What is CBD or Cannabidiol?

What is CBD or Cannabidiol?

So you may or may not have heard of CBD before or know what it is short for. CBD is short for cannabidiol and it is a cannabinoid.  It is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis family that has significant medicinal benefits.  Another cannabinoid that you’ve also likely have heard of is THC.  THC is known for it’s psychoactive effective, giving you a “high” feeling whereas CBD is non-psychoactive. CBD is an excellent all natural alternative for those looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, stress, insomnia, autoimmune diseases and so much more.  CBD is legal as long as the product is below the legal limit of .3% THC.

Two plants that you’ve likely heard of are marijuana and hemp.  An easy way to tell the difference between the two is through testing where marijuana is high in THC and low in CBD and hemp is high in CBD and low in THC.  HCY products are all hemp based.  As I mentioned, CBD is a cannabinoid, which can come from two places, our body and plants.  In our bodies, cannabinoids interact with receptors within the endocannabinoid system to help keep us in homeostasis and balance.

The endocannabinoid system can be shortened to ECS.  I know I’m throwing a lot of information at you and you’re probably wondering either why you have never heard of it or why you are just hearing of it now. This system, found in every person (and mammal), was only truly discovered about 25 years ago.  The ECS is responsible for regulating our body processes and functions.  There are two main receptors of the ECS, CB1 and CB2.  In order for our bodies to function properly, one must maintain an adequate level of cannabinoids.  Studies have shown that when there is a lack of cannabinoids, our bodies can develop diseases and cause other ailments such as anxiety and stress.  This is where CBD comes in.  By taking CBD, your can heal, balance, and protect your body.

 

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