What is CBD?
CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is a natural, non-psychoactive compound found in the hemp plant. CBD is a cannabinoid. There are over 100 known and studied cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Other examples of cannabinoids include ‘THC’, CBN, CBG and so forth.
In order to comprehend the potential health benefits of CBD, one must understand its effects on bodily function, which begins with understanding our ‘Endocannabinoid System.’
“The discovery of the Endocannabinoid System is the single most important scientific medical discovery since the recognitions of sterile surgical technique.” -Dr. David B. Allen
Cannabidiol (CBD) and all the other cannabinoids interact with our ‘Endocannabinoid System.’ This internal system was discovered during research of the marijuana plant, when doctors were trying to understand why cannabis had an intoxicating or ‘high’ effect. The Endocannabinoid system (ECS) was named at the time of discovery because it was the first time they had come across this intricate system of receptors which fired neurons in almost every organ of the body.
The endocannabinoid system is extremely important for our bodies overall functioning. It is responsible for two basic activities:
-Modulating pleasure, energy, and well-being
– Gradually nudging the body back to health in the face of injury and disease.
What the two of these bodily activities are working to achieve is ‘homeostasis.’
Homeostasis is the ability for the body to seek and maintain equilibrium, or stability within its internal environment when it is compromised by external changes. It involves the maintenance of the constant internal environment which includes the function of kidney, liver, skin, etc…
For our endocannabinoid system to function at an optimal level and achieve homeostasis, CBD uptake is necessary. Our bodies produce cannabinoids naturally, but at very low levels. Increasing your cannabinoid levels will increase your body’s natural ability to fight disease, recover from injury, and improve functionality.
There are health benefits to using CBD products. The use of CBD has become so popular because of its ability to assist each user on an individual basis. The CBD interacts with the unique receptors which its user’s body is particularly needing assistance with. That is why two people could take the same CBD product but have a different experience. This makes dosing and usage harder to regulate. Start with small doses of CBD and listen to your body. Allow up to two weeks of daily continued use before changing your dosage or seeking a different alternative. CBD is not approved or regulated by the FDA. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical related issues. CBD is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute or alternative to information from health care practitioners.