Recently, CBD has skyrocketed in popularity. It helps to get rid of different diseases, but its use is quite controversial. People are also mystified about how exactly CBD affects our bodies. So, let’s first understand what it actually is.
CBD stands for cannabidiol (can.na.bid.i.ol) is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. Basically, It is a classical chemical compound from the cannabis Sativa plant.
Cannabidiol is one of many cannabinoids (compounds) in the cannabis plant. It is a type of oil that is derived from the cannabis plant, which has a medical property.
The two main compounds in cannabis are delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol. It’s been seen that THC is the most active constituent and has a psychological effect and it may get you high. In contrast, it is not psychoactive or doesn’t create any form of intoxication in the human body, which makes this compound an appealing option for those who are looking for medication purposes.
How does CBD work?
CBD (Cannabidiol) works when it interacts with our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is an internal series of cannabinoid receptors located in the body which manage to bring the body back to balance (homeostasis).
How to use CBD?
It is extracted from cannabis in either an oil or powder form. It is available in the market in different forms like liquid forms, capsules, sprays, creams, and chewing gum. Furthermore, It can also be taken orally or rubbed on the skin.
Benefits of Cannabidiol:
It has been known for calming yet energizing effects. It is also an antioxidant, antibacterial and anticonvulsant compound. In higher doses, it can be sedating. It is being prescribed to people suffering from arthritis, epilepsy, anxiety, insomnia, and digestive issues.
Is it legal?
It depends on whether the Cannabidiol is extracted from hemp or Marijuana. If it is extracted from hemp and has THC less than 0.3% then it is legal in all the states of the US. However, if the compound is extracted from Marijuana then it is illicit. For in-depth information click here.
Do you know
- 33% of American adults have consumed the products once or more. (SingleCare survey, 2020)
- 64% of Americans are aware of the compound and its products.. (Gallup poll, 2019)
- Approx 64 million Americans have tried CBD in the last two (Gallup poll, 2019)
CBD use by age ( U.S. 2020)
|Age||Use of CBD|
|18 – 20||6%|
|21 – 24||9%|
|25 – 34||24%|
|35 – 49||30%|
|50 – 65||22%|
|65 and older||9%|
According to Vincenzo Di Marzo, Cannabidiol affects how we relax, Sleep, eat, forget and protect. It is best to seek advice from a doctor before giving a thought to consuming CBD.