What’s the Deal with CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, and is most commonly extracted from hemp, but can also come from the marijuana plant. It has a chemical cousin, THC, which we know to produce a high when smoked or consumed.
Both CBD and THC are both compounds found in cannabis that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The effects of cannabis happen as a result of the specific receptors in the body attaching to specific receptors in the body.
The 2 Cannabinoid Receptors.
There are 2 main types of cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2. CB1 cannabinoid receptors are found abundantly in the brain. These receptors mainly deal with coordination, movement, pain, emotions, mood, thinking, appetite, memories, among other important functions.
CB2 cannabinoid receptors are found in fewer quantities and mostly reside in the human immune system. They regulate inflammation and pain.
CBD works by directing the body to use more of its own locally sourced endocannabinoids — after all, they already do so much!
How to Safely Shop and Find CBD:
The source of your CBD matters because heavy metals and other contaminants might be used in manufacturing and subsequently found in the final product. A note to also add is the difference between “full spectrum” and “broad spectrum”. Whenever possible, opt for the more narrow one. In this case, “broad” is more narrow than “full”. The spectrum in these phrases refer to the percentage distribution of cannabinoids in the product (which includes CBD and THC). Generally, a broad spectrum CBD oil will contain less THC than the more inclusive full spectrum CBD.
Go to your local cannabis dispensary and talk to the staff who work there. Cannabis dispensaries are regulated and licensed by city, state and federal laws — making that the safest source for your CBD to date.