Updated: Jun 25, 2019
What is CBD?
CBD or Cannabidiol is one of two chemical compounds called cannabinoids derived from the cannabis sativa plants. The other cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, is the psychoactive part of marijuana and can produce a euphoric, psychoactive effect or in layman's terms, get you high.
There are two kinds of cannabis sativa plants, hemp and marijuana; both contain varying quantities of THC. Hemp, where most CBD products come from, must have less than 0.3 THC present. This means that CBD is does not produce a euphoric "high" or change a person's state of mind.
How does CBD work?
Your body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that processes signals from cannabinoids. The ESC helps to regulate important bodily functions like sleep, pain and immune-system responses.
The body produces some cannabinoids of its own, called endocannabinoids. CBD can help the body to use its own endocannabinoids more effectively.
According to one study exploring the effects of CBD in epilepsy, the reason why this happens is because CBD doesn't really effect the ECS. CBD actually activates or inhibits other compounds in the endocannabinoid system.
What are CBD benefits?
CBD can help prevent the body from absorbing anandamide, a compound associated with how your body regulates pain. This means that by boosting anandamide levels in the bloodstream, CPD may reduce the amount of pain the body feels. This has huge implications on many different aspects in the fitness and health industry and is partly the reason behind the spike in interest in CBD.
CBD could also limit inflammation in the nervous system and the brain; benefiting those who experience insomnia, pain and some immune-system responses.