You may hear the term CBD a lot. But do you wonder what CBD stands for?
Quick answer: CBD is short for Cannabidiol.
Instead of trying to say that over and over, people have condensed it to CBD.
Cannabidiol (or CBD) is a non-intoxicating molecule made by the Cannabis plant. It won’t get you high or stoned. It is called a Cannabinoid molecule (or more precisely a phytocannabinoid because it is made by a plant).
When we take CBD into our body – such as with CBD oils or vaporizers – this molecule actually interacts with a regulatory system within our body called the Endocannabinoid System. So it has an effect on our bodies.
Humans have this Endocannabinoid System (or ECS for short) within us to help regulate a large variety of functions within our body including sleep, pain, memory, appetite and even level of anxiety.
We have our own Cannabinoid receptors in us, and we make our own Cannabinoids (called Endocannabinoids) that interact with our Cannabinoid receptors.
But if our own Endocannabinoid System is not doing a great job at regulating these bodily functions for us, then using CBD may help improve the situation.
An overly simplified explanation is that the CBD from the Cannabis plant may help “top up” our ECS to improve how well it works.
Summary: CBD stands for Cannabidiol
So if you’re chatting with friends or family and they mention CBD now you’ll know that CBD stands for Cannabidiol.
And that Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid from the Cannabis plant. It will interact with the Endocannabinoid system within our body (to hopefully improve our medical condition). And that it won’t get us high or stoned.
For more in depth information about CBD please check out my article called “What is CBD.”
Written by Tim Dyer. A pharmacist who started Harmony Cannabis to provide easy to understand information about medical cannabis for beginners and seniors. He lives in Penticton BC.