With the fast pace of advancements in the medical field, we’re sure you might’ve heard the name “CBD” pop up a numerous amount of times in the last couple of years. At least the pharmaceutical companies have made themselves quite known to this term.
CBD, also known as “Cannabidiol”, is derived from the hemp plant which is from the same species that of marijuana itself. Yes, that means that it is a variety of the Cannabis Sativa plan with the exception that Hemp has little to no THC (the psychoactive substance in marijuana) and a very high amount of CBD.
Since that makes Cannabidiol non-psychoacive and non-addictive too, this was all the green light that pharmaceutical companies and experts needed to start working on it to see how this might benefit the consumers.
As of today, CBD stands for is one of the most potential holding topics the people have been hearing the buzz about. If you didn’t, then we sure did for you, and here’s what there is to know about it.
CBD: What Is It?
CBD (cannabidiol), is one of the numerous cannabinoids that are found in the hemp plant. 113 known ones, to be exact. And cannabinoids are the reason for the beneficial medical properties of the hemp plant.
Ranging from CBD to CBC (cannabichromene), CBG (Cannabigerol), CBN (Cannabinol), and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), these cannabinoids tend to work with each other to give medically enhancing results.
Out of all these, the name THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is quite the infamous one as it has psychoactive properties and is especially present in a high quantity in marijuana which is what gives us the psychedelic experience or “high” when we smoke it.
On the other hand, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it will not give the consumer feeling of being “high” and has many benefits such as helping with anxiety, inflammation, pain, depression, progressive muscle recovery, etc.
Check out this interesting article: What is Full Spectrum CBD Oil?
Will CBD Make Me High?
If you’re looking for a simple answer (like me), then no, this particular Cannabinoid will not make you high. If you’re looking for a more technical answer (also like me), then it is known to work with different receptors that are present in our brain, especially with ECS (endocannabinoid system) which is a cell-signalling system of the brain, if put simply. The endocannabinoid system is a natural system in all mammals and is fully functional even with no exposure to Cannabis, ever.
The ECS plays a crucial role in the regulation of mood, memory, pain perception, balance, metabolism etc. The two most dominant receptors in this system are CB 1(cannabinoid receptor 1) and CB 2 (cannabinoid receptor 2). Now, the way cannabinoids present in the hemp plant such as CBD work with these receptors by binding with one or both the receptors.
And since it is non-psychoactive, thus the compound will not bind with the receptors to alter your senses. So yeah, you won’t get high when using it.
Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which as discussed before is a powerful compound of the marijuana plant and which tends to directly bind with both the CB receptors to exert mind altering effects.
CBD isolate which is 99.9% pure CBD, contains no other compound other than Cannabidiol. Broad Spectrum CBD contains all beneficial flavonoids, terpenes, essential oils and cannabinoids that work with CBD to enhance its effects. Broad Spectrum CBD, still however, does not contain THC. Full Spectrum CBD is the only one you have to look out for because it contains all the compounds in the Cannabis plant. The percentage although, varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.
How Can I Take CBD?
You just pour it in a spoon and that’s it. Nah we’re just joking around with you. The popularity this compound has gained in recent years has enabled the pharmaceutical companies to embed it in several products ranging from CBD topicals, capsules and IVs to edibles like CBD oil, CBD gummies , (yes, there are gummies that made from it), and many more products.
And each of these products has its respective uses and their respective fan following at the moment. Consumers have reported much better results when using these products compared to their other regular medical drugs, the reason being the fact that these Cannabidiol products have much fewer (or none) side effects in this regard.
Where Does It Lead Us?
When it comes as a whole, its complexity has made the research on it move with baby steps, and much more is to be known about it. But given its mass popularity with much-appreciated health benefits, the motivation is certainly there for the experts to keep researching on it.
Whether you want to indulge in the CBD saga or not that’s totally up to you. Proper consultation with your doctor or an expert is most certainly advised and appreciated since your health is definitely our priority and should be yours too.