How CBD works

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CBD is a substance called a “cannabinoid”. Yes, that does come from the word “cannabis”.

Your body produces a substance called endocannabinoids on its own which regulate and stabilize our bodies and health. Endocannabinoids help cells “to communicate”. When this system is “out of whack” you have health and emotional issues, just like when your immune system is compromised, you get sick. Cannabinoids, like CBD, can help your body naturally produce more cannabinoids to help your endocannabinoid system.

Cannabinoids produce effects in the body by attaching to certain receptors throughout your body. These receptors are called CB1 and CB2.

CB1 receptors are throughout the body but most are in your brain. These receptors deal with movement, emotions, appetite, coordination, pain, thought and others.

The CB2 receptors are mostly in the immune system and affect pain and inflammation.

When you take a CBD product, the body starts to produce more cannabinoids which can strengthen your body and mind.

CBD comes from the marijuana plant. The marijuana plant produces both THC and CBD. THC is what gets you “high”. CBD products do not have THC (or if they do, it is so low, it is untraceable) so they don’t produce any mind-altering effect. You will be able to conduct your day normally when using them.

Taking CBD will not make you a “stoner”! CBD is derived from marijuana hemp plants that are grown for industrial uses and have no THC like marijuana plants grown for the recreational uses.

Cannabis incredibly contains at least 85 types of cannabinoids, many of which have documented medical value.

Research is very positive and many believe it is a natural alternative to help with:

Chronic Pain

Anxiety

Depression

Acne

Alzheimer’s

Arthritis

Sleep Disorder

Quitting smoking

PTSD

Rashes

What does “broad spectrum” mean? Some companies offer 100% CBD oil and others offer “broad spectrum” which is about 80-90% CBD oils, and 10-20% other parts of the cannabis plant. You would think the 100% would be best, but it is not. The 10-20% rest of the plant fiber actually helps your body process the CBD oil better.

Is the hemp oil sold on Amazon CBD oil? No, it is hemp oil supplements that have been around for ages and has no CBD effect at all. Amazon does not allow the sales of CBD oils on its marketplace. If the label says “hemp seed oil”, it is not CBD. CBD oil products will say "CBD" on the label.

Will it show up in drug tests? No, most are THC free, but even the ones with some THC, it is so insignificant, it will not show up. Use THC free if you will worry though.

Check with your doctor if CBD is right for you! I am certainly not a medical professional and only took one science course in college and that was Astronomy!

I am going to start taking CBD regularly and I will let you know the effects. I am going to start with a gummy twice a day. We are also getting some CBD creams that I will try to see the effect on skin texture.

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