New to CBD? NBD. :) Read on for CBD 101.
New to CBD? NBD. :) Read on for CBD 101.

CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is one of more than 113 active cannabinoids found in cannabis—also known as hemp. CBD is non-intoxicating, and has been found to offer a vast range of healing properties, most notably to suppress inflammation throughout your body.

LET'S START WITH SOME BASICS:

  • Does CBD get you high? No. CBD is completely non-psychoactive.
  • Are cannabis, hemp, and marijuana all the same thing? No. Think of cannabis as an umbrella. Hemp and marijuana are two pals huddled under it (but very different pals).

Cannabis (or Cannabis Sativa) is a family of plants, of which marijuana and hemp are members. Although they’re relatives, marijuana and hemp have distinct differences in biology, appearance, and cultivation methods. The two were grouped together and banned during Nixon’s “War on Drugs” when his administration signed into law the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. And ever since, they've often been wrongfully lumped together. But just like two sisters, they're different.

Think of it like this: you're holding a bell pepper in one hand and a jalapeño pepper in the other. They're both peppers, but one is spicy and one is sweet. CBD (hemp) and THC (marijuana) are the same: both are cannabinoids, but they have thoroughly different effects on our bodies.

How CBD works with our bodies: Neurotramsmitter Animation

CBD has not yet been intensely studied in a clinical setting (since until recently it was illegal), but pre-clinical and clinical studies suggest that CBD has “broad therapeutic value,” and can be well-tolerated by, well, pretty much everybody. *chef's kiss*

SO HOW DOES IT ACTUALLY WORK?

CBD works in our bodies by supporting our endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS plays a major role in balancing our bodies’ most important functions—from sleep, to mood, to appetite, to bowel movements—you get the idea.

Our bodies naturally produce their own endocannabinoids to support this system, but just like with any other nutrient, we can have a deficiency and may need extra support—especially in times of mental and physical stress.

TLDR: The most basic way CBD works with our body is by blocking the breakdown of our own endocannabinoids, allowing our bodies to use more of what they're already naturally producing.

The typical results of regularly taking CBD are feelings of calm, overall balance, lessened anxiety, reduced inflammation, and healthier sleep cycles.

And we could all use a little bit more of those, right?

CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is one of more than 113 active cannabinoids found in cannabis—also known as hemp. CBD is non-intoxicating, and has been found to offer a vast range of healing properties, most notably to suppress inflammation throughout your body.

LET'S START WITH SOME BASICS:

  • Does CBD get you high? No. CBD is completely non-psychoactive.
  • Are cannabis, hemp, and marijuana all the same thing? No. Think of cannabis as an umbrella. Hemp and marijuana are two pals huddled under it (but very different pals).

Cannabis (or Cannabis Sativa) is a family of plants, of which marijuana and hemp are members. Although they’re relatives, marijuana and hemp have distinct differences in biology, appearance, and cultivation methods. The two were grouped together and banned during Nixon’s “War on Drugs” when his administration signed into law the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. And ever since, they've often been wrongfully lumped together. But just like two sisters, they're different.

Think of it like this: you're holding a bell pepper in one hand and a jalapeño pepper in the other. They're both peppers, but one is spicy and one is sweet. CBD (hemp) and THC (marijuana) are the same: both are cannabinoids, but they have thoroughly different effects on our bodies.

How CBD works with our bodies: Neurotramsmitter Animation

CBD has not yet been intensely studied in a clinical setting (since until recently it was illegal), but pre-clinical and clinical studies suggest that CBD has “broad therapeutic value,” and can be well-tolerated by, well, pretty much everybody. *chef's kiss*

SO HOW DOES IT ACTUALLY WORK?

CBD works in our bodies by supporting our endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS plays a major role in balancing our bodies’ most important functions—from sleep, to mood, to appetite, to bowel movements—you get the idea.

Our bodies naturally produce their own endocannabinoids to support this system, but just like with any other nutrient, we can have a deficiency and may need extra support—especially in times of mental and physical stress.

TLDR: The most basic way CBD works with our body is by blocking the breakdown of our own endocannabinoids, allowing our bodies to use more of what they're already naturally producing.

The typical results of regularly taking CBD are feelings of calm, overall balance, lessened anxiety, reduced inflammation, and healthier sleep cycles.

And we could all use a little bit more of those, right?

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