What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 80 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant and has a very similar genetic make to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Although the two cannabinoids provide similar medicinal healing, CBD lacks any psychoactive properties, or the high feeling which comes with smoking/ingesting THC.
Many people do not know, but the human body actually produces CBD itself! What our CBD products do is top up these CBD levels in the endocannabinoid system so they function at their optimum level.
CBD is 100% natural, non-toxic, yields no side effects and does not require a prescription. CBD can be used with most other medicines* or while pregnant or breastfeeding, and is safe for children and our furry friends, too! Increased medical research is showing CBD as competition for the leading natural treatment for those suffering from:
- Joint pain
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Eating disorders
- Much more!
All cannabinoids, including CBD, produce effects in the body by attaching to certain receptors in the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
Learn more about the Endocannabinoid System here
The Endocannabinoid System
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a system of physiology every human being has. It maintains balance in your body at a cellular level & is present in your body before your born till the day you die. The function of a cell can be altered by recieving a signal/message from either itself or from another cell. This message is typically in the form of chemicals (like the prescription drugs or stuff your body produces on its own) This message is recieved by something called a receptor.
There are two primary ECS receptors: Cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) and Cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2).
While CB1 is typically thought of as being primarily in the brain and CB2 primarily in the immune system, both types of receptors are in fact found throughout your body.
These neurons act as a sort of lock, with cannabinoids acting as the key. Although they have similar sounding names, these two receptors perform very different functions in the human body. Find out what each receptor does below.
CB1 receptors are present throughout the body, but many are in the brain. They deal with:
Benefits of activating the CB1 receptor include:
- Relieving depression
- Increasing myelin formation
- Lowering intestinal inflammation
- Decreasing intestinal permeability (Leaky Gut Syndrome)
- Lowering blood pressure
- Lowering anxiety
- Reducing fear and paranoia
CB2 receptors (first discovered in 1993) are most often found on the cells of our immune system. They help moderate inflammation and our immune response to pathogens.
CB2 deals with conditions such as:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Digestive issues
- Inflammatory bowel disease
Benefits of activating the CB2 receptor include:
- Plays a role in liver and kidney function,
- Bone and skin health
- Even pain-related illnesses.
- Virtually every type of human disease