What is CBD?

Describe what CBD is, how it works, and what symptoms it is best used for.

CBD. You’ve heard about it. You’ve seen it. You might even know someone who talks about how well it worked for them. But what is CBD exactly, and why does it appear to be so good for you? 

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is just one of the many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD can be found in both cannabis and hemp plants. CBD extracted from hemp plants is currently legal in all 50 states. It contains less than 0.03% THC. This is why you’ve most likely seen CBD products at your local grocery store, or even at the gas station. Those are hemp derived CBD products.

CBD is most commonly known for its use as an anti-inflammatory, a pain reliever, and a neuroprotectant. Its use is also suggested for treating a long list of medical conditions, including diabetes, Crohn’s and other gut disorders, skin diseases and many others. It is most commonly suggested for reducing inflammation because inflammation usually contributes to pain. If you reduce inflammation, you can typically reduce pain levels. Its neuroprotective  properties are why it is often suggested for patients with epilepsy and other neurological disorders, like Alzheimer’s.

Neuroprotective properties means protecting brain cells. This also makes CBD a great candidate for treating traumatic brain injuries. 
CBD’s medicinal benefits come from the cannabinoid interacting with our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). Our ECS is involved with regulating many physiological processes, including hunger, metabolism, our immune system and more. This why CBD is being found to help in the treatment of so many different medical conditions. In fact, in 2018 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration officially approved the very first pharmaceutical CBD formulation, Epidiolex, for the treatment of certain pediatric seizure disorders. 

Unlike its popular friend THC, CBD is non-intoxicating, so it won’t get you high. This makes CBD an excellent option for you if you’re wanting to take advantage of the medicinal benefits of cannabis, without getting any sort of high feeling. This is one reason CBD is so popular among seniors, making it a great way to introduce cannabis to your parents or grandparents. 
CBD can come in many forms, even smokeable hemp flower. You can find all sorts of CBD products, ranging from vitamin like gummies and other edibles, to creams and lotions, tinctures and oils, and you can get CBD vape cartridges. However you choose to consume CBD is up to you. Ultimately, it’s a matter of personal preference. 

These days, CBD products are everywhere, so choose yours wisely. Stick with brands that are transparent about where they source their ingredients. Make sure each batch has the test results available to you online. This is a great way to determine how transparent a CBD company is being about their products. If you’re still unsure, you can always ask one of the Terrabis team to help you find the right CBD for you. 

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