What is CBD? : A Beginner’s Guide to Using CBD
CBD or Cannabidiol is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the marijuana (cannabis) and hemp plants. This article will explore common questions like what is CBD? will it get you high? is it safe? can you overdose on CBD? and what are the potential side effects of cannabidiol (CBD).
The cannabis plant contains between 70-100 different cannabinoids. CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid after THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and is generally considered to be a non-psychoactive component that is believed to reduce and regulate the effects of THC.
Cannabinoids are active chemicals in cannabis that cause drug -like effects throughout the body, including the central nervous system and the immune system
CBD and THC are also known as ‘phytocannabinoids’ as any plant-derived natural product capable of either directly interacting with cannabinoid receptors or sharing chemical similarity with cannabinoids
According to the National Cancer Institute Cannabinoids may be useful in treating the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment. Other possible effects of cannabinoids include: anti-inflammatory activity, blocking cell growth,preventing the growth of blood vessels that supply tumors, antiviral activity, relieving muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis.
Will CBD get me “Stoned” or “High”
The general consensus from the research and scientific community is that CBD is non-psychoactive and won’t get you high.
CBD is considered non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same pathways as THC. These pathways, called CB1 receptors, are highly concentrated in the brain and are responsible for the mind-altering effects of THC.
Other scientific research has shown Cannabidiol (CBD) to have anti-psychotic properties (Zuardi et al, 2006), inhibit anxiety (Guimares et al, 1990) and may be neuroprotective in humans (Hermann et al, 2007).