We thought it might be nice to include some general information about CBD and hemp extracts here on the website, so we found a great snippet that explains a lot about what CBD is and how it works within the human body. It’s a good place to start if you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating compound…
I want to start things off by discussing how we are in a great moment in the history of Cannabis. More people than ever before are shifting their opinions about Cannabis and choosing CBD to provide natural relief for their medical conditions. Whether you’ve never tried CBD, tried it once or twice, or are an active user, our helpful guide is a great resource to learn more or share with a friend. Now we all know, when trying anything new, there’s always a learning curve, and with CBD, it’s no different. For new users, understanding what it is and, more importantly, how it works can be a little confusing. If that seems to be the situation you’re in now, don’t worry. This should help. Let’s start off with the basics.
What is CBD and How Does it Work?
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a compound found in the Cannabis plant. It can be used in several different ways including vaping, tinctures, capsules, and edibles. Unlike its close relative, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is completely non-psychoactive. This allows us to benefit from the many health properties of the Cannabis plant without the negative side effects of “getting high.” Because of this, CBD became a very popular option for those seeking a natural alternative to treat conditions such as chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, epilepsy and other mental disorders. At first, many were skeptical, thinking that a natural compound, let alone a Cannabis-compound, could effectively treat such a wide range of conditions. But as medical researchers learned more, and the stories from tens of thousands of people began to stack up, the truth was undeniable. CBD works.
But how exactly does it work?
For starters, CBD inherits many of the medicinal properties of Cannabis such as being anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiolytic. This allows it to provide natural stress, anxiety and pain relief. But this alone isn’t what allows CBD to benefit so many conditions. What allows it to effectively treat so many conditions, and maintain health and wellness in the body, is how how the cannabinoids found in CBD interact with receptors throughout our body. Let’s talk about the Endocannabinoid System.
The Endocannabinoid System
In 1988, the first cannabinoid receptor was discovered in the brain of a rat. Researchers found that these receptors reacted specifically to THC, and were found primarily found in regions of the brain responsible for mental and physiological processes such as memory, high cognition, emotion, and motor coordination. Two years later, in 1993, the second cannabinoid receptor was found as part of the immune and central nervous systems. It was then that researchers started to realize that they may have been onto something, but these receptors were only found in rodents, so what’s the big deal right? Fast forward to 1995, researchers discovered that these receptors, now officially referred to as the CB1 receptor and CB2 receptor, were found not only in rats, but within thousands of other species, including humans. Thanks to advancements in technology and knowledge and tons of clinical trials, researchers were able to reverse engineer what they’d discovered, trace back through the metabolic pathways of various cannabinoids, and uncover an entirely unknown signaling system between the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our bodies and receptors found in Cannabis compounds, which they called “endocannabinoids.” Due to the role of endocannabinoids in this system, the system was officially named the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
As researchers learned more about the ECS, they discovered that it was a vital component in maintaining the body’s homeostasis, which is the ideal balance between interdependent elements in the body. To give you an idea on how the ECS helps maintain homeostasis, Let me give you an example. When we become stressed, our mind releases cortisol, which is the compound responsible for how we feel when we are stressed. Cortisol can be helpful when we need to react quickly to a dangerous situation; however too much disrupts the natural balance of our body and mind can result in serious health problems. When certain endocannabinoids are introduced into the body, it not only helps provide stress relief, it helps manage our perception of stress so that we can look at the situation with a clear mind, and make the best decision.
With all the scientific jargon, this last section may have been a little confusing. So just to clarify… Scientists discovered that there are systems in our bodies that are solelydependenton their interaction with cannabinoids, and these systems are part of vital functions in our bodies. Basically, our bodies were designed to work with cannabinoids, and they can even be considered as essential to our overall health and wellness.
If you’re interested in more general information about CBD and other beneficial hemp extracts and cannabinoids (CBG, CBN, et)c then there is a wealth of knowledge available online and a plethora of good reading material. So we encourage you to educate yourself on the subject and form your own opinion on the matter.
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