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CBD - or Cannabidiol is a natural compound derived from industrial hemp. Hemp or CBD oil can be extracted from this plant and consumed internally or applied topically. CBD is one of over 118 cannabinoids and is scientifically proven to have amazing benefits for the body. Unlike THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD (Cannabidiol) will not get you high, with no mind altering effects.
CBD and the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
Your endocannabinoid system (ECS) is responsible for keeping all of your other bodily systems in balance with one another as you encounter stress throughout your daily life.
When your body encounters a threat, stress chemicals such as cortisol and adrenaline are released to help you stay alert, focused, and protect yourself. Muscles tense for defense and you breathe harder and faster to pump oxygen through your body, and your heart rate rises. Once the threat has been handled, your body has to rebalance itself.
The ECS is made up of receptors embedded all over your body, including your brain, all of your organs, connective tissues, immune cells, and more. When these receptors are stimulated by cannabinoids, our bodies can communicate more effectively.
Your body naturally produces its own endocannabinoids ("endo" meaning inside) to support this system, but we can sometimes become deficient and need extra support. This is where cannabis comes in. The cannabis plant produces phytocannabinoids ("phyto" meaning plant) that also interact with your endocannabinoid system.
CBD is a phytocannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant and is currently the only cannabinoid readily accessible in all 50 U.S. states. CBD’s role within the body is just as unique. CBD interacts with these receptors in the ECS and allows our bodies to use more of what it’s already naturally producing. Here are some of the many benefit CBD has for the body:
- Relieving depression
- Lowering intestinal inflammation
- Decreasing intestinal permeability (Leaky Gut Syndrome)
- Lowering blood pressure
- Lowering anxiety
- Reducing fear and paranoia