CBD stands for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is the name of one of the natu
rally occurring compounds in the cannabis plant known as cannabinoids. There are many, many cannabinoids that are present in cannabis, but the two that seem to get all the hype are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). Currently, there is the most research on these two compounds and their effects, but others like CBG are also known to have therapeutic qualities and more scientific research is emerging on their properties.
This is a fascinating question, as it reveals one of the most important biological discoveries in recent years. Turns out, the human body also produces cannabinoids. These are called endogenous cannabinoids (endogenous meaning they are created within the body and do not come from an external source), and are a key part of how our body regulates itself and maintains homeostasis. These cannabinoids fit into receptors in our brain and throughout our body, creating the Endocannabinoid System. The Endocannabinoid System is a key part of how our cells communicate with one another, and aids in regulating other body systems to keep everything in balance.
Our body needs cannabinoids to keep the Endocannabinoid System working properly, and if we are lacking cannabinoids, a whole host of symptoms and health defects can begin to occur.
The human diet has changed dramatically within the last few centuries, and the amount of cannabinoids that we naturally consumed in plant and animal matter in decades past that supplemented our endogenous cannabinoids is in short supply in most of the foods we eat regularly today. Many, many factors play into this, but the wholesale disappearance of the hemp plant from the food chain following its illegal status has been posited as a major reason for some of the cannabinoid deficiencies we are coming across today.
CBD mimics natural cannabinoids and fits into receptors throughout the body, called CB2 receptors. Unlike THC, ingesting CBD will not produce a psychoactive effect or get you “high”, and this is because of the receptors it binds to. THC binds to CB1 receptors, which are found primarily in the brain, but CBD does not, instead seeking out CB2 receptors. Like all cellular communication, once CB2 receptors are “fitted” with a suitable cannabinoid compound, it triggers a chain reaction of events with
in the body, insuring the full functioning of the endocannabinoid system.
Like all nutritional supplements, CBD products have not undergone a full FDA trial to validate medical claims, and therefore cannot be sold to treat a specific disease or ailment. If you do have questions about whether CBD may help you, we would be happy to talk with you!
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