“CBD stands for cannabidiol and is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis.” -Wikipedia
It’s About Keeping People Healthy
CBD is a natural constituent of cannabis, a plant that has been utilized for centuries as medicine. In the last year there has been a significant amount of CBD legislation. In fact, 11 states currently have laws which allow for marijuana with only a high CBD concentration as an option for medical marijuana patients.
Every marijuana plant has a particular chemical profile, and the amount of cannabinoids found in each profile vary from plant to plant. Marijuana growers can increase or decrease the cannabinoid percentages in each plant through selective breeding.
In addition to cannabinoids, the chemical profile of the marijuana plant contains other compounds including terpenoids, amino acids, proteins, sugars, enzymes, fatty acids, esters, and flavinoids.
Many of the compounds in marijuana work together to produce a synergy of effects. This is known as the “Entourage Effect”, which is responsible for the therapeutic benefits of the marijuana plant. The “Entourage Effect” refers to how all the different cannabinoids work together in the human body.
Further research into exactly how THC, CBD and other cannabis compounds work ,will allow scientists to make better recommendations on how to use cannabis compounds to treat various diseases and ailments. With nearly 500 different cannabis components to explore, the field of whole-plant and synthetic-cannabinoid medications is wide open for new and exciting developments.
How Do CBD’s Work?
For the 40+ million Americans suffering from a variety of conditions, CBD provides a safe, non-toxic alternative to dangerous pharmaceuticals. Over 1.2 million healthcare providers including physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners caring for these patients now have something that causes no organ damage, has no lethal dose, and also eliminates the hassle of dealing with insurance companies.
Did you know that your body produces its own cannabinoids similar to CBD and THC? These endogenous cannabinoids are a part of a system that acts as the “master control system” of the body. That same system is already designed to work with CBD!
The endocannabinoid system is a central regulatory system in the body that affects a wide range of biological processes. It consists of a group of molecules known as cannabinoids as well as the cannabinoid receptors that they bind to.
Although marijuana has over 113 cannabinoids (including THC and CBD), the human body produces a number of cannabinoids as well. There are two receptors that actually make up the endocannabinoid system: CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found mostly in the nervous system, connective tissues, gonads, glands, and organs. CB2 receptors are primarily found in the immune system and the structures associated with healthy immune functioning.
Unlike THC, which overstimulates the CB1 and CB2 receptors directly, CBD sends signals to the body’s natural endogenous cannabinoids to activate those receptors to do more of what they already do naturally.
CBD Use On The Rise
For years, activists and growers were focused on cultivating high-THC strains of cannabis.
Although continued research reveals the immense health benefits of CBD without a need for the “Psychoactive High” from THC, at all.
In fact, there have been more scientific studies on CBD in the last decade than in the many years since its discovery. The results of this research has been so promising for countless ailments that it might be non-psychoactive, non-addictive CBD that finally brings cannabis prohibition to an end. As the push for cannabis legalization continues, the demand for access to CBD for research, clinical trials, and drug development will only increase.
Hundreds of scientists from pharmaceutical companies—including GW pharma, Merck, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Bristol-Myers Squibb, AstraZeneca, and Allergan—are already regularly attending meetings of the International Cannabinoid Research Society. The question is, will the rest of the world be ready?
Are CBD Products Safe?
Neither CBD nor THC is bad for you. They’re natural cannabinoids for which your body has natural receptors. Before you purchase any CBD products we urge you to do your own research on both the company and their products.
With these cannabinoid receptor sites spread throughout our entire bodies, you can only imagine the importance of having these receptors working properly in order to keep this important internal system functioning to protect you.
When you see CBD or THC levels on any product made from cannabis or hemp, the CBD and THC levels are a little deceptive, and until federal decriminalization (or at the very least rescheduling) the market for any cannabis products is not as regulated as it could be.
Some companies follow strict quality and testing standards, ensuring a quality, organic product. Others are what are affectionately known as “Green-Rushers”. Green-rushers source the cheapest possible parts and commodities to maximize profits at the expense of the general consumer.
CBD can do its magic, but we cannot make any medical claims. We once again encourage you to do your own research with the information we have provided and be cautious on what you purchase or use.
(this information is not intended to treat, diagnose, or prescribe anything)