Cannabidiol is an alternative medication made from 100% natural products and has been rising in popularity for the last 12,000 years of human medical history. CBD comes from the cannabis family of plants that has been valued for its unique capacity to treat human illness and provide other abundant needs, like textiles, paper, and nutrition.
One thing that worries many people who hear tell of cannabis’ history as an illicit crop is that CBD is a drug. And that even if it is healthy, is there a chance it might cause some unexpected, unwanted or uncontrollable side effects?
But, is CBD even a drug? What are its supposed benefits? And are there any drug-related effects that the consumer should worry about, like addictions or changes in personalities or behaviors? For the answers to these questions and more, read on to learn about the healthiest drug on the planet.
CBD and Your Health
First and foremost, let’s examine the scientific definition of a drug. According to the definition in KidsHealth.org, drugs are chemicals that change how the body behaves when they are introduced to natural biochemical systems. Looking at it this way, drugs are probably a lot more common than most people think.1
Some drugs like cocaine and heroin, have very little value to improving health and are valued for their stimulating or depressive effects and generally detract from the body’s capacity to function optimally. But then, medicines are drugs that greatly improve the way the body addresses health conditions.
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Then there are drugs that are much more commonplace. Pick up a can of soda, an energy drink or a cup of coffee and you hold the world’s single most popular legal psychoactive drug, caffeine. Alcohol, nicotine, aspirin and many other chemicals produced naturally and synthetically are also common drugs and each has a specific effect on the body.
CBD is certainly drug and has a very profound effect on both physical and mental functions. But, unlike your average drugs and even synthetic medications, the effects of CBD on the body are all positive, never negative and contain ZERO side effects.
Five Important Questions About CBD
Does CBD Come from Marijuana?
CBD is an organic compound, one of 115 other similar secondary metabolites produced within the cannabis plant. The marijuana plant is the type of cannabis chosen for high content of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive compound. Industrial hemp is cultivated for its sturdy fibers, nutritious seeds, and CBD content. It will be important to research the product you choose to know its source materials and what it contains.2
Does CBD Get You High?
Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a psychoactive high. As a matter of fact, the functions of these two cannabinoids are very different. THC binds directly to the receptors of the endocannabinoid system and can greatly affect perception and alter mind frames. CBD doesn’t actually bind with the endocannabinoid system but rather affects its functions by binding with other receptors in the body. This produces a balancing and soothing effects that can actually counteract the psychoactive high from THC.3
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