CBD or Cannabidiol is one of 8 primary cannabinoids that are in the hemp plant.
What is a Cannabinoid?
- Cannabinoids (e.g., THC and CBD) are the chemical compounds produced by hemp/cannabis flowers that provide relief to an array of symptoms including pain, nausea, anxiety, and inflammation. These work their medicinal magic by imitating compounds our bodies naturally produce, called endocannabinoids, which activate to maintain internal stability and health
4 KEY CANNABINOIDS
POTENTIAL MEDICINAL BENEFITS OF EACH CANNABINOID
CBD- Binds to CB2 receptors in the body’s Endocannabinoid System. CBD users have seen a wide variety of medicinal benefits including the following: Anti-inflammatory properties, Relief from the symptoms of PTSD, Insomnia, Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Pain, Epilepsy, Menstrual Pain, ADHD, etc.
CBC- CBC or Cannabichromene is non-intoxicating, so it doesn’t produce a euphoric high like THC. CBC binds with other receptors in the body, such as the vanilloid receptor 1 (TRPV1) and transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1), both of which are linked to pain perception. When CBC activates these receptors, increased levels of the body’s natural endocannabinoids like anandamide are released. While CBC has singular benefits, researchers also think that it seems to synergistically work with other cannabinoids, a term known as the entourage effect.
CBG- CBG or Cannabigirol is considered a minor cannabinoid. Amazingly, however, THC and CBD start out as CBG—it’s the chemical parent of THC and CBD. CBG is thought to be particularly effective in treating glaucoma because it reduces intraocular pressure. It is a powerful vasodilator and has neuroprotective effects to boot. In animal experiments involving mice, CBG was found to be effective in decreasing the inflammation characteristic of inflammatory bowel disease.
THC- The 2018 farm bill has made hemp and hemp derived products legal under a strict precedent that the THC content of the hemp derived products be at or below 0.03 percent.
. When it comes to discussing a “FULL SPECTRUM” product with customers it’s good to know these 4 key cannabinoids and the benefits they provide to the body’s ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM. A Full Spectrum product contains an array of beneficial cannabinoids and trace amounts of THC.
What is The Endocannabinoid System and what role does it play in the body?
To understand the human endocannabinoid system or ECS, it’s helpful to know a little about one of the most fundamental concepts in biology: homeostasis. Homeostasis is the concept that most biological systems are actively regulated to maintain conditions within a narrow range. Our body doesn’t want its temperature to be too hot or too cold, blood sugar levels too high or too low, and so on. Conditions need to be just right for our cells to maintain optimum performance. It’s all about BALANCE.
The three key components of the ECS are:
-Cannabinoid receptors found on the surface of cells
-Endocannabinoids, small molecules that activate cannabinoid receptors
-Metabolic enzymes that break down endocannabinoids after they are used
. The three key components of the ECS can be found within almost every major system of the body. When something brings a cell out of its Goldilocks zone, these three pillars of the ECS are often called upon to bring things back, thus maintaining homeostasis.
-Consider a simplified scenario with one neuron listening to two others. One of these two neurons might become overactive and send too many signals to the neuron that’s listening. When that happens, the neuron that’s listening will make endocannabinoids specifically where it’s connected to the overactive neuron. Those endocannabinoids will travel back to the “loud” neuron where they bind to CB1 receptors, transmitting a signal that instructs it to quiet down. This brings things back to the Goldilocks zone, maintaining homeostasis
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