What is CBD?

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What is CBD?

CBD is one of 114 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. CBD was discovered in the early 1960’s by Israeli scientists, a year before they discovered THC. Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t get you “high.” At Cornbread Hemp, we say that CBD doesn’t get you “high,” it gets you “middle.” That means it brings your system back into balance to help you achieve a more wholesome state of wellness. 

To take it, squeeze a dropper of CBD oil under your tongue. Hold it there for 30 to 60 seconds. The capillaries in your mouth will absorb the cannabinoids into your bloodstream. You should feel the effects within a few minutes, but some effects are subtle that you might only notice after a few days. 

In a recent survey of 2,400 HelloMD members, 82% said that they found CBD to be very or extremely effective. And 72% of respond said that it worked better than prescription medications.

How does CBD work?

The human body has a biological system called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). It’s found throughout your nervous system, and it’s made up of protein receptors that bond with cannabinoids. Cannabinoids in your bloodstream bind with the receptor proteins. Those receptors help to regulate other systems in your body to  bring them back into balance. 

The endocannabinoid system interacts with biological systems known to control pain. One set of receptor proteins within the ECS, known as CB2 receptors, act as a mediator for suppressing pain and inflammation in the body. 

But cannabinoids don’t just come from the cannabis plant, your body also produces natural cannabinoids. For example, the “runner’s high,” which can be achieved after long, vigorous exercise. In this case, the body produces an endocannabinoid called anandamide. CBD acts very similar to these naturally-produced chemicals. That’s how it affects receptors within the endocannabinoid system to make your body feel different.

Because of this research, many doctors are recommending CBD as a natural alternative to prescription painkillers. Unlike opioids, it’s impossible to become addicted to CBD. If you accidentally take too much, it’ll most likely just make you want to take a nap. Nothing dangerous can occur if you take too much. 

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