Cannabidiol - CBD - has been receiving quite a lot of attention lately as the new favorite natural wellness supplement. But many are still confused about what CBD is, where it comes from, and how it works.
CBD is a naturally occurring cannabis compound that has significant health benefits. Unlike cannabis's other well-known compound, THC, CBD does not make you high or alter your state of mind, however, it does produce significant positive changes in the body. In fact, CBD can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC.
To date, there is no evidence of CBD causing addiction or physical dependence making it an attractive alternative for the treatment of pain, inflammation, seizures, anxiety, and many other conditions without the feelings of nausea, lethargy, or any other negative side effects associated with other medications.
Although CBD and THC come from the same plants, they are very different. Most medicinal CBD comes from the least processed form of the cannabis plant - hemp. Like agriculture where farmers breed plants that produce the largest and tastiest fruits and vegetables, most cannabis plants have been bred for high THC contents for generations.
There's a finite amount of resources in a cannabis plant and when the plant is bred specifically for high THC content, you decrease the content of many other powerful cannabis compounds - including CBD.
CBD has gained public popularity globally as many are starting to recognize the plants magical healing powers. Although cannabis is still a federally illegal substance, you can legally order CBD online and use it in your everyday routine worry-free in 49 American states — all but Indiana.
Although the cannabis plant receives skepticism from many, the plant has been used medicinally and industrially for centuries. In fact, carbon tests have suggested that the use of wild hemp dates as far back as 8000 B.C. The plant has evolved with us for hundreds or thousands of years creating a dynamic relationship that even with today's scientific and medicinal advances, we do not fully understand. It is time to end the prohibition and reconnect ourselves with one of the most powerful plant compounds in nature.