What is CBD & Other CBD Basics

With wellness taking center stage in recent years, it feels as though there is a new, buzzy wellness trend of the moment every other week. One such product that seems to have some staying power is cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD. But what exactly is CBD, how is it used, and what are the benefits? Below we aim to answer your most pressing CBD questions.

What is CBD?

CBD, short name for cannabidiol, is one of the over 100 chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. Naturally occurring, CBD is non-psychoactive, used in products like oils to and food primarily for health and wellness.

Benefits of CBD 

The health benefits associated with CBD are some of the primary reasons for its popularity. While there is very few FDA-approved CBD medication and little research about the effects of CBD, CBD is more recently being hailed as having pain-relieving effects. More recent studies have shown that CBD can potentially reduce chronic pain by impacting the way the body’s endocannabinoid system functions.  CBD is also being used for a variety of other non-chromic pain benefits, such as anxiety treatment, Alzheimer’s treatment, and epilepsy. Applications for combating acne, cancer, and other medical difficulties are being explored as well.

Does CBD Give a High?

CBD is non-psychoactive, so unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive element of marijuana, you won’t get the sensation of getting “high” that is traditionally associated with marijuana.

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Ways to Take CBD

There are many different ways to take CBD, mostly dependant on personal preference. Options include oils, pills, edibles, topicals, and vaping. 

Popular CBD Products

With CBD’s increasing popularity the amount of CBD products has exploded. Some top ways to use CBD include CBD gummies, CBD coffee, CBD infused oil, and even CBD bath bombs.