CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the Cannabis sativa plant, also known as marijuana or hemp.
It’s a naturally occurring substance used in products like tinctures and gummies to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm. Unlike its cousin, delta-9-THC, which is the major active ingredient in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive.
The human body contains a specialized system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is involved in regulating a variety of functions including sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response.
The body produces endocannabinoids, neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system.
Studies have shown that CBD can help reduce pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity and reducing inflammation.