What is CBD?
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. It comes from two sources. Hemp derived CBD comes from industrial hemp plants and medical marijuana CBD comes from medical marijuana plants. Industrial hemp plants are high in CBD and cannot contain more than .3% THC. Medical marijuana products usually have a higher THC to CBD ratio and are only available in stated where medical marijuana is legal. All CBD products that we sell and will discuss are hemp derived CBD products.
CBD is one of more than 100 phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It is considered to be safe and non-addicting. CBD is closely related to another phytocannabinoid found in the cannabis plant – THC (delta -9 tetrahydrocannabinol). The “high” that is commonly associated with cannabis comes from THC. Both THC and CBD have significant therapeutic properties. But, unlike THC, CBD does not cause intoxicating effects. There is evidence that CBD can actually lessen the effects of THC. This is great for the people that want the health benefits of cannabis without the intoxicating high from THC.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
CBD interacts with part of the body’s regulatory system called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The discovery of the ECS has significantly advanced our understanding of health and disease. The ECS plays a vital role in regulating many physiological processes that affect our everyday experiences, such as mood, energy, digestion, the immune system, blood pressure, metabolism, pain, stress, hunger and so much more. In other words, the ECS keeps our body in a state of homeostasis – or natural balance.
The ECS uses natural compounds in the body called endogenous cannabinoids. These cannabinoids bind to two primary receptors called CB1 and CB2, mostly found in the brain and nervous system, but are also spread out in other vital organs and tissues. When the CB1 and CB2 receptors are activated, they produce a modulating (or moderation) effect.
When the ECS is not functioning properly, the body is out of balance. Other systems in the body do not function properly and become stressed out or over used. This is when sickness and disease start to creep into our lives.
How does CBD work?
CBD and THC are phytocannabinoids that mimic the body’s natural endocannabinoids. They can activate the CB1 and CB2 receptors just like the ones our body makes.
While THC has a strong binding affinity for both CB1 and CB2 receptors, CBD has no particular binding affinity. The therapeutic benefits of CBD come from indirect actions. CBD activates the TPRV1 receptors that are directly involved in regulating pain, body temperature and inflammation. CBD also works to help the body create higher levels of endocannabinoids that help regulate pleasure and motivation.
Currently, there is extensive scientific research being done, with mounting evidence from patients and physicians, that confirm CBD’s potential treatment of some of the following common health concerns:
- Autoimmune diseases (inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis)
- Neurological conditions (Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Huntington’s chorea, stroke, traumatic brain injury)
- Metabolic syndrome (diabetes, obesity)
- Neuropsychiatric illness (autism, anxiety, PTSD, alcoholism)
- Gut disorders (colitis, Crohn’s)
- Cardiovascular dysfunction (atherosclerosis, arrhythmia)
- Skin disease (acne, dermatitis, psoriasis)
There is still much to be learned about the therapeutic effects of CBD. But, there is enough evidence to show that CBD does have beneficial properties that can help increase your overall wellness.
Many of our customers have reported that they get better sleep at night, have more energy, feel more focused, less pain, less anxious or stressed. If you are curious or have considered trying CBD, we have a product that is right for you. We ask that you take it for at least a month and then see if you are beginning to see some of the same benefits that our other customers are seeing.