What is CBD?
CBD is one of the many compounds, known as cannabinoids, found in the cannabis and Hemp plant. Cannabinoids are unique because they act on cannabinoid receptors that are part of the endocannabinoid system found throughout the body. CBD is not intoxicating and has none of the psychoactive properties of marijuana.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD has an effect on our endo cannabinoid system. This is a body system exists in all humans. Scientists made the discovery of our endo cannabinoid system only in the 1980’s. The endocannabinoid system has four primary purposes including neuroprotection, stress relief, immune response, and regulating the body’s general state of balance, impacting faculties such as appetite, sleep, mood, and pain.
The endo cannabinoid system is a network of neurons and synapses throughout your body and brain. Almost every organ of your body, including your skin and digestive tract, contains cannabinoid receptors. These emit and respond well to cannabinoids — a chemical that the hemp plant produces and our own bodies produce. While CBD is a phytocannabinoid, or plant-based cannabinoid, your body also naturally produces cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids. The body's endocannabinoid system relies on the natural production of endogenous cannabinoids in order to function properly.
In order to produce the proper amount of endogenous cannabinoids, the body requires a sufficient amount of Omega-3 fatty acids. If your diet doesn't contain a sufficient amount of Omega-3 fatty acids, your body may be unable to produce the proper amount of endogenous cannabinoids on its own. In addition, because Omega-3 fatty acids grow and repair your CB1 receptors, the cannabinoids your body does produce may not affect the endocannabinoid system as strongly as they should. For this reason, it is important for everyone to eat a diet high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Not only are these compounds important for the endocannabinoid system, but they also promote human health in general by boosting fertility, lowering cholesterol, lubricating the joints, protecting vision, improving heart health and providing a number of other important benefits.
CBD inhibits the enzymes that break down endocannabinoids, leading to an increase in your body’s naturally-produced cannabinoids.
Will I get High?
CBD does not have any of the psychoactive properties associated with THC and marijuana and will not impair the user or get them “high.” Industrial hemp that has less than 0.3% THC content can yield high-quality CBD that is 99% pure.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CBD AND THC?
Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two main ingredients in the marijuana plant. Both CBD and THC belong to a unique class of compounds known as cannabinoids.
1. THC is probably best known for being the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. CBD, however, is non-psychoactive. CBD will not get you high.
2. THC is known to cause some people to feel anxious or paranoid. CBD is believed to have the opposite effect.
3. In addition to being non-psychoactive, CBD seems to have antipsychotic properties.
Is CBD legal?
While most countries have strict laws surrounding marijuana and THC, the legal status of CBD is less clear. The FDA of the United States considers hemp-derived cannabinoids to be a nutritional item, a food-based product, (not a medication), since they are derived from industrial hemp plants. If you live in the US, this means you do NOT need a prescription and can legally purchase and consume Cannabidiol in any state.
Does CBD oil cause side effects?
Hemp is considered generally safe, so there shouldn’t be any significant side effects of CBD, but we can’t rule them out as it really depends on how your body tolerates and adapts to these dietary supplements. You should consult your physician before using any dietary supplement.
Does CBD Show Up In A Drug Test?
According to Leafly.com, “...Individuals using unusually large doses of a cannabinoid-rich hemp oil product (above 1000-2000 mg of hemp oil daily) could theoretically test positive during the initial urinary screen. Although very rare, the urine screen in these cases would likely represent a “false positive” due to other non-THC metabolites or compounds, which may cross-react with the immunoassay. When this is the case, the confirmatory GC/MS test would be negative, since CBD and other cannabinoids will not be detected by the more accurate (and specific) GC/MS screen.”
Does CBD interact with other medications?
According to Project CBD, “CBD and other plant cannabinoids can potentially interact with many pharmaceuticals by inhibiting the activity of cytochrome P450, a family of liver enzymes. This key enzyme group metabolizes most of the drugs we consume, including more than 60 percent of marketed meds.
At sufficient dosages, CBD will temporarily deactivate cytochrome P450 enzymes, thereby altering how we metabolize a wide range of compounds, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which causes the high that cannabis is famous for.” Because of this, we recommend dosing CBD a minimum of 1-½ hours before or after taking any pharmaceutical medications. This will ensure your CBD and meds are both effective.
What are the benefits of CBD?
Research shows that CBD benefits include acting as an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic agent, and is therefore a potential medicine for the treatment of neuroinflammation, epilepsy, oxidative injury, vomiting and nausea, anxiety and schizophrenia.
Does our body make CBD?
Yes, humans produce their own cannabinoids, but they also have receptors designed specifically to recognize and respond to the endogenous cannabinoids produced. Together, the body's endogenous cannabinoids and the receptors that bind with them form the endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for a number of functions within the human body, such as maintaining homeostasis.