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About Cannabidiol – CBD

The hemp plant, domesticated 6000 years ago in China produces more than 400 organic compounds. The two main groups of molecules with bioactive properties found in hemp are terpenes and cannabinoids - CBD being a molecule of the latter. CBD is one of the many cannabinoids that are extracted from cannabis. Cannabinoids are organic, but insoluble in water and under room temperatures. CBD that is processed oil can come in many forms, which include liquid, cream, and even chewable forms. The most recognised cannabis compounds are THC and CBD.

Differences between THC and CBD

The main difference between Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) is this that THC is considered as a psychoactive and CBD is considered as non-psychoactive. Thus THC is illegal within the UK in concentrations equal to or higher than 0.2%.
CBD and THC are both found throughout the seeds, stalks, and flowers of both hemp and marijuana. The two exist in cannabis plants in a wide range of proportions. However, while THC is most plentiful in marijuana, CBD is present in higher quantities in hemp.CBD.

How CBD Works

The human nervous system contains a large number of receptors. Receptors are like mobile telephone masts transmitting signals. But if a mobile mast accepts an electromagnetic wave as a signal, receptors use specific molecules to transmit messages.One of the receptor systems is the so-called endocannabinoid system (ECS). ECS receptors are located in the human brain and in the peripheral nervous system – spinal cord and nerves. In the brain, the receptors reside in areas responsible for perception, concentration, memory and movement. That’s why the ECS is involved in the regulation of many physiological processes including the feeling of pain, mood, and appetite.The ECS receptors are CB1 and CB2. The receptors bind cannabinoid-like molecules produced by the nervous system, endorphins. One of the endorphin molecules transmitting signals in the ECS is 2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG). It binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors. CBD also bind to these receptors and replicates the effects of 2-AG.

Biology and Chemistry and How CBD Works in the Body (Pharmacodynamics)

Although the exact mechanism and magnitude of effects of THC and CBD are not fully understood, CBD has been shown to have analgesic, anticonvulsant, muscle relaxant, anxiolytic, neuroprotective, anti-oxidant, and anti-psychotic activity. This wide variety of effects is likely due to it's complex pharmacological mechanisms. With the growing research of CBD brings more light about CBD.

Potential Benefits and Uses of CBD

One of the main reasons CBD has become so popular is because of its versatility. For some, it’s an important nutritional supplement; for others, a new addition to their health and beauty routine. At CBDChem, we’re confident that everyone can benefit from this incredible chemical. That’s why we dedicate ourselves to sourcing top-shelf CBD oils, creams, and supplements for all kinds of users.

Known contraindications

CBD is known to cause some side effects and interactions, such as diarrhoea and interactions with blood thinners. Please consult a healthcare professional before using any supplements.