CBD stands for cannabidiol, a natural component of the hemp plant. Unlike its more famous cousin THC, found in marijuana plants, CBD doesn’t get you “high” or otherwise impair your thinking or make you drowsy.
Recently, CBD has exploded in popularity. People are using it for various reasons for both themselves and their pets.
Following the widespread legalization of marijuana for medical purposes, scientists have begun to look more closely at CBD. Scientists have begun dozens of clinical trials to prove CBD’s health benefits and earn FDA approval for using it to treat specific conditions. The FDA has already approved a CBD product called EPIDIOLEX® for children with severe forms of epilepsy.
CBD is one of more than 100 phytocannabinoids found in the hemp plant. These compounds are related to endocannabinoids, substances produced naturally in the human body. Cannabinoids are one of many types of molecules that, whether produced by the body or ingested, plug into receptors – docking ports on the surfaces of cells.
When a molecule binds to a receptor, it triggers a cascade of biochemical activity. CBD also binds to serotonin receptors, an important class of receptors that affect a wide range of biological processes.
Not all CBD products are alike, however, which is why you need to know what you’re getting.
Use this product only as directed on the label. Do not use this product if you are pregnant or nursing. Consult with your doctor before use if you have a serious medical condition or are taking a prescription medication. Seek a doctor's advice before using this or any other dietary supplement. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. CBD products and statements about CBD have not been evaluated by the FDA.