Updated: Mar 19
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid that was discovered in the 1940s, it is one of over 80 compounds found in cannabis and hemp. The main difference between THC and CBD is that THC is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis that causes a "high" effect, while Cannabidiol is 100% non-intoxicating.
CBD releases its therapeutic impact through many molecular pathways throughout the body, one being The Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This communication system greatly influences our overall physiology, mood and everyday life experiences. This system consists of receptors in the brain, central nervous system and body, called CB1 and CB2 receptors. Not only do we have receptors for phytocannabinoids but we also naturally produce our own cannabinoids within our bodies, called endocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids such as CBD activate these receptors to help modulate and repair many physiological systems in the brain and body.
The ECS is the human body’s very own “internal” cannabis system. It includes a network of neurotransmitters, receptors and our own endogenous cannabinoids. These compounds work together with cell and tissue types all throughout the body to help mediate, regulate, and control bodily processes such as, inflammation, pain, sleep, immune response systems, neurogenesis (new cell production), apoptosis (programmed cell death), and even mood (psychological behavior and response).
CBD also activates other receptors such as Serotonin (biological and neurological processes), Vanilloid (pain perception) and Adenosine (inflammation & bone re-absorption).
With pre-clinical and some human trials CBD has shown to be a therapeutic aid in conditions such as: Depression, Arthritis, Anxiety, Poor Sleep, Inflammation, Epilepsy, Skin conditions, Digestive Disorders, Hormone Imbalances and Chronic Pain, to name a few.
With existing research and new studies being conducted, it's becoming evident that CBD has increasingly profound medical potential with very few (if any) side effects.
CBD comes in many variations and can be taken as a general health booster or as an alternative remedy. CBD products include topical creams and ointments (beauty and medical), aromatherapy, tinctures, vape oils and many more.
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