What Is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that can either be produced naturally by our body, called endocannabinoids (endo- means within), found in cannabis and some other plants, called phytocannabinoids (phyto- means plant), or synthetic cannabinoids that are manufactured artificially.
Hemp, which is a type of cannabis, is especially high in CBD and low in psychoactive cannabinoid THC. Marijuana, the other type of cannabis, is high in THC and low in CBD.
We have an endocannabinoid system which consists of cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors located in our central nervous system, including the brain, and the peripheral nervous system.
Cannabinoid receptors are like locks that can only be opened with a key called cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are chemical messengers in our body whose main goal is to keep our body in homeostasis.
Due to the fact that cannabinoid receptors are located all over our body, CBD has a very diverse effect on our system. CBD helps regulate a variety of physiological and cognitive processes such as pain, mood, appetite, memory, immune system, digestion and reproductive system.
Imbalances in the endocannabinoid system can lead to imbalances pretty much anywhere in our body. Cannabinoids like CBD simply match our natural internal cannabinoids and help bring our body back into balance. As long as you are not taking a synthetic form and go for phytocannabinoids that come from cannabis, it’s natural, so our body knows exactly what to do with it.