WHAT IS CBD?
The term CBD has been popping up everywhere lately. From the nightly news and major websites to your local gas station and yoga studio. You have probably seen article headlines that say something or another about CBD. So what is CBD? I assume if you are here reading this article you are like the millions of other people wondering the exact same thing, what is CBD and why is it becoming so popular? So in this article, I’m going to try and break it all down for you. What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, also know as CBD is one of the many naturally occurring compounds found in the flower of the cannabis plant. (Yes, hemp is part of the cannabis family.) It is also one of more than a hundred phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. The two most studied and popular phytocannabinoids are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
While THC is known as the compound that causes the “high” that cannabis is famous for, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that is highly regarded to provide relief from chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, depression and many other physical and neurological conditions.
With an increase in opioid dependency nationwide, many people are looking for alternatives from traditional pharmaceuticals. CBD has seen a huge increase in use just over the past couple of years. While medical and more recently recreational marijuana has become more widely available, those looking for the benefits of cannabis for the first time are finding CBD to be a great way to step into the cannabis world.
Over the years, extensive research has been conducted on the benefits of cannabis, particularly CBD, and along with a mountain of anecdotal evidence, researchers have found CBD to be a potential treatment for a wide range of ailments. If you would like to read more about the benefits of CBD use check out this article by Harvard Medical School. As always, before you make any changes to your health and medication regiment, please speak to your medical professional.
HOW DOES CBD WORK?
CBD, like THC, interacts with our bodies in a wide variety of ways. The primary way CBD interacts with our bodies is through our endocannabinoid system.
CBD mimicks and augments the effects of the compounds in our bodies called “endogenous cannabinoids.” These “endocannabinoids” are part of the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system plays a major role in regulating a broad range of physiological processes that affect us every day; our mood, energy level, intestinal fortitude, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, glucose metabolism, how we experience pain, stress, hunger and much more.
In a 2014 publication, Pal Pacher and George Kunos, scientists with the U.S. National Institute of Health, stated, “modulating endocannabinoid system activity may have therapeutic potential in almost all diseases affecting humans.”
If you would like to read up on the discovery of the endocannabinoid system, check out this article here.
WHAT KIND OF CBD PRODUCT SHOULD I GET?
With so many different CBD products on the market, it can be hard to decide on what product to get. By far the most popular CBD products come in the form of a tincture. A liquid form of CBD, usually full spectrum, that is placed under the tongue using a dropper.
CBD is also very popular in the form of a topical. Great for use on sore muscles and joints, CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties make it great for post workouts.
When it comes to brands, not all brands are created equal. When looking for a CBD product make sure the manufacturer or retailer has a copy of the most recent COA (Certificate of Analysis). This will show you what exactly is in the product you are buying and how much CBD should be in the product.
Here at My Uncle’s CBD Shop we only carry brands that provide up to date COA’s and don’t add any extra, unnecessary ingredients to their products.