Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a natural tool for enhancing your overall wellness and fighting pain.
There a many options on the market for CBD supplementation, and it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by choices.
Today, we're sharing the basics of CBD and its function for pain relief, as well as offering easy suggestions for first time use!
WHAT IS CBD?
There’s no question that CBD is taking the wellness world by storm right now.
For years many have known the powerful benefits of this natural phytochemical.
The 2018 Farm Bill legalized CBD that is derived from the industrial hemp plant, finally opening up the opportunity for CBD to be used in a variety of products and sold to consumers.
And we believe that it’s worth the hype.
CBD has been proven to have powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, is packed with nutrients and antioxidants, naturally relieves stress, and so much more.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a phytochemical compound found in cannabis plants.
It can be found in the marijuana plant, but is most often extracted from the industrial hemp plant, as the hemp plant contains more CBD than its better-known cousin.
CBD, unlike THC, which is the psychoactive compound found in the marijuana plant, will not get you high.
Like most natural and herbal remedies, it is safe, legal, and boasts a wide variety of health benefits with little to no negative side effects.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND CBD
So, how does CBD work? CBD exerts its balancing, anti-inflammatory, and calming effects by interacting with your body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS.
This regulatory system controls all of your body’s natural processes.
This active ingredient offers many health benefits to the body via the endocannabinoid system.
It’s not fully understood yet, but after decades of research scientists have linked the ECS to a variety of natural processes, such as:
- Bone growth & remodeling
All of these functions play a role in establishing homeostasis - when your body is balanced and all processes are stable.
For example, when you get injured, your ECS works to establish homeostasis by sending pain and inflammation signals to the site of injury, to keep you from re-injuring yourself and aiding in healing.
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Sadly, most of us are not producing enough of our own cannabinoids (endocannabinoids).
This is why supplementing with phytocannabinoids might be very helpful.
CBD is similar to the cannabinoids your body naturally produces to interact with your ECS receptors.
In particular, it binds to and interacts with your CB1 and CB2 receptors.
CBD has a much higher affinity for CB2 receptors.
CB1 receptors are mostly found in your central nervous system– your brain and spinal cord.
They have been shown to have a direct impact on emotions, mood, pain perception, memory, cognition, and appetite.
CBD exerts a more indirect effect on these receptors but can still dramatically affect outcomes.
CB2 receptors are mostly found in the peripheral nervous system and in the white blood cells.
These receptors are closely associated with your inflammatory and immune system response.