There are actual bonafide benefits of CBD. Many medical studies and articles point to all the good that CBD products can provide for our physical and mental health.
Many medical studies and articles point to all the good that CBD products can provide for our physical and mental health.
Before we can cover the benefits, perhaps we should have a conversation around what CBD is. If you have questions, or aren’t exactly clear on what CBD is, we’ve taken some time to write some FAQ’s in our What is CBD page.
In addition we’ve also put together a super simple definition:
CBD is a cannabinoid, (one of roughly 100 cannabinoids such as its more popular cousin THC), or simply put - CBD is a compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD does NOT contain any psychoactive ingredients, meaning it is not likely to make you high.
CBD is found in varieties of the cannabis plant including the hemp plant, and the actual amount of CBD varies from crop to crop and product to product.
Alright, so you clicked the link, read the simple definition, and now, you want to know : “How does CBD work?”
Well, we’re going to tell you.
In order to truly understand how CBD works, we should start by looking at the human body.
Our endocannabinoid system (ECS), has cannabinoid receptors, and enzymes that synthesize and break down endocannabinoids. The main function of the ECS is very important. It’s job is to control and maintain human health.
There are 2 types of cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. Although there is still much we don’t know about the receptors here is what we do know.
Did you know that every vertebrate, and invertebrate has an endocannabinoid system?
CB1 receptors are found mostly in the brand, and in the reproductive organs of males and females. Also, it would seem that THC is really likes attaching itself to CB1 receptors. This connection, or attachment of THC and CB1 receptors is what causes the psychoactive effect or “high” that people generally talk about in relation to THC.
CB2 receptors and CBD are good friends. Meaning, although CBD doesn’t directly attach to CB2 receptors, it helps to regulate the function of the ECS. That relationship is known to regulate appetite, moods, pain, immune responses and even body temperature.
CB2 receptors are mostly found in the immune system throughout the body. The largest concentration of CB2 receptors is found in the spleen. That said, they exist in other spots in the body as well, including the gut, in a specific set of nerves at the base of the brain, and other spots as well. We don’t want to bore you with the scientific details.
Did you know that the endocannabinoid system is named after the cannabis plant which lead to the discovery of the ECS?
When CBD, attaches to the CB2 receptors, the body responds by reducing inflammation, which in turn seems to help with pain management.
Simply put, CBD helps our body to the heavy lifting via the endocannabinoid systems.
That was almost a thesis. Phew, glad that’s over! Now it’s time to get down to the benefits.
The Benefits of CBD
As we stated earlier CBD can benefit your physical, and mental health including:
- Potential Cancer Symptom Alleviation
- Stress Relief
- Acne reduction
- Anxiety Relief
- Heart Health
- Pain Relief
- Potential Neuroprotective Properties
- Antipsychotic Effects
- Anti-Tumour effects
- Substance Abuse Treatment
- Diabetes Prevention
And that’s a simple look at the benefits of CBD. We have a wide variety of products available in our catalogue, and we’re happy to answer any questions you might have about CBD and CBD products!
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