Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the reasons cannabis offers so many diverse medicinal and therapeutic effects. With absolutely no toxicity (feeling high) when you consume CBD, it is an ideal wellness choice for consumers who are hesitant to indulge in the regulated cannabis market.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol is one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in cannabis. It is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. CBD occurs naturally in breast milk, prompting some to hypothesize that cannabinoids support your immune system and development.
How does CBD work?
In the human body we all have endocannabinoid systems. Simply put, CBD helps to make things happen in our endocannabinoid system. It acts like a catalyst for our bodies.
The scientific explanation is a bit more complex. CBD affects the body’s endocannabinoid system by activating other receptors (like serotonin receptors) and reduces the action of an enzyme that works on the endocannabinoid system. CBD also prevents the breakdown of anandamide, your body’s primary natural cannabinoid. Recent studies of CBD demonstrate the potential to positively affect everything from pain to anxiety.
How can CBD help women?
Women in my life have taken CBD for everything from eczema to diabetes to managing their monthly menstrual cycle. CBD appears to have a wide range of wellness benefits that include acne, fibromyalgia, schizophrenia, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, and Crohn’s disease. CBD has evolved to be considered by many women as another holistic wellness option, just like essential oils or practicing yoga.
Does it matter if you get your CBD from cannabis or industrial hemp?
It’s important to understand that if you take 25 mg of CBD, it doesn’t matter whether the CBD comes from a hemp plant or a cannabis plant: they’re exactly the same chemically and will do exactly the same things. There is a lot of confusion about terms when it comes to hemp CBD and cannabis CBD. If you are specifically looking to medicate for seizures or epilepsy you may find more comprehensive relief using whole plant medicine, with THC and CBD, but if you are comparing CBD alone, it makes no difference where the CBD is extracted from.