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CBD 101

Cannabidiol is a substance that is derived from the hemp plant. The seed and stalk of the hemp plant has a high concentration of cannabidiol, which is full of nutrients, vitamins, and other components that promote health. This substance is devoid of psychoactive activity. CBD is a modulator. This means that it assists the body's natural ability to maintain itself. This is done through the stimulating the endocannabinoid system.

The Endocannabinoid System

Discovered in the 1930's, this system identified substances, neurotransmitters formed within the body (endo-) that bind to cannabinoid receptors though out the body which is responsible for homeostasis. There are two primary types; Ananamide (known as the bodies version of cannabis), which regulates sleep, pain, pleasure, food intake, and reproduction, and 2-AG which has regulatory roles in the vascular system, the gut and digestive functions, and neurological areas. The system has two receptor types: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are found in an abundance in the brain and regulates the body's functions, while CB2 regulates the immune functions in regards to pain and inflammation. This receptor is a focus of study in relationship to the management of cancer.

Homeostasis

The body's ability to maintain itself is called homeostasis. This is the built in regulatory system. It allows the body to identify changes and to facilitate returning it to an optimal state. This is done through neurological and chemical actions initiated by signals and receptors throughout the body.

Endocannabinoid Deficiency

by Murray J. Riggins, Jr., M.D. Endocannabinoid Deficiency is a condition where an individual produces a lower
amount of cannabinoids than needed to be in optimal health, vitality, and well-being.
Humans, reptiles, birds, and fish all produce endocannabinoids. In fact, the prefix "endo," literally means "made in the body." However, as we age our body makes less cannabinoids.
Endocannabinoids are part of the more extensive endocannabinoid system that regulates appetite, pain sensation, mood, memory, and so much more in the human body. The endocannabinoid system controls all of the functions and organs of the human body.
Endocannabinoids bind to endocannabinoid receptors on our cells to increase or decrease function that will allow our bodies to be in balance i.e. homeostasis. All mammals produce endocannabinoids that bind to endocannabinoid receptors.
Deficient endocannabinoid levels can cause body systems to perform poorly and increase inflammation in our body. This can lead to a cluster of illnesses believed to have a root in Endocannabinoid Deficiency.
Benefits of activating the CB1 and CB2 receptors can include:

  • Relieving depression

  • Lowering intestinal inflammation

  • Decreasing intestinal permeability (Leaky Gut Syndrome)

  • Lowering blood pressure

  • Lowering anxiety

  • Reducing fear and paranoia

When phytocannabinoids - plant based cannabinoids like CBD Oil interact with our body's endocannabinoid receptors, they stimulate our body to produce endocannabinoids (anandamide) which improves the overall functioning of the endocannabinoid system and help to relieve symptoms of pain, anxiety, leaky gut syndrome, ptsd, insomnia, and depression.

CBD vs THC

CBD or cannabidiol is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid. It is sourced from the cannabis plant. CBD has a greater affinity for CB2 receptors than CB1 receptors. CBD has been known to tame the psychoactive influence of THC, allowing patients to focus on the THC's other therapeutic powers at higher concentrations.
THC is the primary mind-altering constituent of marijuana, responsible for generation complex changes that occur physically as well as mentally and emotionally. It binds relatively equal to CB1 and CB2 receptors and thus initiates simultaneously a host of changes in the CNS (CB1), the immune system (CB2) and the ANS.