What is CBD?
What is CBD?
CBD,cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, CBD does not "get you high".
Our bodies have naturally occurring receptors for cannabinoids collectively known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This system is responsible for homeostasis, or balance, within our body. When CBD and other cannabinoids interact with our ECS, it can have a wide range of therapeutic benefits including:
*and so much more...
Your Endocannabinoid System
The Endocannabinoid System has been recently recognized as an important modulatory system in the function of brain, endocrine, and immune tissues. It appears to play a very important regulatory role in the secretion of hormones related to reproductive functions and response to stress.
There are two different receptors in our ECS that respond to CBD:
CB1 receptors, which are located in the brain
CB2 receptors located within our immune systems (as well as within our skin cells)
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In depth summary of the Endocannabinoid System:
Naturally speaking, our bodies are responsible for producing Anandamide and 2-AG (2-arachidonoylglycerol) which are our endocannabinoids. These endogenous (naturally occuring) neurotransmitters interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors found within our bodies collectively known as the Endocannabinoid System.
CBD interacts with the FAAH enzymes in our body that degrade our endocannabinoids inhibiting usage by the ECS. By supplying our system with additional CBD, we can create an environment in which the ratio of cannabinoids to enzymes is much greater allowing for less degradation of the Anandamide and 2-AG and a less deficient endocannabinoid system. With a properly functioning ECS the body is able to naturally regulate most pain, diseases, fight against cancers, relieve arthritis pain, halt anxiety and even assist with skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis.
New research and studying suggests that functional ECS is present in almost all peripheral organ systems1. This makes skin receptors an ideal target to address localized inflammation and pain versus chronic pain by using a salve, cream or lotion infused with CBD.
- Bíró, Tamás et al. “The Endocannabinoid System of the Skin in Health and Disease: Novel Perspectives and Therapeutic Opportunities.” Trends in pharmacological sciences8 (2009): 411–420. PMC. Web. 27 Sept. 2018.