Most Important CBD Product Facts
- Using cannabidiol will not net a “contact high”
- Hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 states
- Over a quarter of the US population has tried CBD (even in the form of CBD nighttime gummies and CBD gummies for pain)
- CBD gummies for pain can substantially reduce discomfort levels
- Medical cannabis can be substituted for opioids
- The global cannabis market was worth $14.5 billion in 2018
- In 2018, America’s legal cannabis market was worth $11.9 billion
- The online popularity of CBD grew by 260-percent
- There are at least 25 direct sales companies in the CBD market
- Colorado made $1 billion in cannabis and CBD oil sales in 2018
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical compound sourced from the cannabinoid family that naturally occurs in the cannabis plant. Scientists have since isolated some 108 different types of cannabinoids in cannabis: Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is probably the most commonly-known example because of its psychoactive properties (i.e. the substance that gets you “high”), but CBD has quickly gained ground due to its potential therapeutic benefits.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD (and THC for that matter) interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, a regulatory encapsulation comprised of naturally occurring cannabis receptors. These endocannabinoids, as they’re known, work like neurotransmitters, shuttling messages through the body to aid with homeostasis maintenance, with cannabinoids like THC and CBD interacting with the endocannabinoid system at two known receptors: CB1 and CB2.
CB1 receptors are found primarily in the brain, where they affect memory, cognition, pain and motor skills – but they’re also found in the peripheral nervous system, thyroid, liver, uterus and other spots of the body. THC attaches itself to these receptors, inhibiting the release of neurotransmitters and possibly increasing the release of others, thus altering normal functioning.
Researchers were once under the impression that CBD behaved in the exact same way but through CB2 receptors – which are plentiful in the gastrointestinal and immune systems as well as the nervous system and brain – though they no longer share that sentiment.
The bottom line is this: Although the exact fashion CBD affects our bodies is still something of an unknown, scientists believe it encourages our systems to produce more of their own endocannabinoids, which in many cases helps alleviate pain, inflammation, and anxiety.