If you’ve been tuning into any lifestyle blogs, magazines, or pop by health food shops of late, there’s a very likely chance that you’ve stumbled upon the acronym, CBD. That’s because it’s taking the wellness world by storm.
Today you can get lattes, chocolates, oils, and lotions infused with the stuff, and you’ll find users online regularly championing the benefits of this hemp extract.
While already popular in the States and Europe, it’s now slowly but surely creeping into the Japanese market. But like anything that comes from the hemp plant, there’s still a bit of ambiguity about what CBD is, what it does, and its legal status here, in a nation with very strict anti-marijuana laws. So in an effort to clear up any ambiguities, we’ve put together a crash course on CBD with a specific focus on Japan.
What is CBD?
Without getting too scientific, CBD (cannabidiol) is a compound found in the flower of the cannabis plant. No matter your attitude to the plant, it’s hard to deny that this famous green flower has a bevy of medicinal properties. These properties have been utilized by cultures across the globe since the discovery of its powers.
CBD is one of the hundreds of phytocannabinoids, or often simply referred to as a cannabinoid, produced by the plant. A cannabinoid is a compound that reacts to the human body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), a cell-signaling system that experts are still trying to learn more about. In general, the ECS plays a significant role in the regulation of many of our crucial human functions, including sleep, stress, appetite, mood, memory, and even reproduction and fertility.
While a cannabinoid can be manufactured artificially, CBD is naturally occurring, and it’s a safe, non-addictive substance. It’s closely linked to THC, the compound in marijuana that makes you high. Both compounds have been found to have relaxation and mood-elevating effects (from higher levels of dopamine), though those effects can vary from person to person. Although similar to THC, an article by the Healthline states that studies confirm CBD reacts to the human body in a very different way to THC, and will never leave a consumer feeling high or stoned.
What is it used for?
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It's about the full potential of this plant was realized and utilized. We use opium poppies to create legit medicines like morphine and codeine, after all.
(CORRECTION) It's about time the full potential of this plant was realized and utilized. We use opium poppies to create legit medicines like morphine and codeine, after all.
My daughter gave me some skin cream which I was using this summer, and I would have liked to continue using it in Japan.
Didn't want to get savaged by the dogs at Kansai though...
The Government has done such a great job on the marijuanna is bad hype over the years, changing peoples perception is very difficult and it will take time for CBD products to be as main stream here as other countries.
There are a few outlets in Japan for CBD but many are charging way over the top prices too.
I don't know about this , dbd is still illegal in many countries . There must be a good reason. It probably is not safe.
Another fad pretending to have health benefits when it is just more snake oil and woo woo. You can sell it in the UK but cannot make any claims about benefits to health, as there is zero evidence (double blind studies with repeatable methodology) to back up claims. Articles saying 'It worked for me' are NOT evidence.
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Corina S. Hunnicutt
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Some have labeled CBD the snake oil of this generation.
Hemp is a well-known adaptogen, meaning it is a natural substance that can help the body adapt to stress in a number of ways physically, chemically and biologically depending on your needs. Finally, a supplement that can read our minds. I kept on reading an article like this at https://biomdplus.com/how-to-use-cbd-oil-for-pain/