CBD is a substance that has been gaining popularity in recent years. CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is one of the main active ingredients found in hemp plants. Hemp and marijuana are both members of the cannabis family; however hemp does not contain any THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is what causes people to get high when they use marijuana. In this blog post we will cover CBD's benefits, history, and science!
A History of CBD
CBD has been used as an alternative medicine for centuries. It was first discovered by the Anglo-Indian physician Dr. Rajan Sircar in 1832 when he distilled hemp oil from industrial hemp plants that were imported into Bengal, India and renamed it CBD or “cannabinol” to represent the cannabis family of drugs.
Over the last several years, this alternative medicine has been legalized in the United States and is now sold in many stores. CBD has also been legalized as a dietary supplement in all 50 states since it does not contain any THC, which can be addictive to people with certain mental illnesses including anxiety or PTSD.
Possible Benefits of CBD
While more studies need to be done, some people are reporting CBD’s benefits to be the following:
- Anti-inflammatory: CBD has been shown in animal studies to help with inflammation. This can help reduce chronic pain and arthritis symptoms.
- Anticonvulsant: CBD has also been studied for its ability to lower seizures, primarily for those who suffer from epilepsy.
-Anti-anxiety/depression: CBD can affect the neurotransmitters in our brain, helping people with anxiety or depression.
- Anti-cancer: CBD has been shown to slow cancer growth and inhibit tumor formation by inhibiting cell proliferation (the ability of cells to reproduce).
The Science behind CBD
The question remains, how does CBD work?
- CBD is a type of cannabinoid, one of the active components in cannabis plants.
- Cannabinoids interact with receptors on cells throughout your body. The interaction between cannabinoids and these receptors has different effects depending on which receptor they bind to. For instance, THC binds directly to certain brain cell receptors that affects the pleasure center of the brain. CBD interacts mostly with different receptors in the brain and body, including those associated with pain, anxiety, nausea, depression and other mood disorders.
- CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory that can actually reduce inflammation by suppressing cytokines. Cytokines are cells that promote inflammation.
- CBD has also been shown to enhance nerve receptiveness , and promote the regeneration of nerves in animals. CBD has also been shown to be a neuroprotectant, which means it protects brain cells from harmful effects caused by drugs, toxins or diseases.
As you can see, there is a lot of information to take in about CBD. Whether it’s the history behind this trending product or what potential benefits are promised by many users, we hope that you find our brief overview helpful and informative. For more information on how CBD works or where you can purchase your own supply, visit our shop. We have plenty of products for sale as well as knowledge to share with those who would like some guidance before making their first purchase. Please feel free to contact us anytime if you have any questions!