Ask anyone: What are the benefits of CBD? The answer almost always includes references to an altered mood, a “trip” or a “high.” The truth is, CBD is moderately psychoactive at best and nowhere near its powerful cousin, THC. However, CBD does have it’s own share of unique benefits that you can enjoy through routine dosing. Here’s a brief rundown.

The Layperson’s Mini Guide to CBD

CBD refers to cannabidiol, one of many cannabinoids (compounds) present in the cannabis (hemp) plant. CBD interacts with special receptors located in your brain and throughout your body. This interaction supports more efficient use of the small amount of CBD-like compounds that your body already produces, giving you a CBD boost, so to speak.

The boost isn’t a “high” like the altered state associated with THC. It merely augments CBD’s calming and anti-inflammatory properties. You can even access these benefits via topical application, that is, on the skin. Although CBD oils and creams applied to the skin never reach the bloodstream, the CBD interacts with receptors in the skin, delivering its same benefits in a timely, effective manner.

CBD Provides Deep Immune Support

The deeper connections between CBD and long term health aren’t widely known, which is why people still wonder “What are the benefits of CBD?” CBD is a powerful antioxidant like vitamins C and E. Similar to vitamins C and E, CBD protects your body from the damaging effects of free radicals.

Recall that free radicals are atoms with one of more unpaired electrons. Atoms with one or more unpaired electrons are unstable and volatile. Antioxidants are the only substances in nature that can donate electrons without themselves becoming free radicals.

Free radical damage is one of the main causes of chronic pain, compromised immunity and inflammation. Supplementing with CBD may also lend a synergistic boost to other antioxidants you’re currently taking.