What is CBD?

What is CBD?

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Cannabidiol, more commonly referred to as CBD, is a naturally occurring chemical compound produced by marijuana and hemp plants. Unlike THC, the other well-known compound in marijuana that causes users' euphoric high, CBD is completely non-psychoactive. In fact, it counteracts some of the psychoactivity caused by THC and has been known to have various health benefits such as helping reduce anxiety or even epileptic seizures. Cannabis oil can be made from both marijuana and hemp. Marijuana contains a higher level of THC compared with hemp which results in a stronger “high” because it attaches to receptors in your brain more easily. Despite this reason for concern you use cannabis oil extracted from the plant, it is widely accepted to be safe and causes no such side effects.

How does CBD work?

The human body contains a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is made specifically to interact with compounds like CBD and THC. This complex group of specialized cells supports important life functions such as appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory in humans. It seems that the more we learn about CBD and how it works in our bodies, the more we discover that this powerful compound has almost limitless applications for good health when used correctly.

Fewer Side Effects Than Many Drugs

One of the reasons people are turning to hemp oil products like CBD is because they want relief from common ailments without harsh side effects. While the science is still emerging on this topic, there are already several studies that show ingesting CBD orally or applying it topically can help relieve pain and inflammation. Here are just a few examples of conditions that experts believe can be treated by medical cannabis oil:

  • chronic pain
  • skin diseases like acne, psoriasis, eczema
  • migraines and headaches
  • glaucoma ( raised pressure in the eyeball) like optic nerve damage or damage to the eye itself caused by diabetes
  • seizures (epilepsy)
  • stroke symptoms like paralysis or loss of speech/vision; For people who suffer from nausea after chemotherapy treatments for cancer
  • mood disorders like anxiety
  • Intimacy and pleasure

Can CBD help with intimacy?

It certainly sounds that way when you take into consideration recent research on how cannabinoids affect the brain in general.  CBD specifically has proven useful when it comes to treating anxiety disorders, which are often rooted in negative feelings about oneself and others. By encouraging cannabinoid receptors to produce more serotonin, CBD influences key neurotransmitters for mood regulation.

CBD can also have a positive, calming effect on those who are extremely stressed out.  These same effects would certainly be beneficial to intimacy as well as overall intimacy health. When we come across something pleasurable, it activates the endocannabinoid system which triggers cannabinoid receptors in the brain.  This is part of what gives us a "feel good" sensation