What is CBD?

What is CBD?

 

If you are just hearing the buzz around cannabidiol (CBD) and have questions this article is here to help. In this article we will touch briefly on what CBD is, how it was popularized, and the current legal environment surrounding CBD products. If you are already familiar with cannabis and CBD and are wondering how to properly use it, you will want to jump ahead to our blog post on CBD products and Dosing.

So, what is CBD?  To understand CBD, we need to take a closer look at the cannabis plant in general. Although cannabis can be a great source for fiber and grain, it is more widely known today for the chemical compounds found in its flowers. These compounds are called cannabinoids. 

Today, more than 100 have been discovered. Two of the most prominent compounds are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the compound that when consumed, although not harmful, may have a psychoactive effect and give you that “high” feeling, depending on how much you take. THC is also gaining popularity as a medicinal alternative to narcotics and other pharmaceuticals. THC is much more regulated, which is why it’s more expensive than CBD. 

CBD, however, has no psychoactive effect.

CBD is still very beneficial for a wide variety of ailments. We are able to extract CBD from hemp (Side note, hemp is cannabis with less than 0.3% THC, basically meaning you will NOT get high if consumed) which makes for a much more friendly legal environment, and as a result of that, cheaper medicine.  As it sits today, hemp cultivation is federally legal, and most states have laws in place to allow for the growing of hemp. 

In the last several years since hemp and CBD have become popular, consumers have reported CBD provided much needed relief from countless ailments including,

  • chronic back pain
  • muscle tension
  • anxiety
  • inflammation
  • muscle soreness
  • nausea, sleeping disorders
  •  arthritis

So, what does it feel like when you take CBD?

Most importantly, it will not get you high and is perfectly safe. It is even safe enough to use on your pets. 

 Some consumers report feeling a sense of calm and relaxation, an improved ability to focus and others report a feeling of relief. So the short answer to this question, is that everyone is different, but CBD will not impair your ability to function unlike high amounts of THC, alcohol, antibiotics, etc. 

Is CBD right for you or your pet? The answer to this question is one that only you will know. 

If you or your pet have an ailment that you have not been able to find relief from with other medication, or you are simply looking for a more healthy and natural way of relief, we recommend starting with a small daily dose and seeing how you feel after two weeks. 

For more information on CBD products and dosing, you can click here to be taken to our blog post on that topic.

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