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CBD Explained

What is CBD? How does interact with your body?

CBD is an abbreviation for the word cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is 1 of 113 identified cannabinoids found in a plant called hemp. 

What happens in the body in order for CBD to provide some health benefits is provided through endocannabinoid receptors. These receptors exist in the body and affect parts of your brain, your body, and your immune system. 

The two endocannabinoid receptors that are most affected by CBD are called CBD1 and CBD2. 

CBD1 is found mostly in the brain. It effects your mood and your emotions. It also effects aspects of your appetite, coordination, movement, and even pain. 

CBD2 works on the body. Specifically, CDB2 affects inflammation and your immune system. 

CBD does not directly affect CBD1 or CBD2 receptors. What CBD does is influence your body to naturally utilize more of its naturally occurring endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are things that are body can naturally create. Whether your body utilizes them is a different story. CBD influences your body to utilize more endocannabinoids that already exist. 

Health Benefits

Pain: CBD can influence pain by helping stimulate vanilloid receptors. Vanilloid receptors work with your body’s temperature regulation in the body. This ultimately helps with inflammation.When your body has high or low body temperature, this can affect the way inflammation manifests in the body. Vanilloid receptors help regulate the body’s temperature through the use of endocannabinoids via CBD. 

AnxietyCBD helps with the activation of adenosine receptors which gives the anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory effects of CBD. When we take caffeine we are triggering a secondary response of an excitatory catecholamines. What that means is adrenaline, noradrenaline, and epinephrine. This is what creates a heightened sense of awareness and alertness when you use caffeine. Caffeine blocks adenosine which means you get more excited because adenosine would normally make you relaxed. CBD affects the adenosine receptor by increasing and regulating the activity of the adenosine receptor that helps you to relax.

Mood: CBD is naturally utilizes existing dopamine by enhancing the receptors sensitivity to dopamine. Dopamine is the reward center in the brain. Dopamine is involved in cognition, motor control, motivations, and reward mechanisms. Unlike taking drugs or flooding with body with synthetic dopamine, CBD naturally helps the body utilize dopamine which can ultimately help you regulate your mood. 

Memory: CBD naturally helps regulate Glutamate. Glutamate is one of the major mediators of excitatory signals, being involved in the memory, learning, and cognition. CBD can help your body regulate proper amount of glutamate and energize certain parts of the brain that are correlated with memory and retention

Quality of Products

When it comes to the quality of any CBD product, you have to be very careful. CBD companies must be researched to understand where the company is acquiring the hemp used for manufacturing, what type of extraction process is being used, and potency of the product.

Hemp: Just like with vegetables, identifying where a company gets the hemp used for producing CBD is important. Make sure the company has performed testing for pesticides. Ideally, organic is the way to go. 

Extraction: CO2 as an extraction method is ideal for botanical extracts. Although it is laborious and expensive, it is regarded as the best way to extract hemp oil due to its gentle action and high yield. 

Potency: The purity of the CBD and what is paired with matters. Ask for testing for purity of the CBD and if the product has THC. In addition, how is the product manufactured. Nanotechnology is an unique process that reduces CBD molecules into nanosized droplets. This process helps with absorption of the CBD into the body. 

When extracted correctly and verified for correct potency, CBD has been know to help with various ailments.