: https://www.projectcbd.org/conditions

PubMed clinical studies: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=CBD

The statements made regarding CBD (cannabidiol) have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products and the testimonials made have not been confirmed by FDA- approved research. These products are not intended to diagnosis, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.

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Sources:

https://www.leafly.com/news/science-tech/what-is-the-endocannabinoid-system

http://www.leafscience.com/2017/03/17/the-endocannabinoid-system-a-beginners-guide/

https://www.projectcbd.org/how-cbd-works

http://herb.co/2016/07/28/endocannabinoid-system-dummies/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/debraborchardt/2016/12/12/the-cannabis-market-that-could-grow-700-by-2020/#568255c34be1

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8 thoughts on “What Is CBD and How Does It Work?”

  1. This really works I tell people that thinks this plant only get you high but there’s cbd and it helps without having that feeling of getting you high it work on the pain and not get you that funny feeling

  2. Superb website you have here but I was curious if you
    knew of any message boards that cover the same topics discussed in this article?

    I’d really like to be a part of community where I can get
    feedback from other experienced people that share the same interest.

    If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!

    1. Hi there, we do not have any specific suggestions, sorry that we could not be of more assistance. I would recommend doing further research 🙂

    1. Our 99% CBD Isolate does not contain any THC, our Tinctures contain less than 0.3% THC. However, We are unable to legally state whether or not one of our customers will pass a drug test for any of our products. If that is a concern, I would recommend doing some further research at ProjectCBD.org, before making the decision to consume any CBD products.

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