Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in the hemp plant that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The fact that CBD-rich hemp is non-psychoactive makes it an appealing option for patients looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria.
We have cannabinoids in our makeup. CBD, THC, CBN, CBG etc.. and they all work in maintaining our bodies health through the CB1 and CB2 receptors. These ECS receptors are used on cells throughout the body to accept cannabinoids, like CBD. The endocannabinoid systems primary job is to maintain homeostasis, or a natural balance in our bodies as they react and adapt to changes by which neurotransmitters bind to these cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid receptor proteins that are expressed throughout the central nervous system (including the brain) and peripheral nervous system. The ECS considered to regulate just about everything in our bodies and wasn’t discovered until 1992 at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem by Dr. Lumir Hanus along with American researcher Dr. William Devane.
There are currently two major ECS receptors identified, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are found predominantly in the brain and nervous system, peripheral organs and tissues, and are the main molecular target of the endocannabinoid ligand (binding molecule), anandamide, as well as THC. One other main endocannabinoid is 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) which is active at both cannabinoid receptors, along with its own mimetic phytocannabinoid, CBD. 2-AG and CBD are involved in the regulation of appetite, immune system functions and pain management. *Wikipedia
Whether or not the body is able to adjust to changes and effectively maintain homeostasis directly impacts the likelihood that a disease will develop. Shown to have extensive influence over homeostasis, the endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating the biochemistry related to an array of processes. Pain management, immune response, appetite, energy regulation, mood, and memory are just some of the functions that are managed by the endocannabinoid system. Hemp contains elevated levels of Cannabidiol (CBD), an active phytocannabinoid that works synergistically with other secondary phytocannabinoids and compounds like terpenes and flavonoids, this is why CBD oil works so well in so many ailments.
Full spectrum CBD oil, and isolated Cannabidiol, have many healing qualities including treatment of chronic pain, mood stabilizer, seizure control and sleep deprivation. Cannabinoids, terpenes, fats, proteins lipids, nutrients and compounds found in the hemp plant work together within the human body to maintain balance (homeostasis).
Here are just six of the key health benefits of CBD:
- Pain relief
- Anti-Seizure Properties
- Combat Anxiety
- Fight Cancer
- Reduce the Risk of Diabetes
- Treats Sleep Issues
Yes – CBD products made from hemp that contain under 0.3% THC are legal in the United States. The federal farm bill has added even more protections. CBD is readily obtainable in most parts of the United States with all 50 states having laws legalizing CBD with varying degrees of restriction. In December 2015, the FDA eased the regulatory requirements to allow researchers to conduct CBD trials. Currently, many people obtain CBD online without a medical cannabis license. The legality of CBD is expected to change dramatically for the good, as there is currently bipartisan consensus in Congress to make the hemp crop legal which would, for all intents and purposes, make CBD difficult to prohibit.