What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?
What is Cannabidiol or CBD? This may be a question that you find yourself asking if you are not familiar with this terminology. The term Cannabidiol or CBD is starting to show up in many places. CBD or Cannabidiol is showing up in news stories about the health benefits it has offered individuals. It is also showing up on the ingredient list of many different health and beauty products.
That’s not all though! CBD can also be found in a plethora of food and beverage products these days as well. The industry/market surrounding CBD is growing at a substantial rate each year. Current predictions estimate that the CBD market will be worth more than $22 Billion by the year 2020.
The Basics of Cannabidiol (CBD)
So, what is Cannabidiol (CBD)? To truly understand what CBD is, you must first know a little about the anatomy of cannabis, the different types of cannabis, and how cannabis interacts with the human body. Here is a quick breakdown!
Cannabis is a miraculous plant species that comes in two basic forms. Those forms being non-psychoactive hemp commonly used for industrial purposes and psychoactive cannabis commonly referred to as marijuana. Within the cannabis plant, there are thousands of incredible compounds including cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids to name a few.
CBD or Cannabidiol is one of many cannabinoids found within cannabis. In particularly, CBD is a phytocannabinoid as it is only produced by plants. The other type of cannabinoid is an endocannabinoid which is produced naturally by the human body within the body’s endocannabinoid system.
The Endocannabinoid System
The Endocannabinoid System which exists in every mammal known to man is one system in the body that you didn’t learn about in science or health class. That may be because it wasn’t discovered until the early 1990s. This system very well may be the most vital system in the anatomy of mammals.
This is because it is responsible for helping to create a state of homeostasis within the body. Through the absorption of cannabinoids such as CBD, the endocannabinoid system is able to do just this. Within the endocannabinoid system, there are hundreds of cannabinoid receptors known as CB1 and CB2 receptors.
When cannabinoids such as CBD are introduced to the body, it is absorbed by these receptors. In return, it signals the body to create communication between nerves and cells which was previously nonexistent. Through this communication, the body is able to provide relief from a variety of ailments naturally.
It’s wasn’t until the prohibition of cannabis occurred that we started to see the increase in life-altering and life-threatening illnesses that we have today.
So now that you know CBD is a cannabinoid found in cannabis plants; let’s take a look at why it is being added to a plethora of different products. For decades now, the U.S. government and health officials in the country have continued to support the prohibition against this plant, denying that it offers any medical benefits. This is despite the fact that they have held a patent on cannabinoids since the late 1990s.
The Science of Cannabidiol
Meanwhile, in other countries around the world, there has been a substantial amount of research performed regarding the benefits of cannabinoids such as CBD. What they have concluded is merely remarkable. The research surrounding CBD has explicitly found that the compound does indeed offer significant medical benefits. It’s not just CBD either, it’s a plethora of different cannabinoids such as CBD, THC, THCv, CBN, CBG, and CBC that make cannabis medicine and allow the endocannabinoid system to work at its highest capacity. Together they create what is known as the Entourage Effect. Isolated, however, they are still very beneficial. Take CBD, or Cannabidiol for example.
Science surrounding CBD specifically suggests that it could provide relief from anxiety, depression, muscle spasms, epileptic seizures, inflammation, pain, and nicotine addiction. It has also been shown to drastically improve many different skin conditions as well as reduce the effects of conditions such as Huntington's Disease, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Schizophrenia, Rheumatism, Sickle Cell Anemia, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's and many others.
In addition, CBD make also help to strengthen bone density and could help in the fight against antibiotic resistance as well. The psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis known as THC can also be counteracted with the consumption of CBD. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the many different ways that CBD or Cannabidiol can be beneficial to the human body. It’s not only humans either.
CBD for Pets
Today, you can find a plethora of products on the market containing CBD that are specially formulated for pets such as cats, dogs, and even horses. Seeing how every mammal has an endocannabinoid system, it only makes sense that animals could also benefit from the absorption of CBD by the body.
When it comes to pets, CBD may help with many of the same issues that it helps us with. From anxiety and inflammation to seizures, skin disorders, behavioral issues and more, CBD is here to help not just us, but also our furry friends. For many years before the prohibition of cannabis, hemp was a significant component of livestock feed as well as pet foods. Since then, however, hemp is no longer an ingredient in these products so the only way that mammals can nourish their endocannabinoid system is through products such as CBD oil or CBD infused treats.
So, What is Cannabidiol?
Cannabidiol, or CBD for short is a miraculous compound found in cannabis plants, in both the form of hemp and medical marijuana. It is a phytocannabinoid that is being added to everything from food and beverages to health and beauty products and it seems everything in between. It is a compound that could drastically improve the quality of life for millions of people around the globe.
It is up to us as a society to share the knowledge and truth surrounding cannabis with others. That includes the knowledge that we have pertaining to the fantastic cannabinoid known as Cannabidiol or more simply, CBD.