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A Guide To CBD

Unless you've been living underneath a rock, you should know that CBD products are hugely popular in Canada. This Guide to CBD contains information that will help you make educated decisions about why and how to use CBD oil. It is not intended to provide medical advice.

WHAT IS CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, and it is just one of many different molecules called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids are active compounds produced by all cannabis plants and account for most of the benefits of cannabis. Cannabinoids found in plants are technically called phytocannabinoids, and they mimic compounds produced naturally by all mammals, called endocannabinoids. Unlike THC, the most prominent and well-known cannabinoid found in cannabis, CBD can be non-psychoactive—meaning it will not give you a "high" or "buzz." CBD is non-psychoactive when derived from hemp due to the negligible THC content in hemp plants. As a result, CBD can is used for a multitude of health and wellness purposes. For instance, it has been shown to reduce anxiety, promote muscle recovery, and improve sleep, among other benefits. CBD works by being absorbed in the bloodstream and then binding with receptors in the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS keeps the entire body running smoothly like a well-oiled machine. It's made up of three things: endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes.


All cannabinoids, including CBD, produce effects in the body by 'communicating' with specific receptors. The human body produces certain cannabinoids on its own. It also has two receptors for cannabinoids, called the CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors.CB1 receptors are present throughout the body, but many are in the brain. The CB1 receptors in the brain deal with coordination, movement, pain, emotions, mood, thinking, appetite, memories and other functions. THC attaches to these receptors. CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. They affect inflammation and pain. The importance of endocannabinoids is evident. Unfortunately, increased stress, an on-set illness, or a genetic deficiency can call for necessary reinforcements—this is when CBD is