What is CBD?
Cannabidiol is one of 80+ cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant.
CBD is a phytocannabinoid; a cannabinoid of plant origin. This is opposed to an endo-cannabinoid, which is one formed endogenously (by your own body). A cannabinoid is a type of compound that interacts with the endocannabinoid system, a large collection of nerves in your body that is responsible for regulating mood, hunger, sleep cycles, and more. THC is also a cannabinoid, but one with psycho-active effects that result in a ‘high’. CBD doesn’t get you high. Instead, CBD inhibits action on the CB1 receptors in your brain, which is the mechanism by which THC gets you high. Rather than stimulating your endo-cannabinoid system, it helps to calm it (and you) down. CBD acts indirectly on the endo-cannabinoid system through complex and varied mechanisms, which makes its effects gentle.