The CBD industry is booming, and it has been doing so for years now, with sales reaching the multi-billion mark. However, despite the acceptance it has received among the users, very few of them know what CBD is, where it is derived from, and how it works in our bodies. A majority of people only know of its numerous therapeutic benefits.
As industry leaders who like to see the CBD business boom, we figured it’s time we educated the public on CBD basics. In the end, we both benefit; you acquire more knowledge on the products you use daily, and we get to spread awareness, which ultimately leads to growth in the industry. See? Win-win situation.
What is CBD?
CBD is the standard abbreviation for cannabidiol. It is among the many compounds found in the cannabis plant (hemp and marijuana). Among cannabinoids, CBD is second to THC in abundance.
THC is known for its psychoactive properties that give users a ‘high’. On the other hand, CBD is non-psychoactive. In fact, it has been known to counter the effects of THC.
According to the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD derived from the hemp plant is legal under federal law if it contains 0.3% THC or less. To extract pure CBD, companies use the carbon dioxide method. It is an expensive, long, and intricate method that produces high-quality CBD in abundance.
CBD is available as sublinguals, topicals, edibles, vape distillates (e-juice), face masks, and heel pads.
How does it work?
CBD is popular for enhancing the well-being of its users and improving their quality of life. This is achieved when CBD plays a supportive role in the functioning of the endocannabinoid system.
How does CBD interact with the endocannabinoid system?
The endocannabinoid system was discovered in the 90s as scientists were researching the relationship between cannabis use, cognitive impairment, and brain damage.
All animals have the ECS, and its main function is to facilitate homeostasis. How does it achieve this? It executes these functions by the use of enzymes, endocannabinoids, and receptors.
Through them, it controls every aspect of our bodies, including and not limited to digestion, reproduction, growth and development, respiration, cell communication, metabolism, appetite stimulation, fertility, sleep memory, and body temperature.
If your body starts functioning below the optimum level at any time, the ECS releases its internal cannabinoids, referred to as endocannabinoids, to restore balance.
The most well-known and vital endocannabinoids are the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The former is mainly present in the brain and spinal cord’s nerve cells, whereas the latter can be found in the white blood cells and the gastrointestinal system.
CBD is essential in stimulating the ECS to produce the above-mentioned endocannabinoids. When they are in plenty, the human body performs to its maximum capacity without any health issues.
CBD also inhibits the FAAH enzymes, which break down endocannabinoids. This allows them to stay longer in the body to assist the ECS in maintaining homeostasis.
CBD is a diverse and complex compound whose interaction with our bodies goes beyond the ECS. Given that it was recently legalized, the research conducted is fairly new and mostly majors on small-scale clinical studies.
Fortunately, researchers are already looking into the various applications of CBD by conducting large-scale studies. In a couple of years, CBD will be a global sensation, with millions of users.
With the information gathered from this piece, you can easily link how CBD is used in alleviating a myriad of conditions; it interacts with the ECS, which is responsible for restoring normal body functioning.
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