Updated: Jun 29
What are the actual benefits? Here is everything about the product that's suddenly everywhere. (5min Read)
What Is CBD?
In the opinion of the US National Library Of Medicine, Cannabinoids, also known in the popular mind as CBD, are naturally occurring compounds found in the hemp plant with potent antioxidant functions. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid under scientific research for various wellness and health reasons.
Popularity: The University of California, San Diego, and Johns Hopkins University analyzed the search frequency of non-intoxicating CBD on the internet. Their studies showed search rates grew to 126% from 2016 to 2017, 160% the following year, and 118% the year after that. The millions of monthly searches should not be a surprise.
CBD's prime function is to interact with the body's endocannabinoid system, a group of receptors found throughout the body. Most organs, including the skin and digestive tract, contain cannabinoid receptors.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) has four primary purposes: neuron protection, stress relief, immune response, and regulating the body's general state of balance, impacting functions such as appetite, sleep, memory, movement, mood, and pain, what we are calling Homoeostasis.
What is Homoeostasis? The best explanation is on Wikipedia "The ability or tendency to maintain internal stability in your organism to compensate for external environmental changes." Homeostasis is the state of biological balance within the body. External stressors such as a lack of vitamins, calcium, heat, cold, stress, and virus and internal changes such as blood pressure, sugar, and pH level can trigger physiological stress. Cannabinoids (CBD) are a Homeostasis BOOSTER. Boosting the immune system against internal or external threats.
For example: When bacteria or viruses get into the body, the lymphatic system kicks in to help maintain Homeostasis, ensuring that the body remains healthy. When a toxin gets into the blood, they disrupt the body's Homeostasis. However, the human body responds by getting rid of these toxins by using the urinary system. An individual eliminates the toxins and other nasty things from the blood, restoring Homeostasis to the human body.
ECS lately has become the subject of much scientific research worldwide, mainly because of the positive effects and the tremendous potential for using the stimulation of the body's endocannabinoid system to fight disease and establish Homeostasis. The new findings on how the Endocannabinoid system functions allow scientists to discover many therapeutic uses constantly.
When introduced into the body, plant cannabinoids such as hemp CBD will stimulate the cannabinoid receptors the same way as the body's endocannabinoid system. Introducing external cannabinoids into the system triggers the same therapeutic benefits as internally produced endocannabinoids.
CBD is a Homeostasis BOOSTER, helping the immune system against internal or external threats. Endocannabinoids complement the body by keeping internal functions running smoothly.
The medical research on the endocannabinoid system and CBD is still limited and more studies on how CBD works are needed.
Fact Because CBD is non-psychoactive, there's genuine interest in whether it has any therapeutic use. If you consider using CBD, it's crucial to consult a doctor/physician or do research.