What is CBD
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound, or cannabinoid, found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. There are several varieties of the cannabis plant, including industrial hemp and marijuana. While CBD can be derived from either plant, it is more commonly derived from industrial hemp where it is far more prevalent than in marijuana. Unlike its sister cannabinoid, THC, it is non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t get you high. The CBD used in our products is hemp-derived and none of our products contain any THC.
How Does CBD Work?
Much research is currently being done on this question. We now know two primary ways in which CBD works in the body (a deeper study of these mechanisms will surely continue to reveal more):
Stimulates our Endocannabinoid System (ECS) – This nifty system was only discovered by scientists in the early 1990s. It plays an important role in neuroprotection, stress recovery, immune balance, and homeostatic regulation (maintaining a stable internal environment). Having a well functioning ECS means all around better health.
So what exactly is the ECS? It is a collection of cell receptors called CB1 and CB2, and corresponding molecules, called endocannabinoids. Cell receptors are like locks on the surface of your cells. Endocannabinoids are the keys, and when they bind to a lock, they signal the cell to perform a specific task. These cool little molecules also exist in the Cannabis plant in the form of phytocannabinoids - THC and CBD being the most widely studied and recognized.
Cannabinoid receptors are found all throughout the body, including the skin, giving them a wide variety of functions. When CBD indirectly binds with these receptors, it stimulates the body's protective endocannabinoid response to produce a wide array of therapeutic and healing responses. This can include reducing pain signals, lowering the inflammatory response, and recruiting cells to repair damaged tissues. CBD also stimulates the release of 2-AG, another endocannabinoid that activates both CB1 and CB2 receptors
CBD Helps to Regulate Key Body Functions – Thus far, CBD is known to directly or indirectly affect three other receptors (Vanilloid, Adenosine, and Serotonin) that are important for pain modulation, the sleep-wake cycle, and mood and stress management. It has also been linked to a spike in the naturally occurring “bliss molecule,” anandamide, which helps to regulate functions like pleasure, appetite, memory, sleep, and pain.
What Is CBD Used to Treat?
Exciting new research is showing CBD to be effective in treating a number of conditions. Some of the common ailments people use CBD to treat include:
- Chronic Pain/Inflammation