Cannabidiol (CBD): What is it, Why is it so Famous, and How Does it Work?
By Space Coast Daily // November 23, 2021
With the approval of the CBD law and regulations in the US, a striking choice was made. CBD cannabis and its distribution and use — industrial hemp (Cannabis Sativa L.), containing very low THC content and high percentages of CBD.
You can now legally buy and order your favorite CBD flower online from the best online websites and enjoy the many benefits of CBD cannabis and its derivates.
Besides, with newcomers on the US market, you can discover new weeds, CBD oils, and other CBD products from the European tradition and craftsmanship. That’s what companies are now bringing to your doorstep!
Why should you use CBD hemp?
It is precisely the active ingredient CBD that has strongly attracted the attention of people, including researchers. The benefits of this cannabinoid and the fact that it does not affect our mind in any way have meant that it became a substantial object of interest in the medical-scientific landscape, so much so that studies on it have grown exponentially.
Besides, consumers have also become interested in CBD (perhaps much more than the legality of non-psychoactive hemp). So much so that looking online for JustBob or other shops for products based on legal hemp — has become one of the most popular practices of last years. But what exactly is CBD? Is it helpful and useful or not? Let’s try to answer these questions.
What is cannabidiol? Is it a psychoactive substance?
CBD (short for cannabidiol) is a phytocannabinoïdes, a natural compound produced by the Cannabis sativa plant. Specifically, the glands of hemp called trichomes make this substance — and many other cannabinoids- concentrated, especially in the flowers, leaves, and other parts of the plant.
Thanks to the distribution of legal hemp and derivative products, CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system without giving psychotropic effects.
Hence, unlike THC, CBD is neither a psychoactive substance nor is it considered a drug. It does not alter our psyche and our perception of reality in any way. Therefore, it does not give euphoria, space-time alteration, and other typical consequences of taking THC.
Despite this, the intake of cannabidiol influences our body and has highly sought-after effects.
All the effects of CBD, the active (but not psychoactive) ingredient in hemp. Cannabinoids, in particular THC and CBD, interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, a complex system of neurotransmitters that regulates many functions, including sleep, mood, appetite, and memory. The endocannabinoid system comprises three essential components, endocannabinoids, enzymes, and receptors:
Endocannabinoids (endogenous cannabinoids) are molecules that our body produces itself. They are similar to cannabinoids but produced by the human body: we are not talking about CBD and THC, present only in cannabis, but about other substances such as anandamide and arachidonoylglycerol.
Enzymes deal with the breakdown of endocannabinoids once they have performed their function.
Cannabinoid receptors called CB1 and CB2 are present throughout the human body and bind to cannabinoids (both produced by the body and externally) to get the endocannabinoid system into action.
It is precisely the receptors that interact with CBD — and with the other cannabinoids — giving effects that have captured the attention of researchers in the medical-scientific field.
The effects that arise from the interaction of CBD with the CB1 and CB2 receptors are the following:
■ analgesic (pain reliever)
■ immunosuppressive and immunomodulatory
■ stimulant of appetite
In addition, the side effects are very mild: possible drowsiness due to muscle relaxation and low blood pressure in people suffering from hypotension (people suffering from hypertension benefit from the hypotensive effect of CBD instead).
CBD: can it be used in the pharmacological field?
The beneficial effects of cannabidiol make it one of the most popular natural substances for use in the medical field, so much so that medical cannabis-based drugs contain both CBD and THC. However, we cannot speak of a cannabidiol-based “cure.”
This active ingredient of cannabis can alleviate some symptoms (including pain and muscle stiffness) but cannot be considered a remedy for pathologies. Furthermore, although animal experiments have given positive results, studies applied to humans are still few.
CBD is not a drug!
For this reason, all around the US, products such as CBD oil, light marijuana (i.e., cannabis Sativa with THC less than 0.2%), cannabidiol crystals, and much more can be traded …
That’s why so many people are now looking at this natural product to help their bodies and minds.
Besides, cannabis-based drugs are made exclusively with medical marijuana grown under very strict specifications by some certified companies, which contain THC and CBD. Therefore, these medicines are not comparable to either light cannabis or the resulting CBD oil, as (ironically!) The cannabis from which they derive is psychoactive.