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What is CBD?

CBD IS NOT Marijuana.

Lets repeat that!

CBD is NOT Marijuana.

WHAT IS CBD? 

CBD, Cannabidiol is one of the primary natural cannibinoids which is found in the industrial hemp plant.

LETS GET SCIENTIFIC:

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-intoxicating component of the cannabis (hemp) plant. Unlike  Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) found in marijuana.

CBD and THC are similar in that they’re both cannabinoids that interact with the cannabinoid receptors of the endocannabinoid system.

However, the similarities pretty much stop there.

THC is the cannabinoid that directly activates the CB1 receptor to elicit a euphoric side effect.

CBD and THC both bind to the CB-2 receptor.

They both interact with the CB-1 receptors, but, in different ways.

CBD, on the other hand, is considered an indirect antagonist of the CB1 receptor because it blocks it from linking with other compounds. Not only is CBD non-psychoactive itself, but also it counteracts the euphoric effects of CB1 agonists like THC.

The two compounds aren’t opponents, however. While THC directly activates the cannabinoid receptors and CBD indirectly interacts with them, together, along with other cannabinoids and natural constituents found in pure hemp oil, are proving to have some good health benefits.

IS CBD LEGAL IN THE USA?

CBD is are legal in the USA.   Last year, with the farm bill, CBD was moved from being a schedule 1 substance to being a schedule 5 substance.   Now, CBD is legal to ship across state lines.

WHAT ARE CANNABINOID RECEPTORS?

Cannibinoid receptors are embedded in the cell membranes throughout your body.

Researchers have identified 2 canniboid receptors.

CB-1:  predominantly found in the nervous system, connective tissues, gonads, glands and organs.

CB-2: predominantly found in the immune system and its associated structures.

Receptors are relatively new in scientific discoveries and they are unlocking much greater understanding of how the body can truly utilize things that already exist in nature much better.

Basically, receptors are like a “lock” that can be turned to trigger a chemical release and transport messages to the cells.

CBD seems to be one of those chemicals that bind to these receptors.

WHAT IS THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM?

(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2241751/)

The endocannabinoid system  (ECS)  regulates processes in the body such as pain, mood, appetite, memory, peripheral nervous system and more.

This body system exists in all humans and is an integral part of our neuro-immuno-endocrine network.  It has only been in recent years that scientists discovered our endocannabinoid system.

Essentially, the the endocannabinoid system is a network of neurons and synapses throughout your body and brain. These emit and respond well to cannabinoids — a chemical that the hemp plant produces and, yes, a chemical our own bodies produce!

So, while our bodies produce their own cannabinoids—endocannabinoids—primarily anandamide, and 2-AG (2-arachidonoylglycerol)…. a “phytocannabinoid” or plant-derived cannabinoid like CBD or THC can activate the same receptors in the body and have similar or stronger effects than our own endocannabinoids.

This is similar to how morphine derived from the poppy plant can reduce pain by activating the body’s endorphin receptors.

CBD works because the cannabinoids it contains bind with the the endocannabinoid system (CB1 and CB2 receptors) to create a fully functioning network of neurons in your body. That’s why our bodies respond so well to CBD when we provide it with extra cannabinoids — these chemicals occur naturally in our own bodies!

WHAT ARE CANNABINOIDS?

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that bind to your ECS (ENDOCANNIBINOID SYSTEM) receptors throughout your brain, organs, connective tissue, glands and immune cells.  Each cell in the ECS perform different tasks, but the goal is always the same.  homeostasis.

Homeostasis: the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes.

An example of homeostasis is the human body keeping an average temperature of 98.6 degrees.

You want your body here!

Help prevent the body from gravitating to a “fight or flight” response so quickly! Did you know that staying in “fight or flight” can bring about illness in the body?

In June of 2018, the FDA approved Epidolex.  This is the first prescription medication to contain CBD.  It’s used to treat rare & difficult-to-control forms of epilepsy.

This is the first of what is sure to be a line of prescriptions that use the powerful properties of CBD.

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