CBD (Cannabidiol) is a naturally occurring compound found in cannabis and hemp. Its rich history as a plant medicine goes back thousands of years! It is non-psychoactive and has been gaining mainstream acceptance in recent years as a natural way to manage anxiety, stress, pain, insomnia, and other symptoms. Consumers can find CBD in every form these days from CBD sublinguals and edibles to topicals and vapes.
CBD works by interacting with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system and its receptors. According to Leafly, “in the human body, CBD influences cannabinoid receptor activity and encourages production of the body’s natural endocannabinoids.” Although formal research to fill in the gaps around CBD’s benefits has just started, anecdotal evidence for CBD’s therapeutic potential is strong.
Another benefit of CBD is that it is federally legal (unlike THC), thanks to the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. As long as CBD is derived from hemp and contains less that 0.3% THC, it is completely legal unless you live in one of the few exception states like Idaho, Iowa, and South Dakota.
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