CBD is the cool kid on the block right now, and she's not going anywhere. Let's briefly discuss some quick, uber-interesting talking points about this cannabinoid:
NUMBER 1: UNDERSTANDING THC AND CBD:
Marijuana includes a couple dozen cannabinoids. By definition, a Cannabinoid is any of the chemical compounds that are the active principles of marijuana.
The most well-known cannabinoid in marijuana is THC. (Ya know, that stuff none of us ever smoked...or inhaled...or had relations with.)
The second most popular cannabinoid in marijuana is quickly becoming CBD. That's the stuff we use in our products.
NUMBER 2: UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO:
We humans (that means you!) have cannabinoid receptors in our body and brain. These receptors are what THC and CBD interact with so effortlessly. However, CBD and THC activate different areas and serve different purposes.
THC binds to CB1 receptors in your brain, thereby affecting memory, coordination, and concentration. In layman's terms, you get stoned. We're doing a hard pass on THC these days; we've got enough anxiety as small business owners!
CBD, however, affects TRPV1 Receptors in your body (not brain) which are responsible for regulating pain, body temperature, and inflammation.
THC and CBD both have similar chemical makeup, but at the same time, they have opposite effects. CBD actually inhibits THC. Recently, we heard CBD referred to as "THC's responsible older brother," because it doesn't get you high. This made us laugh.
NUMBER 3: UNDERSTANDING WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU INGEST CBD:
By interacting with TRPV1 receptors, CBD helps down-regulate stress signals in your body.
This includes stress, inflammation, and of course, pain.
Scientists believe that CBD might help improve the overall function of the endocannabinoid system, which is your central nervous system. When you're stressed, think of your nervous system like an overactive dashboard with all cylinders firing. CBD talks to the system and says, "Sup! It's gonna be okay. Let's take it down a notch." (We added the "sup" part.)
Scientists also believe that CBD might be helpful in a variety of ailments, ranging from acne to anxiety to psoriasis to pain and more.
There is still a boatload of research to be done. The FDA did recently approve the first marijuana-based drug to treat epilepsy, but we are all just beginning to discover CBD's benefits. Luckily, we got a head start.
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