What is CBD?
If you’ve ever listened in on the marijuana debate, chances are you’ve heard the term “CBD” thrown around. If you’ve never heard of CBD till now, you might be asking yourself, “What the heck is CBD?”
Simply put, Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of more than 60 cannabis compounds that has significant medical benefits. Unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD users can reap the medical benefits without the “high” or “stoned” feeling that THC creates.
Cannabidiol may help any patient that is dealing with arthritis pain, anxiety, cancer/tumors, depression, inflammation, muscle spasms, nausea, psychosis, seizures/vomiting, and any other condition, without feeling dysphoria or lethargy. In fact, CBD is believed to counteract the psychoactivity of THC, and this makes it an appealing option for patients looking for more natural treatments for their medical condition.
But how might one herb help so many different conditions for relieving pain (without dealing with the cause of the condition) and cure something? The search to answer these questions has led scientists to the discovery of a physiologic system, a central component of the health and healing of every human and almost every animal: The Endocannabinoid system.
What is the Endocannabinoid system?
Research over the past few decades has discovered that endocannabinoids and their receptors are found primarily in the brain and immune system, but can also be found in organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is homeostasis, or maintaining internal stability to compensate for environmental changes. If your body cannot produce enough endocannabinoids, you might be in for some trouble.
Before asking where endocannabinoids come from, the answer is actually very simple. They come from our diet.
Your body naturally creates endocannabinoids with the help of fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are especially important for this. Hemp seeds are a quality source of omgea-3s, as are fish like salmon and sardines. Fish that produce a form of omega-3s make it easier for the body to ingest and break down.
How do these two things work together?
CBD works like a switch to turn on the regulatory Endocannabinoid system. There is already power (cannabinoids) flowing through, but turning the switch on gives it more power.
When a person ingests CBD, they are supplementing a naturally occurring cannabinoid system within their body. It enhances the endocannabinoid action, because the receptors are stimulated to produce their own cannabinoids. This enhances the overall effect on the body to maintain balance.
The Endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating all sorts of bodily processes, including mood, metabolism, reproduction, pain, and immune functions. Strengthening your diet with CBD may help create a healthier Endocannabinoid system and, therefore, a healthier you! Research has also shown that cannabinoids are able to target damaged cells while sparing normal cells.
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