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What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. It belongs to the class of chemical compounds called cannabinoids. It is these cannabinoids that are responsible for the medicinal, therapeutic, and recreational effects of the cannabis plant.
What is the source of CBD?
The best source of CBD is the industrial hemp plant. This cannabis species naturally contains high amounts of CBD normally in its leaves, buds, and flowers.
All hemp plants do not contain the same amount of CBD. It varies from plant to plant. So in a general sense, any cannabis plant which is rich in CBD and contains less than 0.3% of THC is considered hemp.
CBD is extracted from hemp using a number of different extraction processes. Each process varies according to multiple parameters such as the solvent and the part(s) of the plant being used as well as the cannabinoid(s) being targeted.
Why is CBD used?
Here are some of the potential uses of CBD:
- Pain relief: CBD has been studied for its potential to reduce pain, including chronic pain and neuropathic pain.
- Anxiety and depression: CBD has been studied for its potential to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. It may help to promote relaxation and reduce stress levels.
- Insomnia: CBD has been studied for its potential to improve sleep quality and reduce insomnia.
- Neuroprotective properties: CBD has been studied for its potential to protect the brain from damage and reduce the risk of certain neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
- Anti-inflammatory properties: CBD has been studied for its potential to reduce inflammation in the body, which may be beneficial for conditions such as arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.