19 May Understanding CBD and our Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis Sativa Plant of which contains less than 0.3% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Cannabidiol (CBD) is one primary cannabinoid found in the Cannabis Sativa Plant and unlike THC, does not product any psychoactive effects on our bodies. The overall cannabis sativa plant is made up of over 500 compounds including hundreds of terpenes, cannabinoids and flavonoids.
Our body on the other side also naturally produces Endocannabinoids in a system that is comprised of our immune and Central Nervous System. Our Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is responsible for many daily bodily functions such as movement, mood, memory and appetite to name a few. Our ECS keeps our body in check and balance while assisting the body with the regulation of critical systems. The ECS has millions of receptors located throughout and the receptors bind to either Phytocannabinoid or Endocannabinoid molecules and start to effectively interact with the body. The receptors of our ECS allow us to interact and crucially benefit from the therapeutic potential of CBD.
Our ECS is made up of interactive CB1/CB2 receptors throughout our bodies:
CB1 receptors are concentrated in the Brain and the Central Nervous System, a system in the body that maintains core functions such as motor activity, pain perception, stress response and memory.
CB2 receptors however are widely distributed throughout the Peripheral Organs in the body, serving as core components in the Immune System, Muscular and Cardiovascular Systems.
Once CBD binds and merges with our body’s receptors they start interacting with our bodies nervous and immune system, helping improve its communication, production and regulation of essential bodily functions. Because the components directly connect with our ECS, it’s no wonder that CBD is a powerful medicine that can help improve health and ease many discomforts, illnesses and common conditions.
Cannabinoids like CBD are for this reason a great nutritional supplement for our natural bodies because of the way the components interact with the CB receptors and help bring the body back into balance or technically known as, Homoeostasis. Since the discovery of CBD in 1964 by Professor Mechoulam there have been over 1500 research papers investigating and understanding the potential of this beneficial Cannabinoid, and most results and conclusions are looking very promising for our future.