What is CBD?

To understand CBD, it’s first necessary to understand where CBD originates and its chemical importance.

Where does CBD come from?

Cannabis plants – including cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and cannabis ruderalis (otherwise known as “hemp”) – produce compounds called cannabinoids, lipidic molecules that stimulate the cannabinoid receptors in diverse cells of the body, including the central nervous system and the immune system.

There are at least 113 different cannabinoids isolated from cannabis with different effects, but the most noticeable cannabinoids are CBD, THC and CBN.

What are cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that interact with “receptors” in cells that signal chemical responses to the brain. Ligands – smaller molecules that bind to larger molecules – for these receptors include naturally-occurring endocannabinoids (which exist natively within the body of animals) and phytocannabinoids, which exist in plants (notably, cannabis and hemp). The most widely-recognized cannabinoids are THC – the cannabinoid that provides a “high” from consuming marijuana – and CBD, which carries numerous therapeutic and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Pictured: Receptors and cannabinoids

So, what is CBD?

Cannabidiol (or CBD) is a lipid found in high concentrations in hemp (+30% in the plant extract). It has psychotropic effects, as it act in the cells of the central nervous system, but it’s not psychoactive, as it doesn’t affect normal mental activity.


Currently, CBD is the cannabinoid with the most beneficial effects known, specifically for the treatment of conditions of the central nervous system, and it’s also known for its wide therapeutic margin: mild to non-existent secondary effects in a wide range of doses.

In usage for humans, CBD is often utilized for chronic pain relief and for its anti-inflammatory properties.

As it stimulates antipsychotic effects, it’s used on humans to ease anxiety, certain emotional imbalances, help with conditions that impact muscle control and the nervous system, and much more. Also, when inhaled, it is used by smokers to help quit smoking, as it actives various receptors in the brain, such as the dopamine receptor.

In pets, CBD is used to aid with anxiousness, joint pain, chronic inflammation, skin issues, and a wide range of other conditions.

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11 thoughts on “What is CBD?

    1. Hi Michael!

      This depends on one’s tolerance and how one is taking it (i.e. route of administration).

      New users should start with lower doses and titrate up from there. We would probably recommend starting out at about 30-40mg/mL if taking orally via oil.

      Hope this helps!

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      – Keith

    1. Hi Terri!

      You can purchase Plants Not Pills products directly online at “Plants Not Pills CBD dot com”.

      Hope this helps!

    1. Hi Susan!

      This depends on your tolerance levels and other contributing factors. Typically, beginning with a full dropper twice a day is advised for most people.

    1. Hi Lisa!

      Some people do suggest taking “tolerance breaks” with CBD (and with cannabis) to help “reset” the body when it comes to tolerance levels, yes. You can also increase your dosage.

  1. Hi,
    Can anyone help me with the decision I’m facing.
    I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Myfascial Pain Syndrome. Chronic Fatigue.
    It’s been over 14 years. I’ve tried an endless supply of narcotics.
    I’m currently taking Morfine for pain and zanaflex muscle relaxers. I’m having a tremendous amount of break through pain.
    It’s becoming overwhelming in my personal and emotional life.
    I’ve been wanting to try cannabis but I’m so afraid to start this and it not working for me
    And who do I trust?
    I have so many questions that I need answer’s to. Please text me any information that you may provide for me. Thanks so much.

    1. Hey Dale!

      I’m sorry to hear you’re going through that. That sounds incredibly frustrating and very trying.

      These are great questions that you posed. First, I would say that one of the benefits of hemp-derived products and cannabis-derived products is that they interact with certain receptors in our bodies that block or inhibit pain, along with other things.

      You could start with hemp-derived CBD products first to see if they help and, if you aren’t seeing the relief you need from that, you could move on to cannabis for a stronger option.

      Do you live in a state where cannabis is legal, either medically or recreationally?

      Most states where cannabis is legal have stringent requirements for the dispensaries to follow that show lab results and more, so if you buy from a reputable dispensary, you should feel fairly confident that you are buying a safe, reliable product.

      The same is true regarding hemp-based products, like the ones at The state of Florida – where Plants Not Pills is based – requires all products be lab tested by independent third parties and you can see the lab results directly on their site.

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