CBD stands for cannabidiol, and it is one of the main active ingredients in cannabis. CBD has been known for a long time, first being discovered back in 1940, though full and conclusive research into its effects are still in motion.
In most places, the active ingredient within the cannabis plant, CBD, is legal while the cannabis plant itself still remains illegal. Scientific studies, and a vast array of anecdotal evidence has pointed to conclusions that CBD can have a vast range of health and wellbeing benefits, including possibly supporting better sleep, improved cognitive function, pain relief, and support with anxious thoughts.
THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in the cannabis plant, meaning that it’s the one that gets you high. This substance is closely related to many chemicals that can already be found in the human body, which are known as cannabinoids. These chemicals bind to receptors in the brain, and these receptors are responsible for a range of feelings.
For example, some receptors are linked to memory, pleasure, thinking, your perception of time, and coordination. When THC attaches itself to these receptors, these different areas will be affected, which is the reason why using cannabis will end up getting the user high.
In most cases, the effects of cannabis will impact the user within one minute of consumption if smoked or vaporised, though effects may start taking place up to 30 minutes later. Effects can last up to two hours, though this varies based on the individual’s tolerance and amount consumed.
THC and CBD are both secreted by the glands of the cannabis plant, and while they’re both technically cannabis, there are some very important differences between the two. The main difference is that CBD is legal and THC is not. This is because THC is psychoactive and CBD is not.
CBD contains 0% THC, meaning that you won’t feel any psychoactive effects when you use it.
For example, CBD won’t increase your appetite like THC, and it won’t result in any motor skill impairment. Another difference lies in how the two substances are sourced. CBD is harvested from hemp, which contains no THC.
While the molecular structure of CBD and THC is very similar, there are differences in the arrangement that result in different effects on the human body when consumed. Regardless, both bind to our receptors similarly.
The scientific certainties behind CBD have not yet been concluded. However, a vast range of studies, as well as significant anecdotal evidence suggests the wide reaching benefits of CBD. These benefits included:
CBD for mental health: potentially helping deal with specific anxiety disorders, supporting stress relief, supporting hormonal balance to regulate mood and in some cases help combat depressive thought.
CBD for sleep: some evidence has been found to suggest CBD may support a more regulated sleep pattern, and in some cases, has successfully helped to treat sleep conditions such as insomnia.
CBD for physical health: including some evidence CBD can be used to treat acute pain, and may also support the body’s response to conditions such as arthritis.
CBD for gut and hormonal health: some studies have linked CBD to supporting gut microbiome, as well as hormonal homeostasis.
CBD can be taken in a variety of different ways depending on the form it’s in.
CBD topicals are designed to be applied directly to the body. This can be done using fingers or the Gua Sha tool. Use desired amount and massage into body, allowing product to sink into skin. CBD topicals can be used up to 3 times a day to help support pain, aches, and recovery.
CBD can potentially help deal with many kinds of pain, including chronic pain. The ECS (Endocannabinoid System) is responsible for our pain relief as well as anti-inflammatory responses, allowing us to deal with things like back pain and other chronic issues that can affect our quality of life.
Some studies have gone over how CBD affects people who are suffering from a wide range of different types of pain, including how people react when using CBD and suffering from cancer related pain, fibromyalgia, and neuropathic pain.
Studies have summarised that CBD can sometimes help people deal with all kinds of different pain with a minimum level of risk. Compared to over the counter medication like Advil, there’s much less risk to using CBD to help manage your pain.
CBD may be able to help you recover after a workout. Some studies have shown that CBD may be able to help repair muscle damage caused by exercising. Repairing this damage helps you cut down on the amount of soreness that you’ll feel after your workout.
Muscle soreness after a workout is known as DOMS, which stands for Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness. This can make it harder to work out since you won’t be as motivated to continue if you always find yourself dealing with pain the next day.
If you’re dealing with a condition that reduces your mobility, like MS, you may have success taking CBD in your day-to-day life, to help you move around with greater ease. Topicals are a great way to apply CBD in this situation, as they work directly on the pain-point, and can be quickly absorbed into skin.
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