Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis plant. But unlike tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the primary psychoactive element in cannabis, CBD’s effect is non-psychoactive. In other words, it will not cause the “high” feeling associated with cannabis use.
That being said, CBD is growing more popular by the minute. The feeling of relaxation and calm it causes helps people deal with different kinds of situations, from the usual daily stress to reducing the symptoms of serious health problems without the “side effects” caused by cannabis products that contain THC.
So how does cannabidiol work? We have two cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, scattered throughout our body. The CB1 receptors in the brain are associated with memories, emotions, pain, mood, thinking, appetite, coordination, and movement.
On the other hand, CB2 receptors are connected with the immune system, but they also affect pain and inflammation. According to the scientists, after being consumed, CBD stimulates the human body to produce more cannabinoids. This, in turn, affects all these areas and causes a sense of relief and calmness.
We can find cannabidiol in all kinds of products, like oils and tinctures, edibles, creams and lotions, skin patches, vapes, capsules, beverages, etc. That shouldn’t be a surprise because the list for medical benefits of using CBD is updating almost every single day.
What we know so far is that CBD is most recommended for relieving pain, helping with depression and anxiety, reducing cancer symptoms, relieving epilepsy seizures, and reducing spasms in multiple sclerosis patients. But there are other cannabidiol medical uses as well. For example, it serves as an antibacterial, it promotes bone growth, reduces the risk of artery blockage, and treats psoriasis, among other things.
If you want to learn more about the CBD sales statistics and industry trends, check out the infographic below! This is the latest research and available information that shows the growth potential of CBD in the U.S. and abroad.