What is CBD and more importantly, what does it do?
Why CBD or Cannabidiol is so important and why should you care?
CBD or Cannabidiol is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids that is identified in industrial – agricultural cannabis plant, more known as hemp. It is a major health beneficial PhytoCannabinoid.
What are PhytoCannabinoids?
Maybe you know that our body makes it’s own cannabinoids. And these are called EndoCannabinoids. Endo meaning they originate inside of our body.
They are made by a system that functions in our body called EndoCannabinoid system.
The cannabinoids that originate outside of our body are called PhytoCannabinoids.
These cannabinoids are produced by plants. And the plant that is the biggest producer of cannabinoids is of course cannabis.
PhytoCannabinoids have been used for many years, and no life-threatening side effects have ever been reported.
Even the World Health Organization (WHO) recently publicly stated this about Cannabidiol (and I quote) “To date, there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD,” (1)
Where to get CBD?
CBD or Cannabidiol is the main active compound in hemp.
One of the most important qualities of CBD is, that it’s non-psychoactive.
I am sure you know that THC in cannabis is very much psychoactive, right? And it gets you high.
Well CBD does not get you high. In fact, it will even help lower the »high« effect of THC. Yes, that’s right. A significant amount of evidence suggests that CBD even mitigates the psychoactive effects of THC.
We’ve covered a few details about what Cannabidiol is, it’s basic properties, and where it comes from.
Now it’s time to turn our attention to what this powerful little compound can do.
The EndoCannabinoid System in our body
Did you know your body has the endocannabinoid system(2)? You’ve never heard of it?
The journey to the discovery of the endocannabinoid system started in 1895 when researchers Wood, Sivey, and Easterfield were able to isolate and identify the very first plant-derived cannabinoid, cannabinol (CBN).
Forty years later, in the 1930s, R.S. Cahn was able to figure out the structure of CBN, which has demonstrated anticonvulsant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Shortly thereafter, in 1940, R. Adams and others were able to identify a second cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD).
It wasn’t until 1963 after renowned Israeli researcher Dr. Ralph Mechoulam and his colleagues were able to identify the chemical structure of CBD.
In 1964, Mechoulam and a team of researchers first isolated and identified the psychoactive cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
These monumental research breakthroughs help set the cannabinoid research pipeline in motion.
Being able to isolate these cannabinoids for the first time was the first stepping stone in discovering the endocannabinoid system (3) – a biological system that can be found in just about any living thing with vertebrae.
“By using a plant that has been around for thousands of years, we discovered a new physiological system of immense importance. We wouldn’t have been able to get there if we had not looked at the cannabis plant.”
says Raphael Mechoulam, the dean of the transnational cannabinoid research community.
But you probably know that your body has different systems (for example, the immune system) that are running inside your body:
Circulatory system (also called the cardiovascular system)
- make up the network that delivers blood to the body’s tissues. With each heartbeat, blood is sent throughout our bodies, carrying oxygen and nutrients to all of our cells.
- is the set of organs that forms the external covering of the body and protects it from many threats such as infection, desiccation, abrasion, chemical assault and radiation damage. It includes skin, hair, fat, and nails.
- is the framework of the body, consisting of bones and other connective tissues, which protects and supports the body tissues and internal organs.
Reproductive system or genital system
- is a system of sex organs within an organism which work together for the purpose of sexual reproduction.
- is a group of organs uniquely constructed to perform its specialized function of turning food into the energy you need to survive and packaging the residue for waste disposal.
- eliminates waste from the body, regulates blood volume and blood pressure, control levels of electrolytes and metabolites, and regulates blood pH.
- are the organs used for breading.
- regulates communication within the body using hormones.
- protects the organism from foreign bodies.
- permits movement of the body maintains posture and circulates blood throughout the body.
- is the network of nerve cells and fibers which transmits nerve impulses between parts of the body.
What about Endocannabinoid system? You have not been educated in school about this, right?
Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body, in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells.
The endogenous cannabinoid system, named after the plant that led to its discovery – cannabis, is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health.
With its complex action in our immune system, nervous system, and virtually all of the body’s organs, the endocannabinoids are literally a bridge between body and mind.
In each tissue, this system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis.
Put simply homeostasis is the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment.
Cannabinoid receptors are present throughout the body, embedded in cell membranes, and are believed to be more numerous than any other receptor system.
Endocannabinoids are the substances our body naturally makes to stimulate these receptors.
Phytocannabinoids are the substances plant naturally makes that also stimulate cannabinoid receptors.
It is scientifically proven fact that our body works better if we supplement it with extra cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids have antioxidant properties that protect the leaves and flowering structures from ultraviolet radiation – cannabinoids neutralize the harmful free radicals generated by UV rays, protecting the cells.
In humans, free radicals cause aging, cancer, and impaired healing. Antioxidants found in plants have long been promoted as natural supplements to prevent free radical harm.
CBD interacts with our body thanks to a network of neurons of the endocannabinoid system.
Facts about Hemp-Derived Cannabidiol (CBD):
- it has been recognized for its incredible benefits on human and animal health and is capable of affecting nearly every biological process.
- CBD is non-psychotoxic
- CBD is safe. Hemp derived CBD has a remarkable safety profile
- CBD is non-addictive
CBD Health benefits:
Mental and brain health
CBD affect principal cannabinoid receptor in the brain promoting a healthy state of mind.
CBD has incredible medicinal benefits and will improve overall wellness.
CBD helps restore a healthy balance of the endocannabinoid system in our body.
More CBD benefits:
- Reduces vomiting
- Helps suppress seizures
- Combats anxiety and depression
- Combats tumor and cancer cells
- Helps reduce chronic pain
- Combats psychosis disorders
How does CBD interact with the body?
- Relieves anxiety
- Relieves pain
- Reduces risk of artery blockage
- Promotes bone growth
CBD is truly one of the most remarkable compounds in the natural world.
We believe CBD is the most important breakthrough in the history of natural healing.
Are there different kinds of CBD on the market and what should I look for?
I always recommend using the so-called Full Spectrum CBD.
No matter what product you are getting (vape oils, tinctures, extracts, pastes, edibles, etc.) it should be made with Full Spectrum CBD extract (that also contains traces amounts of THC).
It might be confusing as there are quite a few names for the same thing out there, for example:
- Full Spectrum CBD
- Whole Plant CBD extract
- Full Spectrum Cannabis Extract
Besides the true Full Spectrum CBD products, there are also products that contain 2 other CBD options:
- CBD isolate
The CBD rich cannabis extract is processed further so that only CBD remains, nothing else. They isolate the CBD alone hence the name CBD isolate.
So there are products out there that contain CBD and no other cannabinoids, terpenes, chlorophyl or anything else the cannabis plant has to offer.
- Full Spectrum CBD with 0% THC
This is the same as above described Full Spectrum CBD but further processed so there is no THC present (at least that’s what some brands advertise)
So I recommend getting the products with real Full Spectrum CBD extract that also contain traces amounts of THC. I think when making cannabis extracts it’s important to extract everything the plant has to offer and stay as close to nature as possible.
Plus again there’s a huge amount of evidence, testimonials, success stories out there that show how CBD along with all the other cannabinoids together work much better in helping a person regain balance and regain health.
The evidence is so huge that the scientists even gave this effect a name – it’s called the Entourage Effect.
The Entourage Effect is simply the synergistic effects of all of the cannabinoids that together produce faster and greater health benefits.
To better understand this I like to think of an analogy with horses:
Did you know that Two draft horses pulling together cannot pull twice as much as one? They can actually pull three or four times as much (4).
It’s the same with cannabinoids. When they work together they create a much bigger effect than each cannabinoid by itself.
And that is the reason all of our products contain the true Full Spectrum CBD extract.
CBD should be part of your daily diet
Of all the supplements that are beneficial for the human body, cannabidiol is one of the most important ones.
You know 100 years back, there was Hemp growing everywhere. Animals were eating Hemp all the time and we got the CBD and the other cannabinoids from those animals.
Today, that’s not the case.
So if you happen to be suffering from anything or not it very important that you add Full Spectrum CBD to your daily diet!
Just a few drops once per day is enough to feed your Endocannabinoid system to help it run at the optimum level.
Now I’d like to hear about your experience with CBD and cannabis in general.
Have you tried it yet? Did it work for you? Please share your experience in the comments below.
Non of the information is intended to be an enticement to purchase and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.