CBD 101

What is CBD?

CBD, cannabidiol, is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940 and is one of over 100 compounds from the cannabis plant and is most often derived from hemp. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that does not alter the mind or give you a feeling of being "high".  The negative connotation that is attached to cannabis comes from another cannabinoid - Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the psychoactive compound in cannabis that gives the "high" sensation.  CBD has been studied for it's role in treating many common health issues, including anxiety, depression, sleeping disorders, inflammation, cognition, pain, and more.  

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How does CBD work?

CBD interacts with something called the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is made up of receptors throughout the body and brain and is a vital part to our overall health.  The role of the endocannabinoid system is to bring balance to our tissues, including the heart, digestive, immune, endocrine, and reproductive systems.  CBD acts upon CB1 and CB2 receptors located throughout the body to produce positive outcomes.  By stimulating these receptors, CBD promotes homeostasis, reduced pain, and decreases inflammation.  

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