What is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a natural cannabinoid contained in the plants of the cannabis family. Both hemp and marijuana belong to this same cannabis plant family, but they are two distinct plants (technically, not taxonomically) with different CBD content.
Marijuana contains both CBD and quite a bit of THC. THC is an illegal substance in most states and countries as it causes an addictive high and has a potent psychoactive effect.
CBD vs. THC
THC is psychoactive while CBD is not. While both compounds are cannabinoids, they each interact with the body in different ways. THC directly engages the cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1), which is concentrated largely in the central nervous system.
CBD, however, doesn’t engage CB1 in the same way. As explained by neurologist and medical researcher Dr. Ethan Russo in an interview with Project CBD:
5 Main CBD Effects
Studies on CBD are quite recent, but there is enough evidence to support that CBD can…
- Reduce Nausea (helps people undergoing chemotherapy)
- Improve Appetite
- Relieve Pain
- Reduce Inflammation
- Reduce Stress and Anxiety
How to use CBD?
CBD is extracted from marijuana plants as either an oil or powder. These can be mixed into creams or gels. They can be put into capsules and taken orally, or rubbed on your skin. The multiple sclerosis drug nabiximols is sprayed as a liquid into your mouth.
How Much CBD Do You Need?
Depending on your ailment, you’ll need a different cannabidiol dosage depending on your symptoms. Also, each body reacts differently to CBD. Some people are extremely sensitive and need very little while, in rare cases, some don’t feel effects even with powerful dosages. Each person is unique, and you need to find your own sweet spot.
Still, there are some average numbers that can help you determine how much CBD you might want to start with.
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