There are a lot of wellness trends out there and sometimes it can be hard to figure out which ones are simply passing fades or have legitimate benefits.
2018, my friends, is the year of CBD. I say this because Goop, the premier publication for anything high brow health related, is churning out articles like A Guide to CBD Spiked Cocktails. Basically, it’s having a real shining moment and I couldn’t be happier about it. CBD can help with a wide range of issues from anxiety to behavioral issues. If you are confused how it differs from cannabis though, you’re not alone. I’ve outlined everything you need to know about CBD Hemp Oil below.
What is CBD Hemp Oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound that is extracted from the hemp plant by pressing the cannabis seeds to extract the fatty oils from within. This oil is highly beneficial and has almost no THC aka it won’t make you high as a kite.
Let me be clear, there is no real difference between hemp and cannabis since they are technically from the same plant: Cannabis Sativa. With that said, hemp is considered legal in most countries since you can’t technically get high from it, which is why most CBD oil you can buy is from the hemp plant.
How does CBD work in the body?
The human body has two receptors for cannabinoids, CB1 and CB2. CB1 is primarily found in the brain and deals with coordination, pain, appetite, and memories, among others. THC attaches to these receptors. CB2 is more commonly found in the immune system. They affect inflammation and pain.
The old way of thinking was that CBD acted on the CB2 receptors but it now appears that it doesn’t act on either receptor directly. Instead, it seems to influence the body to use more of its own cannabinoids.
What are the benefits of CBD?
Because of the way CBD oil reacts in the body, it has many health benefits including natural pain relief, anti-seizure properties, reduces anxiety and can even treat acne.
Where can I find CBD Hemp Oil?
There are a number of sites online where you can find it or you can check your natural health food store to see if they carry it.