What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol in its un-abbreviated format, is a chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant, commonly known as marijuana and hemp.
CBD works with the body, the brain and immune system by binding to receptors to synthesize reactions within the body itself. Unlike its relative chemical compound THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, CBD does not produce feelings of euphoria or an altered mental state.
CBD acts on specific receptors within the body and is therefore essential for taking the therapeutic benefits into account. In the brain, while THC binds with CB1 and CB2 receptors, the effects of CBD are more indirect. Therefore, for example, within the immune system, CBD acts on the to the CB2 receptors without actually binding. The evidence is continuing to emerge of CBD also acting on additional brain signaling systems that help exacerbate the therapeutic benefits.
CBD can be considered the opposite of THC in respect to the euphoria and altered mental state. CBD has more potential medicinal use because of this, and can even work against the effects of THC. CBD has become appealing to many professionals and individuals for its effects on different systems in the body to its natural properties and lack of psychoactive effects.