What is Cannabidiol (CBD) and Where Can I Buy It?
You — and pretty much everybody who benefited from it — might not know this, but cannabidiol (CBD) has been helping people with a range of ailments for thousands of years. It is just now that CBD is starting to make a household name for itself.
Surely you have come across it in a store or at a friend or relative’s house and if you have not started using it yourself, you have probably thought, “What is Cannabidiol?”
Despite its history as a beneficial supplement, that is the exact question that a lot of people ask when they see those three letters together. When coffee shops are serving CBD lattes and big fast food chains are experimenting with CBD burgers and your friend is picking her teeth with CBD toothpicks, it is hard not to ask that question.
It is only within the last five years or so that CBD started to emerge from the shadows of healthcare to become the buzzy product in a vast market of health and wellness products. But this tiny little aspect of a plant with plenty of notoriety is still shrouded in plenty of mystery.
Cannabidiol is derived from the cannabis plant. Yes, that cannabis plant. The same one that produces marijuana. While THC has a more infamous resume, CBD’s is much more innocent.
There are many parts of the cannabis plant. Think of it as a family tree where CBD and THC are related — but keep in mind that there is a lot that separates them. Treat them like cousins because that is really what they are. While THC has psycho active elements that can alter your state of mind, CBD does not.
Cannabidiol is one of 113 identified phytocannabinoids unique to cannabis that produce the plant’s expansive therapeutic profile.
what is cannabidiol?
Everyone wants to know what is cannabidiol?. Cannabidiol is a naturally occurring substance that is used in oils and edibles and bath bombs and lotions and chapsticks that can elicit a feeling of relaxation and calm. Actually, its effects can extend a lot further. Studies have shown CBD to be an effective agent in helping children with epilepsy.
CBD is also being studied to see how effective cannibidiol can be in helping treat Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and anxiety.
It has also proven effective in helping people with sleep issues. Research has shown that the body’s endocannabinoid system helps maintain specific body functions like appetite, mood, sleep and regulating the circadian rhythms.
There is a network of cannabinoid receptors in the brain and central nervous system that make it possible for cannabidiol to help stabilize these functions. Some research shows that the CBD interacts with receptors to potentially impact the sleep/wake cycle.
And when you pull yourself out of bed and feel a little rigid, CBD can help reduce pain in achy muscles and joints when applied as a topical cream or salve.
As mentioned above, many of CBD’s benefits are on the mind and the joints and muscles. However, CBD is starting to be used as aid in the battle against aging. While it can not be called the fountain of youth, research — and customer reviews — indicate cannabidiol can be applied to combat acne and wrinkles.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to reduce sebum, an acne-causing oil, CBD has the potential to help reduce the likelihood of acne and the ability to eliminate it when those blemishes pop up.
Because most skin problems are related to inflammation, CBD’s skin care uses have wide ranging potential. Some Glacier Organics customers have even reported that our CBD salve was effective in reducing the effects of eczema.
As it is still being studied and slowly emerging as a mainstream alternative to more traditional medicines, the questions about CBD will persist.
But as more and more people get on board and make the switch from pill to plants, those questions will begin to answer themselves.
And before long those CBD lattes and hamburgers will start popping up in more coffee shops and burger joints.