But wait, what is CBD? Is that the same thing as hemp? Or marijuana? Yes, but no, not really, not at all. Here’s a little vocab lesson:
Cannabis: This is the plant genus that produces many cannabinoids such as hemp, marijuana, CBD, and THC. There are over 100 different cannabinoids so far identified in cannabis by scientists, but below are the most studied and understood thus far.
CBD: Also known as cannabidiol, it’s the chemical compound that accounts for the soothing, floaty, good-vibes effects, but it is the counterpart to THC, meaning it’s completely non-psychoactive. It has a lot of health benefits when applied topically, or ingested (we’ll get into that below).
THC: Also known as tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical compound in cannabis responsible for a euphoric high. It creates the sensation most commonly associated with marijuana.
Hemp: It is the stem of cannabis plant, mostly used for strong natural fibers, and it’s legally sold in products nationwide. CBD that is derived from hemp is allowed to be distributed nationally.
Alright, now that we’ve got that cleared up, let’s discover why CBD is really having a moment, and why you’re going to love it.
If you’ve never tried CBD products, it’s hard to think of their need or purpose, beyond just the “getting high” novelty. But CBD isn’t here just for show, it produces some pretty impressive results.
When applied topically, via a body cream, it can deliver incredible pain relief. So much so that it’s on par with mild painkillers (no really, it’s true). It’s perfect for relieving sore body aches in your hips, necks, etc.
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It’s like meditation, but in a bottle and effective immediately. When ingested, CBD can sharpen focus, energize, and boost your body’s ability to handle the stressors of daily life.
“It has a nutty taste that goes sweet or savory and so its perfect to add to smoothies or to drizzle into soups or salads,” says Cindy DiPrima, Cap Beauty cofounder. “You can also just take a dose right from the spoon. We also added a number of adaptogens to the formula so that The Daily Hit could become a single addition for modulating stress and bringing the system into balance. We’ve heard from many of our friends and customers that The Daily Hit has worked wonders on insomnia too.”
Calms Inflammation (aka Acne)
CBD also works wonders on inflammation and a variety of skin conditions. “CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory, while still being a natural ingredient,” says Michael Bumgarner,
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CBD is also a commonly found product for lip balms too, for some dual benefits both topically and when ingested. We note ingestion for lip balms specifically because most lip balms we apply, we also consume, which is why you can get both levels of benefits from a balm.
The possibilities, benefits, and popularity of CBD are perhaps endless. “The more we see it in clinical use, the more we’ll learn about its benefits,” says DiPrima. “CBD is becoming increasingly popular and given its wide range of uses, it only stands to grow in popularity.”
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