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 anxiety, inflammation, pain, and to help calm and focus the mind. You can even buy it for your pets.
Following the widespread legalization of marijuana for medical purposes, scientists have begun to look more closely at CBD. Studies have shown that CBD has a plethora of beneficial health effects.
Some key effects: it reduces inflammatory responses, limits cancer cell proliferation, reduces brain damage from neurodegenerative diseases, and is an antipsychotic. 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 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. These cell-signaling activities drive the body’s growth, healing, and day-to-day functioning. Cannabinoid receptors affect appetite, memory, mood and pain. CBD also binds to serotonin receptors, an important class of receptors that affect a wide range of biological processes, including addiction, anxiety, cardiovascular function, memory, mood, sleep and sociability.
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.