What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a naturally occuring compound found in agricultural hemp that has been recognized for its benefits on human and animal health. CBD is non-intoxicating and is safe for people and animals. CBD is one of 85 compounds (or cannabinoids) found in hemp.
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that either come from outside of the body in plant matter (phytocannabinoids) or produced naturally by the body (endocannabinoid). Cannabinoids interact with the body’s central regulatory system, the Endocannabinoid System, below. CBD is just one example of a phytocannabinoid.
Our ECS / Endocannabinoid System
Our bodies have an endocannabinoid system (ECS), a central regulatory system made up of cannabinoid receptors that help manage homeostasis (or balance) while modulating our most important physiologic functions such as appetite, mood and sleep as well as the ones below.
- sleep/wake cycle
- immune system
- pain and inflammatory responses
Our ECS works to maintain balance, or homeostasis, across these critical functions.
How it all Works
Our bodies actually produce cannabinoids to help the ECS do its job, but through daily stresses of life, these endocannabinoids can be depleted, leaving the ECS out of balance, and thus our bodies and moods out of balance as well. The Hemp plant, being the most abundant natural source of plant-derived cannabinoids, can help rejuvenate the ECS by influencing and enhancing the receptors to boost our bodies’ own ability to find that homeostasis, or balance.