The question we get asked most often is: What exactly is CBD, and how does it really work?
Did you know that your body has an EndoCannabinoid System?
Did you know that CBD is just one of many Cannabinoids found in Hemp?
In this helpful guide, we will walk through the science behind CBD,
how it’s made, and how it works in your body.
Lets Begin: So…What is CBD exactly?
It all begins with Hemp (the male Cannabis plant). Hemp is made up of over 400 active compounds, including Cannabinoids, Flavinoids, Terpenes, essential vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, fiber, protein and chlorophyll. Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is a Photocannabinoid discovered in 1940, and is the most studied Cannabinoid found in Hemp.
CBD is is just one of 113 identified Cannabinoids. Other common Cannabinoids include CBG (Cannabigerol), CBC (Cannabichromene) and CBN (Cannabinol). The human body and brain has an Endocannabinoid system (more on this below) and Cannabinoids, especially CBD, help to support this extremely important biology.
You may have heard the term “Full Spectrum” CBD. As opposed to isolating just CBD and only using that single compound in CBD products, Full Spectrum refers to the process of utilizing all of the plants compounds in a CBD product, including the CBD itself, Flaviniods, Terpenes and trace amounts of THC. In 1998, prominent Cannabis researchers Raphael Mechoulam and S. Ben Shabat discovered that when all of the cannabis plants nutrients are utilized, they work together to offer enhanced effects as opposed to using an Isolated CBD. This is now refereed to as to The Entourage Effect, and is why experts recommend choosing Full Spectrum CBD products.
Okay, so CBD is an interesting compound, but what does it do and how does it work?
First, we need to understand The Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Discovered in the early 1990’s, it is a complex cell-signaling system that is believed to help balance the body’s various functions.
The ECS is made up of two components, Endocannabinoids, and receptors. Your body naturally makes Endocannabinoids, and they bind to the receptors that are spread through out your body, primarily located in your central Nervous System, Peripheral Immune System and immune system cells.
It is believed that the primary function of the ECS is to kick in if any of the body’s processes is thrown out of homeostasis, to help your body return to its ideal operation. In essence, if your body is not performing at 100%, CBD comes to the rescue!
Research has linked the ECS to many of the body’s processes including:
- Appetite and Digestion
- Chronic Pain
- Inflammation and other immune system responses
- Learning and memory
- Motor control
- Cardiovascular System Function
- Muscle formation
- Bone remodeling and growth
- Liver function
Because the ECS relies on the body’s ability to manufacture enough Cannabinoids, it is believed that supplementing your body’s efforts by taking CBD can help strengthen the health and function of the ECS, and therefore the whole body!
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