A common misconception about CBD is that it also has psychoactive effects like THC but it does not … it does not get you high. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a cannabinoid, a chemical compound naturally produced in the cannabis plant. It’s extracted from the trichomes on the flower of many cannabis strains, including hemp, and is most commonly available as a capsule or an oil. Although it can have an effect on both mind and body, it has little to no intoxicating effect.
When ingested, CBD slows the production of an enzyme that regulates and destroys excess endocannabinoids (cannabinoids found naturally in the body). This increase in endocannabinoids has myriad physical effects on the body; recent studies have shown that CBD may also influence other natural bodily chemicals, including serotonin (which regulates mood), vanilloid (manages pain) and adenosine (impacts our sleep-wake cycle).
- Unlike THC, CBD generally has no intoxicating effect
- CBD can come in various forms such as flower, oils, capsules, creams and edibles
- CBD has a myriad of benefits and is thought to stimulate certain receptors to reduce pain, anxiety, and inflammation, assist with insomnia and sleep quality