What is CBD?
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, seems to be everywhere now-a-days. But what is it and why all of the hype?
CBD is one of 112+ cannabinoids found in the cannabis/hemp plant. CBD can offer a wide range of health and therapeutic benefits for most people. CBD has significant and profound effects on how our bodies maintain homeostasis in the face of internal and external stressors. This is huge! We are all struggling with extra stress in our modern lives and our systems can easily get out of balance. CBD can help get us back into balance.
Unfortunately, a lot of people still associate hemp with marijuana, but there is NO THC in hemp. It will get you healthy, but it will not get you high. Once people understand that there is no “altered state high” associated with CBD, they get very excited about the many ways that CBD can support a healthy body and mind.
Cannabinoids are normally garnered from the hemp plant, but they can also be found in other plants such as Echinacea, Electric Daisy, Cacao, and Helichrysum, just to name a few. Many others can also activate our natural endocannabinoid system, such as black pepper, liverwort, black truffles, kava and Chinese rhododendron.
CBD is the most abundant (non-intoxicating) compound found within the hemp plant. This remarkable plant offers so many wonderful health benefits with over 400 active compounds including phytocannabinoids (CBD being one of them), terpenes, and flavonoids. These are some of the most studied at the moment, leading many scientists to refer to the plant as a “pharmacological treasure-trove” of potential. This is so exciting!
The hemp plant has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine along with many other cultures in the world. It has been used for medicine, food, fiber, ropes, clothes, and building materials successfully for that same amount of time but we are just now rediscovering its many benefits… with CBD as a main component.
CBD can be produced as a broad spectrum, using the whole plant, or from an isolate of just the CBD. In Virginia CBD can ONLY be obtained from the hemp plant which contains less than .3% TCH.
CBD can be taken for a variety of health concerns via a tincture, a pill, an edible (chocolate, mint, honey, tea, gummies, etc.), a topical cream or as an inhalant.
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