what is cbd
what is cbd

What Is CBD? A Beginner’s Guide To Cannabidiol

A quick lesson from Cornbread Hemp on the basics

Science has only recently realized the medicinal properties of hemp-derived cannabidiol, which is often abbreviated as CBD. The discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), and the effects of cannabis upon it, is changing how we approach therapeutic care for pain and anxiety. With CBD oil in the news, curious consumers often wonder: what is CBD oil and how does it work?

What is the endocannabinoid system?

Cannabidiol works by balancing the ECS. All mammals have this network that overlays the nervous system and controls many body functions, especially inflammation and pain. It also controls brain functions like anxiety response and seizure activity.

The body produces neurotransmitters that bind to the cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system. Supplementing the ECS with compounds from cannabis plants, called phytocannabinoids, can improve receptor activity. The molecules work with the ECS receptors to help balance the system, thereby relieving symptoms caused by imbalance.

While every compound in the cannabis plant has an important purpose in balancing the ECS, cannabidiol has the most impact on how the body handles pain and anxiety. Hemp plants have a high percentage of CBD in their phytocannabinoid makeup. Therefore, hemp-derived cannabinoid products are ideal for supplementing your ECS to get the relief you need.

Why choose full-spectrum over THC-free?

There are over a hundred different chemical compounds that naturally occur in the cannabis plant. Studies show that hemp-derived cannabidiol oil works best when it is full-spectrum. This means that the oil has the full range of cannabinoids that are present in the cannabis plant.

Cannabinoids such as CBD, CBDA, CBN, CBG, and THC working together perform better than any one component in isolation. To get the best results make sure you are purchasing an oil that has a full-spectrum oil instead of an isolate.

What are the health benefits from using full-spectrum hemp oil?

Since the ECS has control over most body functions, there are a myriad of benefits to enjoy by taking CBD oil both physically and neurologically. 

Cannabidiol has been shown to help alleviate inflammation and pain; it may benefit heart health by reducing blood pressure and preventing heart damage. People suffering from gastrointestinal issues like Crohn’s and irritable bowel syndrome often turn to CBD capsules for relief. CBD oil is widely held to be useful for safely treating insomnia, as well as aid in anxiety and depression treatment.

It is being researched for its effectiveness in relieving the symptoms of certain neurological disorders. Animal trials have demonstrated that CBD modifies circuits in the brain related to morphine addiction, presenting the case for hemp oil could be used to treat opioid addicts in the future.

The average CBD consumer may be purchasing oil for their arthritis, or to help them sleep better. What they don’t know is that there are countless benefits that CBD is doing for their bodies!

Does CBD oil get you high? 

Legal hemp plants are not the same as the recreational cannabis plants known as marijuana. The strains of hemp used to produce legal CBD oil have not more than 0.3% THC, the intoxicating cannabinoid that gives people the euphoric feeling or “high.”

Taking CBD oil may relieve pain and help you relax, but it won’t get you “high” or “buzzed.”

Does CBD oil cause any side effects? 

CBD oil can have a synergistic effect on some other medications you may be taking. This may make your medications work more efficiently in your body. This could cause your medications to have a stronger effect, and subsequently amplify any side effects associated with that medication.

We encouraged you to talk to your doctor when it comes to taking CBD with your existing medications. Your doctor may be able to lower the dosage of your other drugs or you may even be able to stop taking them altogether. 

Is CBD oil legal? 

The legal status of the cannabis plant in America has been in flux for the past century. It was only a couple of years ago that a bill was signed into law that hemp products containing not more than 0.3% of THC could be sold legally statewide.

When you are shopping for a reputable company, you will want to look for ones that provide full third-party lab analyses to the public. This ensures that they are producing a safe, legal product. 

Will I fail a drug test?

Even though products containing cannabidiol are now legal in America, anyone using CBD should be aware of their company’s workplace drug testing policies. Many drug tests still recognize CBD as THC, which could cause someone taking a “THC free” product to test positive on a urine test for THC.

Eventually, companies will stop discriminating against workers with THC in their systems. Until then, it is important to contact your human resource department to see what their policy is on CBD before trying hemp oil. 

Does CBD oil work? 

The biggest question on the minds of people new to the hemp oil phenomenon is: does CBD oil really work? There are countless scientific case studies published showing that cannabidiol has a real effect on the body. The World Health Organization has acknowledged that the studies surrounding the benefits of cannabis on animals and humans are resoundingly positive.

Furthermore, it is difficult to ignore the many testimonials of CBD users! Still think it’s a placebo effect? People who have tried pet CBD oil on their furry friends can attest that it works for them too! 

Cornbread Hemp offers CBD products made from organic Kentucky-grown hemp mixed with organic coconut oil. We send all our products to a third-party lab for safety and potency testing. Reports are easily accessible on the website and via QR codes on our product packaging.

With Cornbread Hemp you can count on fast-shipping, reliable customer service, and above all you can count on receiving the highest quality CBD products from the Midwest. 

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