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How Does CBD Work?

How Does CBD Work

There’s a lot of information on the internet about any topic you might want to know more about, but it can be difficult to find out what is actually true. When it comes to CBD, it gets even harder because it seems like everybody and their mom is telling you something different about it. With this in mind, here is some accurate information about CBD.

What is a Cannabinoid?

‘Cannabinoid’ is the name for the family of more than 100 plant chemicals found in the hemp plant (and many other plants like basil and oregano). The most famous members of this family are cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Cannabinoids, as you might have guessed from the name, work with the system of endocannabinoid receptors spread throughout the central nervous system, brain, and immune system. Different cannabinoids work with these receptors differently, but that is how the interact with the various systems of the body to give the effects that are still being researched.

Based on the current research, CBD tends to work with said receptors as a mild sedative, slowing the internal breakdown of endocannabinoids for prolonged usage in maintaining and regulating body systems.

What Can CBD Help With?

CBD is currently sold as a dietary supplement. Many people find it to be very helpful with a lot of day-to-day issues, some of which have been outlined below:

CBD and Anxiety

More and more often nowadays, people seem to be struggling to manage their stress-induced anxiety. CBD might be able to help you do that. CBD can help you to relax, giving you a sense of calm, which makes it easier to deal with the situations that cause the anxiety in the first place. This reduces the overall amount of stress that you are experiencing in the various areas of your life.

CBD and Pain/Inflammation

One of the most common uses of CBD is to reduce pain and inflammation due to overexertion or over exercising, which is something that we all deal with from time to time. CBD might be able to help you deal with that, if you ingest it. Although it should be noted that the research is less supporting if you use a CBD-infused lotion on the problem areas of your body.

CBD and Sleep

Sleep issues plague us all from time to time. According to the CDC, approximately one third of all adults in the United States regularly get less sleep than they should. By relieving pain, stress, and stress-induced anxiety, CBD may be able to help you to sleep better at night. This will help you to feel much better during the days to come and reduce a lot of your other issues all on its own.

What Should You Watch Out For With CBD?

CBD and Medical Interactions

CBD has been found to have issues with any medicine that lists a grapefruit warning. In order to be as safe as possible when trying CBD, make sure you talk to your doctor first. You don’t want to mess around with your medications, especially the ones that keep your heart functioning and help you get to sleep at night.

CBD Mislabeling

While many companies do their best to be as accurate as possible with their labels, others are not as scrupulous. Any reputable company selling a CBD product will have a certificate of analysis (COA) for any buyer upon request. These COAs are created by a third-party testing company to ensure you know exactly what you are getting and to help you avoid any accidental allergic reactions to other materials in the product.

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Gene Bruno is professor of nutraceutical science at Huntington University of Health Sciences and also the senior director of product innovation for Twinlab Consolidation Corporation. Bruno has bachelor's and master's degrees in nutrition, as well as a graduate diploma and master's degree in herbal medicine. As a 40-year veteran of the dietary supplement industry and award-winning formulator, he has developed natural products for dozens of dietary supplement companies; educated and trained natural product retailers and health care professionals; and written articles on nutrition, herbal medicine, nutraceuticals and integrative health issues for trade, consumer and peer-reviewed publications, as well as authoring books and textbook chapters.