Commonly Asked CBD Questions

What Does CBD Stand For?

CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, a naturally-occurring chemical compound classified as a phytocannabinoid and found most prominently in the industrial hemp plant. CBD is one of over 100 known phytocannabinoids and is a specific non-psychoactive cannabinoid which positively affects all biological systems in mammals via its interactions with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The CBD molecule mimics existing endocannabinoids produced in the body’s ECS, so it can perform the same critical regulating functions as our internally produced endocannabinoids.

What Is CBD?

CBD is a recently discovered molecule that is rising in popularity in health and medical communities around the world. Known to provide a number of health benefits, CBD is currently undergoing research as a treatment for multiple ailments. It has already received approval for use against epilepsy and MS and is being widely investigated for use against pain. As studies continue to demonstrate the effectiveness of CBD, it is expected that government regulatory bodies worldwide will come to sanction the use of CBD as a safe and effective option to treat various symptoms and conditions. In the meantime, anecdotal evidence of the promising effects of CBD for both humans and animals abounds, and the CBD market continues to explode with new products and applications. Due to the time required for formal research and regulatory approval, there is still much miseducation and confusion for consumers, as well as risks that come with unregulated products. Here we will examine CBD in detail to help explain what it is, how it works and how to safely purchase and consume it in order to benefit from the many positive effects it has shown to provide.

CBD Quick Facts

  • CBD is extracted from plants, most commonly industrial hemp
  • Legality and regulation varies depending on country and state
  • Promising research for mood disorders, skin conditions, inflammation and Alzheimer’s
  • Acts by affecting CB2 receptors throughout the body
  • Is 100% non-psychoactive (unlike THC’s psychoactive effects)
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