What is CBD and why is it everywhere?
CBD seems to be everywhere these days, but what is it? Don't worry you're not alone if you don't know. Just the other week I had walked into a liquor store hoping I'd see CBD at the checkout counter. I didn't see any sitting out, so I asked the man working if they carry any CBD oil and he responded, "what's that? Is it for cars?." I was shocked and did get a little chuckle out of it. Then I realized they're definitely more people that don't know what CBD is than do.
So, what is it? CBD is a compound found in the hemp or marijuana plant. Hold on, I know what you're thinking. You're picturing some dude smoking marijuana and getting high. CBD is not that. Not even close to that actually. CBD doesn't get you high and in most cases, people are not smoking it. CBD is being put into oils, lotions, lip balms, water, food, and just about anything else you can think of. It's being talked about what seems like everywhere because of its health benefits. People and our pets have used CBD to fight anxiety, inflammation, ADD, ADHD, PTSD, insomnia, cardiovascular health, chronic pain, arthritis, and they're even studies that suggest that CBD may slow the growth of cancer cells and in some cases kill those cells entirely. I know, I just listed off like 10 different ailments CBD has been used to treat. The reality is that might not even be a quarter of the ailments CBD can help with. But how? How does this stuff work with our bodies?
Humans and pets have an endocannabinoid system that's present in all of us. This system is a network of receptors that are spread throughout our entire body regulating some of our most vital functions such as our mood, sleep pattern, immune system, memory, appetite, and pain sensation. CBD works naturally with this system in all of us to help regulate these functions, so we can get back to living at our most optimal state in life. This isn't one of those new trendy health kicks either. There's research being done on CBD every day that continues to show promise for the compounds future.
So no, grandma is not a stoner if she's taking CBD. Grandma just likes to keep it healthy nowadays and so do those millennials. CBD is everywhere because it has shown to work time and time again no matter the age or ailment it seems.
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