CBD gently acts on your body's endocannabinoid system to reduce pain, decrease stress and anxiety, and improve your ability to both fall and stay asleep. Naturally.
"Why should I take CBD?"
Glad you asked, but first, we need to clarify a few things.
What is CBD exactly?
Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD is one of maannny (like 100+) cannabinoids that are naturally occurring in the cannabis plant. There are many cannabinoids out there that you might of heard of like CBN, CBG & CBT, but for today, we’re going to focus mainly on CBD.
WHAT ARE CANNABINOIDS?
Cannabinoids, or more specifically phytocannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds in the cannabis plant that activate receptors in your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Have you heard of it? Don't worry, I hadn’t either.
Our ECS is located throughout our body and is in charge of modulating critical functions such as:
Pretty important, yes?
Your body naturally produces cannabinoids. The cannabinoids in cannabis simply act on those receptors.
*Fun Fact: It’s believed that humans have been supplementing with cannabis for over 5,000 years.
Ok, what about THC?
Most of you have heard of the cannabinoid known as tetrahydrocannabinol or THC which is indeed psychoactive. In other words, it’s the one that gets you “high.” Pot brownies, joints, reefer, you know the one. Unfortunately, CBD’s image suffers from guilt by association.
PSA: CBD will NOT get you high.
In fact, according to a 2022 Forbes study on CBD, 64% of Americans think CBD is safer than alcohol. Let's go.
But don’t CBD and THC come from the same plant?
Well yes and no. Huh?
YES - CBD and THC both come from the cannabis plant.
NO - CBD and THC typically come from different strains of the cannabis plant. CBD comes from hemp while THC comes from marijuana.
You can blame all this confusion on our legal system.
CBD comes from cannabis that has less than 0.3% THC. This type of super duper low THC cannabis is called hemp. Therefore, our friend, CBD comes from hemp. Hemp is federally legal.
Hemp is NOT psychoactive. Yay for hemp.
It's scary (no no, calm down) cousin, THC comes from cannabis with more than 0.3% THC. This type of cannabis is called marijuana. Therefore THC (in high quantities) comes from marijuana. Marijuana is not federally legal.
Marijuana is psychoactive. Insert your personal reaction to marijuana here ________.
Ok now that we are experts in cannabis, let’s get back to what is so great about CBD and why you might want to consume it.
Here are three reasons you might want to take CBD
- Relieve Pain
- Reduce Stress/Anxiety
- Improve Sleep Quality
Let's dive in.
I’m so glad you learned about the endocannabinoid (ECS) system earlier. Remember how it helps to regulate pain sensation in the body?
Well studies have shown that CBD binds to the receptors in the ECS to help reduce pain and inflammation.
I personally lean on CBD whenever I get tension headaches or the morning after I’ve consumed too much wine.
I’ve also heard it’s great at reducing post workout soreness.
Turns out more than half of CBD users take CBD for anxiety.
Surprise, CBD’s impact on stress and anxiety also has to do with the ECS. It’s believed that CBD affects ECS receptors in the brain that alter serotonin signals. CBD doesn’t boost serotonin per se, but it may impact how your brain responds to the serotonin that is already in your system. Which is a good thing, because low serotonin is often associated with anxiety and even depression.
CBD is also believed to repress our “fight or flight” response which, let’s be honest, we don’t need as much in our modern world. Sure, it comes in handy if you’re being chased by a tiger. But, we don’t need it for most of today’s daily stressors like traffic, public speaking, or dealing with our crazy, screaming kids. In those moments, everyone benefits from being more relaxed.
When you’re not feeling fried and frazzled from the constant stimuli of today’s world, that probably means you’re more calm, focused and clear headed.
I developed Moment CBD for this exact reason. As a working mom, I often felt like I was rushing around with my head cut off trying to “do it all.”
CBD takes my stress levels down a notch so I don't inadvertently snap at my husband or my kids.
It allowed me to ride the wave rather than constantly feel pummeled by white water. A win.
You tossers-and-turners are going to love this. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep at night will be happy to hear that CBD affects the release of cortisol (our stress hormone). Sleep troubles at night can be caused by high cortisol levels. Cortisol is supposed to peak in the morning when we need it to get going, not at night when we are trying to rest.
Trouble sleeping can also be caused by anxiety and pain. See above, we’ve got those covered.
CBD works to curb the release of cortisol to more appropriate nighttime levels so your body and mind can rest.
"Many patients report that CBD helps them fall asleep more quickly, stay asleep longer and feel [more] rested in the morning.”
CBD sounds amazing. Any side effects?
- CBD is not addictive
- CBD is well tolerated by most
- CBD can interfere with some medication, especially blood thinners
- CBD might cause dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness, or fatigue