What is CBD?

What is CBD?

      What is hemp CBD and why is it the latest go-to product for health and wellness?

     Now legal in most states, industrial hemp has been flourishing in recent years. CBD (short for the chemical compound cannabidiol) can be applied topically with creams and oils, ingested with capsules, vaped, or smoked. CBD Hemp can be infused in everything from chocolate to chewing gum. It can be used as an ingredient in beard balms, shampoos, deodorants, and dog treats too. There’s even a cannabis-infused Carl’s Junior burger out there. Name a product and it’s probably out there.

     Curious what all the hype is over? Here’s your beginner’s guide.

 

Will CBD make you high?

     Before we dive into what it’s good for, let’s clarify what it isn’t. CBD isn’t psychoactive. It won’t make you high like it’s mind-altering cousin THC. Although CBD (associated with hemp) and THC (associated with marijuana or weed) both hail from the same plant genus (cannabis), the two are completely different compounds. It’s for that reason, hemp products must contain .3% or less THC.

 

What are the health benefits?

     While CBD might not be mind-altering, it can cause a number of other powerful results.

     Though research at the point is still limited, studies have found that CBD likely reduces stress and anxiety, relieves pain, and cures insomnia. It could also help reduce seizures for children suffering from epilepsy syndromes and ensure brain health through its neuroprotective properties. Hemp has even been used as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acne, asthma, and Alzheimer’s disease.

     Athletes have started turning to CBD for anti-inflammation. Cancer patients have used it for pain relief and reducing chemotherapy-induced nausea. And some veterinarians are even recommending hemp to their furry patients too, finding it could improve the mood, appetite, and immune systems as well as lessen the pain of cats and dogs.


The Bottom Line

     We’ve only just begun to breach the surface of hemp’s powerful potential as a natural alternative for therapy and treatment. As research continues to unlock this plant’s secrets, new exciting revelations are sure to emerge.

     Though there are still unknowns around CBD—and you should speak with a physician about side effects and effectiveness before beginning use—the health benefits are certainly worth exploring.


Who Can Use CBD?

As CBD continues to gain popularity as the latest in-demand alternative health product, you might be wondering if it matches your lifestyle. So who exactly uses this hemp-derived CBD? And why?

You might be surprised by the answer. It’s a much wider audience then you’re probably picturing. One recent study found that 33% of Americans have used hemp. CBD users come from all ages, backgrounds, and needs. They are veterans to veterinarians. They are insomniacs and epilepsy patients. They are animals and athletes.

So meet a few of CBD’s many members.