What's in it?
Perhaps the most important thing to know about hemp and its compound CBD is that they won’t get you high. Hemp’s chemical makeup does include THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, but there simply isn’t enough of it to have an intoxicating effect. CBD, the compound we want from hemp, contains no psychoactive properties. Hemp, then, is not about getting stoned but more about managing anxiety, pain, or inflammation.
How does it help?
Some of the strongest evidence of the effectiveness of cannabinol, or CBD, lies in the treatment of aggressive childhood epilepsy conditions like Dravet syndrome. In multiple studies CBD was shown to drastically reduce the number of seizures and even stopped seizures in their tracks. Intense videos, readily available online, show this in action.
But how does it help ease everyday sore knees and bruised elbows? The human body is actually already equipped with cannabinoid receptors because it produces its own version of a cannabis compound called endocannabinoids. Think of these as docking ports where compounds like CBD can bind to our cells and do their thing. A study using animal models from the European Journal of Pain showed that CBD applied on the skin could help reduce inflammation due to arthritis. Another study from the same journal demonstrated how CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two notoriously difficult types of pain to treat.
Whether you're looking for a workout recovery tool or a way to manage anxiety, CBD may be able to help.