What is cbd?

Cannabidiol or CBD, is a promising phytocannabinoid found in agricultural hemp. CBD specifically comes from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. (Not to be confused with oil that comes from hemp seeds, which contain no cannabinoids.) It has been recognized for its benefits on human and animal health and is capable of affecting nearly every biological process.

CBD, known for the medical relief it provides for a plethora of conditions without the psychoactive effects or “high” caused by THC, makes up a growing part of the cannabis market.

The endocannabinoid system

Since its discovery in 1992, researchers have been investigating the existence of a central regulatory system called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is made of cannabinoid receptors, endogenous (self-made) cannabis-like compounds and enzymes that create and inactivate them. The ECS is one of the most important physiologic systems involved in establishing and maintaining human health.

PHYTOCANNABINOIDS

Phytocannabinoids like CBD, of which well over 100 have been found to exist, are plant derivatives that ”talk” to just about every major organ system in the body via the ECS, helping restore normal balance and physiologic homeostasis.

Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body. In each tissue, cannabinoids perform different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, maintaining a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment.

So, why is the CBD important for the ECS? Because CBD modulates endocannabinoid tone and may help keep healthy people healthy.

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