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HOW CANNABIDIOL (CBD) FOSTERS WELLNESS
CBD and other residual cannabinoids in hemp oil — like those found in the Hemp Mind & Body products, interact with the body’s internal Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This system, found in all mammals, including domestic pets, is tasked with regulating body functions like mood, pain, appetite, sleep, temperature, and even immune system responses. The ECS is continually addressing these functions to keep them in balance or “homeostasis.” Either homeostasis is maintained through a series of control mechanisms throughout the ECS, or the body suffers various illnesses or disease.
A PROPERLY FUNCTIONING ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM IS FUNDAMENTAL FOR HEALTH & WELL-BEING.
In the past decade, the Endocannabinoid System has been implicated in a growing number of physiological functions, both in the central and peripheral nervous systems and in peripheral organs… modulating the activity of the Endocannabinoid System turned out to hold therapeutic promise in a wide range of disparate diseases and pathological conditions, ranging from mood and anxiety disorders, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, neuropathic pain, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury, to cancer, atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction, stroke, hypertension, glaucoma, obesity/metabolic syndrome, and osteoporosis, to name just a few…
The ECS, with its complex actions in our immune system, nervous system, and all the body’s organs, is literally a bridge between body and mind. Cannabinoids like CBD benefit the ECS by interacting with cannabinoid receptors (CB1, CB2, GPR55, GPR18), which are a class of cell membrane receptors in the G protein-coupled receptor superfamily. These receptors stimulate the ECS, supporting its efforts to keep our functions in balance and encouraging it to function at an optimal level.
In recent years, researchers from all parts of the world have come to acknowledge the vast medical potential of the ECS. Summarized in a 2006 review by the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
CBD & THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
Since its discovery in the 1990s, the medical community has continued to research the ECS and how it functions. According to the National Institutes of Health, learning to manipulate the ECS efficiently could result in the formulation of better treatments for pain, addiction, and other medical problems.
What makes the system an “endo”-cannabinoid system is that our bodies naturally produce neurotransmitters that are similar to CBD and other cannabinoids. A comparable analogy is how our bodies produce endorphins that are chemically like opiates but are much weaker. Similarly, the consensus is that although our body creates its own endocannabinoids, it’s not as strong as phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids from hemp). When supplementing the body with CBD, we’re building a more robust response to something our bodies are naturally creating!
SUPPLEMENTING THIS EXTENSIVE SELF-REGULATORY SYSTEM WITH PLANT-DERIVED CANNABINOIDS IS A POTENTIAL WAY TO ENCOURAGE & MAINTAIN HEALTH.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM?
Rightfully named after the plant that aided in its discovery, the Endocannabinoid System is a physiological system that controls and cares for your health. Endocannabinoids and its receptors can be found throughout the body, in the brain, organs, glands, and connective tissues. This system is responsible for helping maintain many of our bodily functions. It plays a crucial role in our immune system to our nervous system. Because endocannabinoids are often found at intersections of our bodies’ various systems, it ultimately acts as a bridge between the body and the mind.
The Endocannabinoid System is involved with regulating many basic functions of the human body, including:
Memory and learning
HOW DOES CBD BENEFIT YOU?
The medicinal benefits that come from the proper use of CBD are seemingly limitless, given the current science! CB2 receptors are primarily found in the immune system that binds with CBD and works as an anti-inflammatory agent for our body. There are immune-boosting functions of CB2 that are activated by the proper use of CBD, which includes moderating the intoxicating effects of THC (aka psychoactive or high).
IMPLICATIONS IN MEDICINE
CBD’s impact on the ECS, as well as its other effects on the human body, indicate that this substance may be useful in treating a variety of medical conditions. Cannabidiol’s neuroprotectant qualities help to protect the brain from injury. WADA, or the World Anti-Doping Agency, recently removed CBD from the banned substance list because of its safety and efficacy in helping the body to recover and repair itself.
Medical research involving the possible uses of CBD is ongoing, the list of conditions CBD could potentially treat continues to grow. Currently, the list includes the conditions listed above, as well as mood disorders, diabetes, heart disease, glaucoma, asthma, stroke, and many more.
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