What is CBD?
CBD is one of the many chemical compounds in a class called “cannabinoids” that naturally occur in cannabis plants. While THC is the more well-known compound in cannabis plants, known for getting us “high,” CBD doesn’t produce a “high” feeling. Rather, CBD is known for its capacity to deliver mental and physical benefits without the “high” and side-effects of cannabis.
What it isn’t
CBD is not considered to be psychotropic. This means it won’t alter your perception of reality or produce a feeling of euphoria. But, it’s still working in our brains. While CBD doesn’t activate our brains’ cannabinoid receptors like THC does, it targets a wide variety of proteins in the brain and nervous system. These targeted proteins are responsible for regulating cell activities all over the human body. Through these interactions, it can provide relief from pain, anxiety, nausea, and beyond.
CBD doesn't contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana that produces a high.
How it works
By interacting with the brain’s signaling systems in various ways, it can provide relief from pain, anxiety, and nausea. Beyond the impact in our brains, CBD may benefit our bones and immune systems and work broadly throughout the body as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, which may help protect cells from damages associated with neurodegenerative diseases. Because of this, may patients use it as a treatment option for otherwise difficult-to-treat conditions.