CBD gummies! CBD capsules! CBD bath bombs! CBD vape pens! There is a huge industry currently being built around a plant that confuses a lot of people. That’s understandable too, as it’s not always the easiest to understand exactly what CBD is and why it’s necessary to add to your health care regimen.
Let’s dive into what CBD is, what it isn’t, and why it can be beneficial for so many people.
What Is CBD?
Every animal has an endocannabinoid system. It’s the system inside our bodies that regulates us and puts us in homeostasis (provides balance to our whole bodies). We need that balance to live long happy lives. CBD (Cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid that is found in the cannabis plant. There are 113 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. The two that we’ll be talking about are CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
What is CBD? It’s a cannabinoid that binds to your CB2 receptor, whereas THC binds to your CB1 receptor. Your CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain and are the ones responsible for giving you that euphoric “high” feeling. Whereas your CB2 receptors are found all over your body, including in your central nervous system and in your immune system. When CBD binds to your CB2 receptors, it helps support your endocannabinoid system which then helps keep your body balanced.
What Isn’t CBD?
CBD is not a product that will get you high, it will not put you in an altered state of mind, or even cause you to build up a chemical dependency to it. CBD is not the same as it’s euphoria-inducing compatriot THC.
If CBD doesn’t make you feel high or “altered” why do some companies claim that it can make you feel super relaxed and sleepy or even help you bring up your energy levels? That’s an easy one, at lower doses CBD can help boost your energy levels, whereas with higher doses it can have a sedative effect.
CBD is not a cure-all. CBD research is just starting to really gain a lot of insight into how beneficial CBD can be for certain health issues. CBD may help to improve your health in conjunction with traditional methods.
What Are The Benefits of CBD?
By working on our CB2 receptors, providing balance to our endocannabinoid systems CBD can help to boost our immune systems. It can also help to restore a healthy sleep/wake cycle. And can provide a natural boost to our energy without the side-effects of caffeine.
One of the most important benefits of CBD is the high amount of essential fatty acids such as Omega-3 and Omega-6. Omega fatty acids are important to help support brain and nervous system health.
Hemp-derived CBD, like that found in our La La Land Hemp Seed Oil CBD with Omega-3 capsules, is full of those essential fatty acids that make everything from our gastrointestinal systems to our hair/skin/and nails healthier.
For more information into the science of CBD, check out this great article from Leafly.