The human body naturally produces cannabinoids found in our endocannabinoid system already. These chemical compounds are the ones that affect our mood, our appetite, as well as pain, and other varying cognitive functions. There is a buzz in the science community surrounding this because the introduction and administration of cannabinoids could serve a purpose in our physiology, in the same way, as taking melatonin, a natural compound within our body, increases sleepiness.
The cannabis plant contains more than 100 compounds (or cannabinoids). While the plant's most publicly recognized compound is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), known for its potential to impair or mind-alter effects while under its influence, there are many other active compounds, such as cannabidiol (CBD).
While CBD (cannabidiol) and THC have similar effects and are often used to treat many of the same ailments, CBD offers a few distinct differences.
CBD is the second most prevalent active ingredient in cannabis. CBD is derived directly from hemp; unlike THC, CBD does not cause a "high" by itself. CBD is extracted from organic hemp plants and transformed into useful oils, extracts, edibles, patches, vapes, and topical creams.
CBD temporarily relieves chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, and insomnia. Studies show that CBD might ease pain by affecting receptors of the endocannabinoid system, which helps regulate pain, mood, memory, and many other physiological and cognitive functions.
Harvard University posted an article covering how CBD could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis when applied to the skin. Promising news for CBD is a report from Northwestern Medicine highlighting
how CBD oil suppresses seizures. Both articles show promise for CBD and the many wellness benefits it possesses.
If you take medications or other supplements, you should speak with a healthcare provider before starting any new wellness regimen, including vitamins, daily supplements, and cannabinoids.