Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring cannabinoid constituent of cannabis. It was discovered in 1940 and initially thought not to be pharmaceutically active. It is one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in hemp plants, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract.
Cannabidiol can be taken into the body in multiple different ways, including by inhalation of cannabis smoke or vapor, as an aerosol spray into the cheek, and by mouth. It may be supplied as an oil containing only CBD as the active ingredient (no added THC or terpenes), a full-plant CBD-dominant hemp extract oil, capsules
CBD Interacts with Our Natural Systems
CBD’s able to elicit these effects and encourage balance by interacting with the body’s own endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating several of our body’s physiological functions, such as immune response, pain perception, mood, memory, appetite, sleep, and bone development.
The endocannabinoid system is made up of a vast number of cannabinoid receptors found through the immune system and the central and peripheral nervous systems. Cannabinoids like CBD interact with these receptors, stimulating a chemical response that work to keep all physiological functions in homeostasis.
Once extracted from hemp, CBD oil can be ingested orally or infused into other products like liquids, capsules and tinctures. As long as CBD is derived from hemp, it is legal to import, purchase and use throughout Europe