What is CBD?

The CBD market is exploding right now. You have probably seen CBD advertised in coffee shops, mall kiosks, and health stores. Your friends on Facebook probably have talked about how it has benefitted their lives, and your local news station ran a news segment about its popularity.

But what is CBD?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a natural substance derived from the cannabis plant in the form of oils or powders. CBD was used anciently for its health benefits, and the world is rapidly rediscovering those perks.

The use of CBD has many benefits. It is used for everything from soothing aching joints and muscles to helping people with anxiety and depression. People who suffer from seizures benefit from regular CBD usage, and it has been used to improve the effects of arthritis. Additional benefits include reducing general pain, lowering blood pressure, reducing opioid dependence, and improving acne.

CBD is different from THC, the psychoactive chemical in cannabis and the active ingredient in marijuana. A lot of people have been hesitant about using CBD because it comes from the same plant as marijuana, but they are far from the same. CBD has no psychosis properties and one cannot get high from it.

CBD works by interacting with receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in an individual’s body. Everyone has an ECS in their body; it is a group of cannabinoid receptors located in the brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors. CBD interacts with the receptors that send signals to strengthen the immune system naturally. The ECS is intricately linked to the nervous system and immune system, as well as the brain and digestive system.

Not all CBD companies are the same. Since CBD became popular, many companies have skirted by with dishonest practices. Many CBD startup’s products have been tested and found to contain metals, pesticides and a lot of junk that isn’t CBD. Zenleaf products are sourced from an audited facility that is FDA compliant. Zenleaf is GMP certified, and primarily uses an isolate that is 99.6 percent or more pure CBD, making the products higher than the industry standard.

Whatever your reason is, give CBD a try. It really is made for everyone.

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