CBD is a hot topic in today's modern health-conscious society. Many view widespread recognition of hemp as a completely natural, legal, and non-addictive alternative to synthetic pharmaceuticals.
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, and exhibits a wealth of medicinal properties.
What are Cannabinoids?
Together, endocannabinoids and their receptor network are known as the "endocannabinoid system." It regulates many essential bodily systems such as immune function, sleep, appetite, stress response, and pain regulation.
Phytocannabinoids: Plant-based Medicine
The hemp plant also naturally produces in excess of 100 known cannabinoids, known as "phytocannabinoids" (phyto=plant, Greek). Ironically, it produces its own cannabinoids to heal itself.
Phytocannabinoids are found in hemp; but also in other plants and herbal medicines. When consumed, phytocannabinoids act upon the body's cannabinoid receptor network to regulate the body’s health.
Both hemp and marijuana are plants containing medicinal cannabinoid compounds such as CBD. But they are vastly different. The primary difference between them is that marijuana contains high levels of the psychoactive cannabinoid, THC (5% —35%), in the resinous glands of the flowers and leaves while hemp contains zero or negligible amounts of THC (<0.3% by federal standards). Luckily, the hemp plant also contains a full spectrum of non-psychoactive cannabinoids and terpenes that can be extracted for medicinal use.