We’ve all heard in some way, shape, or form about CBD. It’s been talked about on every major social media platform there is! But even if you’re one of the 64,000 Americans currently enjoying the benefits of CBD on a daily basis, you may not fully be aware of what treasure sits on your counter.
Before the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, the industrial hemp plant was considered a Schedule 1 Drug (alongside drugs like heroin and ecstasy!!!) and was federally illegal, so CBD couldn’t be studied or legally used in consumer products. Crazy, right?! Because of this, the stigma of the marijuana and the industrial hemp plant surrounded CBD, hiding all of the great benefits it contains.
Now that the industrial hemp plant is legal in all 50 states and CBD is considered a supplement, the CBD industry, and their products, are finally taking light and being noticed. Science is taking leaps and an increasing number of studies are showing that CBD is a natural, plant-based substance that has all sorts of applications, including pain and anxiety relief. Look at us go!
But that’s not all that CBD can do.
You’re probably asking, why CBD? Let us tell you why and how CBD can help you:
1. CBD does NOT make you high
You read that right, CBD does NOT make you high. But how?! That’s part of the stigma that surrounds CBD. If you're feeling “high,” what you've taken probably has THC in it, and is not purely CBD. THC is the compound that makes you feel “high”, but CBD is simply a molecule that comes from industrial hemp and does not produce any psychoactive effects. So keep an eye on those labels to look for CBD, not THC!
2. CBD already exists naturally in your body
I bet you didn't know that your body actually creates your own CBD! Cannabidiol (CBD) is only one of many cannabinoids that are naturally found in mammals and plants. The human brain makes CBD, referred to as an “endocannabinoid”. So regardless of if you currently supplement it or not, CBD is currently in your body!
3. CBD exists in plants
The CBD molecule can also be found in plants, and many plant-based foods, like oranges, chocolate, and hops (for beer). No wonder we love them so much! In plants, they're referred to as this very fancy plant word, “phytocannabinoids.”
4. Your body has CBD receptors in every organ
The human body is ridiculously smart. Because our bodies produce CBD naturally, the CBD molecules bind to receptors inside our bodies when they are present. These receptors are located in the brain, the skin, and on every. single. organ. Think of it as a lock and a key. The lock is the receptor, and the key is CBD. When CBD fits into the receptor, a cascade of positive effects take place, including reducing stress and anxiety.
5. You can't build up a tolerance, overdose, or get addicted to CBD
CBD has no known toxic or tolerance effects. Meaning, it doesn’t build up in your body and you cannot become addicted to it, no matter how much you take. Remember those CBD receptors we mentioned? Once the CBD molecule has bound to that receptor, it’s all taken up. Once all the receptors in your body are taken, your body just gets rid of any excess CBD on its own, just like it does with any other supplement we take! So treat yourself to that extra gummy, no need for that added stress. ;)
6. CBD is considered a supplement and is legal in all 50 states
Although it comes from a cannabis plant, it is VERY different from marijuana. Marijuana is a completely different cannabis plant altogether. Marijuana use is regulated nationwide, in some form, but pure CBD products can be used anywhere, any time, without breaking the law. It's both helpful and harmless. In this, CBD is considered a supplement, and why wouldn’t we supplement our health and wellness with something that is good for us?
7. CBD can help fight opioid addiction
NPR recently reported on a study that concluded: "CBD can help reduce stress and cravings among people who've been addicted to opioids." According to research published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, some of the study's subjects were given CBD and others were given placebos, "Those who received the CBD, they showed a reduction of their craving and they also showed a reduction of their anxiety," said Yasmin Hurd, director of the Addiction Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
8. The benefits of CBD extend to helping people with many different diseases
You’ve probably seen those videos on Facebook about people with neurological disorders taking CBD and then they are perfectly normal within a few minutes. A study by the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence said CBD may benefit people diagnosed with common neurological, cardiovascular, inflammatory, and autoimmune health issues. This just shows how POWERFUL CBD can be.
With all this new information, you’re probably thinking, how do I know what product is right for me? Give us a call on our Customer Service line, or send us a message in the chat and we can get the right products for you to get you started on your own CBD journey! Don’t miss out for another minute!