What is CBD Oil?

  

WHAT IS CBD?

It all starts with the endocannabinoid system.  Understanding our endocannabinoid system is the key to understanding how CBD may be able to impact our lives.

 

What is the endocannabinoid system?

 

Most people may never have heard of the endocannabinoid system (or eCS for short) but it has always been a part of our bodies. This incredibly fascinating and complex system was recently discovered by scientists in 1988.

Potentially our largest endocrine system, the eCS regulates a huge range of bodily processes like our appetite, pain, mood, memory, the nervous system, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, glucose metabolism, stress…and so much more it’s hard to type it all out.

 

Where is the endocannabinoid system?

 

The short answer is that our eCS occurs throughout our whole body. As an endocrine system, our eCS is part of our body’s natural function. Endocannabinoids (and their receptors) can be found in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and cells… throughout our bodies.

 

What does our endocannabinoid system do?

 

Our brains, immune systems, organs, connective tissues, and glands all make use of our endocannabinoid system (eCS). as well as other body functions including the feelings of pain, mood, appetite, memory, digestion, respiration, and many, many more.

A healthy endocannabinoid system means we sleep better, our moods are more regulated, our nervous system processes pain normally, our memory works clearly and our digestive system functions properly.

 

How does your eCS work?

 

Our bodies produces more or fewer endocannabinoids based on what’s needed to establish homeostasis.

The eCS consists of three main parts: Endocannabinoids (ones that are produced by your own body) and two different endocannabinoid receptors. The two receptors are: CB1 and CB2.

CB1 receptors are concentrated in our brains and nervous systems. Because they’re mostly found in the brain, CB1 receptors are responsible for regulating your moods, emotions, bodily movement, appetite, memory, and much more.

CB2 receptors are found mostly in your immune system, but also throughout your whole body. CB2 receptors are also be found in major organs like your heart, liver, kidneys, blood vessels, bones, and reproductive organs, and they are responsible for a variety of functions. When we think of pain and inflammation due to an eCS imbalance, you’re generally thinking of your CB2 receptors.

 

How does CBD help?

 

CBD supplements our body’s naturally created endocannabinoids to keep the receptors working at peak capacity. Similar to how we use vitamin C to kick start our immune system, CBD acts almost as a kick-starter to help the functions of the body’s central regulatory system.

When our endocannabinoid system is out of balance, it becomes difficult for our body to regulate itself, and may open ourselves up to developing a host of concerns, diseases, and illnesses.

An out-of-balance eCS can cause many kinds of issues, including digestive system problems, certain behavioral or mood issues including stress and anxiety, and even some motor and cognitive concerns. Here are 2 examples:

Pain and Inflammation: Cannabinoids have been recognized worldwide as a natural way to reduce chronic pain. Cannabinoids appear to be able to help modulate inflammation and impact neuronal transmission in pain pathways

Mental health: Cannabinoids have been shown to help regulate the body’s stress response, which may lead to a decrease in stress and anxiety and an uplift in your feeling of general well-being.

If you want to learn even more about how CBD works, follow our blog posts.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications, or under a doctors care, please consult with a physician or qualified professional before using this product.

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