CBD. Three letters that in recent years have become a household name. CBD is an abbreviation for ‘cannabidiol,’ a chemical compound found in cannabis plants. It is a non-psychoactive compound, which means it does not produce the ‘high’ effects associated with THC, making it ideal for potentially relief. From coffee, to deodorant, to shampoo, to dog treats, CBD is everywhere. Increasing awareness about the benefits of CBD has created a demand for CDB-infused products and the rise in popularity is due to its versatility and anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-aging properties. But how does CBD work?
CBD interacts with your body and brain to help to boost your endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a complex network of cell receptors and neurotransmitters that are responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body, bringing balance to our tissues, including the heart, digestive, endocrine, immune, nervous, and reproductive systems (i). CBD helps to stimulate the ECS to produce its own cannabinoids.
CBD is available in many forms, but for those looking for a more targeted form of treatment, topicals are highly recommended. “When you apply CBD topically, it permeates the skin, which activates nearby cell or cannabinoid receptors and, in turn, may help reduce and regulate issues such as pain and inflammation. The relief will only be felt in the localized, targeted area of application. That’s because topical CBD products do not make their way into the bloodstream, which is why they work on a local level and not systematically (ii). CBD topicals, such as roll-ons, rubs, and lotions, have been known to offer a wide range of benefits and may address musculoskeletal and joint pain, as well as chronic skin conditions.
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