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What is CBD?



CBD is one of many compounds found in the cannabis plant and the federally legal CBD products contain no THC. THC is the compound in cannabis that gets you high. CBD is the second most common cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant that has no intoxicating qualities. Cannabinoids created by the human body are called endocannabinoids while the cannabinoids in plants are phytocannabinoids.


Everyone has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) with related receptors throughout the entire body, especially in connective tissue, glands, and cells of the immune system. CBD is an endocannabinoid and can be received by this receptor system. This system plays a huge role in homeostasis which means everything is running the way it should, so your body is working optimally.


CBD increases the effectiveness of the endocannabinoids already in the human body. There is more CBD in industrial hemp than in marijuana, though marijuana also contains some CBD. How much CBD is in a plant’s extract depends on the strain of the plant.


CBD oil is the most common form of CBD that you’ll find, though many other applications are on the market. A CBD oil is made from CBD that has been extracted from cannabis and then mixed in a carrier oil like coconut oil or olive oil. These oils are generally meant to be taken sublingually.


CBD works on the cellular level by maximizing cellular performance. Its anti-inflammatory properties affect the entire body since the endocannabinoid system is widespread. The ability of CBD to help with inflammation from the linings of blood vessels to large muscles is the basis for some of its therapeutic value in people experiencing PMS.

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