(For a short summary about the endocannabinoid system, other cannabinoids, and terpenes, click here).
What is CBD/ and how does it work?
Cannabidol (CBD) is a fat-based compound abundantly found in Hemp (Cannabis sativa). There are a few significant roles that CBD plays in the body.
- Unlike THC, CBD is NOT psychoactive and will NOT make one “high”.
- When taken with TCH, CBD reduces THC’s ability to make one high.
- CBD acts an antioxidant, perhaps stronger than Vitamin C
- CBD reduces epileptic seizure severity and activity.
- Acts as a calming agent by acting on serotonin receptors and reducing glutamate (an excitatory neurotransmitter) activity.
- Has shown anti-cancer activity.
- Has shown reduction in Beta amyloid plaque related to Alzheimer’s disease.
- Helps strengthen internal homeostasis by increasing the ability to make endocannabinoids.
Is CBD legal? In Idaho, as long as a product does not contain any THC, is made from mature hemp stalks, or contains oil made from the seeds or achene (fruit/buds) and does not contain resin, it is legal. It is up to the consumer to make sure criteria are met. To listen to the Idaho Attorney General Office podcast about the legality of CBD, click here and choose episode #3.
To learn more about CBD and how it work, please check our Facebook page for Dr. Rodgers’ next public talk about CBD. Click here.