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The ABC of CBD - Understanding what it is

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The ABC of CBD - Understanding what it is

CBD is the topic du jour at the moment. It's popping up nearly everywhere - in drinks, ice creams, bath bombs, you can even slather on CBD body cream from head to toe. Everyone everywhere is talking about it - from your favorite A-lister-turned-entrepreneur to your influential Instagram babes. It's hard to overstate the speed at which CBD has become the biggest hype in wellness. But do you really know what it is, what it isn’t, and why so many are adding CBD to their daily self-care routine?

First things first, let us explain what CBD is

CBD, known as cannabidiol, is a type of compound found in the cannabis plant called a cannabinoid. Yes, we said cannabis - but this isn’t the cannabis you think. The cannabis plant contains many compounds called cannabinoids. Maybe you are familiar with one of them, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), known to get you high. BUT there’s another compound completely separate from THC, the cannabidiol (CBD), which is not psychoactive. Instead, it can be balancing for our bodies' system. 

Let's break it down - how CBD works

All our bodies contain an endocannabinoid system (ECS) made up of receptors, known as CB1 and CB2. CB1 regulates your memory and appetite, and is found in the brain and spinal cord in the central nervous system. CB2 is found in the immune system and other areas of the body such as the peripheral nervous system, and can signal that your body is experiencing inflammation. 

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabinoid works by activating the CB1 receptors. These receptors interact with the release of dopamine, our feel good neurotransmitter, which is also associated with our memory and movements. This is what causes the ‘high’ or ‘stoned’ sensation, temporary memory loss, and the feeling of euphoria for some. 

CBD on the other hand works differently. It interacts with CB2 receptors and tends to balance and harmonise without the “high” feeling of THC or its addictive nature. 

Is CBD legal?

Yes! CBD is legal to buy in Sweden, all across Europe and in many other countries around the world. THC is not.

Adding CBD to your daily self-care routine

The reason CBD is becoming so popular is that many people have experienced that it is making them more balanced. The MANTLE team definitely join that group! We are all about finding the simple yet powerful health hacks that are not disrupting your day-to-day - but may positively affect your health and mood. Let's begin the self-care hackathon!

Join us on Instagram @hellomantle to be part of the movement!