What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

what is cannabidiol

Ever since I started doing more in-depth research about CBD, I began hearing stories about how CBD is improving lives. Every day, I keep running into these miraculous healing stories and new data backing up the benefits of CBD.

It was almost like with each new piece of information, I started to see cannabis differently. The study of CBD has opened my mind to all of the potential uses of cannabinoids.

I noticed there are some unique things about CBD and I am convinced everybody needs to know about them.

Because it is legal (arguably), widely available and it doesn’t have psychoactive effects, CBD is coming up more and more in public.

It comes up in every day situations, like going to the salon and chatting with your hair lady, scrolling through the internet, or watching the evening news.  Discovery did a story about how CBD has been successfully used for children and adults with seizures. I’ve posted the video below and highly recommend it.

It’s heartwarming, hopeful and inspiring.  It was inspiring and motivating. And yes, I cried and got the chills.

What is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol and it’s one of 100’s of known cannabinoids in marijuana. CBD is a primary cannabinoid along with THC. THC is the psychoactive product of cannabis, while CBD is the non-psychoactive product of cannabis.

Let’s break that down real quick.

The cannabis plant is made up of several different cannabinoids that have special properties and have different affects in the body. While CBD and THC have different effects, they work together synergistically with other cannabinoids and compounds to create the entourage effect.

WHAT IS CBD

I imagine CBD to be THC’s rad side kick and they are working together to make us feel better. That’s not to downplay the many other superhero cannabinoids in cannabis… but, CBD and THC are the primary ones.

Common ways of ingesting CBD are with tinctures, CBD oil, capsules, vaporizing or smoking, CBD topicals (lip balm, lotions, etc.), and even suppositories.

The Benefits of CBD

We’ve only begun to uncover the medicinal benefits of CBD. Here are some of the proven effects of CBD.

Anti-inflammatory

Combats inflammatory diseases such as, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), arthritis, fibromyalgia

Anti-tumoral/anti-cancer

Proven to shrink breast cancer cells and prevent them from growing

 Combats tumor and cancer cells

Anti-psychotic

Combats psychotic disorders; such as, schizophrenia, delusional disorder, psychotic disorder 

Anti-depressant

Combats mood disorders; such as, bipolar/manic depression, PTSD, panic disorder, addiction

Analgesic

Reduces chronic pain or pain that can be caused by many kinds of illnesses; such as, diabetes, fibromyalgia, IBS, etc.

Antiemetic

Reduces nausea caused by cancer, mood disorders, IBS, other digestion issues, etc.

Anxiolytic

Combats anxiety disorders; such as, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), panic disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), etc.

Antioxidant

“Protects body from damage caused by harmful molecules that can cause cancer.” – WebMD

 Combats neurodegenerative disorders such as; Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s

Protects memory

Helps with Diabetes

Improves insulin levels, reduces blood glucose levels, reduces blood pressure and reduces inflammation

Anticonvulsant

Suppresses seizure activity caused by: seizure disorder, epilepsy

Treating a Variety of Conditions With CBD

In 2007, there was a study at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco done by Dr. Sean McAllister and some of his colleagues. They reported on how effective CBD can be when being used to kill breast cancer cells. According to ProjectCBD, “CBD destroys breast cancer cells by down-regulating a gene called ID-1, which is implicated in several types of aggressive cancer. Silencing the ID-1 gene is, thus, is a potential strategy for cancer treatment.”

This is such a huge deal! CBD can stop cancer from spreading. Holy shhhhit.

Learn more about CBD and cancer here.

If that is not enough to astound you, here is a list of some of the conditions CBD is beneficial for…

CBD is Commonly Used for the Following Conditions

  • Cancer
  • IBS
  • Diabetes/Metabolic Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Pain
  • Nausea
  • Arthritis
  • Anxiety/Mood Disorders
  • Epileptic Disorders
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Chronic/Neuropathic pain
  • Overcoming addiction (to things like: cigarettes/nicotine, opioids, alcohol, etc.)

If you’d like to know more about CBD and how it works, stay tuned for the next few weeks as I cover this topic in-depth for the Wake + Bake CBD Series.

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Marlene McDougald
    July 29, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Do you carry products with just CBD that can be shipped to the state of GA?
    thanks

  • Reply
    Cindy
    November 12, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    I think this is what I am looking for. I once found a tea that didn’t make me feel high but took the ‘edge’ off and helped me feel calm and reduced pain. Can CBD be used interchangeably with your recipes to create a regular tea with it?

  • Reply
    chasity landry
    November 28, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Hi Corrine,

    You are awesome and your work is invaluable. I came across your site on my journey to mske THC infused edibles. Now, I’ve discovered how great CBD is and want to make those instead for my elderly community who wants to avoid the high! I have a few questions regarding the matter. I’m unsure how to get my hands on hemp where I am located, but am totally open to buying oils like NuLeaf. Can I infuse these oils with coconut and continue baking? Will it work in the same process. Please let me know! Any feedback would be greatly cherished.

    • Reply
      Corinne
      November 30, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      Yes 🙂 NuLeaf is already decarbed so it’s ready to go!

  • Reply
    earthmuffin
    November 30, 2017 at 11:06 am

    I haVE a 10 ml bottle of cannabanol isolate. since it is has hemp oil in it. can i make a salve using shea butter or cocoa butter in the crock pot? It has 100 mg of cannabinol . Please adivse. thanks

  • Reply
    Elaine
    December 17, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Hi Corinne. I am loving all of your information and learning so much! Thank you for all that you do! I just heard about CBD crystals to make your own oils, salves and such. But I’m having a hard time locating it. Do you know of a reliable source? I’m in a lot of pain and the medication that the doctors are giving me don’t do squat. So I’m having to take matters into my own hands and trying to fix myself. Thanks again!!

    • Reply
      Kristina Etter
      December 18, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      Elaine, I, personally, have ordered CBD Isolate from CBD Living Water out of California. They have a broad range of full-spectrum, CBD products.

      • Reply
        Elaine
        December 19, 2017 at 8:44 pm

        Thank you, Kristina! I appreciate it. What all do you do with It?

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