CBD is gaining momentum throughout the world, as more people all ages are using it as a wellness alternative and finding natural relief for several conditions, ranging from more common social anxiety to less common but more severe psychological diseases like Alzheimer or Schizophrenia.
In short, CBD is a plant-based compound found in cannabis that supports one of the body’s self-regulatory system and promotes balance. CBD oil is different from other products that come from cannabis plants because it is not psychoactive, which means it does not cause the high associated with marijuana. However, the general public is still very much in the dark regarding many aspects of CBD.
If you are looking to explore the facts about CBD, there are lots of historical and fun facts that are worth mentioning. Here are 5 facts about hemp and CBD you may be surprised to learn about.
- The Human Body Produces Cannabinoids Naturally
The human body produces its own “endogenous” cannabinoids: natural chemicals similar to the compounds found in the cannabis plant, such as THC and CBD. These cannabinoids join the specialized cannabinoid receptors located all over the human body and brain and keep internal functions running smoothly.
The way CBD impacts the endocannabinoid system is complex. Simply put, it has an essential role supplementing endocannabinoids and preventing them from being broken down. As a result, CBD allows endocannabinoids to have more effect on the body, helping with pain, nausea and other symptoms associated with multiple conditions.
- CBD Comes in Many Forms
CBD can be delivered in many ways, including oil vapor, cream, edibles, tincture. Some are more common and effective than others, depending on each person needs, lifestyle and preferences. The most popular and useful types of CBD are edibles, drops or sprays and vaping devices.
Other CBD infused edible forms include chocolate, cake pops, caramels, and teas. It should be noted that eating CBD edibles takes a bit longer to absorb into the system than some other methods. However, everyone’s chemistry is different, so some people might experience different effects than expected.
- CBD is Popular Among Athletes
CBD is increasingly accepted and used in the sports world. Athletes at different levels use it as a nutritional supplement and to improve performance, due to its calming, anti-inflammatory benefits.
CBD delivers immediate powerful relief and relaxation and speeds up the body’s recovery process optimizing muscle functions. While THC can also be used to treat pain, anxiety, or inflammation, it may cause unwanted side effects and could affect performance.
Professional athletes like Nate Diaz, Mike Tyson and Megan Rapinoe are publicly advocating for the use of CBD to alleviate conditions associated with workouts and sports.
- The Use of Hemp Comes from Ancient Times
Hemp (the plant that contains higher concentrations of CBD) and its extracted oils have been around for more than 10 thousand years, with uses dating back to Ancient empires such as Rome, Egypt, Greece, and China, in all kind of circumstances and lifestyles.
The plant was probably the earliest plan cultivated for textile fiber. It can be refined into a variety of commercial items, including paper, rope, textiles, and clothing.
Also, the ancient Greeks and Romans prescribed medical hemp to treat a vast array of ailments, such as relieve pain and treat sore eyes and nose bleeds. Archeologist found out that, initially, the plant was reduced to a powder and mixed with wine for administration.
- CBD Can Be Used in Pets
Both humans and animals have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) (which is universal to all species except insects), responsible for regulating and balancing processes in the body. Research suggest that a balanced ECS promotes immune response, communication between cells, appetite, sleep, mood regulation, pain perception and memory.
Incorporating CBD into your pet’s daily life can be helpful in treating several conditions and can offer many of the same benefits it does for humans. However, there is a lot of variability in products on the market. Make sure you research each brand and type of product before purchasing.
In that sense, if you are going to give your dog CBD, make sure it does not have added ingredients that are unhealthy for pets (like pesticides and heavy metals), and also do not give your pet dogany product containing THC: the compound can produce very harsh side effects. In fact, dog and cats are extremely sensitive to THC and they can suffer from what veterinarians describe as “cannabis poisoning”.