Did you know that our bodies are hard-wired for Cannabis and CBD? The Endocannabinoid system has CBD receptors spread throughout our bodies. (Just like our nervous and lymph systems!) Hemp-derived CBD is non-psychoactive and can help with a variety of ailments because of the EndoCannabinoid system.
We’ve all heard of Scurvy (the name for vitamin C deficiency)… The pain or other issues in your body might be from a CBD deficiency. CBD can help with pain, skin, focus, blood levels, and any of the many other areas below:
- Through history, across cultures, and up to the the 1800’s, cannabis plant extracts were commonly used for a number of medicinal purposes.
- 1937 – The United States prohibition against cannabis (hemp was the innocent bystander, unfortunately.)
- 1970’s – The “War on Drugs” completely removed hemp from the American landscape
- 1992 – building on research dating from the 1960’s, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam discovered two receptors CB1 and CB2. They interact with Anandamide, a fatty acid neurotransmitter. CB1 interacts in the central nervous system, while CB2 interacts with the peripheral nervous system.
- It was named the Endocannabinoid System after the cannabis plant.
- Since then, researchers have produced over 20,000 scientific studies referencing cannabinoids.
An overview of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS):
- Regulates balance in our body’s immune response, communication between cells, appetite and metabolism, memory, and more.
- The human body produces endocannabinoids (endogenous cannabinoids: anandamide and 2-AG ) which are natural equivalents of the compounds found in the cannabis plant, such as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).
- Naturally occurring cannabinoids (CBD) from hemp interact with our bodies and trigger its beneficial effects in the ECS.
- Even though it is linked to important processes and is concentrated in the brain, nervous system, and reproductive organs, it does not affect regions of the brain controlling heart and lung function. Meaning it is virtually impossible to overdose: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/cannabis-pdq#link/_11
- CB1 receptors are mostly found in the brain, spinal cord and organs, such as the heart, uterus, small intestine, testis, liver, and peripheral cells
- CB2 receptors are mostly found on cells of the immune system, including T-cells, B-cells and macrophages, and the spleen