CBD WORKS WITH THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM: HOW CANNABIS ASSISTS THE ECS
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, represents a potent cannabinoid derived from the hemp plant. The hemp plant belongs to the same species of the cannabis sativa plant as marijuana. While a marijuana plant possesses between .5 and 30% of the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, a hemp plant must contain less than .3% of THC. THC gives the marijuana plant its psychoactive properties, making it popular with recreational users looking for the euphoric high.
CBD does contain powerful healing properties, but it will not make you high. Since, CBD derives from the hemp plant and cannabis family it has experienced its share of scrutiny. CBD’s medicinal value without the stoned feeling or adverse side-effects removed most of the speculation, and it now represents one of the most popular alternative health treatments available.
The CBD oil or serum derives from all parts of the hemp plant, but especially the flowers. Typically, the CO2 extraction or maceration method pulls out the oil from the plant.
WHAT IS THE ECS AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
A series of small endogenous molecules running throughout the body and all its various systems make up the endocannabinoid system or ECS. The endocannabinoids consist of arachidonic acid, anandamide, and arachidonoyl glycerol. The ECS operates at the cellular level by penetrating the C1 or C2 receptors following what area of the body needs assistance.
Though, of course, the ECS existed in humans and other mammals since the beginning of time, the discovery of the ECS did not take place until the 1980s. The research conducted to determine why cannabis was instrumental in alleviating so many illnesses and conditions, uncovered the ECS.
How CBD works with the ECS:
The primary function of the ECS involves balance or homeostasis. The ECS, however, may experience compromise due to aging, autoimmune disorders and other diseases, and even poor lifestyle choices such as alcohol and drug abuse, little physical exercise, or high fat and sugary diet. When the ECS suffers, cannabis ingested or used topically helps it work efficiently. Cannabis assists the ECS because its photosynthesis system that keeps the plant healthy mimics the ECS.
CBD specifically targets the C2 receptors found in the spleen and digestive system organs. CBD helps to alleviate inflammation and pain by signaling the DNA to turn off the acid production causing inflammation. CBD may also help with digestive disorders
Conditions that CBD helps:
Some of the specific conditions CBD may relieve include:
- Autoimmune diseases such as fibromyalgia and Lupus
- Anxiety and depression
- Chronic pain
- Multiple Sclerosis
CBD and THC:
Though THC has the reputation of a recreational drug, it also contains therapeutic and healing properties. A couple of the most notable properties of THC include anti-spasmodic and anti-nausea. Besides the high or stoned feeling, THC also comes with possible side-effects such as dizziness, short-term memory loss, and coordination problems.
The addition of CBD to counteract the adverse side-effects and the high of THC works well for those needing the therapeutic effects of THC or marijuana. Additionally, the CBD adds inflammation and pain fighting properties.
Topical products such as CBD cream, CBD pain relief gel and other wellness products work with the ECS at the cellular level once the product penetrates the skin. Applying the product directly on the skin allows for almost immediate relief.
CBD oil and CBD drops ingested orally help to achieve homeostasis and work with the ECS to target what areas and systems need pain and inflammation relief. Though the relief may not come instantly, the long-term effects of ingested products make them an essential part of a health ritual.
In addition to the valuable cannabinoid, CBD hemp oil also contains essential fatty acids and vital antioxidants. For more information on how CBD works with your body’s endocannabinoid system contact us.
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