What is CBD and how does it work?

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First, we must understand what the endocannabinoid system (in our bodies) is and how cannabinoids (compounds from plants), like CBD, interact with it to provide benefits. 

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a vast biological regulating system throughout human and mammalian bodies. Both its name and discovery are due to research on the cannabis sativa plant. It was discovered, as recent as the early 1990’s, that there was a vast collection of receptors on cells found in nearly every organ and tissue of the human body. It was then discovered that this collection of neurotransmitters acts as a regulating system for a variety of physiological functions and crucial bodily systems. These systems include: the immune response, appetite, cardiovascular function, sleep, mood, pain, respiration, cognition, metabolism and energy level, and libido. The research also identified compounds or molecules, called endocannabinoids, as playing a role of activation within this vast system.

What Are Endocannabinoids? 

Endocannabinoids are compounds naturally produced by the body. Endocannabinoids activate the receptors found on the surface of cells throughout the brain, entire body and immune system. This receptor activation stimulates the various and unique roles of the ECS, depending on the location in the body. Although the endocannabinoid system regulates various functions in different ways, the overarching goal of the ECS is to bring the body and its systems to homeostasis (balance). 

What Are Phytocannabinoids?

Phytocannabinoids are compounds produced by the cannabis sativa plant that actually mimic endocannabinoids, either directly or indirectly stimulates the receptors of the ECS. It is in this way that phytocannabinoids like CBD, THC, CBG, THCV, CBDV and the over 100 cannabinoids interact and produce benefits when ingested. Introducing phytocannabinoids into your body you actually enhance the natural processes your body is already generating.

What Are Receptors and How Do They Interact with Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoid receptors are embedded on the surface of cells throughout the body and are thought to be the most abundant of receptor systems. Once receptors are stimulated there are a variety of physiological processes that become activated. CB1 and CB2 are the two identified receptors. CB1 receptors are found in dense population in the nervous system, connective tissue, gonads, organs and glands. CB2 receptors mostly populate the immune system and its supportive structures.

To stimulate these receptors, the body produces endocannabinoids. The endocannabinoids then interact with the receptors in all of the various locations of the body, stimulating various processes and functions, depending on the location.

Phytocannabinoids, like CBD, are plant-based substances that also stimulate the cannabinoid receptors. The interesting thing, that we know so far, is that of the over 80 plus cannabinoids from the cannabis sativa plant, each one has a unique way of activating the endocannabinoid system. This is the basis for some very new and exciting research into ways in which other cannabis sativa cannabinoids might prove to impact human and animal health and wellbeing.

At BeHempful, we are dedicated to supplying you with the highest quality cannabinoid products, scientifically backed formulations and education and current information for your natural wellness journey.

Dosing with Cannabinoids, or CBD, can be very different for different people & conditions. In general, we recommend the “slow and low” method, where one is dosing a small amount 10mg-20mg a day over the course of 2 weeks, with consistency of a morning and evening dose throughout the two weeks being the most important. The Endocannabinoid System can become deficient and takes some time to “hydrate” with the hemp cannabinoids. If results are not achieved after two weeks, increase the dose until you have relief. Ideally you are working with a qualified healthcare practitioner who can help identify dosing specific for your condition

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