Why CBD? The cannabis plant contains over 450 natural components, more than 60 of which have been classified as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are unique chemical compounds that interact with specific receptors in the brain and body.
CBD (short for Cannabidiol) is completely non-psychoactive unlike its famous cousin, THC (short for Tetrahydrocannabinol). This allows us to benefit from the many health properties of the Cannabis plant without the associated “high” of marijuana.
BUT HOW DOES CBD WORK? What makes CBD so effective is how the compound interacts with the receptors in our bodies, specifically the Endocannabinoid System (ECS for short).
Recently discovered, this biochemical communication system is considered to be the largest receptor system in both humans and animals. It is responsible for maintaining balance within the body, protecting us from external changes & stress. The ECS is essential in regulating appetite, sleep, pain, mood & memory. It is critical to our everyday experience. Cannabinoid receptors in the ECS respond to cannabinoid compounds that are produced in our bodies. They respond to similar compounds in cannabis. There are two types of cannabinoid receptors in our bodies, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are concentrated in the central nervous system and are responsible for the “high” affiliated with cannabis. CB2 receptors are concentrated in the immune system, which helps the body regulate inflammation and support immune function.
Scientists often refer to CBD as a ‘’promiscuous’’ compound because it offers therapeutic benefits in many different ways… giving us a deeper understanding of how we function on a physiological and biological level.
CBD has become a popular supplement option worldwide for those seeking a natural alternative to treat conditions such as chronic pain, anxiety & depression, insomnia, skin conditions, heart health as well as improving overall health and wellbeing.