CBD and Your Body: How it Works
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Created By: James Garman | Posted: 02-24-21
So, how does CBD work, and what is it doing in my body?
Well, let's start with arguably one of the most incredible physiological discoveries of humankind 33 years ago, in 1988, when researchers discovered receptors in our brain capable of communicating with compounds found in cannabis plants.
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Shortly after, in 1992, the same researchers realized the receptors were part of a more extensive multi-part signaling system known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), made of receptors, enzymes, and transmitters known as Endocannabinoids.
You, me, and every other human being who graces God's green earth have an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) - the foundation of homeostasis and balance within our body. Pain regulation, appetite, digestion, mood, sleep, liver function, metabolic, and immune function are a mere handful of biological processes regulated by our ECS receptors known as CB1 and CB2.
And your receptors love to mingle with plant compounds known as...
Phytocannabinoids, which in this case, we're referring specifically to hemp Phytocannabinoids or the shortened version commonly known as "cannabinoids" (CBD, CBG, CBC, CBN). On the other hand, Endocannabinoids are cannabinoids our bodies produce naturally. Both of these transmitters travel along metabolic pathways in our ECS and bind with CB1 and CB2 receptors triggering enzymatic responses responsible for promoting homeostasis - balance within our bodies.
Our central nervous system is the primary home for CB1 receptors, while our peripheral nervous system, including our skin, is home to CB2 receptors. You read that right - we have cannabinoid receptors living in our skin, which is why high-quality CBD topicals can be beneficial in temporarily suppressing localized pain. Furthermore, our immune cells contain relatively high concentrations of CB2 receptors, and there is plenty of scientific indication that cannabinoids can support immune function and inflammation. In a perfect biological environment, our ECS keeps us healthy through operational efficiencies. However, a perfect inner balance is a stretch for most. Injuries, sickness, stress, anxiety, a lack of sleep or insomnia, poor diet, insufficient vitamin and mineral intake keep our ECS working overtime and often strained.
Your ECS need not be strained, and a giant ball of emotion.
So how can we make improvements? How can we enable our ECS to work better and improve some of our most important biological processes' overall health? Well, a viable option is the supplementation of Phytocannabinoids - CBD supplementation.
Remember, CBD is a Phytocannabinoid, an external cannabinoid. Full-spectrum hemp extract is a series of Phytocannabinoids including, but not limited to, CBD, CBG, CBC, CBDV, CBDA, and CBN. To date, 113 different cannabinoids have been identified, but the most abundant and naturally occurring cannabinoids in today's hemp varieties are the ones found in Kannaco CBD products. The consumption or supplementation of cannabinoids, such as CBD, imitate our natural Endocannabinoids' roles while enhancing and promoting our Endocannabinoid production and can ultimately contribute to recovery, regeneration, and our overall health and well-being.
There's hope after all.
So, if you didn't know, now you know. As one of my colleagues likes to put it, CBD is more about what you don't feel in terms of being drunk or high. Opposite of alcohol and marijuana or other substances that give you a buzz, CBD works its magic in silence, as it should. The key is a daily routine, documenting your consumption, and finding the dosage that works best for you. Over time, you will notice a difference in the way you feel overall, but without the buzz. After all, how often do you feel the biological buzz of your body firing on all cylinders? When was the last time you put your immune function in a pipe and smoked it? If you've never asked yourself these questions, well, that makes two of us 😉
To sum it all up...
The human body is highly compatible with Phytocannabinoids (cannabis plant compounds aka cannabinoids). So much so it would prefer a daily flow of Phyto and Endocannabinoids to help execute a 24-hour, 365-day task list for many years on end.
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