28 Jun First Off, What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound that comes from the hemp plant. It is one of over 100 unique compounds found in hemp, known as cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids, which can be either consumed (phytocannabinoids) or produced naturally by the body (endocannabinoids), are chemical compounds that interact with the body’s central regulatory system (the endocannabinoid system). This system is known to manage homeostasis and affect bodily processes such as appetite, mood, and sleep. Endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout every organ (including skin) and system in the body.
CBD is an example of a phytocannabinoid. Although our bodies can naturally produce its own endocannabinoids that bind to cannabinoid receptors in both the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system, phytocannabinoids help to kick start our central regulatory system and may provide powerful benefits throughout the body both inside and out.
While its exact benefits and effects are still being researched, recent years have seen a dramatic rise in anecdotal evidence supporting a wide range of potential benefits for our physical and mental health and wellbeing.