Wait, What Exactly is CBD? And How Does It Work in Your Body?

Talk about a wellness buzzword, wowzers. CBD has really taken the health and wellbeing world by storm these last few years, benefiting from more lax restrictions than its old pal THC, as well as a slew of evidence (some scientific, some anecdotal) suggesting it can work wonders for all kinds of ailments and conditions—both physical and mental. But before diving in and buying up all the CBD you can find, it’s probably best to brush up on the basics.

What is CBD?

Cannabis and hemp are both packed with compounds known as cannabinoids, and CBD—short for cannabidiol—is one such cannabinoid. The other A-lister is tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC to us normies), but there are many other cannabinoids that are becoming increasingly sought after, like CBN, THCV and CBG.

The crucial thing to understand is that while THC and some other cannabinoids are intoxicating—in other words, responsible for getting you high—most cannabinoids are not. And that includes CBD.

Just to repeat for clarity: CBD does not get you high. Because of this, it’s managed to shrug off the stigma that THC still partially holds. So now even your Nanna is talking about it at the dinner table. Good for Nanna.

How do you take CBD?

As more research goes into CBD and cannabis in general, the ways in which we can enjoy and benefit from weed’s wonderful healing properties grows with it.

Nowadays, you can find CBD-infused everything. From gummies to drinks to joints to creams…even CBD mattresses exist.

One of the most popular and tested ways to take CBD though is via oil tinctures, with brands commonly suggesting a vial’s worth under the tongue once a day.

What does CBD do once you’ve taken it?

Time to get semi-scientific. That’s completely different to pseudo-scientific, don’t worry. It just means you’re gonna have to pay slightly closer attention to this section.

All humans have what’s called an endocannabinoid system (ECS). And you have an ECS whether you’re a cannabis user or not. In the timeline of scientific discoveries, this is fairly recent, so experts are still putting together a complete picture of the system and its importance.

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