What is CBD? Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the two main ingredients of Cannabis. A non-psychoactive ingredient, and therefore completely different from THC – the other main ingredient that causes mind-altering effects. At first glance, CBD and THC have the same chemical structure, but if we look closer, we can see differences in how their atoms are arranged. That’s why they affect our body in different ways.
So how does CBD work? It’s quite simple actually. Our body contains certain receptors known as CB1 and CB2. They create cannabinoids and are responsible for our emotions, mood, thinking, movement and sensing pain, among other things. So when we consume CBD, our body produces more of its cannabinoids – which have a positive effect on all these areas.
So how is this affecting our health? Research has shown us that CBD can be very helpful in certain medical and psychological cases where traditional medicine can fail. For example, CBD is known to relieve pain without any side effects. It can help with acute and chronic pain by stimulating the activity of the endocannabinoid receptors, interacting with neurotransmitters and at the same time – reducing inflammation.
CBD is also known to reduce cancer-related symptoms, mostly caused by chemotherapy. Studies showed us that concentrated CBD can also cause the death of cancer cells in human breasts.
Another area where CBD can be extremely helpful is for multiple sclerosis patients. It is known to significantly reduce spasms. On the other hand, psychologists can confirm that CBD can help with patients suffering from insomnia, anxiety, and PTSD.
Are you thinking of trying it yourself? CBD products can be found in different forms and shapes. Some of the most popular ones include oils and tinctures, CBD-infused edibles, creams and lotions, skin patches and vapes. They all have slightly different purposes and can be very helpful for different medical issues. Their effect also varies. Depending on what product you use, it can take 20 minutes up until 5 hours to feel the effect.
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