CBD: The Fundamentals of the Cannabis Health Movement

CBD is taking the natural health world by storm. But for those unfamiliar with CBD tinctures, hemp and the cannabis health movement, it can be somewhat confusing to know why, or how, exactly, CBD is a nutritional supplement and what it provides. If you’re feeling like you got a bit left behind in the whole whirlwind of the cannabinoid hoopla, we’ve got your back.

It’s always a good idea to get back to the basics from time to time.  So let’s take a look at the fundamentals behind CBD and health.

 

What is CBD?

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.

Why is CBD a health product?

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.

 

 

Why do we need additional cannabinoid supplements?

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.

 

 

 

 

 

How does CBD work in my body?

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.

 

Why can’t you say what CBD will help with specifically?

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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IrieCBD is a company with a philosophy of reconnecting, revitalizing and finding the simple goodness in all that surrounds us.
From seed to oil, our products are created with care, consciousness, and connection.

Founded in San Diego in 2015 by three innovative adventurers, environmentalists, health advocates and grassroot nutritional revolutionaries,
IrieCBD is dedicated to finding natural solutions for health and wellness. Firm believers in the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, IrieCBD grew out of the passion
its founders had for self-determination and the increased quality of life experienced when all our body’s systems are supported and nourished.
Irie’s unique and specialized line of tinctures are the fruition of this belief, combining the ancient wisdom of herbal medicinal properties with the potent effects of pure CBD oil.