What is CBD? Where does CBD come from? What does CBD do?
The answers to those questions will facilitate you to better understand cannabidiol.
What is cbd? Where does it come from?
For centuries, humans have used CBD to treat a wide range of medical ailments. It was a respected natural remedy thanks to its anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and anti-oxidative properties.
CBD is a cannabinoid molecule that is produced within the trichomes of Cannabis plants.
CBD is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). It is an essential component of medical marijuana and it's derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant.
CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does n't cause a “high.” According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there's no evidence of public health problems related to the use of pure CBD.”
Misconceptions about CBD
Many people mistakenly believe that hemp is the male version of marijuana, and that CBD is only found in these male plants. This is definitely inaccurate on multiple levels.
First, hemp isn't the ‘male’ version of cannabis. Hemp is a distinct genetic cultivar of cannabis, but it can exist as a male or female just like any other strain of cannabis.
In general THC is isolated from Cannabis marijuana plants, while CBD is isolated from Cannabis hemp plants. Hemp and marijuana plants can look very similar and US law distinguishes them based on the THC levels within the dry plant biomass. If a Cannabis plant has 0.3% THC or less it's classified as hemp while if a Cannabis plant has more than 0.3% THC it is classified as marijuana.
CBD Health Benefits
CBD has been touted for a large variety of health issues, but the strongest scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes.
CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.
A study from the European Journal of Pain showed, using an animal model, CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation because of arthritis.