Humans love their three letter acronyms. FYI, OMG and… CBD? Unlike the acronyms that stand for three separate words, CBD is the shortened form of “cannabidiol”, and it’s become quite the buzzword these days because it may offer exciting and promising benefits (but don’t quote us on that).

So just what is CBD, and why is everyone and their dog raving about it?

CBD 101

When it comes to what molecule is made the most within the cannabis plant, cannabidiol is the runner-up. Top prize goes to CBD’s more infamous cousin, THC, for being the most abundant cannabinoid that comprises the hemp plant.

High on the podium at the number one spot, THC is also the chemical responsible for getting people “high” — not CBD. According to some users, CBD has sometimes been shown to have other kinder, gentler effects, however, because it binds to the receptors that are part of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) within our bodies. Our ECS regulates a host of vital functions from A (appetite) to Zzzs (sleep) and is already hard-wired to interact with cannabinoids… because we naturally produce them!

How does CBD work?

Cannabidiol indirectly interacts with our CB1 (mind/brain) and CB2 (body) receptors, which are always at the ready to welcome cannabinoid molecules with open arms (THC binds directly). It’s an immune suppressor (actually a good thing) that’s been reviewed by the World Health Organization and declared safe, non-toxic and non-intoxicating to use — even for Fido or Fluffy. However, the benefits are still anecdotal and not yet fully backed by the FDA (though they did approve a CBD based drug to treat epilepsy in 2018). The possible natural wonders of CBD are actively being studied by scientists and health professionals around the world, and the outlook is bright.

What benefits might CBD offer?

Emphasis on the “might”, because it can’t be a claim until the FDA gives its stamp of approval. But all the cool kids report CBD can sometimes help with anxiety, muscle tension, minor pains, inflammation, IBS, focus, sleep hygiene and general mood. And while marijuana is not yet legal in all 50 states, hemp-derived CBD is!

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Important Note: CBD has not been evaluated by the FDA to treat, cure or prevent any health concern. There is some anecdotal evidence that regular CBD use may enhance personal wellness by lessening pain, lowering anxiety, improving sleep and heightening mood.