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What is CBD?

CBD, an abbreviation of cannabidiol, is a chemical compound present in the Cannabis sativa plant. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it will not get you “high.” CBD is a cannabinoid, or an active chemical component of cannabis.

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Above is a diagram of Cannabidiol or CBD molecular structure.

CBD is derived from hemp, a variety of cannabis with a THC content of 0.3% or less. CBD is extracted from different parts of the hemp plant, such as the flowers, stalks, and leaves. Manufacturers collect all of the essential cannabinoids, terpene oils and waxes from the plant. In CBD isolate, the plant matter and terpenes responsible for scent and flavor are removed, leaving behind pure CBD.

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Above is a picture of farmers tying chopped hemp stalks and plants together in hemp bundles

Because CBD contains antioxidants and possesses anti-inflammatory properties, it has many health benefits and future implications for the field of medicine. Many people use CBD to manage their symptoms from a variety of health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, pain and inflammation (especially arthritis), and insomnia. As a cannabinoid, the term for the chemical compounds in cannabis, CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).

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The ECS has cannabinoid receptors throughout the body, such as in the brain, central nervous system, and organs. Mood, appetite, and immune function are just a few of the sensations affected by the endocannabinoid system that can be positively influenced by CBD.

 

 

 *FDA Disclosure: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.*