CBD is everywhere these days and for good reason – in preclinical studies, it has been shown to reduce inflammation, alleviate anxiety, stem seizures, improve homeostasis and more. It’s no wonder that so many people are looking to try CBD products. In fact, according to a recent report from Cannabis Business Executive, 40% of US adults are interested in trying CBD and women are a big part of the market.
Infographic from Cannabis Business Executive March 2019
Q. What is CBD?
CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is a specific cannabinoid. It is a non-psychoactive chemical compound extracted from Cannabis plants commonly referred to as Hemp and Marijuana. CBD is the decarboxylated form that provides therapeutic effects to the body by interacting with your internal endocannabinoid system.
To put it plainly, CBD is a specific chemical compound not too dissimilar from compounds found inside your own body, which is why it is theorized to have such a diverse range of health benefits.
Q. What is a Cannabinoid?
Wikipedia has the simplest answer. “A cannabinoid is one of a class of diverse chemical compounds that acts on cannabinoid receptors, also known as the endocannabinoid system in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the brain.”
There are three categories of cannabinoids – phytocannabinoids (produced by plants) , endogenous cannabinoids (produced by the human body), and synthetic cannabinoids (created in a lab).
CBD is one of 110+ cannabinoids that have been identified along with THC. CBD and THC are referred to as “major cannabinoids,” however, recently scientists are exploring applications for “minor cannabinoids,” such as CBN and CBG. Major cannabinoids are considered major because Cannabis plants produce more of these Cannabinoids and there is more scientific research about these two, THC and CBD.