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What is CBD?

The Magazine: What is CBD?

CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, is one of the most well-known active compounds, found in the hemp and cannabis plants. And though CBD is known to have positive impacts on the human body, it is not intoxicating. The compound (also referred to as phytocannabinoids) works naturally with the body’s endocannabinoid system and other natural body systems to help regulate a variety of vital functions and processes like appetite, sleep, mood, pain perception, stress response, immunity and more.

CBD is seemingly everywhere right now, and for good reason. Its ability to support a happy mood, increase balance in the human body, relieve stress and provide a safe alternative to pharmaceuticals is a huge development in the wellness world. With big news comes big questions. Prima is here to answer all of them.

Why does CBD work so well with our bodies?

The human body produces its own cannabinoid compounds called endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands and immune cells. Considered “a bridge between body and mind,” endocannabinoids help support and protect our immune system, nervous system and virtually all organs in the body.

Endocannabinoid receptors found throughout the brain and body work with phytocannabinoids like CBD to help support homeostasis, the body’s natural state of balance.

What are the effects of CBD?

CBD has been shown to help the Endocannabinoid System preserve the body’s natural supply of endocannabinoids. Science has demonstrated that supplementing our own supply of endocannabinoids with phytocannabinoids may help the body’s ability to thrive in a wide variety of ways.

Why is CBD so popular?

The main function of CBD and other phytocannabinoids is to support the body in maintaining homeostasis, or balance. As so many of us are experiencing daily stress, the need for balance is more critical than ever, and the potential benefits of CBD and other functional botanicals in promoting such balance are incredibly exciting.

Can CBD make me high?

CBD is considered non-intoxicating, meaning it doesn’t produce a “high” like THC. It does, however, have the ability to ease discomfort and enhance our mood, so noticable uplifting effects are common.

How can CBD make me feel?

The effects of CBD are individualized. Depending on how your individual system responds to it, CBD may make you tired or may give you energy. Sometimes the impact of CBD is subtle, and it’s easier to notice what you don’t feel as opposed to what you do feel. Over time, you may notice that you are sleeping better or experiencing stress with a little more ease.

When life throws us curve balls and external or internal stressors disrupt the body’s function and overall balance, the ECS is activated to return it to stability. CBD, as well as other phytocannabinoids, keep our ECS and immune system healthy and supported through the highs and lows of life.

Can I take too much CBD?

CBD is safe at high doses, but there is no standard dose and everyone responds differently. In order to find the perfect dose for you, start low and go slow. If you have a sensitive system, start with 5 mg at a time and slowly work your way up to a higher dose. Effects are individualized––t’s important to monitor how you’re feeling and reflect on any changes so you can better understand how much CBD is right for you.

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