Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in many plants, with the most popular being cannabis. Cannabis has a long history of being used for medicinal purposes, dating back thousands of years.
Cannabis contains over 100 compounds called phytocannabinoids. CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are the two most popular compounds found in cannabis. These are also the two components of cannabis that have been most studied by scientists.
Both of these compounds have incredible therapeutic properties. But, unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and will not leave the user feeling “stoned”. This is because the two compounds act in different ways and on different receptors in the human brain and body. CBD is perfect for people who want the health benefits of cannabis, but without the high.
Cannabis vs. Hemp
You have most likely heard the words cannabis, marijuana, and hemp all thrown out interchangeably when reading about CBD. However, there is a distinction. Cannabis sativa is a plant family that has two primary species, hemp and marijuana. While both species contain CBD compounds, there is a much higher percentage of CBD in hemp, which also has very low levels of THC (.3%) compared to marijuana. CBD with <.3% THC is legal in all 50 states, while anything with >.3% THC is only legal on a state by state basis. (All of CBD Revolutionaries products come from Industrial Hemp plants and are guaranteed to be within the legal limits.)
How does CBD work?
CBD works by interacting directly with the human body’s endocannabinoid system(ECS) to maintain homeostasis. The ECS is made up of receptors that regulate bodily functions such as pain, appetite, mood, memory, sleep, immune system function, bone development, and metabolism. These receptors, which are categorized as CB1 and CB2, are activated either by endocannabinoids produced by the human body, or phytocannabinoids which come from plants
Since CBD interacts with all of these different bodily functions, the list of benefits it has is very long.
CBD can be used to help:
Reduce risk of diabetes and obesity
Lower risk of cardiovascular disease
AddictionProtects against bone disease/broken bones
Protects and heals skin
And many more!
How to Use CBD
CBD is most commonly used as an oil tincture, administered the liquid under the tongue (sublingual). Besides CBD Oil, topicals are the next most popular. These include CBD Balm, CBD Lotion, CBD dummies, CBD capsules, CBD Vapes and much more! It is recommended to start CBD with a very low dose until you are aware how it affects you. Everyone's CBD receptivity is different so it is important to "start-low and go-slow." Come into Renewal Wellness to speak with a medical professional more about CBD and your health goals!
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