What is CBD OIL?

One of the most extensively researched molecules in 2020

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many natural compounds found in the cannabis plant, classed as a cannabinoid. It has drawn the most attention recently as a key driver behind the legalisation of cannabis due to the growing amount of research into its potential application in human health and well-being.

why is cbd oil so good?

All humans are born with a network of cannabinoid receptors, found throughout the entire body. These receptors open up the ability for cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabinoids to benefit our health as we are designed with the ability to absorb and use them.

The main receptors, called CB1 and CB2 bind and interact with cannabinoids, resulting in the active compounds in cannabis to be extremely well absorbed and used by our bodies. Aside from cannabis, there are other plant-based foods such as chocolate and black pepper that contain cannabinoids, as well as the small amounts that we naturally produce.

Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid in cannabis responsible for the famous ‘high’, CBD has no intoxicating effects, in fact, it actually helps reduce the intoxicating effects of THC when they are used together.

CBD is commonly consumed as an oil and is extracted from the resin glands of the female cannabis plant.

benefits of cbd oil

The benefits of CBD are extremely vast. While most have been clinically studied some are anecdotal and have been passed on through centuries of use. The key reported benefits of CBD oil are:

You can find more information about the benefits of CBD in our Knowledge base
or recent post, 10 Evidence based benefits of CBD oil.

The chemistry of cannabis is quite complex

There are over 400 chemicals in cannabis with about 80 unique cannabinoids not found in any other plant.

These cannabinoids as well as their terpenes, which give plants their smell, are the main focus of research, and where most health benefits are coming from.

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