Harvard Medical School explains that CBD stands for cannabidiol which is one of the most active ingredients of cannabis, also called marijuana. CBD is the main extract found in medical marijuana. However, it is not actually derived directly from the marijuana plant, but from its cousin, the hemp plant. Thus, CBD by itself does not produce the ‘high’ associated with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the active ingredient from the marijuana plant.
According to Healthline, both CBD and THC are natural compounds found in the cannabis plant and they both interact with our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system plays a role in regulating various functions such as sleep, mood, appetite, memory, reproduction, and fertility. Even though both CBD and THC have the same molecular structure and the same medical benefits, CBD has no psychoactive effects, which is the reason why it is becoming legal in most places.
The website, www.timesofhealth.com lists some of the following among the health and wellness benefits of CBD:
- May help people who suffer from anxiety, mood swings, and issues with mood and depression.
- May lower the amount of inflammation in the body.
- May improve mental focus when taken in moderate doses.
- Enhances glutamate receptors to improve the body’s chemistry to produce the right amount of sugar.
- CBD has been proven to lessen epileptic seizures, especially in children.
- May reduce blood pressure, thus reducing the possibility of heart disease and stroke.
Learn more about the ABCs of CBD today, as Chef Deloraine Wellington explains the truth about cannabis and CBD for health and wellnesss, as part of Wellness Wednesdays and “Come Mek We Chat” at the Lauderdale Lakes Primary Medical Care Center Clinic from 12 Noon to 2PM.
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