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What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in the cannabis plant family. Research shows that CBD can have a possible modulating effect on inflammation, anxiety, immunity, and aid in an overall sense of well being.
CBD products can provide all of the benefits of the cannabis plant without having to buy marijuana illegally, own a medical cannabis card, or live in a state where you can buy the plant recreationally.
How does it work?
To understand how CBD, THC, and other compounds work inside the body, first we have to talk about Endocannabinoids, Phytocannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System:
Endocannabinoids – Compounds that are produced naturally within the body.
Phytocannabinoids – Compounds found in cannabis and other plants that mimic endocannabinoids.
The Endocannabinoid System is a collection of cannabinoids that bind to receptors (CB-1, CB-2) within the body and create biological reaction within the body.
CB-1 Receptors are found primarily within the brain and central nervous system. They regulate thoughts, mood, memories, coordination, and appetite.
CB-2 Receptors are found primarily in the tissues of the immune system. These receptors mostly deal with pain and inflammation.
Effects of CBD on the Body
Unlike THC, a phytocannabinoid known to get you “high”, CBD is non-psychoactive compound that acts upon the body in an entirely different way.
CBD can be described in one word: Anti-inflammation.
CBD decreases inflammation by binding to CB receptors in your immune and central nervous system. Once bound to the receptor, the receptor gets activated, signaling your body to decrease inflammation within your body. These CB receptors are specifically designed to bind with CBD and make up your endocannabinoid system. In layman’s terms, pain in your body is associated with inflammation, so the endocannabinoid system can almost act as a natural pain killer!
Research even shows that our tissues can break down omega-3 fatty acids into cannabinoids, resulting in a similar anti-inflammatory effect to CBD. Guess all that hype around omega-3 fish oils weren’t for nothing?
Why should you care about inflammation?
It’s not so much the “benefits” of living a low inflammatory lifestyle, but the absence of the negative consequences associated with inflammation that can have an immense impact on your physiology.
Someone with chronic inflammation may experience symptoms like brain fog, anxiety, and insomnia, not to mention the long term effects which can result in the damage of DNA within your cells and the breakdown of tissue.
Worldwide, 3 of 5 people are affected by chronic inflammatory diseases. Even the Harvard Medical School agrees that inflammation may be the common factor present in the diseases that plague us. Inflammation is inevitable within our lives, so any measures to reduce inflammation may potentially result in a beneficial lifestyle.
In addition to CBD and THC, there are also 10+ other phytocannabinoids present in cannabis. Some are present in larger quantities than others, but some of the major ones include THCa, CBG, CBN, CBC, THCv, and CBDa, all of which have their own unique properties.
In addition to binding to CB receptors within the immune system and CNS, many of these cannabinoids have the ability to directly and indirectly influence dopamine, serotonin and opioid receptors. This implies that you may be able to increase your “feel-good” neurotransmitters by simply ingesting a Full Spectrum CBD product.
The possibilities of hemp-based cannabinoids is extremely exciting, and CBDXtract is proud to be your one stop shop for the future of cannabinoids!