CBD is short for cannabidiol and is a natural ingredient extracted from hemp. Hemp is a member of the Asa family (Cannabaceae) and is a variation that has been improved for commercial use.
The plant has more than 100 natural compounds called cannabinoids, and CBD is one of the non-psychoactive compounds that have potential pharmacological benefits.
In 1964, Dr. Raphael Mishraam‘s research showed that we have a form of homeostasis, or regulator for the body, called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS regulates a variety of homeostases, such as emotions, sleep, appetite, exercise, and immunity.
Dr. Raphael’s research also found that fatigue, aging, and stress can lead to a deficiency of endogenous cannabinoids in the body, leading to a decline in ECS function.
This is where CBD, which is extracted from hemp, came into focus. CBD is believed to have a similar function to endogenous cannabinoids and may help improve “cannabinoid deficiency”.
CBD is a fundamentally supportive ingredient that can help improve your health at a cellular level. CBD may help induce sleep, relieve stress, improve joint pain, and much more. (See this article for more information on the benefits of CBD)
The FDA’s approval of the commercial use of CBD has led to an explosion in CBD. According to an independent study by Consumers Union, a nonprofit consumer organization, more than a quarter of the U.S. population has tried CBD as of 2019. And one in seven of those people are continuously incorporating it into their lives every day.
In the United States, even in areas locked down by corona, shops were allowed to open because “CBD is a necessary part of people’s lives,” according to the report. The use of CBD products is also becoming more common in Europe, and advanced research is underway.
Used in natural remedies, CBD is a natural ingredient that can gently support our minds and bodies.