One of the most promising compounds of the 21st Century, CBD has become all the rage. But what exactly is it, and how might it help you achieve your best health? Let’s get down to the basics.
CBD has become a bit of a buzzword of late, inciting both curiosities as well as hope in the scientific and medical industries alike. But what exactly is CBD or Cannabidiol, and why is everyone so excited about it?
What is CBD?
To put it simply, CBD (otherwise known as cannabidiol) is a compound found in cannabis known as a cannabinoid. The cannabis plant has been used medicinally for thousands of years by a whole myriad of cultures around the globe, however due to the unfortunate legal situation surrounding cannabis that began around the turn of the century, cannabis medicines have lacked serious clinical consideration in modern medicine. That is, up until now.
So, What Exactly is a Cannabinoid?
Well, there are actually two different kinds of cannabinoids that we currently know of. Endocannabinoids (found and produced in our own bodies) and Phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids found in plants). Our own Endocannabinoids are produced by our bodies to interact with our Endocannabinoid system or ECS, a powerful system in our bodies that regulates nearly every important function in our body. If our Endocannabinoid system is out of balance, so are we, meaning this recently discovered system is far more important than we ever could have imagined.
The cannabinoids found in plants directly interact with our ECS, meaning they work on similar pathways and receptor sites as our own Endocannabinoids. This is fantastic news for those who may not be producing enough of their own Endocannabinoids, for a variety of reasons, which is why these compounds are proving to be incredibly promising in the medical world.
The cannabis plant itself has over 400 compounds, over 100 of which are considered cannabinoids. Of all of these cannabinoids, THC and CBD are by far the most ‘famous’, despite more and more research and investigation being carried out on other cannabinoids by researchers, as cannabis medicine continues to flourish.
THC is perhaps the most well-known of these cannabinoids, as its the compound responsible for the ‘high’ experienced when a person consumes cannabis. THC also the only cannabinoid that is considered ‘psychotropic’ meaning it’s the only cannabinoid that actually possesses the power to get you high.
There are many documented studies on the therapeutic qualities of THC, however due to the legality of the compound, today we will be focussing on its non-psychoactive sibling and, in our opinion the star of the show, CBD or Cannabidiol.
What is So Special about CBD? How Does CBD Work?
CBD is a fascinating compound; one which researchers are learning more about every day. CBD works mainly with our CB2 receptors, which are located all over our bodies, such as in our nervous system and most internal organs.
This is why researchers believe that CBD seems to exert such powerful therapeutic results, but without the high experienced with THC, which binds directly with our CB1 receptors that are found in the brain and therefore produces the mind-altering qualities we associate with cannabis.
CBD works in another interesting way, as unlike THC which binds directly to CB1 receptors in our brain, CBD doesn’t actually have much of a binding affinity to our CB2 receptors. Instead, CBD has shown to encourage the production of our own Endocannabinoids, such as 2-AG and Anandamine, while binding to other receptor sites in our body outside our ECS to illicit other reactions, such as anti-anxiety, anti-depressant and anti-inflammatory effects, to name a few.
CBD has also shown to exhibit anti-proliferative qualities in cancer cells, and also interacts with receptor sites that are involved in sleep, pain, mood, appetite and more, and has the power to mitigate the psychoactive qualities of THC, which is why many choose to combine both cannabinoids if deciding to venture down the path of THC treatment.
What Conditions can CBD be Used for?
Unfortunately, we are not doctors or medical professionals, and therefore are unable to give direct medical advice, and we encourage everyone to conduct their own personal research to look at the potential links between their conditions and CBD. CBD however has been shown to have links with those who suffer from anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, fibromyalgia, epilepsy to name just a few.
Where can I get CBD?
Have you, like many others, come to the conclusion that CBD may help you find the relief you are looking for? Curious to try it for yourself? Head over to Powered by Nature Ltd to see a great selection of CBD products, and find one that suits you!
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