CBD Overview and Q&A

 

There has been a lot of noise around the possible benefits of CBD Oil. With the release of our CBD IQ Gummies, we have received a lot of questions around CBD in general.

There is a lot of confusion around CBD and how it may affect our body. It has been just about 25 years since the endocannabinoid system was discovered, meaning we are just not beginning to learn about CBD and its benefits in the body. While the research is ongoing, it is also promising. Let’s cover some of the top questions around CBD.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD), is the second most abundant piece of the Cannabis sativa plant species. CBD is just one of the 100 plus phytocannabinoids that have been identified in cannabis and hemp plants.

Unlike THC, the main constituent in cannabis, cannabidiol does not induce intoxicating effects. This led scientists to originally believe that CBD was an inactive compound, but eventually, it was discovered that CBD initiates multiple actions in the central nervous system and even has an influence on the effects of THC.

How does CBD make you feel?

Unlike THC, CBD does not induce intoxicating effects. For years this led to scientist believing that it was an inactive compound. However, it has now been found that CBD initiates many actions in the central nervous system and may even have an influence on the effects of THC.

For most CBD has calming and warming effects on the body. It is believed to interact with receptors throughout the body to keep the endocannabinoid system in balance.

How does CBD work with our body?

The belief is that CBD works in our body by mirroring the effects of compounds called “endogenous cannabinoids,” or “endocannabinoids.” Scientist have discovered that there are cannabinoid-like chemicals inside our body that respond with receptors that make up the endocannabinoid system. This is a recently discovered body system that some scientist believe may be one of the most important physiological systems involved in maintaining our health. Our body naturally synthesizes these chemical compounds and they modulate receptors throughout the body.

CBD and other cannabinoids that we ingest into our body also interact with these receptors. This is what gives CBD the ability to benefit all areas of the body. Generally speaking, receptors in our nervous system and immune system react to CBD compounds.

Potential interactions with CBD?

It is known that CBD is a potent inhibitor of cytochrome P450 isoenzymes. The CYP 450 enzyme system works to metabolize prescription drugs and eliminate toxins from the body. Since CBD alters CYP 450 isoenzymes, it may inhibit our ability to metabolize certain drugs, causing them to stay in our body longer.

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