There is a lot of press around CBD lately. The press on the compound is polarizing with articles either in favor or against CBD. The general attitude among people seems to mirror that of the press, there are those in support of CBD or those against it. Remarkably, many people take sides without really understanding what cannabidiol actually is and how it works in the body. Understanding more about what the compound is might not change your stance, but at least it will be an informed stance.
In 1940 cannabis, hemp, and or marijuana were found to contain at least 113 phytocannabinoids. Cannabidiol or CBD is one of these many substances with THC being another of the more well-known cannabinoids. The psychotropic compound of THC is what most people associate with the marijuana or hemp derivative. Cannabidiol, however, is not psychotropic and does not create any feeling of high associated with marijuana. For this reason, CBD oils and other products have negative associations. The fact is that even the government recognizes the vast difference between the two substances and it is why CBD is not considered a controlled substance.
This is an important bit of information, but even more important is to understand that these are phytocannabinoids. The word phytocannabinoid is grossly underused when it comes to talking about these substances. A phytocannabinoid is one that is produced by a plant compared to an endocannabinoid which is produced by the human body. Yes, that is right the human body has its own endocannabinoid system in which CBD and other cannabinoids are produced. The hemp or marijuana plant happens to be one of the plants we know about whose phytocannabinoids match our endocannabinoids almost identically.
The endocannabinoid system helps regulate many bodily functions. However, like with most things, our diets can lack the nutrients and such needed for a robust system. So, like with vitamins, we can help the body out with a supplement. CBD is simply a supplement to the production or inefficiency of the same cannabinoid already produced in the body. It is the only reason that it is touted such a cure-all. It beefs up the actions of the bodies naturally present system. Phytocannabinoids are one of the few phyto substances that is almost identical to the ones made in the human body. Most other phyto vitamins, nutrients, and other substances lack in comparison to the ones made in the body. This is not the case with CBD making it even more effective than other supplements derived from plants. Now you are armed with the information needed to make an educated stance on one side of the argument or the other.