What is CBD and how does it work?

What is CBD? 

You've likely heard of CBD by now, but if you haven't, let's dive in a bit. 

Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound extract, comes from the cannabis sativa plant. CBD has been making news as a wonderful recovery aid. It's being used to help with aches, pains, inflammations, and muscle spasms.CBD oil is also known for assisting with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia. 

Though it comes from a plant that produces marijuana, using a CBD product will not give you a high feeling, as it does not contain THC which is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana that gives the high sensation. 

How does CBD work?

There are over eighty different chemical cannabinoid compounds found in the trichomes (small hairs) of cannabis. These cannabinoids all produce certain effects in the body by attaching themselves to certain receptors. 

Our bodies also produce cannabinoids of our own, as well as producing two receptors for cannabinoids called CB1 and CB2. These receptors are located in the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is one of our body's best neurotransmitters. 

CB1 is mostly present in the brain but also can be found throughout the body. These receptors in the brain deal with coordination, movement, pain, emotions, mood, thinking, appetite, and memories, and more. THC attaches to CB1. 

CB2 receptors are often found in your immune system and primarily impact pain and inflammation. 

It was once thought that CBD attached directly to the CB2 receptors, but it is believed now that CBS doesn't attach to either receptor directly. Instead, CBD directs the body to use more of its own cannabinoids and impacts these receptors indirectly. 

Ingestion of CBD results in the stimulation of the ECS, which in result promotes homeostasis, reduces pain sensation and decreases inflammation

How can CBD help you?

CBD is quickly becoming known as one of the better anti-inflammatory remedies as it allows muscles to recover and grow stronger than other products. It's being used to help treat nausea in cancer patients and to reduce seizures in children with Dravet Syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. 

As previously mentioned, CDB helps with insomnia. This is crucial as night is the best time for your muscles to recover. When you're sleeping, your body produces Melatonin which helps muscles recover. CDB will help you get the sleep you need to ensure your muscles recover. 

Multiple Sclerosis is an auto-immune disease that impacts your entire body through your brain and nerves. With muscle spasms being one of the most common symptoms of MS, the pain of these spasms can be greatly reduced by CBD oil. 

CBD has also been used to help reduce pain caused by arthritis without any documented l side effects.

People are generally using CBD to help with: :

  • inflammatory and immune issues
  • Assistance in drug/tobacco withdrawal
  • Seizure and epilepsy treatment
  • Anxiety treatment
  • Reducing Alzheimer's effects
  • Antipsychotic effects with schizophrenia patients

 Is CBD Legal?

The answer to this question all boils down to the State you live in. The New York Times reported that the federal 2018 Farm Bill lifted a nationwide ban on producing hemp, from which CBD oil is made, and which formerly was classified as a controlled substance. But the bill left States to follow their own laws, many of which still classifies hemp as illegal. 

Certain states also forbid the usage of CBD oil in food and alcohol while other states allow it. 

Federal law states that CBD oils are legal to possess as long as they contain no more than .3 percent of THC, but some states have still arrested those in possession of CBD products regardless of the THC level. 

Is there a CBD drink for recovery?

YES! Kill Cliff CBD! This product is a mash-up of the market-leading Kill Cliff RECOVER formula and full spectrum hemp yielding 25mg CBD. 

Along with the recovery benefits of CBD oil, Kill Cliff CBD is loaded with B Vitamins, a specialized blend of plant extracts, enzymes (both natural anti-inflammatories), and electrolytes to support hydration to help you get back to full speed.