Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical compound in the cannabis plant. Although there are hundreds of chemical compounds in the cannabis plant, CBD provides a lot of benefits. Scientists have conducted several studies into CBD and how it affects the body. This chemical compound is now used to treat a wide range of illnesses like anxiety, pain, anti-inflammatory, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, sleep aid, and even for the skin.
It is crucial for you to know that CBD does not have any psychoactive effects. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is another active chemical compound in cannabis that gets people ‘high.’ Despite its psychoactive effects, THC also has medicinal benefits just like CBD. It is safe to say CBD and THC are two of the most researched chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. It is also important to note that CBD is mostly extracted from the hemp plant and is legal everywhere in the United States as of 2018. However, THC is not legal across all states in the US. Industrial hemp from which CBD is widely extracted from contains little or no THC. The law says all hemp plant must contain 0.3 percent THC, anything beyond that is illegal.
CBD is used in the production of a wide range of products including Gummies, vape juice, creams, oils, tinctures, sprays, pills, supplements, inhalers, and in food. The are many options available for you to use CBD you have to find the right one and the proper dosage.
As research into CBD expands, we can better understand the interaction between CBD and the body. Research shows that the body has its own endocannabinoid system which produces cannabinoids in the body. The endocannabinoid system regulates critical parts of a person’s psychological well being. This part of the brain controls cognitive functions, the moods, perception of pain, and the appetite among other things. When you ingest CBD in whatever form it interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the body via receptors, chemicals, and proteins in the brain.
CBD has been used to help people struggle with insomnia sleep well successfully. CBD can increase the amount of time a person sleeps. Research has also shown that CBD can reduce insomnia in people suffering from chronic pain. CBD has also been proven to help people suffering from Parkinson’s disease and sleep disorder which come with the illnesses. CBD generally help people relax since it has stress and anxiety reducing proprieties. CBD help improves a person’s response to stress which in-turn keeps the body healthy.
CBD also helps reduce REM behavior disorder that affects people who have Parkinson’s disease. REM atonia happens when people react physically during REM sleep and when they dream. The body is mostly paralyzed when REM happens. However, in REM behavior disorder there is no paralyzes and so people and move freely when they react to their dreams. REM behavior disorder can lead to injuries to the people sleeping and to others around them.
CBD can improve REM sleep disorders especially in people who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).