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The Diveristy of CBD... is it a star in a family of Cannabinoids?

Posted by Laura 16/06/2017 0 Comment(s)

 

 

 

At the forefront of the global discussion on marijuana are three letters that most of us have all seen but know little to nothing about. CBD. We hear it all the time, we read about it in newspapers and in articles online, but what does it mean, and more importantly, how does it work?

 

 

CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive chemical compound derived from the marijuana plant. To put it bluntly (har har), it’s the part of the plant that doesn’t get you high. That’s THC’s job. However, CBD actually blocks THC receptors in the body, which is why CBD based medication and products can be taken without the psychotropic effects.

 

As it turns out, the hype behind CBD is nothing new. The health benefits that CBD-rich plants provide have been known to humans for a lot longer than you’d expect. Think back to 1500 BC, when the Chinese Pharmacopeia referenced the medical benefits of marijuana. Or to 200 BC when it was used in Ancient Greece as a cure for earache, edema, and inflammation. Or 1652, when the well-known English book on mental health, The Anatomy of Melancholy, recommended cannabis as a treatment for depression. Or as recent as 2017, when Tilray, a company devoted to medical cannabis research and production, announced they would be supporting a clinical trial of CBD on children suffering from a rare form of epilepsy.

 

So, it’s old news, but it's not in any way fake news. Lots of research for many years across many countries has gone into CBD’s narrative. So here’s how it works.

CBD, or Cannabinoids are 21-carbon molecules that have the ability to block or stimulate certain receptors inside the human body, more specifically, receptors that relate to our endocannabinoid system. These endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout the entire body, like in the central nervous system, the gastrointestinal tract, and in pretty much every organ, including the brain. To put it simply, the regulation of sleep, appetite, digestion, mood, body temperature, motor control, immune function, reproduction, pain, and memory is aided by endocannabinoids. So when your body stops producing enough endocannabinoids, one, several or all of these vital processes can be negatively affected to varying degrees.

Luckily, our endocannabinoid system can be activated by endocannabinoids produced by both body and plant.

 

Enter CBD.

 

It picks up where your body slacked off, activating and blocking receptors that help your systems achieve and maintain homeostasis. This may all sound a little broad, and that’s because it is. People who suffer from issues and diseases such as inflammation, loss of appetite, cancer, glaucoma, insomnia, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety and seizures are legally being treated with CBD-rich medication and the results have been nothing short of impressive. With little to no negative side effects reported, CBD is proving to all of us that we should never judge a plant by its bud.

 

- Article by Laura B

 

 

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